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. Within the Wellness Living and Learning Community (LLC), we rely on a model of wellness that consists of emotional, intellectual, spiritual, physical, community, and social 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, Women’s Studies, and Religious Studies.
Aside from 8 credits of required coursework, each student individually designs the wellness minor with the guidance and approval of the Wellness LLC Faculty Director. Students select additional courses to create a wellness theme for their minor, each of which must be approved by the Faculty Director. The student must earn a total of 25 credits to earn the minor. All students are required to take the following courses and participate in the activities stated below:
Required Courses (8 Credits)
- WELL 2013: Physical and Mental Wellness (Fall Quarter-2 Credits)
- WELL 2014: Social & Community Wellness (Spring Quarter-2 Credits)
- WELL 2015: Spiritual & Intellectual Wellness (Winter Quarter-2 Credits)
- CCESL: Community Organizing (Fall, Winter, or Spring-2 Credits)
Typically the 3 required WELLNESS courses are only offered to first-year members of the Wellness LLC. However, if you desire to be in the minor and were not in the LLC, you may get special permission to participate in the required WELL courses. Ideally you would take these courses consecutively in one academic year, which can occur sophomore, junior, or senior year. The Center for Community Engagement & Service Learning (CCESL) course must be taken as well, and is offered every year.
- The student will select 17 additional credits to fulfill a Wellness theme
Experiential or Independent Study
It is suggested that each wellness minor student complete one certification or independent study in their specific area of interest. Examples of appropriate certifications include First Aid/CPR, EMT Training, Yoga Instructor Certification, etc. Examples of an independent study project would be working at a summer camp or volunteering at a hospital and then writing a paper applying a theoretical model to the experience. The certification or independent study must first be approved by Faculty Director (recommended completion during summer break).
Interested students should contact Kate Ross, MSW, Assistant Clinical Professor, Graduate School of Social Work for a meeting. Students will be given a list of courses that have already been approved for the minor.