The physical education and sport studies department (PESS) is a learning community dedicated to:

  1. Emphasizing a broadly-based, value centered liberal arts curriculum as the core of intellectual life, professional development and personal growth.
  2. Challenging each person to become a physically, mentally, socially, and emotionally fit individual through physical and intellectual learning and activity.
  3. Encouraging lifetime fitness and health in pursuit of a productive life through the development of healthful skills and attitudes.

The PESS department’s objectives are to:

  1. Provide quality undergraduate preparation for students planning professional careers in physical education, coaching, and recreation, and for those planning to pursue graduate study.
  2. Provide instruction and opportunities for activity for all Southwestern students through elective activity courses.
  3. Provide recreational opportunities and facilities for the entire Southwestern community.
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