Well-Being Academic Courses at Mason – Undergraduate Courses And The Mason Core Engagement Series (ENCORE)

Mason students have access to a wide variety of academic courses encompassing one or more of the well-being learning outcomes identified by the Well-Being University Learning Community.

The Mason Core Engagement Series (ENCORE) begins Fall 2016 with the entering freshmen class. This program is an optional pathway for students interested in combining academic coursework with co-curricular activities towards a completion certificate in a specific area of engagement. For information on the Engagement Series and how it works, click here.

The University Catalog is the official source for information about all courses offered by the university. The Schedule of Classes lists the classes offered for the current and upcoming semesters. Visit Patriot web to register for classes. (Note: “Key: WB Learning Outcome(s)” identifies courses that capture well-being learning outcomes such as positive relationships, psychological flexibility, values, physical wellness, work engagement, and resilience.)

Please see the list below for suggested classes:

 

GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES

Foundation Requirements

Oral Communication

COMM 101 – Interpersonal and Group Interaction

Presents principles to develop appropriate and effective communication strategies in one-to-one and small group communication settings. Emphasizes analyzing and assessing communication skills to create and sustain effective communication in personal and professional relationships.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): Positive relationships, psychological flexibility

 

Information Technology

AVT 180 – Computers in the Creative Arts

Introduces computing from artist’s perspective. Emphasizes computer use for artistic creation and research. Overview of hardware, software, operating systems, peripherals, two-dimensional graphics, and web design.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): Values, work engagement

 

CS 105 – Computer Ethics and Society

Intensive introduction to legal, social, and ethical issues surrounding software development and computer use. Stresses professional conduct, social responsibility, and rigorous standards for software testing and reliability. Examines issues such as liability, ownership of information, and computer crime.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): Values

 

PHIL 112 – Ethics and the Cybersociety

Examines ethical issues associated with new developments in information technology, including privacy rights, intellectual property rights, and the effect of information technology on society.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): Values

 

Core Requirements

Literature

RELI 235 – Religion and Literature

Explores the relationship between religion and literature in different times and cultures, the influence of religion on literary works, and how literature expresses major religious themes such as death and immortality, divine will and justice, suffering and human destiny, and religion and state.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): Values

 

Social and Behavioral Sciences

ADJ 100 – Introduction to Criminal Justice

Overview of the American system of criminal justice, covering theories of justice, criminal law, policing, courts and associated pre and post-trial legal processes, punishment and corrections, and juvenile justice.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): Values, resilience, positive relationships

 

CONF 101 – Conflict and Our World

Brief history of field, survey of key conflict resolution themes and theories, and intervention methods. Overview includes general factors of conflict and its resolution; and nature of conflict in interpersonal, group, organizational, and international situations.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): positive relationships, values, resilience

 

HEAL 230 – Introduction to Health Behavior

Introduces health behavior in context of health psychology. Explores various theoretical models to understand health, illness and sick-role behaviors. Studies health and disease from a biopsychosocial perspective. Examines means of preventing and treating health problems.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): physical wellness, resilience

 

PSYC 100 – Basic Concepts in Psychology

Introduces psychology as scientific discipline. Examines concepts and methods in learning, motivation, development, personality, and measurement.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): positive relationships, psychological flexibility, resilience

 

PSYC 231 – Social Psychology

Study of human behavior development in a social matrix, including such topics as socialization, cultural behavior, group norms, and attitude formation.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): positive relationships, psychological flexibility, values, resilience

 

SOM 100 – Business in American Society

Provides students with a foundation for understanding the role of business in society by exploring the nature and history of business enterprise, the social context of business, and the interaction of individuals with business by selecting current events in business and analyzing the content as well as the impact of the reported activities.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): positive relationships, values, work engagement

 

TOUR 311 – Women and Tourism

Open to nonmajors. Approved general education requirement. Focuses on women as hosts and guests. Using social theory, explores issues regarding the history and evolution of tourism as a gendered system. Addresses family, solo and business travel, and employment, taking into consideration issues related to more and lesser developed countries as they relate to the roles of women in international tourism.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): positive relationships, values, work engagement, resilience

 

WMST 200 – Introduction to Women and Gender Studies

Interdisciplinary introduction to women’s studies, encompassing key concepts in the field, history of women’s movements and women’s studies in America, cross-cultural constructions of gender, and a thematic emphasis on the diversity of women’s experience across class, race, and cultural lines.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): values, reslience 

 

