Reed College Catalog


Michael Lombardo, Director

The Reed physical education program is designed for both men and women with the dual purpose of providing a wide variety of activities through which a student may fulfill the school’s physical education requirement and providing activities in which the Reed community may participate on a voluntary basis.

The physical education requirement is designed to introduce students to physical education activities and to encourage them to participate regularly. It is administered as a minimal requirement—a student must receive a grade of Credit for six quarters of physical education over three semesters while enrolled at Reed. Students may receive up to two credits from the noninstructional classes, off-campus PE, meditation, and swim fitness. Students must secure the approval of the director of physical education before enrolling in off-campus PE. The remaining four credits must be completed in instructional classes. Students should complete the physical education requirement during their first two years.

Activities, depending on enrollment and student ability, may be offered at a variety of levels. Student enjoyment, fitness, and skill learning are emphasized; competition is not. Reed has organized teams for students who want competition outside the college in such sports as basketball, rugby, soccer, Ultimate Frisbee, rowing, fencing, and squash. The goals of the department are to introduce students to new activities with an emphasis on lifetime skills, and to allow students to develop new skills or practice old ones in an atmosphere of fun and relaxation.

Classes usually offered (based on interest and time of year):

aerobics–step

archery

backcountry navigation

badminton

basketball

bike clinic

bowling

cycling

dance

           African

           ballet

           ballroom

           jazz

           lindy hop

           modern*

           tango

fencing

flag football

golf

hiking

hoop fitness

horseback riding

indoor soccer

juggling

kayaking

lifeguard training

lower body and abdominals

martial arts

            aikido

            Brazilian jiu-jitsu

            capoeira

            Kenjitsu sword arts

            tai chi

meditation

Pilates

racquetball

raft, sea kayak, and canoe

retro PE

rock climbing

rowing

rugby

sailing

self-defense

skiing

           cross-country

           downhill

           Nordic

           telemark

snowboarding

soccer

softball

squash

swimming

           fitness

           instruction

tennis

touch rugby

Ultimate Frisbee

volleyball

weight training

white-water rafting

yoga

* In addition to receiving academic credit, students can receive PE credit for completion of studio dance classes, if they register for both PE and academic credit. See the schedule of classes for details.

Classes are normally held twice a week for one hour. Attendance is required. Although a student may take more than one class per quarter, students will receive credit for only one class each quarter. Physical education classes must be completed during the Reed academic year. Summer school classes and courses completed while on a leave of absence are not transferable. Physical education credit will not be granted for classes completed outside of the Reed physical education department program without prior written approval from the director of physical education. Please refer to the schedule of classes for more details and information on class fees and trip dates.