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Course Descriptions

HEALTH EDUCATION

HE 101
Health Education
1 credit
Stresses the holistic approach to health and focuses on the theory of wellness as a preventive measure against illness. Provides a forum for examining such health issues as nutrition, exercise, relationships, sexuality, substance abuse, and death and dying, among other topics.

HE 102
Stress Management
1 credit; 2 Lecture hours per week
Identifies how stress affects the mind, body, and spirit. Students learn skills to reduce stress and cope with unavoidable stress in their personal and professional lives.

HE 201
Human Sexuality
3 credits
Examines human sexuality through the life cycle from cultural, physiological, and theoretical perspectives. Students gain insight into their own beliefs and sexual behavior and learn to develop an understanding of the similarities and differences in sexual attitudes and behavior of others.

HE 301
Motor Learning: A Developmental Approach
3 credits
Prerequisite: SS 232
The major theories and principles influencing motor skills are presented. The role and effectiveness of developmentally appropriate toys and equipment are assessed.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION & DANCE

PE 111
Modern Dance
1 credit; 2 STUDIO hours per week
Introduces the fundamentals of modern dance through the development of dance technique and comprehension of rhythm. Elements of dance composition are introduced and provide students with an opportunity to create individual work. (G6: Arts)

PE 113
Jazz Dance
1 credit; 2 STUDIO hours per week
Introduces the fundamentals of jazz dance through the development of dance technique, comprehension of rhythm, and the ability to perform isolated movement. Elements of dance composition are introduced and provide students with an opportunity to create individual work. (G6: Arts)

PE 114
Ballet I
1 credit; 2 STUDIO hours per week
Basic exercises are done at the barre to develop proper alignment, placement, strength, coordination, and understanding of ballet movement vocabulary in this introductory class. Center floor combinations and movement across the floor are used to integrate skills learned in the warm-up. (G6: Arts)

PE 115
Skiing (Winter Only)
1 credit; 2 hours per week
For students of all skiing levels, this course presents proper and safe skiing techniques as well as the use of ski equipment and supplies and provides the opportunity to improve fitness and skills.

PE 116
Afro-Caribbean Dance
1 credit; 2 STUDIO hours per week
Students experience, learn, and perform the traditional dances and rhythms, rooted in African and European dance, of the Caribbean region. (G6: Arts)

PE 117
Creating Dance: An Introduction to Movement
1 credit; 2 STUDIO hours per week
Students create movement studies using elements of design that capture the essence of their unique expressions. Concepts of space and weight and dance elements such as rhythm, symmetry, and shape are addressed in the course. Improvisations are performed according to a variety of themes, relationships, and situations, both individually and in small groups.

PE 118
Flamenco Dance
1 credit; 2 STUDIO hours per week
Students execute traditional flamenco dances from the Andalusia region of southern Spain. Students learn how various cultures contributed to flamenco, as well as the flamenco rhythms, the meaning of the songs, and the relationship of the singing and guitar to the dance. (G6: Arts)

PE 119
Dances of the Middle East and India
1 credit; 2 STUDIO hours per week
This course introduces students to the movements and rhythms of the ancient dance arts of the Middle East and India. Students learn about the Arabic, Turkish, North African, Arabian Gulf and Indian cultures by focusing on the origins, history and development of their dance arts.

PE 122
Beginning Golf
1 credit; 2 STUDIO hours per week
An introduction to the basics of the game of golf. Learn chipping, driving, putting, and the etiquette, history, and rules of the game. Students are given the opportunity to visit a private golf course.

PE 131
Tennis I
1 credit; 2 STUDIO hours per week
Teaches the fundamental skills of tennis and knowledge of the game.

PE 135
Basketball
1 credit; 2 STUDIO hours per week
The fundamentals of basketball, individual skills, and team participation are taught. Students learn the rules, coaching techniques, strategies, athletic training, and enjoyment of spectatorship.