Global Understanding

ADJ 405 – Law and Justice around the World

Comparative inquiry into the models of legal and justice systems around the world. Considers how social and legal norms are created, and how different societies exercise powers of social control. Evaluates justice models in action, including law and courts, policing, corrections, and juvenile justice.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): values

 

ANTH 312 – Political Anthropology

Examines cultural and ecological contexts of political structures and competition for power in selected societies; and cross-cultural and comparative approaches to study of political conflict, leadership, values, and symbolism.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): values

 

ANTH 332 – Cultures in Comparative Perspective

Examines the varieties of cultural experience. Several cultures are studied in depth, with attention to local histories, global contexts, and shifting perspectives on the practice of ethnography.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): positive relationships, values, physical wellness

 

ANTH 333 – Humanitarian Action

Examines humanitarian action, drawing on anthropology’s holistic and comparative perspectives developed to ground understanding of humanitarian action within larger cultural contexts. Attention to cultural, biological, environmental, and political sources of humanitarian crises, and actual and potential responses to them. Focuses on large-scale response to social emergencies as culturally informed behavior.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): positive relationships, value, physical wellness, work engagement, resilience

 

COMM 305 – Foundations of Intercultural Communication

Analyzes communication variables as they relate to intercultural encounters. Emphasizes culture’s influence on communication process, particularly influence of verbal and nonverbal communication on how message is interpreted.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): positive relationships

 

GLOA 101 – Introduction to Global Affairs

Surveys wide range of global topics: previous periods of globalization, international organizations and law, transnational corporations and global economy, immigration and refugees, world environmental concerns, world culture, war and peace, paradoxical presence of nationalism and fundamentalism in global world, and antiglobalization movement.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): values, physical wellness, resilience

 

RELI 100 – The Human Religious Experience

Examines main forms of religious expression as embodied in several important religious traditions in contemporary world. Investigates religious experience; myth and ritual; teachings and scripture; ethical, social, and artistic aspects of religion; and nature and function of religion in human society.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): values

 

RELI 341 – Global Perspectives on Spirituality and Healing

Cross-cultural investigation of human understandings of relationship between spirituality and health. Beliefs about spiritual causes of sickness and health and spiritual techniques of healing in variety of world cultures placed in context of religious beliefs of those cultures.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): values, physical wellness, resilience

 

Natural Science

EVPP 201 – Environment and You: Issues for the Twenty-First Century

Introduces broad aspects of human-environmental interactions in the contemporary world. Topics range broadly from global populations and wastewater treatment to environmental law, and genetic engineering. Includes both science and science policy of the environment. Fulfills general education non-laboratory science requirement.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): values

 

Synthesis Requirement

CS 306 – Synthesis of Ethics and Law for the Computing Professional

Practical course to become effective computer professional. Examines legal and ethical issues surrounding computer technology and its use, as well as the foundation building that is necessary to deal with those challenges. Applies philosophical bases for ethical decision making to modern concerns raised by computers and technology. Addresses topics covered by CS 105 in a more intensive manner and focuses on the emerging legal and ethical issues involved in e-commerce and widespread use of the Internet.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): work engagement

 

HHS 465 – Examination and Integration of Professional and Health Care Issues

Capstone seminar course synthesizing varied dimensions of a health professional’s role in global society. Examines issues in health care through reflection on natural and behavioral sciences, humanities, and other prerequisite course work. Selected topics are examined through reading, writing, and discussion. Builds on knowledge and skills acquired through course work and field experience in the major and general education as well as through life experience. Application of literature in professional practice and related disciplines is expected in both formal and informal writings on issues. Student writings and presentations receive written self-evaluation as well as formal review by peers and multiple faculty members involved in teaching the course. Writing intensive.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): values, work engagement, physical wellness

 

NON-GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES

 

Applied Information Technology

AIT 597 – Developing IT Leaders of Integrity

Considers the cultural and organizational influences and focuses on leadership’s ethical dimensions. Students identify their core values, study the attributes of effective and toxic leaders, and examine the difference between managing and leading through selected readings, discussions, team projects, in-class activities and guest presentations. Students practice and receive in-class coaching to hone their leadership skills.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): values, work engagement

 

Athletic Training Education Program

ATEP 203 – Prevention, Recognition, and Management of Athletic and Fitness Related Injuries

Provides coaches and fitness professionals with theory on the prevention, recognition, and management of injuries and conditions that occur in athletic competition and recreational fitness activities.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): physical wellness

 

