Center for the Advancement of Well-Being
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Courses for Fall 2016

Consciousness, Transformation, Well-Being, and Mindfulness Courses

FALL 2016


The University Catalog is the authoritative source for information on courses. The Schedule of Classes is the authoritative source for information on classes scheduled for this semester. See the Schedule for the most up-to-date information and see Patriot web to register for classes.


INTS 395 section 004 Meditation, Mindfulness, and Stress Management” with Stacey Guenther. Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm for five consecutive days: August 22-26. This experiential learning course explores the art and science of mindfulness through many different meditative traditions. You will be required to engage in regular meditation practice outside of class. The course will also cover the biology, effects, and interventions for stress, and it will explore how best to manage your own stress response. 3 credits. All ELs for purposes of integrative studies majors. (Formerly coded NCLC 395) Register at Patriot web


INTS 355 “Consciousness, Meaning and Life-Purpose” with Mark Thurston. Tuesdays & Thursdays 1:30 – 2:45 pm. This is an introductory course to the study of consciousness and personal transformation. It is a required course for the undergraduate minor in consciousness and transformation, but it is open to any student. We will study the science of human consciousness, learn basic methods of meditation and dream interpretation, explore the factors that help us find happiness and meaning in life, and conduct a personal vision quest related to recognizing one’s own life-purpose. 3 credits.     (Formerly coded NCLC 355) Register at Patriot web


INTS 475 “Foundations of Well-Being and Resilience” with Nance Lucas. Wednesdays 1:30 -- 4:10. What conditions allow individuals and communities to develop greater levels of resilience in response to adversity, challenges, and barriers? How is it that some individuals and organizations thrive in these conditions? What processes can individuals and organizations employ to effectively respond to rapid change, internal & external pressures, and set-backs? Students will explore the many ways in which resilience can be learned and developed on individual, community, and organizational levels, and how resilience promotes growth and restores efficacy and agency, leading to higher levels of flourishing. This course is designed to engage students’ learning through exposure to the growing literature and research on well-being and resilience, combined with tools used to facilitate resilience in individual and group contexts. Students will learn how to apply concepts related to resilience and well-being to all types of careers and in all dimensions of life. 3 credits.     (Formerly coded NCLC 475) Register at Patriot web


PSYC 417 “The Science of Well-Being” with Todd Kashdan. Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:30 – 2:45 pm. What contributes to satisfying, engaging, and meaningful living? What conditions allow people to flourish? We address these questions by examining and interpreting the latest research in psychology and neuroscience on well-being, character strengths, social relationships, and societies. 3 credits. Register at Patriot web


MUSI 455   “Music As a Healing Art” with Glenn Smith. Mondays, 7:20 – 10:00 pm. The study of the relationship between musical vibrations and the natural rhythms of the body. Topics include the history of music and healing, sound theory, cymatics, toning, and a survey of vibrational healing modalities and theories. In this course, students will 1) learn how musical vibrations affect the body, mind, and spirit, 2) discover how and why sound is a powerful source for healing, 3) find out how the physical body is made from sound and how sound affects physical matter (cymatics), and 4) make a clear distinction between healing and curing. 3 credits. Register at Patriot web


PHIL 251 “Happiness and the Good Life” with Erik Angner. Tuesdays & Thursdays 1:30 – 2:45 pm. “How do I live a happy life?” The question might have occurred to you in some form or another. It is often described as the central question of the Western philosophical tradition. In this course, we address the question head on by taking advantage of 2,500 years of Western philosophical reflection as well as the much more recent science of happiness. Ultimately, students will be encouraged to develop their own answer to the question.   The course will help increase the capacity for critical, analytical, and imaginative thinking and to make well-founded decisions about one's own and other people’s well-being. The course will demonstrate how philosophy can illuminate other areas of discourse, in particular in economics and psychology. As an introductory-level Philosophy elective, the course is open to all students. Questions about happiness and the good life are of interest to anyone who’s breathing, but they are particularly relevant to those with an interest in moral, social and political philosophy, welfare economics, positive psychology, public health, and medicine. 3 credits. Register at Patriot web


GCH 325 “Stress and Well-Being” with Ali Weinstein.   This is an online, asynchronous course which explores the influences of stress on population-based health issues. The causes and pathways of the stress experience are explored from an ecological public health perspective. Theoretical aspects of stress and coping are considered, along with methods for relieving and preventing the stress response in both individuals and communities. 3 credits. Register at Patriot web.


UNIV 370 -- section DL1   “Dimensions of Well-Being” with Mark Thurston. This is an online, asynchronous course that introduces students to the terminology and basic science of well-being, along with personal well-being practices to test how the student can cultivate greater resilience, mindfulness, and meaning. 1 credit. Register at Patriot web

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