PE 136
Volleyball
1 credit; 2 STUDIO hours per week
Students learn the fundamental skills of volleyball: setup passing, serving, spiking, blocking, and bumping. Strategy and games are included.

PE 141
Fitness Training
1 credit; 2 STUDIO hours per week
Students focus on the progressive development of the four components of physical fitness: muscular strength, muscular endurance (through weight-room training and calisthenics), cardiovascular endurance, and fitness.

PE 143
Yoga I
1 credit; 2 STUDIO hours per week
The elements of yoga are taught, including breathing techniques, postures, nutrition, meditation, and relaxation.

PE 144
Aerobics
1 credit; 2 STUDIO hours per week
Students work to achieve a strong cardiovascular system through step-bench or aerobic routines. Toning exercises are included.

PE 145
Tai Chi I
1 credit; 2 STUDIO hours per week
Students learn the Yang form of this ancient, holistic Chinese exercise to develop good balance and coordination and to relax physically and mentally.

PE 146
Kung Fu
1 credit; 2 STUDIO hours per week
Translated as discipline and inner development, Kung Fu focuses on learning a system of movements based upon the observations of nature by ancient Chinese priests and monks. The forms, basic stances, kicks, and punches of Shao-Lin Kung Fu are taught to achieve better health, harmony, and coordination.

PE 147
Gentle Yoga
1 credit; 2 STUDIO hours per week
Gentle yoga introduces all the benefits of yoga with less demand on the body. This course can be enjoyed by all students, particularly those with limited physical health or range of motion. Benefits include enhanced flexibility, increased strength, improved balance, and reduction of stress.

PE 148
Mat Pilates
1 credit; 2 STUDIO hours per week
This introductory course is based on the work of Joseph Pilates and focuses on movements and exercises devoted to strengthening the "core or foundational" muscles of the body. Pilates enhances athletic performance by developing core stability, balance, and coordination.

PE 149
Meditation I

1 credit; 2 STUDIO hours per week
This course focuses on the benefits of meditation in everyday life. Students learn the history, theory and practice of meditation, as well as how to develop and personalize their own meditation practice. This course is appropriate for physically challenged students.

PE 153

Fencing
1 credit; 2 STUDIO hours per week
Students learn and practice the fundamentals of foil fencing, including positions and movements, offensive and defensive strategy, directing a fencing bout, and international rules.

PE 161
The Art and Practice of Self-Defense
1 credit; 2 STUDIO hours per week
This course focuses on the dynamics of unplanned confrontation and employs various approaches to achieve the larger goal of prevailing in aggressive encounters. Students learn how to protect themselves by studying a variety of physical and psychological techniques.

PE 181
Contemporary Urban Dance
1 credit; 2 STUDIO hours per week
This course will teach, with the aid of guest artists and films, the many movement styles, history and culture of Urban Dance. Emphasis will be on teaching students to perform contemporary urban dances.

PE 214
Ballet II
1 credit; 2 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: PE 114 or equivalent
More advanced steps focusing on coordination, musicality, and improvement of technique are introduced. Students execute movement phrases of their own and learn the history of ballet. (G6: Arts)

PE 215
Dance in New York: A Survey of Live Performance
3 credits
This course explores New York City’s dance life, immersing students in it as both viewers and writers. Students apply aesthetic principles of dance to a variety of dance forms that they view and critique. (G6: Arts)

PE 231
Tennis II
1 credit; 2 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: PE 131 or equivalent
Building on Tennis I, students learn more advanced tennis skills focusing on specific strokes, court positioning, and strategies for singles, doubles, and competitive play.

PE 243
Yoga II
1 credit; 2 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: PE 143
Students build upon their yoga experience by learning new yoga postures and variations of standard postures and breathing techniques while exploring additional concepts from the Yoga Sutras.

PE 245
Tai Chi II
1 credit; 2 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: PE 145 or equivalent
Students continue their study of this ancient, holistic Chinese exercise, developing greater strength, balance, coordination, and relaxation through the Yang form of Tai Chi.

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