Art and Visual Technology

AVT 483 – Art and Interactivity

Provides a context for art making as an interactive and participatory experience while critically examining the ways in which technologies may aid and also inhibit engagement with the social and political world.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): values, work engagement

 

Arts Management

AMGT 410 – Arts Advocacy and Community

This course is an overview of advocacy and community engagement as practiced by the arts manager, artist, and educator. Students will learn to identify the need for community engagement and to develop successful techniques to implement outreach. Other topics will include accessibility, diversity, volunteerism, and governance.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): values, work engagement

 

Conflict Analysis and Resolution

CONF 320 – Interpersonal Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Covers conflict at micro level, introducing theories drawn from various disciplines including psychology, anthropology, and conflict resolution. Uses readings, case studies, and role plays to develop ability to analyze and intervene in interpersonal conflicts. Also prepares for further course work for interpersonal conflict concentration.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): positive relationships

 

Conservation Studies

CONS 410 – Human Dimensions in Conservation

Provides sociological, local and global perspectives on conservation issues including adaptive management, conflict resolution, environmental economics, sustainability, public policy, environmental values and public opinion, and conservation ethics.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): values

 

Communication

COMM 301 – Foundations of Interpersonal Communication

Theories and principles of interpersonal communication emphasizing models of communication, verbal and nonverbal message systems, and analysis of communicative relationships.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): positive relationships

 

COMM 304 – Foundations of Health Communication

Explores health communication research practice: the role of communication in health care delivery, health promotion and disease prevention, risk communication, and personal as well as psychological well-being. Examines interpersonal, organizational, team, family, and intercultural relationships.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): positive relationships, values, physical wellness

 

COMM 401 – Interpersonal Communication in the Workplace

Comprehensive study of theories and research associated with dynamics of interpersonal relationships in the workplace. Emphasizes individual motivation, interpersonal needs, communication styles, leadership, problem solving, decision making, diversity, interpersonal conflict, individual adaptation to organizational change, and influence of technology on workplace relationships.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): positive relationships, values, work engagement

 

COMM 465 – Topics in Communication and Gender

Topics may include gender and culture, women as rhetors, male and female communication, and communication and gender roles. Examines specific interests, ideally in seminar setting.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): positive relationships, values

 

College of Visual and Performing Arts

CVPA 430 – Topics in Arts and Wellness

In-depth presentation and exploration of topical studies in arts and wellness or related areas such as injury prevention, performance enhancement, and health and wellness training.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): values, physical wellness

 

Special Education

EDSE 527 – Adapted Sports Recreation and Leisure (physical wellness, values)

Introduces tools for adapting sports, recreation, and leisure activities to promote the benefits of active participation, relaxation, health, and well-being for individuals with differing abilities. Students participate in simulations, research, and design. Knowledge and awareness components may be delivered via distance education.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): physical wellness, values, resilience

 

Global and Community Health

GCH 350 – Health Education

Enables students to survey health and wellness issues related to their personal profile and explore options in reducing personal risk factors. Students define health in context of family, environment, culture, society, and life span. By examining, comparing, and using various methods of health-risk appraisal and assessment tools, students plan health education and promotion projects for targeted populations. Stresses motivational strategies for improving and maintaining health.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): physical wellness, values, positive relationships

 

Health

HEAL 110 – Personal Health

Focuses on individual health improvement by studying mental/emotional well-being, fitness, nutrition, drug abuse prevention, consumerism, safety and other topics.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): physical wellness, values

 

HEAL 220 – Dimensions of Mental Health

Focuses on integrating behavioral and sociocultural factors in studying mental health.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): psychological flexibility

 

HEAL 312 – Health and Wellness Choices

Actively involves students in becoming managers of their personal health and well-being throughout life span. Consistent with Healthy People 2000 goals for nation. Emphasizes lifestyle activity and fitness, behavioral change, and maintenance.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): values, physical wellness, positive relationships

 

HEAL 314 – Community Health Issues and Strategies

Explores health promotion and disease prevention issues in a range of community health settings: schools, colleges, governmental agencies, municipal organizations, private sector workplaces, community service groups, and health care centers. Issue exploration will be global, national, and local levels.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): values, physical wellness

 

HEAL 325 – Health Aspects of Human Sexuality

Covers biological, behavioral, and sociocultural factors in human sexual behavior.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): values, physical wellness, positive relationships

 

HEAL 327 – Women’s Health

Examines health issues unique to women, including health care, food and exercise, reproductive and gynecological issues, chronic diseases, and issues of violence.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): resilience, physical wellness, values

