Course Descriptions

Undergraduate Minor in Integrative Holistic Health and Wellness, prerequisite and 18 credit hours

  • Prerequisite: HOL 1000
  • Required core courses: nine credits including HOL 2000, HOL 4400 and HOL 4700
  • Electives: nine credits of HOL 3000, HOL 4000, or HOL 5000 level courses

Graduate Certificate in Integrative Holistic Health and Wellness, 18 credit hours

  • Required core courses: nine credits including HOL 5310, HOL 6500, and HOL 6700
  • Electives: nine credits of HOL 5000 or HOL 6000 level courses

 

HOL 1000 Choices in Living (Prerequisite for the minor), 3 credits

The course will focus on the relationship between individual choices, social responsibilities and optimal human functioning. Students will be educated in current theories and techniques of values clarification, motivation, and behavior change. Health and social issues relevant to young adults and throughout the life cycle will be examined. This course is designed for undergraduate students in all majors and is especially valuable for students interested in health and human services professions. This course satisfies General Education Area VIII: Health and Well-Being.

HOL 2000 Choices in Global Living, 3 credits

This course considers the concept of "health" at both the individual and global level by exploring the connection between an individual's lifestyle choices and their impact on the larger world of work and service. The theory of holism, along with related theories (multiculturalism, sustainability, and ecological systems) is considered across a variety of disciplines in order to examine current initiatives that are occurring in order to improve the human condition.

HOL 2701 Resiliency to Enhance Life, 2 credits

This course will provide you the skills, knowledge and techniques and the practice necessary to apply what you learn to your daily life and to make healthy life decisions.  This entails a holistic approach where mind, body, spirit are integrated in order to function to your fullest. In these times of increasing stress and rapid and unsettling change, people will do much better who are able to see clearly, adjust appropriately, listen openly to others, be creative, decide with confidence and act with conviction.  In Resiliency Training for Life, you focus on training the mind as the mind is central to your perceptions of life, your beliefs and the decisions that you make. You will be introduced, through direct experience, to the practical application of clearing, calming, centering, and focusing your mind in your daily life. The physical movement component of the class allows you to develop flexibility, grace, strength, endurance and focus. Direct application of these practices in daily life will give you glimpses of its potential value for you in your future careers. Wise and compassionate individuals who embody honor, vitality, dedication, values and integrity are needed in every arena of life from government, business, religion and the military to education, energy and the environment. Resiliency Training for Life will give you practice in refining your ability to act from your ‘center’, the place from which we maintain integrity and maximize effectiveness. This course satisfies General Education Area VIII: Health and Well-Being.

HOL 2801 Health and Well Being HC restricted to honors students only, 3 credits

This course is designed to provide information on the multiple dimensions of health and well-being. This course provides students with a holistic approach to understanding self and community through a health focus. This course is designed around three central themes: self-care, community, and culture. Students will engage in a variety of activities which will foster critical thinking skills and personal exploration. Students are exposed to theory and practice in the following areas: self-care and well-being, culture, research, and health broadly defined and encompassing psychological, physical, spiritual, environmental, social health. This course satisfies General Education Area VIII: Health and Well-Being.  

HOL 3000 Exploring Practices in Integrative Health Care, 3 credits

This course is a general survey of holistic health practices and issues, with a focus on the variety of alternative and complementary modalities that are present in integrative health care settings. Students will complete an assessment of the values and attitudes which underpin their current health practices, as well as examining the values and issues that shape our current health care models. They will explore and critically evaluate a variety of holistic health services and their application. The format for the course will be a combination of lectures, experiential activities, and student presentations.

HOL 3300 Holism and Nature, 3 credits

This course is designed to increase awareness of environmental problems and their connection to our own health - physically, mentally and spiritually. We will examine the connections between individual lifestyle choices and the effects those choices have on the earth. The intentions of the course are to assist participants in the exploration of human interactions with nature on a global and historical level as well as an individual level. The impacts of our lifestyles on the earth (e.g., sustainable agriculture, deep ecology, and voluntary simplicity) will be explored. The format for the course will be a combination of experiential activities, video presentations, meditation, readings, discussions and much time spent immersing ourselves in nature.

