The physical education department provides all Hamline University students with opportunities to develop the knowledge and skill necessary to be responsible for their own health and fitness throughout their lives. Coaching theory courses are available for all students. Also available are activity courses that emphasize both fitness and lifetime sports skills as well as a full complement of intramural activities. For those who wish to continue participation in athletics, there are extensive programs both in intramural and intercollegiate athletics.
Hamline supports 20 intercollegiate athletic teams for men and women. Certain team sports maintain a junior varsity schedule while the individual sports provide everyone an opportunity to compete. Sports offered for men are football, tennis, soccer, cross-country, basketball, track and field, swimming, baseball, and ice hockey. The sports offered for women are gymnastics, cross-country, volleyball, basketball, track and field, swimming, soccer, fastpitch, tennis, ice hockey, and lacrosse. Intercollegiate athletics at Hamline are an integral part of the academic program. While classroom activities take priority over athletic pursuits, students find time to excel in both areas.