Catalog • 2012-2013

Health and Wellness - Minor

For information, contact Dr. Micah Sadigh in the Psychology Department.

Mission Statement

The purpose of the Health and Wellness minor is to provide students with a comprehensive approach to and understanding of health promotion and disease prevention, and to allow them to acquire the knowledge necessary for achieving optimal well-being. To realize this objective, a multidisciplinary approach to health is essential. Hence, the minor consists of courses from disciplines such as Biology, Psychology, Social Work, Religion/Spirituality, and Humanities. Additionally, the minor requires that students attend to their physical health through participation in credit and/or non-credit activities such as Dance courses or Healthy You programs. The multidisciplinary nature of the minor will add distinctiveness to students’ education, particularly as it relates to the multifaceted nature of the study of health and wellness.

Total number of credits: 18

Program Requirements

18 credits to fulfill the minor. All students must complete the core course, PSY 201 (Mind-Body Medicine); at least three credits from each of the four categories listed below, plus an additional three credits from any of these four categories. In addition, students must demonstrate two experiences in the physical area as defined below. Credits in the physical component do not count towards the 18 credits required for the minor.

Core Course
PSY 201 Mind-Body Medicine - 3 credits

I. Biological
BIO 112 The Human Agenda: Health Issues - 4 credits
BIO 117 Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology I - 4 credits
BIO 118 Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology II - 4 credits
BIO 217 Anatomy and Physiology I - 4 credits
BIO 218 Anatomy and Physiology II - 4 credits
NTR 210 Principles of Nutrition - 3 credits

II. Psychological
PSY 202 Stress, Disease and Psychophysiological Interventions - 3 credits
PSY 227 Principles of Helping Relationships - 3 credits
PSY 229 Biological Psychology - 3 credits
NEU 200 Introduction to Neuroscience - 3 credits
PSY 251 Health Psychology - 3 credits
PSY 231 Social Psychology for Psychology - 3 credits
PSY 309 Abnormal Psychology - 3 credits

III. Social/Spirituality
SOC 243 Social and Psychological Aspects of Aging - 4 credits
REL/PSY 204 Psychology of Religion - 3 credits
REL 220 Death and Dying - 3 credits
REL 233 Spirituality and Wellness - 3 credits
HON 133 Changing the World from the Inside Out - 3 credits

IV. Humanities
ENG 223 Trauma and Survival (Topics in American Lit.) - 3 credits
ENG 234 Creative Writing: Poetry - 3 credits
GND 100 Introduction to Gender Studies - 3 credits
PHI 141 Philosophy of Women - 3 credits
PHI/BIO 320 Biomedical Ethics - 3 credits
SPA 205 Spanish for Health Professionals - 3 credits

Physical, Experiential Requirements

Students must demonstrate participation in physical activities, which maintain or improve cardiovascular functions, endurance, or flexibility. These activities may be credit bearing or non-credit bearing. If credit bearing, the course does not count towards the 18 credits required for the minor. If non-credit bearing, the activity must be approved by a health and wellness minor advisor. Students must complete two physical activities, each of which must consist of at least 2.5 hours of physical activity per week, for the duration of a semester. *

Examples of credit bearing courses which fulfill 2.5 hours of physical activity per week, for the duration of a semester are:

V. Physical
DNC 211 Beginner Ballet
DNC 213 Intermediate Ballet
DNC 311 Advanced Ballet
DNC 216 Beginner Jazz
DNC 218 Intermediate Jazz
DNC 314 Advanced Jazz
DNC 220 Beginner Modern
DNC 230 Intermediate Modern
DNC 330 Advanced Modern
DNC 223 Beginner Tap
DNC 225 Intermediate Tap
DNC 318 Advanced Tap
Varsity Sport

* Examples of non-credit bearing activities may include participating in Healthy U programs or attending a gymnasium, as long as the hours spent in such activities are well-documented and can be verified.