 

HEAL 330 – Nutrition

Assesses dietary habits and patterns in relation to nutrient requirements. Emphasizes weight control, diet and fitness, and current nutritional controversies.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): physical wellness

 

HEAL 350 – Interventions for Populations and Communities at Risk

Identifies culturally, physically, emotionally, mentally, and demographically diverse populations and communities at risk. Covers implications for developing innovative programs and role of HFRR interventions.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): physical wellness, values, resilience

 

HEAL 351 – Relationship Health

Describes development of healthy relationships. Examines influencing factors. Analyzes current research. Designs strategies for maintaining healthy relationships.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): positive relationships

 

HEAL 372 – Health Communication

Applies research-based models and theories of health assessment and promotion at individual, organizational, agency, and community levels. Uses communication approaches and skills in context of behavior change strategies, including policy and program development.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): positive relationships, physical wellness, values

 

HEAL 430 – Seminar in Exercise Science and Health Promotion

Provides overview of contemporary and often controversial health issues with analysis of selected problems of current concern to society.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): positive relationships, values

 

Kinesiology

KINE 370 – Measurement and Evaluation of Physical Fitness

This course provides students with an opportunity to develop an understanding of the assessment and evaluation process in the determination of physical fitness.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): physical wellness

 

KINE 200 – Principles of Health Related Fitness

Provides students with basic knowledge and skills associated with exercise training methods, lifting techniques, and health-related fitness testing procedures. Selection of developmentally appropriate exercises emphasized. Participation in fitness tests required.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): physical wellness

 

Management

MGMT 412 – Diversity in Organizations

Builds on MGMT 301 by emphasizing intrapersonal, interpersonal, organizational, and societal phenomena relevant to issues of diversity. Examines phenomena and processes in general and with regard to specific dimensions such as gender, race, and ability. Designed to increase students’ knowledge of diversity in organizations, understanding of others’ perspectives, and ability to work well with people who differ from themselves.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): positive relationships, work engagement

 

MGMT 464 – Teamwork and Interpersonal Skills

Focuses on intensive development of high professional-level skill set for collaboration and leadership in contemporary environments. Builds on content introduced in MGMT 301, 312. Attention to developing personal leadership capabilities, collaborating in traditional and virtual environments, improving group processes, project management, tolerating ambiguity, improving communication, creative problem solving, time management, coaching, and empowering employees.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): positive relationships, work engagement

 

Military Science

MLSC 100 – Intro to MLSC / ROTC

Introduces leadership values and ethics; responsibilities of officership; the organization, customs, and traditions of the U.S. Army; time management; and physical well-being. Includes a laboratory in applied leadership, common military tasks, and physical fitness.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): positive relationships, values, physical wellness, resilience

 

MLSC 200 – Self/Team Development

Covers leadership skills, such as values and ethics. Also teaches how to influence, how to communicate, how and when to make decisions, how to engage in creative problem solving, and how to plan and organize. Includes a laboratory in applied leadership, common military tasks, and physical fitness.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): values, psychological flexibility, resilience

 

MLSC 300 – Applied Leadership I

Applied leadership with an introduction to the principles of physical fitness and healthy lifestyle; counseling as means of subordinate development; problem solving; operational analysis, development, and execution; and methods for preparing and presenting instruction. Students are given an introduction to the Leader Development Program that is used to evaluate their leadership performance and provide students with developmental feedback. Some weekend training required. Includes a laboratory in applied leadership, common military tasks, and physical fitness.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): positive relationships, values, physical wellness, resilience

 

New Century College Learning Communities

NCLC 305 – Conflict Resolution and Transformation

Examines the nature and dynamics of conflict and ways to resolve and transform conflict. Experiential learning is used as the vehicle through which students explore their assumptions about communication and develop their skills for resolving interpersonal conflicts.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): positive relationships, values

 

NCLC 302 – Argument and Advocacy

Develops theoretical background and skills necessary for effective civic engagement and deliberative discourse. Teaches fundamentals of argument construction, function, and analysis. Covers role of argument and advocacy in a democratic society.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): values, work engagement

 

NCLC 355 – Consciousness, Meaning and Life-Purpose

Examines scientific evidence about states of consciousness, providing opportunities for experiences and reflections about the personal impact of states of consciousness on how we find meaningful direction for using our talents. Includes the theory and practice of mindfulness and meditation; finding meaning in dreams; the stress-reduction and creativity-enhancement effects of visualization; and traditions of vision-questing about personal meaning and life purpose.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): values, physical wellness

