Health and Physical Education

The Wesleyan College Health and Physical Education program is designed to promote the introduction of lifetime activities to the student. The activities offered complement the academic and spiritual growth in other areas of Wesleyan College as we prepare the students for the physical challenges of the world. In addition to graded, credit-bearing courses, Wesleyan College offers non-credit fitness activities, certification courses in First Aid and CPR, and self-defense courses through the Mathews Athletic Center and the Athletic Department. Most HPE courses will be taught annually.

Health and Physical Education (HPE) Course Descriptions

100: Health and Wellness.
Goal: To help the student explore fitness, wellness, and health.
Content: Setting realistic goals for wellness, incorporating individual physical fitness levels and personal goals. Physical fitness assessment and fitness activities.
Credit: 1 hour. May not be repeated.

101: Walking/Jogging for Fitness.
Goal: The use of walking and/or jogging to improve health and fitness. Attention is directed at development of an individualized program and increased understanding of the importance of aerobic exercise.
Content: Setting realistic aerobic fitness goals, assessment of goal completion and incorporating individual physical fitness levels.
Credit: 1 hour. May not be repeated.
 
105: Fitness through Water Aerobics.
Goal: To improve physical fitness through water aerobics.
Content: Examination of the principles of exercise, specifically aquatic exercise.
Credit: 1 hour; fee required. May not be repeated.

138: Team Sports.
Goal: To encourage students' ability to participate in team sports as players and spectators.
Content : Rules, regulations, techniques, terminology, and skills associated with various team sports.
Credit: 1 hour; fee required. Students may repeat this course three times for a maximum of four semester hours.

112: Fundamentals of Yoga.
Goal: To provide an opportunity for the students to combine physical relaxation, self-control, and movement exploration.
Content: Classical yoga practice along with complementary movement exploration designed to strengthen all body systems, build endurance, and develop self-awareness.
Credit: 1 hour. May not be repeated.

113: Triathlon Training.
Goal: Introduction to the concept of swimming, running, and cycling as a form of intensive cross-training for physical fitness.
Content: Goal-setting, discipline, nutrition, elementary physiology, equipment upkeep and regular running, swimming, and cycling.
Prerequisite: Beginning swimming/ background in running/swimming/cycling. Appropriate apparel and equipment required (i.e. swim goggles, cap, swimsuit, running gear).
Credit: 1 hour; Students may repeat this course three times for a maximum of four semester hours.

114: Running.
Goal: Introduce student to necessary skills to embark on a course of training to run various distances (e.g. 3-6 miles)
Content: Goal-setting, discipline, nutrition, elementary exercise physiology, and regular running.
Prerequisite: Background in running/walking.
Credit: 1 hour; Students may repeat this course three times for a maximum of four semester hours.

116: Strength Training and Conditioning.
Goal: To introduce students to concepts involved in strength and endurance training.
Content: Exercise physiology, designing a weight training program, flexibility and safety.
Credit: 1 hour; Students may repeat this course three times for a maximum of four semester hours.

118: Tai Chi.
Goal:
To introduce the student to the traditional Chinese exercise of Tai Chi.
Content: Learn the fundamentals, terminology, and basic movements of Tai Chi.
Credit: 1 hour; Students may repeat this course three times for a maximum of four semester hours.

120: Ballet.
Goal: Ballet technique and theory.
Content: Positions and placement of the body, barre and center floor, adagio, and allegro work, and beginning choreography.
Credit: 1 hour; Students may repeat this course three times for a maximum of four semester hours.

122: Modern Dance.
Goal: To introduce the student to movement, rhythm, and body awareness.
Content: Strength and flexibility, basic combinations, rhythm, beginning theory and choreography, and introductory modern idioms.
Credit: 1 hour; Students may repeat this course three times for a maximum of four semester hours.

124: Jazz Dance.
Goal: To introduce the student to basic jazz dance techniques.
Content: Strength and flexibility, beginning level combinations and across-the-floor work.
Credit: l hour; Students may repeat this course three times for a maximum of four semester hours.

127: Dance Performance.
Goal: Offers practical experience in dance rehearsal and performance.
Content: With a varying focus each term, instruction and participation in dance performance will be based on cultural origins, significance, and motivation. The use of costumes may be explored.
Credit: 1 hour; Students may repeat this course three times for a maximum of four semester hours.

140/144: Fundamentals of Riding I.
Goal: This mounted class will introduce the student to the seven physical qualities of a good position to achieve the four fundamentals of riding: unity, security, effective use of the aids, and non-abuse. The class is designed for those students at the beginning level. Western and hunt seat are taught.
Content: The use of correct attire and proper turnout for both horse and rider; the correct preparation and use of the horse and related tack both before and after riding; position work and levels of control and how they are related to performance; emphasis on safety.
Credit: 1 hour; fee required. Course may be repeated depending on rider's level and ability.

180/184: Fundamentals of Riding II.
Goal: A continuation of riding on the sophomore level. Refined use of the aids and improved cooperation with the horse. This class is designed for riders who have already had some formal instruction. Western and hunt seat are taught.
Content: Correct development and use of the seat and its effects on the horse; developing and improving the unity and balance between the rider and the horse; coordinating aids in relation to the mechanics of the horse with emphasis being placed on correct timing.
Prerequisite: HPE 140/144 or permission of instructor.
Credit: 1 hour; fee required. Course may be repeated depending on rider's level and ability.

