2016-2017 Undergraduate Bulletin

Wellness Minor

Office: Sturm Hall, Room 295
Mail Code: Mail Code: 2000 East Asbury Avenue Denver, CO 80208
Phone: 303-871-4970
Email: kwillink@du.edu
Web Site: http://www.du.edu/livinglearning/wellness

Wellness is a unifying concept that weaves together many different disciplines, curricula, and facets of experience to promote conscious growth and dynamic balance in life. The Wellness Minor is designed to study a multidimensional model of wellness, including emotional, intellectual, spiritual, physical, community, multicultural and social wellness. An undergraduate who completes a minor in Wellness will have an increased ability to navigate in the health care, wellness, or corporate arenas which are increasingly embracing preventative, proactive approaches to health. These undergraduates will have delved into various approaches that prepare them to have a foundation for healthy living, gaining a breadth of exposure to various approaches to wellness. The wellness minor is suited for individuals who want to support their major with a balanced academic and experiential emphasis on the practice of wellness. This is often a good fit for majors such as: Biology, Psychology, Communication Studies, Sociology, Gender & Women’s Studies, Anthropology, Philosophy, and Religious Studies. Students can pursue the Wellness minor without being part of the Wellness Living and Learning Community.

Wellness

Minor Requirements

24 credits, including the following:

Credits cannot be counted toward meeting common curriculum requirements or as credits toward a major.
Required Courses 4-6
Six credits from the Wellness LLC series (these courses are only available to members of the Wellness Living & Learning Center):
Introduction to Wellness
Community and Social Wellness
Spiritual and Emotional Wellness
Or, students not enrolled in the Wellness Living and Learning Community should contact the program director for alternative introductory coursework.
All students will select one of the following:2
Spectator to Citizen: Community Organizing
or SS 2581
Spectator to Citizen: Denver Urban Issues and Policy
or SS 2582
Spectator to Citizen: School-Based Civic Engagement
Electives16-18
Choose a minimum of 5 courses from at least 2 different wellness domains. At least 8 credits need to be earned at the 2000 level or above. Elective courses may include the following: 1
Environmental
General Ecology
Global Change Ecology
Water Quality of Western Rivers and Streams
Environmental Law
People, Places & Landscapes
Sustainability & Human Society
Issues in Sustainabilities
Culture/Nature/Economics-Human Ecology
Social/Community
Spectator to Citizen: Community Organizing
Spectator to Citizen: Denver Urban Issues and Policy
Spectator to Citizen: School-Based Civic Engagement
Anthropology: Humankind in Context
Culture and The City
Performance & Social Change
The Family
Concepts of the Public Good
Understanding Social Life
Self and Society
Sociology of Health
Sociology of Sport
Drugs and Society
Physical
Feasting, Fasting and Food: The Anthropology of Food
Human Anatomy
Nutrition
Human Physiology
Biomedical Ethics
Child and Lifespan Development
Human Sexuality
Yoga in History and Practice
Emotional
Psychosocial Dimensions of Sports and Wellness
Depression
Motivation and Emotion
Mental
Philosophy of Mind
Foundations of Psychological Science
Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience
Drugs and Behavior
Spiritual
Native Religions
Buddhism
Self, Soul, and Public
Religion in American Politics
Culture, Psyche, and Religion
Bodies and Souls
Spiritual and Emotional Wellness
Multicultural
Cultural Narratives
Fundamentals of Intercultural Communication
Advanced Intercultural Communication
International Health and Development
Social Justice in a Global Context: Theory and Practice
Gender in Society
Relational
Voice and Gender
Communication in Personal Relationships
Mediated Communication and Relationships
Personality
The Psychology of Couples Relationships: From Dating to Mating and Beyond
Intellectual/Career
Speaking on Ideas that Matter
Stress Management
Total Credits24
1

Relevant coursework may be substituted with approval from minor coordinator.

Courses

WELL 2013 Introduction to Wellness (1,2 Credit)

This course is designed to help students critically analyze the determinants of wellness in the life cycle, across socio-economic boundaries and cultures, and to promote wellness in the everyday lives we lead both personally and as members of a community. An emphasis is placed on the research and application of knowledge and skills to increase personal awareness of health and to promote wellness in the quality of life in a community.

WELL 2014 Community and Social Wellness (1,2 Credit)

This course helps students explore their own perspectives and identities in terms of community and social wellness. Students explore different facets of the community from a development approach to analyze critically what determines the relationship between community wellness and social wellness across time, the life cycle, socio-economic boundaries, cultures and communities. There are both research and service components to the course. An emphasis is placed on informed discussion, working together, sensitivity to others' perspectives, and creating greater awareness of our power to effect change in our community and our world.

WELL 2015 Spiritual and Emotional Wellness (1,2 Credit)

This course helps students explore their own perspectives and identities in terms of spirituality as it relates to personal wellness. The course creates opportunities for students to explore different spiritual experiences to analyze critically the relationship between spirituality and wellness across time, the life cycle, various socio-economic levels, cultures and communities. An emphasis is placed on informed discussion, sensitivity to others' perspectives, and creating great awareness in our community.

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