Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). Physical Education Department
While training in physical education at Northwestern University began as early as the 1880s coursework for undergraduates, largely exercise instruction, was required only after 1910. After 1919 this instruction was offered through the Department of Physical Education of the College of Liberal Arts. After course offerings in physical education grew progressively more varied, including theory in addition to physical training and exercise, the Department was incorporated into Northwestern's School of Education. Housed in this School physical education became a bona fide academic major, offered mainly for students interested in teaching careers. At the same time and through 1969/1970 physical training, in some form or another, remained a requirement generally for undergraduates in arts and sciences. The University phased out physical education as an academic major beginning in 1978. Students matriculating after June 1 of that year could not major or earn teaching certification in physical, health, or dance education.
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Abstract Agnes Jones Cashman became an instructor in physical education and hygiene at Northwestern in 1927, teaching a variety of courses in dance and hygiene. She was promoted to assistant professor in 1931 and in 1932 became director of physical education in the College of Liberal Arts. The Agnes Jones Cashman Papers fill eighteen boxes and are organized in four main categories: biographical materials, education files, correspondence, and teaching files, with small amounts in five additional...