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School of Adult and Graduate Education

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James Scepansky, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair, Psychology
610-606-4666 ext. 3424

Health & Wellness

For information contact Dr. Micah Sadigh,, 610-606-4666, ext. 3715.

Mission Statement

The purpose of the health and wellness minor is to provide students with a comprehensive approach to and understanding of health promotion and disease prevention, and to allow them to acquire the knowledge necessary for achieving optimal well-being. To realize this objective, a multidisciplinary approach to health is essential. Hence, the minor consists of courses from disciplines such as biology, psychology, social work, religion/spirituality, and humanities. Additionally, the minor requires that students attend to their physical health through participation in credit and/or non-credit activities such as dance courses or participation in fitness programs. The multidisciplinary nature of the minor will add distinctiveness to students’ education, particularly as it relates to the multifaceted nature of the study of health and wellness.

Program Requirements

To apply transfer credits toward the completion of minor requirements, students must have earned a grade of “C” or better in each course to be transferred. Courses completed more than ten years ago will not be accepted for purposes of completing the requirements of the minor.

Required Courses: 18 credits

Core Course: PSY 201 Mindy-Body Medicine
All students must complete a minimum of three credits from each of the following categories:
Biological Category

  • BIO 112 Concepts in Human Ecology
  • BIO 117 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIO 118 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • BIO 330 Neuropharmacology
  • BIO 348 Diseases of the Nervous System
  • NTR 210 Principles of Nutrition

Psychological Category

  • PSY 225 Sport Psychology
  • PSY 353 Social Psychology
  • PSY 220 Sensation and Perception
  • PSY 251 Health Psychology
  • PSY 304 Stress, Disease and Psychophysiological Interventions
  • PSY 326 Principles of Behavior Modification
  • PSY 246 Motivation and Emotion

Social/Spiritual Category

  • REL/PSY 204 Psychology of Religion
  • REL 220 Death and Dying
  • REL 225 Buddhism in America
  • REL 233 Spirituality and Wellness
  • SOC 243 Social and Psychological Aspects of Aging

History, Literature and Languages Category

  • ENG 235 Topics in non-fiction writing
  • PHI 141 Philosophy of Women
  • PHI/BIO 320 Biomedical Ethics
  • SPA 205 Spanish for Health Professionals
  • GND 100 Introduction to Sexuality Studies

Physical Experience Requirement: Students must demonstrate participation in physical activities, which maintain or improve cardiovascular functions, endurance, or flexibility. These activities may be credit bearing or non-credit bearing. If credit bearing, the course does not count towards the 18 credits required for the minor. If non-credit bearing, the activity must be approved by the health and wellness minor advisor. Students must complete two physical activities, each of which must consist of at least 2.5 hours of physical activity per week, for the duration of the semester.

Examples of credit bearing courses that fulfill the 2.5 hours of physical activity per week for the duration of a semester include any Dance (DNC) class and participation on one of our varsity athletics teams.

Examples of non-credit bearing activities that fulfill the 2.5 hours of physical activity per week for the duration of a semester include participation in college sponsored fitness programs and of attending a gymnasium, as long as the hours spent in such activities are well documented and can be verified.

NOTE: Physical copies of the most up-to-date advising sheets for each of our degree offerings (major and minors) are available in the hanging baskets in the Psychology Department hallway. For a digital copy of an advising sheet, please contact your academic advisor.