 

Special Topic Courses:

NCLC 375 – Meditation, Mindfulness, and Stress Management

This course explores the art and science of meditation and mindfulness, and the biology, effects, and interventions for stress. We will especially examine options for how to best manage the stress response. The course includes a day-long retreat at mid-semester. Included in the class is a requirement for students to practice meditation outside of class, as well as various partner and group activities.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): Psychological flexibility, physical wellness, and resilience

 

NCLC 375 – Art, Writing, and Consciousness

A studio-based course featuring contemplative art and creative writing.  No previous experience with art is required. This course explores the creative process and how it affects an individual’s consciousness, and the role that art and writing can play in personal transformation.  The course introduces a creative approach to self-awareness and well-being. This course offers an opportunity to transform thoughts and ideas into form, to bring them from the inner world into the external world, and to cultivate the ability to examine them in different ways.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): Psychological flexibility, values

 

NCLC 391 – Introduction to Integrative Studies

Describes key components of the Integrative Studies Program in New Century College. Students prepare for active participation as a community of learners to develop skills in reflective learning and self-assessment, and identify areas of intellectual and professional interests, values and skills so that students may take greater advantage of opportunities in NCC. As a learning community, this course fosters group collaboration, intensive writing, and reflective learning.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): positive relationships, values, psychological flexibility

 

NCLC 404 – Ethics and Leadership

Uses an interdisciplinary approach to deepen and broaden student’s learning about theories, models, and constructs related to the study and practice of ethics and leadership. Teaches students to develop ethical decision making strategies, communicate effectively in diverse group settings, value civic engagement and actively apply ethical leadership skills. Includes experiential learning activities and discussions that connect formal knowledge with real world experiences and includes one credit of experiential learning.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): values, psychological flexibility

 

NCLC 455 – Consciousness and Transformation in Action

Covers how principles and practices of consciousness and transformation relate to the major and career pathway it represents. Includes the theory and practices for deepening the student’s own experience with the mindfulness and contemplative approaches to inquire. Capstone course for the minor in consciousness and transformation.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): values, psychological flexibility

 

NCLC 475 – Understanding Happiness and Well-Being

This hybrid course is both informative and experiential in which students explore the science behind building a meaningful life, sustaining happiness, cultivating positive relationships, experiencing positive emotions, and achieving higher levels of well-being in life.  Students will explore the question throughout the semester: What is well-being and happiness and how can these concepts enhance my life? Students will learn well-being measurements and tools proven to increase levels of well-being and happiness with the goal of achieving and sustaining well-being in all areas of life – personal and professional.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): values, positive relationships, psychological flexibility, work engagement

 

NCLC 475 – Self-Care for Applied Well-Being

This course explores key aspects of self-care that are important in creating vibrant well-being in personal, community, and organizational contexts. As a dynamic learning community we will explore the primary foundations, cultural significance, emerging science and neurobiology, the psychosocial and evidence-based impact of self-care as it relates to well-being. Participants will develop tools for and proficiencies in: values-based self-care, designing personal well-being strategies, and cultivating self-care practices and networks of support that enhance well-being. Each session integrates best-practice models in mindfulness, neurobiology, psychosocial awareness, and positive psychology with experiential practices of self-care.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): Positive relationships, psychological flexibility, values, physical wellness, work engagement, and resilience

 

NCLC 475Mind-Body Well-Being: Practice and Theory

This course explores the functional and philosophical principles of the mind/body relationships. It is based in scientific findings regarding the connection of attitudes and emotions that directly affect physical health and well-being. We will examine ancient and modern interventions that can improve health, increase longevity, and enhance mental balance and inner peace. In addition to the academic study of these resources, the course will provide a framework for students to conduct personal application in-class of mind/body practices such as yoga, breath control, and meditation. No previous experience with these somatic practices is required.

WB: Psychological flexibility, values, physical wellness, and resilience

 

Physical Education

PHED 105 – Aerobics and Basic Conditioning

Introduce students to fitness and healthy lifestyles. The course is designed to provide students with four lectures and multiple cardiovascular workouts. The lectures include cardiovascular endurance, cardiovascular diseases, body composition, nutrition, and weight management. The class also teaches students how to use cardiovascular equipment and how to design an aerobic fitness program. The course is geared for beginners, yet all students will be helped on an individual basis (therefore advanced individuals can also participate).

