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

Courses for Spring 2017


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 395-010 Meditation, Mindfulness, and Stress Management” with Stacey Guenther. Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:30 pm for the week of January 17 through 21, plus two Fridays from 1:30 to 4:00 pm: February 10 and March 3. 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 integrative studies majors). Register at Patriot web

INTS 395-012 and INTS 395-014 “Integrative Health and Well-Being Coaching” with Suzie Carmack. There are two sections of this 5-day course intensive (8:00 am to 5:00 pm daily): January 17-21 and March 13-17. This experiential learning course will teach students how to optimize their lifestyle and their well-being, and how to coach friends, family members, and clients to do the same. Students will learn how to coach themselves, and others using the latest research in health communication, wellness coaching, and well-being science in order to improve  (1) their health, through healthy behavior adoption; (2) their wellness, through strategic stress management and lifestyle practices; and (3) their well-being, through movement and mindfulness exercises designed to enhance both the experience and the evaluation of their lives.


INTS 355-001 “Consciousness, Meaning, and Life-Purpose” with Mark Thurston. Tuesdays & Thursday 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. (1 EL embedded in this course for School of Integrative Studies students). Register at Patriot web

INTS 455-001Consciousness and Transformation in Action” with Mark Thurston.   Fridays  10:30 am - 1:10 pm.   Pre-requisite INTS 355.   This is the second required course for the minor in consciousness and transformation. This course covers how principles and practices of consciousness and transformation can relate to the student’s major and career pathway.   It includes theory and practices for deepening the student's own experience with the mindfulness and contemplative approaches to inquiry, and it explores how we take the concepts and principles of consciousness studies and apply them in the world around us. Course readings and assignments will focus on practical application, and each student will work on a personally-selected project.  3 credits. Register at Patriot web.   

NCLC 475-004   “Positive Organizations and Leadership” with Nance Lucas. Wednesdays 1:30 – 4:10. This highly interactive course provides an overview and connection between two interdisciplinary fields – positive organizational scholarship and leadership studies. Positive organizational scholarship focuses on positive outcomes, processes, and dynamics that enable human flourishing, resilience, virtuousness, and excellence. Students will explore the connections between positive organizational scholarship and contemporary leadership models and will learn about evidence-based applications that result in highly functioning teams, quality relationships, increased productivity, and greater levels of individual and organizational well-being.   Through a focus on active learning, the classroom will become a laboratory for applying concepts and bridging formal learning with application.   4 credits. (1 EL embedded in this course for NCC students). Register at Patriot web

MUSI 477-001 “Music and Consciousness” with Glenn Smith. Thursdays 7:20 – 10:00 pm. A study of the ways music has affected the mind and brain from throughout history to the present. By using principles of entrainment and resonance, the course demonstrates experientially the various methods by which music is used to alter consciousness. 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

PSYC 417 “The Science of Well-Being” with Todd Kashdan. Tuesdays and Thursdays Noon – 1:00 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

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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