Well-being, Minor

Program Overview

How do people maintain a sense of well-being in their lives? Each person’s path to well-being in body and mind is unique—arising from an awareness of his or her needs, goals, and what each find fulfilling. The Well-being minor includes a wide variety of courses that explore the nature of what it is to be human and to orient oneself in the world, to have relationships, make decisions, be creative, and make discoveries.

16 credits are required for the minor in Well-being.

Course topics may include:

  • Basic Drawing
  • Nature/Society
  • Minds and Machines
  • Well-being: Cultivating Curiosity
  • The Art of Listening
  • Music and Nature
  • Empathy and Emotion
  • Rensselaer Concert Choir Credit Hours: 1
  • Stress and the Brain
  • Hormones, Brain, and Behavior
  • Ethics
  • General Psychology
  • Psychology of Mindfulness
  • Sensibilities
  • Stress and the Brain
  • Hormones, Brain, and Behavior
  • Positive Psychology
  • Creative Writing: Poetry
  • Creative Writing: Creative Non-Fiction
  • Creative Writing: The Short Story

See course catalog for details


The School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
Russell Sage Laboratory (SAGE) 5304, 110 8th Street, Troy, NY 12180
(518) 276-6575


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