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): physical wellness

 

PHED 108 – Weight Training and Body Conditioning

Introduces students to fitness and healthy lifestyles. The course is designed to provide students with an overview of the various types of weight training but primarily emphasizes circuit weight training method. There will usually be a brief lecture each week with a longer one two or three times during the semester. The lectures include the five health-related components of physical fitness, nutrition, and weight management. The class also teaches students how to use resistance and cardiovascular equipment, and how to design fitness programs. The course is designed for beginners, yet all students will be helped on an individual basis (therefore advanced individuals can also participate).

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): physical wellness

 

PHED 129 – Introduction to Yoga

Introduces students to the practice of Hatha yoga. Class emphasis will be on learning yoga asanas (postures) and pranayama (breathing exercises) to enhance physical fitness and mental concentration.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): physical wellness, resilience

 

PHED 149 – Tai Chi

A beginner-level course designed to increase awareness of the mind and body. Students will be introduced to basic principles of Chi (energy) and Yin Yang (polarity) and how these apply to their bodies through practicing the Tai Chi Chih movements.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): values, physical wellness, resilience

 

PHED 131 – Introduction to Pilates

Provides the history and basic foundations of Pilates including an introduction to beginning Pilates exercises and their proper execution; exploration of modifications for certain exercises and the various props which may be used in the group class setting.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): physical wellness

 

PHED 364 – Strength Training: Concepts and Applications

Provides students with an opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of the principles of strength training and conditioning, including anatomical and physiological considerations, lifting techniques, equipment selection, program development and evaluation, and weightlifting safety.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): physical wellness

 

PHED 365 – Measurement and Evaluation of Physical Fitness

Covers selection, administration, evaluation, and construction of measurements and evaluation instruments and techniques in physical education. Also covers statistical analysis of data and survey of selected instruments.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): physical wellness

 

PHED 410 – Social/Psychological Aspects of Health and Fitness

Covers research, trends, and techniques of health and fitness from a behavioral perspective.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): physical wellness

 

Philosophy

PHIL 421/422 – Accounts of Well-being

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): values

 

Psychology

PSYC 330 – Psychology of Adjustment

Nature of effective and faulty patterns of adjustment. Factors in healthy and unhealthy personality development, unique motivation patterns of individuals, and influence of personally significant groups on adjustment. Resources for personal growth and application of contemporary psychological principles to achievement of increased intellectual, emotional, and social competence.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): positive relationships, psychological flexibility, resilience

 

PSYCH 417 – Science of Well-being

This course will examine and interpret the latest research in social, personality, and clinical psychology on well-being, character strengths, and personal growth. Emphasis will be placed on the ways in which scientists generate hypotheses regarding the nature of positive psychological traits and processes and the methods by which these ideas are tested.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): values, physical wellness, positive relationships, resilience

 

PSYC 427 – Community Engagement for Social Change

Explores social problems and interpersonal, intrapersonal, and social aspects of addressing them. Addresses both theoretical aspects of social problems through readings and class discussion and application through community service.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): values, work engagement

 

PSYC 467 – The Psychology of Working in Groups and Teams

Teaches knowledge and the skills to meet communication, interpersonal, and task-related challenges that arise when functioning in work teams. Through readings, classroom activities, and applied problem-solving exercises, students acquire or refine team-related competencies. Students study theory of group and team processes while gaining insight from feedback on their behavior in exercises to become more effective team members.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): positive relationships

 

PSYC 466 – Psychology of Intimate Relationships

Advanced survey of theories and research related to intimate relationships, including romantic relationships and those among family members and friends.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): positive relationships

 

Religion

RELI 405 – Religion, Values, and Globalization

Explores diverse value systems, ethical norms, and teaching found in different religious traditions and cultures. Examines assumption that globalization is attempt to universalize Western culture.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): values

 

Social Work

SOCW 301 – Laboratory in Interpersonal Communication

Emphasizes experiential learning of biological, psychological, social, and cultural influences on behavior of those who need and those who give help. Students examine their own behavioral and learning patterns, values, ethics, and attitudes to increase ability to understand and help clients.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): positive relationships, psychological flexibility

 

Tourism and Event Management

TOUR 110 – Professionalism and Civility

Focuses on developing competencies in the areas of professionalism and civility in a variety of settings including professional image, conduct at work, telephone, written, oral, and electronic etiquette, table manners, and social networking with an emphasis on the cultural needs for honoring commitments and obligation.

WB LEARNING OUTCOME(S): positive relationships, work engagement