The Department of Health, Wellness and Physical Education (HWPE) provides academic opportunities to over 2,400 students a year through a wide variety and diverse collection of course offerings in both activity and lecture based theory classes. Classes are held on both West and East Campuses.

Activity Courses

Activity courses carry a half course credit and are given on a S/U basis. The maximum amount of credit that counts for the undergraduate degree is one full course, but additional courses may be taken without credit toward graduation. Students may repeat activity courses.

We offer multiple sections of over 55 different activity classes like:

  • Basketball
  • Fencing
  • Golf (Beginning to Advanced)
  • Tennis (Beginning to Advanced)
  • Swimming (Beginning to Advanced)
  • Life Guard Training
  • Weight Training
  • Pilates, Mat and Ball
  • Physical Fitness for Women
  • Cardio-Kickboxing
  • Circuit Training
  • Indoor Cycling
  • Dance (Social, Latin, Swing)
  • Martial Arts (Aikido, Tae Kwon Do, Tai Chi)
  • Yoga
  • Massage Therapy
  • Fly Fishing
  • Kayaking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Outdoor Adventure

Theory Courses

Lecture based theory courses carry one course credit. Taking theory classes does not cancel a student’s ability to take two activity classes for credit towards their undergraduate degree. Theory classes are taken as general electives towards fulfillment of a students degree requirements. We offer a number of lecture courses in the disciples of health, sport studies, ethics and performance.

Classes include:

  • Diet and Nutrition
  • Hot Topics in Health
  • Women’s Health Issues
  • Health Effects of Exercise
  • History & Issues of Sports
  • Sport Ethics
  • Sports Finance
  • Sports Management
  • Sports Marketing
  • Sports Media
  • Performance Enhancement Theory
  • Practice of Coaching

Learning Objectives

The Department of Health, Wellness and Physical Education identifies the following learning objectives based on our offerings of activity and lecture courses with the goal that students will:

  • Increase their proficiency of skill through any given activity course.
  • Increase their understanding and application of life-long health and activity based programs that promote a healthy lifestyle.
  • Develop strong leadership skills inside and outside of the classroom.
  • Develop a desire for continued inquiry and development in any chosen area of interest offered through our courses.