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 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 two different activity courses, but additional courses may be taken without credit toward graduation. Students may repeat activity 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.
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:
Students with health or learning conditions may receive individualized accommodations and are encouraged to confidentially disclose to the instructor any health, learning, or mobility needs that may impact their experience in the class. Where appropriate instructors will offer modified exercises, skills, teaching styles or equipment throughout the semester. The PE administration works closely with Duke Recreation facilities to ensure PE spaces (pool entry, ramps) are accessible and that modified or alternative equipment options are available. Furthermore, instructors strive to fulfill our department mission which includes safety and inclusiveness by creating appropriate workouts and skill sessions for learners of all levels. If you would like more information or have a specific accommodation request, please contact the PE Director of Undergraduate Studies, Kim McNally, EdD.
Because diversity is essential to fulfilling the university’s mission, Duke is committed to building an inclusive and diverse university community. Every student, faculty, and staff member —whatever their race, gender, age, ethnicity, cultural heritage or nationality; religious or political beliefs; sexual orientation or gender identity; or socioeconomic, veteran or ability status—has the right to inclusion, respect, agency and voice in the Duke community. Further, all members of the University community have a responsibility to uphold these values and actively foster full participation in university life.