Health and Physical Education

Mission

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

Classes

HPE 125 : FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR

First-Year Seminars constitute a common and academically significant experience in a student’s first year at Converse University. All incoming first- year students are required to take a 3-credit hour FYS in the fall semester, choosing from a variety of discipline specific topics. Each FYS carries the corresponding departmental prefix, but with the common course number (except for designated honors sections). Each FYS course is designed to have no more than 18 students, and counts in some designated category of the General Education Program. Strong writing and speaking components are required elements of the course.

Credits

3

HPE 140 : SWIMMING

Beginning swimming is designed for students who feel unsafe in the water or for those students who would like to learn how to swim. Offered in the Fall Term.

Credits

1

HPE 155 : INTRODUCTION TO PILATES

Pilates is a course designed to provide a working knowledge of and the essential exercises involved in establishing core strength and stability. The course will help heighten mind-body awareness. Offered Fall and/or Spring Terms.

Credits

1

HPE 156 : ZUMBA

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.

Credits

1

HPE 195 : ATHLETIC TRAINING

This course focuses on causes, symptoms,..emergency.care, treatment, rehabilitation and diagnostic training for sports injuries. Offered on demand. Special fee: $20.00 for training.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

BIO 100 or permission of the instructor.

HPE 245 : LIFEGUARD TRAINING

The American Red Cross Lifeguarding course covers the skills and knowledge required for effective lifeguarding at swimming pools. Certifications include Lifeguard Training, CPR for the Professional Rescuer, AED and Lifeguard Management. Offered during Spring Term. Fee payable to Red Cross through instructor is $79.00, including books, pocket mask, cards and equipment. The fee is subject to change.

Credits

2

HPE 254 : INTERMEDIATE YOGA

This course is a continuation of the work done in Beginning Yoga. Intermediate Yoga will focus on more advanced yoga postures, including standing and seated poses, twists, supine and prone poses, inversions, balancings, and backbends. Yoga philosophy is studied to a greater degree.

Credits

1

Prerequisites

HPE 154 or permission of instructor.

HPE 255 : INTRODUCTION TO FITNESS AND WELLNESS

This course encompasses areas of fitness, fitness, nutritional health, and general wellness principles. Topics to be discussed will include but are not limited to nutrition, stress management, alcohol education, sexually transmitted diseases, food and the consumer, and physical activity. Students will also participate in a variety of lifetime activities that promote health and well-being. Offered Fall and Spring Terms.

Credits

2

HPE 256 : CONCEPTS AND APPROACHES TO A FIT AND WELL WAY OF LIFE

This course is designed for Jan Term to give students a knowledge of fitness, nutritional health and general wellness. Students will also participate in a variety of daily lifetime fitness activities such as aerobics, yoga, pilates and water aerobics. Offered Jan Term only.

Credits

3

HPE 355 : ISSUES IN WOMEN’S HEALTH

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.

HPE 361 : WOMEN IN SPORT: A STRUGGLE FOR EQUALITY

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.

Credits

3

HPE 393 : HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

Recommended to take during the Junior or Senior year. Designed to meet certification requirements of the South Carolina State Department of Education. A study of the developmental characteristics of the elementary child and planned activities in health and physical education that meet these needs. Offered during Fall, Jan, Spring and Summer I and II Terms.

Credits

3

HPE 490 : DIRECTED INDEPENDENT STUDY

This course is designed as an individual study of a topic chosen by the student and approved by the instructor or as a group study designed to complement the physical education curriculum or a specific course offered by another department. Offered on demand.