HOL 3900 Special Topics in Holistic Health, 1-4 credits

This is a variable topics, variable credit undergraduate level course for the examination of integrative and holistic health care issues. Special topics and number of credit hours will be announced each time the course is scheduled. May be repeated for credit.  

HOL 3910 Introduction to Spirituality, 3credits

This course is designed to provide introductory information on spirituality and provides students with a holistic approach to understanding self and community through a spiritual focus. This course is designed about the following themes: spiritual self-care, spiritual research and health, and spiritual diversity. Students will engage in a variety of activities that will foster critical thinking skills and personal exploration. Students will be exposed to spiritual development models, spirituality and health research, and contemplative practices. Students will be assessed on their oral and written communication skills, as well as through their participation in experiential exercises. The course format includes lectures, small-group discussions, experiential exercises, and a final research project.

HOL 4400 Issues and Ethics in Holistic Health, 3 credits

This course provides an in-depth exploration of the key issues and ethics that arise when considering health at an individual, interpersonal, and global level. The course provides students with critical-thinking skills and decision-making skills in order to effectively assess scientific information in the field of holistic health. The course format includes lectures, small-group discussions of case examples, experiential exercises, and a final paper in which students apply the principles of holistic health to their major field of study. Prerequisites: HOL 1000 and HOL 2000.

HOL 4700 Relationship-Centered Skills, 3 credits

This course provides students with a holistic approach to interpersonal process and communication in order to prepare them to function effectively in health care and relationship-centered settings. Students are exposed to theory and practice in the following areas: key principles of effective communication, holistic approaches to interpersonal process, and relationship-centered approaches to providing health and human services. This course is intended for students pursuing either the minor in holistic health or a major in health and human services. Juniors and seniors or permission of instructor.

HOL 4970 Independent Study in Holistic Health, 1-4 credits

This course will be arranged on an individual basis to provide students the opportunity to pursue independently the study of special areas of holistic healthcare. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Instructor approval.  

HOL 5300 Special Topics in Holistic Health, 1-4 credits

This is a variable topic, variable credit course for consideration of current and special interests in holistic health. Specific topics, number of credit hours and prerequisites, if any, will be announced each time the course is scheduled. May be repeated for credit with different topics. Special topics are offered each semester.

HOL 5300 Biofeedback, 3 credits

Balance and regulation of both the mind and the body impact health, recovery and well-being. As obvious as that statement seems, its integration into the health and helping professions is a relatively recent development in many Western societies. Both biofeedback and neurofeedback grew out of technological advances -- namely the personal computer and brain imaging techniques -- but these emerging treatments are not about the machines. They use technology as a tool to recruit both mind and body in the quest to heal, facilitate recovery and find balance. This course is an introduction into how we tap technology to advance self-regulation and homeostasis, and how we can use these psychophysiological techniques for various interventions and treatment needs.

HOL 5300 BodyMind Nutrition, 3 credits

This course will explore the BodyMind concept of nutrition by using the web-like construct as described in a functional model.  This course will explore how food communicates with our body in a bodymind context. Genetics, food industry, our environment, human behavior, disease development, and the integration of those disciplines will be explored. The format will be discussion groups and lecture.

HOL 5300 Chi Gong, 1 credit

In this class you will learn Ancient Five Element Qigong (Chi Gong) routines that have been a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine for thousands of years. These routines are designed to build and strengthen your internal health creating harmony within yourself and with your environment. Qigong exercise has improved the functioning of the immune system, circulation and central nervous system, releasing stress and relaxing millions of people all over the world.

