Spring 2019 Semester Well-Being Courses

Spring 2019 Semester Well-Being Courses

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 475-004 “Personal Transformation: Theory and Practice” with Mark Thurston and Mary Elizabeth Lynch. This is a hybrid course with a four-day course intensive January 16-19 (10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.) just before the start of the regular semester classes; then four Friday sessions (10:30 a.m. to 1:10 p.m. on February 1 and 22, March 22, and April 12). In addition, there will be online modules throughout the semester. This course combines academic study and highly experiential learning around issues of how we undergo deep personal changes of values, worldview, and life purpose. Transformational changes are sometimes triggered by trauma or crisis, but potentially they are initiated by personal choice and intention. We will explore the research literature about ways to cultivate well-being and resilience in the midst of a transformation process. In addition to theoretical considerations, students will be asked to examine their own personal growth process and experiment with mindfulness and positive-intention exercises to cultivate enhanced self-awareness and agency in their own unfolding life experience. (4 credits, with 3 ELs embedded in this course for INTS majors)


GCH 325-DL1 and DL2 “Stress and Well-Being” with instructor TBA. There are two identical sections for this 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) REQUIRED COURSE FOR THE UNDERGRADUATE WELL-BEING MINOR, but open to any student.

INTS 355-001 “Mindfulness, Meaning, and Well-Being” with Mark Thurston. Mondays and Wednesdays 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. This is an introductory course to the study of consciousness, mindfulness, and the science of well-being. We will study the science of human consciousness, learn basic methods of meditation and how to find meaning in a dream, 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, with 1 EL embedded in this course for INTS majors.) REQUIRED COURSE FOR THE UNDERGRADUATE WELL-BEING MINOR, but open to any student.

INTS 356-001 “Well-Being and Resilience” with Nance Lucas.  Wednesdays 1:30 p.m. to 4:10 p.m. 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)

INTS 395-024 “Coaching for Well-Being” with Suzie Carmack. This is a hybrid course with five Saturday classroom meetings from noon to 6 p.m. (February 9 and 23; March 9 and 23; April 6) plus online modules throughout the semester. Students will learn effective strategies for coaching themselves, other individuals, and teams to optimize their well-being. Students will combine personal online learning experiences in self-study and self-reflection so that they know how to become more strategic about their own practices of self-care and self-compassion, and will also practice sharing these compassion-based coaching strategies interpersonally with their fellow classmates during in-class sessions. Students will also learn strategies for bringing mindful movement and meditation breaks into their school day. They will conclude the course with eligibility to take the National Board of Medical Examiners' exam for health and wellness coaching, through Dr. Carmack's affiliation with the International Consortium for Health and Wellness Coaching. (3 credits, which are all EL credits)  

INTS 475-008 “Peer Education for Well-Being” with Mark Thurston. Mondays and Wednesdays, 3 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. This course examines theories, research findings and best practices of peer education, especially focused on emerging adults and university settings. We will also explore the foundational concepts of the science of well-being, particularly in regard to practices which can be taught or mentored in a one-on-one setting: identifying strengths and values, practicing mindfulness, and clarifying a sense of meaning and purpose for one’s life. Students will be supervised in conducting a practicum outside of the classroom in which they work in a structured format on teaching/mentoring fellow students in the cultivation of these well-being practices. (4 credits,withe 3 of the credits embedded EL for INTS majors.)

MUSI 477-001 “Music and Consciousness” with Glenn Smith.  Mondays 7:20 p.m. to 10 p.m. 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)

PSYC 417-001 “The Science of Well-Being” with Todd Kashdan. Tuesdays and Thursdays  10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.  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)

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