The mission of Health and Physical Education at Converse is to provide as broad and varied a curriculum as possible to aid students in developing skills, knowledge, and understanding that will lead to participation in lifetime sports and/or fitness activities.
Requirements and Recommendations
It is recommended that all physical education requirements be completed by the end of the student’s junior year.
Every new student, by July 1, must be examined by her own physician. The report must be sent to the director of health services.
Students are required to take HPE 255: Introduction to Fitness and Wellness or one of the following or BIO 105 Human Biology; BIO 150 SP: Nutrition; PSY 350: SP: Body Image; PSY 350: SP: Women’s Wellbeing; PSY 280: Health Psychology; or PSY 281: Yoga and stress management, and one activity course. The activity course is selected from one of three areas: team sport, individual sport, or dance. HPE 256: Concepts and Approaches also includes the activity requirement. Courses are graded conventionally and will be counted in the grade average of the student. Dance courses are listed in the Department of Theatre and Dance section of the Catalog.
Students who are not safe in deep water are encouraged to take a swimming course. Beyond the one course physical education requirement, a student will be allowed to take 10 additional physical education activity courses. Only three of these additional courses will count toward the total of 120 hours required for graduation.
Degrees and Certificates
This course will introduce the beginner to the fundamentals ZUMBA technique through various exercises. ZUMBA is a Latin-Inspired , dance-fitness class that incorporates Latin and International music and dance movements, creating a dynamic, exciting, exhilarating, and effective fitness system. ZUMBA integrates some of the basic principles of aerobic, interval, and resistance training to maximize caloric output, cardiovascular benefits, and total body toning.
BIO 100 or permission of the instructor.
HPE 154 or permission of instructor.
Although men and women have many similar health problems, women also face issues that are unique to them. Throughout history, women have been subjected to many misconceptions relating to their health and their ability to be a functioning part of society. Additionally, they have experienced discrimination in their daily lives and in the area of healthcare. Not only are women living longer now, but they are experiencing more healthcare problems due to increased lifespan. In this course topics will be introduced to provide students with knowledge related to the wide spectrum of women’s health issues and how they might deal with them. Possible topics include; history of women’s healthcare, the economics of women’s healthcare, preventing cardiovascular disease and cancer, nutrition and exercise, chronic diseases for women, sexual and reproductive health, HIV/sexually transmitted infections, violence against women, mental health issues of female aging and the impact of the workplace on women’s health. Meets the Wellness, Humanities, and Women Studies GEP requirements.
GEP Wellness, Humanities, CCW credit.
For years women have had to fight for gender equality, especially in the male dominated area of sports. This course will closely examine the obstacles women have had to overcome in their quest for equality in sports throughout history. The course will be comprised of lectures, readings and discussions from assigned articles, video presentations in class, and student presentations on issues related to the struggle for women to compete in sports.
GEP, CCW credit.