This minor provides students with a well-grounded understanding of the nature of human well-being, including both the historical foundations and modern research findings. Through the required coursework, students develop an ability to implement personal practices that foster deeper self-awareness, resilience, mind-body wellness, the regulation of stress factors in his or her life, and an emerging sense of meaning for his or her life. Students will learn to creatively and effectively apply principles from the exploration of the science of well-being to his or her own field of study. 


Fuertes, Thurston, Weinstein


Eight credits of coursework must be unique to the minor and students must earn a minimum grade of 2.00 in all courses applied to the minor. For policies governing all minors, see the Undergraduate Policies section of this catalog.

Banner Code: WELB

Minor Requirements

Total credits: 15

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

Core Courses

INTS 355Mindfulness, Meaning Well-Being3
GCH 325Stress and Well-Being (Mason Core)3
Total Credits6


Select two to three courses from the following:9
Foundations of Health Communication
Foundations of Intercultural Communication (Mason Core)
Family and Health Communication
Health Behavior Theories
Health and Disease
Health Promotion and Education
Health and Environment
Social Determinants of Health
Social Determinants of Health
Relationship Health
Health Communication
Conflict Resolution and Transformation
Conflict, Trauma and Healing
Spirituality and Conflict Transformation (Mason Core)
Social Justice Consciousness and Action
Foundations of Resilience and Well-Being
Well-Being in Action
Self-Care and Well-Being for Helping Professionals
Music as a Healing Art
Music and Consciousness
Happiness and the Good Life
Psychological Fitness
Science of Well Being
Spirituality and Healing (Mason Core)
Comparative Study of Mysticism
Total Credits9