Courses

  • PDP GS 112: Beginning Squash
    This course provides an introduction to basic stroke mechanics and rules of the game. Strength, flexibility and fitness for the beginner are all considered through the lens of "racquet skill acquisition". By the end of the course students will be able to demonstrate better ball-control and efficient movement around the court. Perennial trouble spots on the court and common bio-mechanical errors are assessed and short, round-robin competition will round-out each session. Loose, athletic clothing and non- marking sneakers are required. Racquets, balls, and lensed polycarbonate eye-protection will be available at no cost from the pro shop.
  • PDP GS 114: Intro to Golf
    This is an introductory class for beginners wanting to learn and/or improve their golf swing. Instruction will focus on the proper fundamentals for both full swing and short game. Students will develop their skills each week and learn how the great game of golf is played.
  • PDP GS 120: Marathon Training
    This course will provide the knowledge and physical foundation needed for students to prepare for completion of a 5K, 10K, ? marathon or marathon. Content will cover topics such as nutrition guidelines for distance running, injury prevention, creating and evaluating a training plan, maintaining and monitoring a training log, and planning of group runs. Information on obtaining an official entry into the Boston Marathon through fundraising efforts will be provided. The course will meet once a week.
  • PDP GS 125: Urban Bicycling
    Bicycles provide a fast, fun, affordable, and healthy way to get around. This course will explore the many facets of using a bicycle for transportation including rules of the road, route planning, clothing selection, cargo hauling, bicycle maintenance, and safe riding technique -- everything one needs to confidently ride a bicycle in a city. Great for foreign students who are unfamiliar with local traffic laws. This course meets for one hour a week and will be a combination of classroom lectures and on-bike practice.
  • PDP GS 128: Table Tennis
    Instruction in basic offensive and defensive strokes in both singles and doubles play.
  • PDP GS 133: Beginning Basketball
    This is an introductory class for beginners wanting to learn the basic skills and rules of the game. Instruction will focus on the proper fundamentals including shooting, passing, and dribbling. Students will develop their skills each week and have the opportunity to apply them in 5-on-5 scrimmage games.
  • PDP GS 138: Billiards, Beginning
    Learn basic skills and techniques (including the use of draw, follow, English, and bank shots) used in pocket billiards. The terminology, rules, and strategies of billiard games such as 8-ball, 9-ball, and cutthroat are also covered.
  • PDP GS 150: Cricket, beginning
    Beginning level course including the history and rules of cricket. Basic skills will be explored with an emphasis on batting, bowling and fielding techniques. By the end of the course, students will be familiar ith the fundamentals of cricket and be able to participate in practice games. Equipment will be provided. Spring semester only.
  • PDP GS 200: Intermediate Volleyball
    Intermediate/advanced class intended for those who have had exposure to competitive volleyball. Students are expected to be able to serve/pass/set consistently, be able to hit roll shots, and be familiar with the 4-2 rotation. Basic skills are briefly reviewed and practiced, but students are expected to already be familiar with them. Various offenses and defenses (5- 1 and 6-2 may be taught and incorporated into class scrimmages). Class time will be primarily spent on implementing skills during scrimmages. (If unsure about which level you belong in, please register for a lower level as it is easier to move you up than down). 1 cr. either sem.
  • PDP GS 208: Gymnastics, Intermediate
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: PDP GS 108.
    Prereq: PDP GS 108 or consent of the instructor. Intermediate-level students work to improve existing skills and achieve specific goals on floor and other apparatus.
  • PDP GS 210: Intermediate Tennis
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: PDP GS 110.
    Course is designed to review and expand skills learned in Beginning Tennis (GS 110). Students will build on fundamental strokes and techniques with lessons on topspin, slicing and utilizing them in interactive play and match situations.
  • PDP GS 212: Intermediate Squash
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: PDP GS 112.
