May 28, 2024  
2024-25 Catalog 
2024-25 Catalog

Physical Education (PE)

In keeping with Juvenal’s classic ideal mens sana in corpore sano-or, a sound mind in a sound body-a PE requirement is integrated into the Reed curriculum. The PE requirement is designed to support students in maintaining their physical health, to introduce students to physical education activities, to encourage them to participate regularly, and to encourage them to participate with their peers whenever possible. Student enjoyment, fitness, and skill learning are emphasized; competition is not.

Classes that satisfy the PE requirement may be offered at a variety of levels depending on enrollment and student ability, and are presented in an atmosphere of fun and relaxation. In addition, Reed has organized club sports teams that qualify for PE credit and will challenge students who want competition outside the college in sports such as basketball, rugby, soccer, ultimate Frisbee, fencing, and squash. Some PE classes have an additional fee for use of equipment or outside facilities.

Classes are normally held twice a week for one hour. Attendance is required. Please refer to the schedule of classes for more details and information on class fees and trip dates. Classes usually offered (based on interest and time of year):

archery rowing
backcountry navigation rugby
bike clinic running club
bouldering sailing
bowling self-defense theory & fitness
dance skiing
ballet* cross-country
contemporary* downhill
folk dance: classical Greek to modern Israeli Nordic
hip hop* snowboarding
tango* telemark
first aid/CPR/AED soccer
hiking softball
intro to outdoor activities squash
juggling strength training
kayaking swimming
lower body and abs fitness
meditation instruction
outdoor leadership skills tai chi
Pilates ultimate Frisbee
raft, sea kayak, and canoe weight room confidence
rock climbing white-water kayaking
route-setting yoga
indoor climbing skills Zumba

*Some dance classes may be taken for either academic credit (listed in the course schedule under Dance) or physical education credit (listed in the course schedule under Physical Education). Students may not enroll in the same class for both academic and physical education credit. Students registering for physical education credit must enroll for both quarters (the full semester).

PE is a degree requirement. See Degree Requirements  for more information.