190: Varsity Athletics: Basketball.
Goal: To improve the skills of varsity athletes in basketball.
Content: Fundamentals of the sport, skill development, teamwork, and discipline.
Credit: 1 hour; athletes may repeat this course three times for a maximum of four semester hours. Total credit for Varsity Athletics courses may not exceed eight semester hours.

191: Varsity Athletics: Cross Country.
Goal: To improve the skills of varsity athletes in cross country..
Content: Fundamentals of the sport, skill development, teamwork, and discipline.
Credit: 1 hour; athletes may repeat this course three times for a maximum of four semester hours. Total credit for Varsity Athletics courses may not exceed eight semester hours.

192: Varsity Athletics: Soccer.
Goal: To improve the skills of varsity athletes in soccer.
Content: Fundamentals of the sport, skill development, teamwork, and discipline.
Credit: 1 hour; athletes may repeat this course three times for a maximum of four semester hours. Total credit for Varsity Athletics courses may not exceed eight semester hours.

193: Varsity Athletics: Softball.
Goal: To improve the skills of varsity athletes in softball.
Content: Fundamentals of the sport, skill development, teamwork, and discipline.
Credit: 1 hour; athletes may repeat this course three times for a maximum of four semester hours. Total credit for Varsity Athletics courses may not exceed eight semester hours.

194: Varsity Athletics: Tennis.
Goal: To improve the skills of varsity athletes in tennis.
Content: Fundamentals of the sport, skill development, teamwork, and discipline.
Credit: 1 hour; athletes may repeat this course three times for a maximum of four semester hours. Total credit for Varsity Athletics courses may not exceed eight semester hours.

195: Varsity Athletics: Volleyball.
Goal: To improve the skills of varsity athletes in volleyball.
Content: Fundamentals of the sport, skill development, teamwork, and discipline.
Credit: 1 hour; athletes may repeat this course three times for a maximum of four semester hours. Total credit for Varsity Athletics courses may not exceed eight semester hours.

207: Beginning Tennis.
Goal: To master the fundamentals of tennis.
Content: Stroke technique and rules.
Credit: 1 hour. May not be repeated.

208: Intermediate Tennis.
Goal: To increase the skill level in tennis.
Content: Game situation, continued stroke technique, and strategy.
Prerequisite: HPE 207 or permission of instructor.
Credit: 1 hour. May not be repeated.

209: Golf.
Goal: To master the fundamentals of golf.
Content: Rules, regulations, skills development, and use of different clubs.
Credit: 1 hour; Students may repeat this course three times for a maximum of four semester hours.

211: Fencing.
Goal: To master the fundamentals of foil fencing.
Content: Introduction to basic foil fencing, terminology, rules, and conditioning.
Credit: 1 hour; fee required. May not be repeated.

212: Beginning Tae Kwon Do.
Goal: To equip students with basic self-defense methods.
Content: Rules, regulations, skill development, and conditioning.
Credit: 1 hour; fee required. May not be repeated.

240/244: Fundamentals of Riding III.
Goal: A continuation of riding on the Junior level, riders will continue to develop their riding skills, making their riding more economical and effective. Student should be able to demonstrate a good working position that utilizes the seven physical qualities and the four fundamentals.
Content: Develop in the rider an understanding of the rein and leg actions and how they affect the horse; gain a feeling for the horse's physical effort as well as his mental attitude. Content will be more specific to meet the needs of the style of riding chosen. Western Horsemanship will follow guidelines set forth by the American Quarter Horse Association. Hunt Seat Equitation will follow the guidelines set forth by the American Horse Show Association.
Prerequisite: HPE 180/184 or permission of instructor.
Credit: 1 hour; fee required. Course may be repeated depending on rider's level and ability.

280/284: Fundamentals of Riding IV.
Goal: A continuation of riding on the Senior level, riders will continue to develop their riding skills, making their riding more economical and effective. The student should be able to demonstrate a performance which is fluid and shows instinctive reactions to the horse's efforts. A strong working position and an understanding of schooling techniques that enhance the horse's performance will be emphasized.
Content: Develop more fully in the rider an understanding of the rein and leg actions and how they affect the horse; develop a deeper understanding of the levels of control and how they relate to schooling the horse.
Prerequisite: HPE 240/244 or permission of instructor.
Credit: 1 hour; fee required. Course may be repeated depending on rider's level and ability.

311: Advanced Fencing.
Goal: To master advanced foil techniques.
Content: Advanced fencing techniques including epee and saber fencing techniques.
Prerequisite: HPE 211.
Credit: 1 hour. May not be repeated.

312: Advanced Tae Kwon Do.
Goal: To master advanced Tae Kwon Do techniques.
Content: Advanced techniques, skill development, and conditioning.
Prerequisite: HPE 212 or permission of instructor.
Credit: 1 hour; fee required. May not be repeated.

412: Professional Preparation for Elementary School Health and Physical Education.
Goal: To prepare elementary school teachers to teach health and physical education.
Content: Strategies, lesson plans, and practical experiences for the teaching of a variety of effective skills and activities appropriate for elementary school children.
Credit: 3 hours. May not be repeated.

415: Black Belt Tae Kwon Do.
Goal: To advance students to the black belt level in the art of Tae Kwon Do.
Content: Students will learn advanced concepts and strategies. Advanced self-defense applications will be explored.
Prerequisite: HPE 212 and HPE 312.
Credit: 1 hour; fee required. May not be repeated.
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