    Experienced players who have mastered the fundamentals are encouraged to try our Intermediate Class. Sequential-shot exercises designed to isolate regions of the court are blended with 2- and 3-shot option drills to simulate real-time match play. Tricky trouble-spots and common errors are re-assessed and players will score and referee each other to better understand interference situations as well as proper clearing (deciding lets and strokes); short round-robin games will typically round-out each session. Loose athletic clothing, non-marking sneakers and lensed polycarbonate eye- protection are required.
  • PDP GS 238: Billiards, Intermediate/Advanced
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: PDP GS 138.
    An in depth look into the game of pool that includes reworking and strengthening fundamentals as well as understanding the principles and consequences of "english" and "throw", learning to "read" the table and thinking three or more position steps ahead.
  • PDP GS 300: Advanced Volleyball
    Advanced class intended for those who have had years of exposure to competitive volleyball. Students are expected to be able to serve/pass/set/hit consistently and be familiar with 5-1 and 6-2 rotations. Intermediate skills are reviewed and practiced and complex offenses and defenses are incorporated into class scrimmages. Class time will be primarily spent on practicing skills during scrimmages. (If unsure about which level you belong in, please register for a lower level as it is easier to move you up than down). 1 cr. either sem.
  • PDP HE 102: LEAD BU: Building Wellness & Academic Skills for Success
    LEAD BU is a wellness, resilience, and academic skills-building class designed to support your health and your life as a student through practicing skills and strategies for stress hardiness and academic success. LEAD stands for Learn, Explore, Access, and Develop, and throughout the semester, you will learn your personal strengths, values, and interests, practice skills for healthy interpersonal relationships, and explore various domains of wellness and strategies for self-care and self-determination, in a structured and supportive environment. You will also investigate your personal learning styles, study and test-taking strategies and practice various approaches to self-advocacy, planning, and SMART goal setting.
  • PDP MA 103: Tae Kwon Do, Beginning
    An ancient Korean art of self-defense. In Beginners Tae Kwon Do, we emphasize whole body and mental fitness through training in strength and conditioning, flexibility, endurance, basic upper body and lower body techniques, which include forms, stances, punches, blocks, kicks, and strikes; basic sparring skills, forms, and self-defense techniques. The practice of Tae Kwon Do develops character through courtesy, self-control, discipline, self-confidence, patience, physical fitness, attention, mental alertness, leadership, humility, perseverance, and respect.
  • PDP MA 107: Beginning Kung Fu
    This course will provide a foundation for learning Kung Fu through warm-up exercises (calisthenics/stretches), basic stances and drills, self-defense routines (forms) and general commands in Cantonese. The course is designed to improve your physical abilities, mental toughness and provide a rewarding experience of studying Kung Fu for students of all levels.
  • PDP MA 203: Tae Kwon Do, Intermediate
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: PDP MA 103.
    Students who have completed Beginners Tae Kwon Do course or have prior experience in Tae Kwon Do or related martial arts, can continue training in Intermediate Tae Kwon Do. In Intermediate Tae Kwon Do, students will continue to train whole body and mental fitness as in Beginners Tae Kwon Do, and at a higher level and higher intensity of training in strength and conditioning, flexibility, and endurance. Students will also learn more advanced and finer basic upper body and lower body techniques, in forms, stances, punches, blocks, strikes, kicks, spinning kicks, jumping kicks; sparring techniques and strategies, forms, and self-defense. The practice of Tae Kwon Do develops character through courtesy, self-control, discipline, self-confidence, patience, physical fitness, attention, mental alertness, leadership, humility, perseverance, and respect.
  • PDP MA 207: Intermediate Kung Fu
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: PDP MA 107.
    Students who have taken MA107 or have previous Martial Arts experience will reinforce their studies and increase their skills with new material. The course is designed to improve your physical abilities and mental toughness, and provide a rewarding experience of studying Kung Fu for students of all skill levels and experience.
  • PDP MB 100: T'ai Chi, Beginning
    A classical system of martial arts and exercise developed in China 700 years ago. It is characterized by fluid and slow movements designed to cultivate internal energy, balance yin and yang, develop body flexibility, and promote efficient and healthful body movement.