PSY 123 (lower level GE): Beyond Mental Health: The Science of Well-Being

Course Overview

Beyond Mental Health: The Science of Well-Being is a course that is on both the science and practice of well-being.

Well-being and the experience of it is close to the hearts of college students and societies. College students across the world care well-being more than money. Yet, college students are increasingly reporting high levels of depression and anxiety. Beyond college, societies are increasingly concerned with assessing and tracking well-being as a measure of societal progress.

This course seeks to provide a scientific and psychological account of well-being – its definition, determinants, and outcomes. We address questions such as: How do we go about measuring happiness? Can happiness enhance longevity and health? What interventions can promote happiness? What types of societies are happier? This course will engage and challenge students not only intellectually, but also experientially as we work on enhancing happiness in our lives and in the lives of others around us.

The course will introduce you to the science of well-being and provide an opportunity to experience and empirically test positive psychology exercises. Through lectures, in-class demonstrations, exercises, readings, and hands-on outside class exercises, students successfully completing the course should be able to:
(1) Outline the history of well-being research to its present day incarnation
(2) Identify the key antecedents of well-being
(3) Distinguish the different scientific theories of well-being
(4) Understand the positive outcomes of happiness for individuals and societies
(5) Appreciate scientific process of studying well-being (data collection, research design, confounds)
(6) Apply positive psychology exercises in their lives
(7) Find resources on campus to promote mental health and well-being

By understanding happiness and practicing positive psychology exercises, I hope that students (and those around them) will be able to make choices that lead to happier lives.


Make the Most of Summer with ENTR & other courses that fulfill requirements for the ENTR Certificate

Complete almost all requirements for the Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation in just one summer at the WL campus and online. 


ENTR 20000 Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Innovation (free)
3 credits

Module 1 – Maymester – 5/18-6/12
MTWR 8:40-11:30am
WALC 3138
First Core Course for the Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program

ENTR 31000 Marketing and Management for New Ventures (Pre-req. ENTR 20000) (TE)
3 credits

Module 2 – 6/15-7/12
MTWR 8:40-11:30am
WALC 3138
Second Core Course for the Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program

ENTR 47000 Internship and Career Preparation Seminar (free)
online, 1 credit

Modules 2 & 3 – 6/15-8/04
Fulfills one option course requirement for the Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Capstone courses are noted

AGEC 33100 (free) – Principals of Selling in Agricultural Business
CNIT 48000 (free) – Managing IT Projects
COM 21700 (LL GE) – Science Writing and Presentations
COM 31400 (UL GE) – Advanced Presentational Speaking
CS 40700 (N/A) – Software Engineering Senior Project
EAPS 37500 (UL GE) – Fossil Fuels, Energy & Society – Great Issues Course
ECE 49600 (N/A) – EE and CMPE Projects
EPCS 100000:399999 (100-200 level: free; 300 level: TE) – EPICS Participation (3 total credits)
EPCS 400000:499999 (TE) – Senior Participation in EPICS (3 total credits) – Capstone
HTM 31200 (free) – Human Resources Mgmt. for the Service Industries
ME 46300 (required for summer graduating seniors) – Engineering Design – Capstone

MGMT 30400 (TE) – Introduction to Financial Management
POL 32700 (UL GE) – Global Green Politics – Great Issues Course
SPAN 42400 (UL GE) – Business Spanish
TLI 21400 (free) – Industrial Supply Chain Management
TLI 31500 (free) – New Product Development
TLI 33400 (free) – Economic Analysis For Technology Systems