The Physical Education (PE) Requirement
Students are encouraged to enjoy the instructional and recreational opportunities offered by the department throughout their college careers. As a requirement for graduation, all nonveteran students, not excused for medical reasons, are required to complete four units of physical education by the end of their sophomore year. In addition, all students must pass a survival swim test or complete one-quarter of aquatics instruction.
Physical Education (PHED or PE) courses
The department offers a broad curriculum in physical education. The course offerings include sport classes, fitness and recreational activities, swimming, and life skill programs.
Physical Education Dance courses
The Dance Program offers a wide variety of technique courses in African, Ballet, Contact Improvisation, Flamenco, Kathak, Modern, Taiko, and Tap. Dance classes may be used for academic or PE credit, but not both. Classes are awarded PE credit on a semester basis.
Student Activity Groups (SAG)
A student activity group is a student-run organization supported by Student Council and the Dean’s Office. Student activity group leaders are responsible for articulating guidelines and requirements, as directed by the physical education coordinator, to certify the group’s eligibility for PE credit. All inquiries about student activity groups and PE credit should be directed to the SAG Coordinator. There will be no retroactive PE credit given for student activity group participation. The following chartered student activity groups are eligible for PE credit in a typical academic year:
- Coed Outdoor Volleyball
- Folk Dance
- Men’s Soccer
- Swing Dance
- Wing Chun Self-Defense Club
Swarthmore College offers many opportunities for students to participate in a variety of sports at a competitive level through club sports. A club sport is a chartered student organization that is run by students who have a common interest in a particular activity for competitive, recreational, or instructional purposes. There are currently seven groups recognized as club sports at Swarthmore. Depending upon the sport and the students involved, the club may operate much like a varsity sport, including serious intercollegiate competition, or be more informal and not as competitive. Clubs compete against others in both leagues and tournaments and may also be eligible for postseason play.
Recognized Club Sports Teams (2020-21)
Men’s and Women’s Fencing
Men’s Ultimate Frisbee
Women’s Ultimate Frisbee
The group exercise program provides a variety of classes including mind/body, strength, cardio, and dance. These classes are drop-in group exercise sessions that are focused on an organized workout. Group exercise classes welcome individuals of all fitness levels and are available at no additional cost to students, faculty, staff, and affiliates. All of the classes are continuously running throughout the semester and are designed and led by certified instructors. Lastly, there are no grades so come out, have some fun, and take care of yourself!
- Advanced Pilates
- Bodyweight Bootcamp
- Cardio Barre
- Core & Stretching
- Gentle Yoga
- High-intensity Interval Training
- Vinyasa Sculpt Yoga
- Yoga Flow
Intramural Sports are a collection of one-day tournaments, special events, and leagues that facilitate recreational competition in addition to Varsity and Club Sports opportunities. Intramural Sports vary in their competitiveness from activity to activity and from team to team. The Intramural Sports Program provides the Swarthmore College community an opportunity to participate in activities as regularly as an individual’s interest, ability, and time permit. The program runs in an open format where individuals of all ability and identity are encouraged to participate
- Basketball (3-on-3)
- Outdoor Soccer
- Stock Market Challenge
- Ultimate Frisbee