HOL 5300 Spirit and Science of Holistic Health, 3 credits

This class will explore how recent, often startling findings in the “new sciences” are exposing the limitations of traditional explanations of reality and supporting more holistic approaches for helping people to create and promote health. Participants will be challenged to re-think the traditional focus of health education/promotion approaches as well as their own personal philosophies of health. An alternative, holistic approach for helping people create health and support healing will be presented. Implications for the role of the helping professional will be explored.

HOL 5300 Understanding Grief and Loss, 3 credits

This course examines basic principles of grief and loss including the many types of loss, mourning, common reactions, manifestations and myths.  Also considered are ambiguous loss, disenfranchised loss, substance use related to grief and the special needs of those who grieve in prison.  Grief support in the form of healing listening is explored as well as issues related to self-awareness, self-care and boundaries in supporting those who grieve.  The Medical Model and the Contemplative Model are presented as frameworks in which to view grief, loss and support.      

HOL 5301 Meditation to Enhance Living, 1 credit

The purpose of Meditation to Enhance Living is to introduce the student, through direct experience, to the practical application of meditation in daily life. We will discuss and experience various forms of meditation from different cultural and religious perspectives, yet the basic meditation practice is secular in nature. The latest scientific research on meditation will be reviewed; research that clearly supports the efficacy of meditation in reducing stress and in producing a sense of inner calm or peace. Participants who apply this practice to their daily lives will achieve a significant reduction in stress as well as an increase in their performance and perceived ease of performance.  

HOL 5302 Advanced Meditation to Enhance Living, 1 credit

The purpose of Advanced Meditation is to deepen, through direct experience, the student's capacity to meditate and to apply meditation with increasing ease and effectiveness is daily life. We will discuss and experience various forms of meditation from different cultural perspectives yet the basic meditation practice is secular in nature. Prior experience with meditation is required.

HOL 5303 Tai Chi for Health, 1 credit

This course will provide students with an understanding of the body and mind health benefits of Tai Chi through learning and practicing a short set and other fundamental exercises. Body and mind benefits will be explored through physiological terms.

HOL 5304 Yoga to Enhance Living, 1 credit

This class is intended to introduce students to the history, philosophy, science, spirituality and health benefits that yoga has to offer. The class will combine lectures with the practice of yoga techniques including: asana (holding of postures), pranayama (breathwork), and meditation. Open to Upperclass and Graduate students.  

HOL (5300) 5305 Mindfulness to Enhance Living, 3 credits  

This course will focus on the theoretical and experiential foundations of mindfulness.  Both formal mindfulness practices as well as informal strategies for everyday mindfulness will be offered and experienced through guided personal practice. This class utilizes assigned independent readings, guided audio mindfulness practices, video didactics and reflective learning. The focus is on developing an understanding of mindfulness from a body, mind, community, and heart perspective.  Along with our expectations that students will comprehend the information presented in class and readings, students are also expected to learn about mindfulness by engaging in an exploration of mindfulness practices (formal and informal).

HOL 5310 Introduction to Holistic Health, 3 credits

The primary purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to the philosophies, theories, and concepts involved in holistic health care. It is meant to serve both as a general educational experience for students who wish to become familiar with holism and essential basic instruction for students wishing to apply for admission to the graduate certificate program in Integrative Holistic Health and Wellness. Not an elective for the undergraduate minor.

HOL 5320 Holistic Approaches to Personal Relationships, 3 credits

The purpose of this course is to provide an understanding of relationship development. In order to do this, students will acquire knowledge in self-concept formation, social systems theory, values development, and communication models. A major emphasis in the course will be on how to assist people in establishing and maintaining healthy relationships.  

HOL 5321 Holistic Health Coaching, 3 credits

This course introduces students to the foundational concepts of psychological coaching, including the history and theoretical roots, related professional organizations, and ethical codes regulating the coaching profession. The instructor, a professionally certified coach and trainer, will provide an overview of coaching techniques and models of coaching, as well as the role of coaching in promoting holistic health. Clear distinctions will be drawn between psychological coaching and psychotherapy, as well as other helping models. This course will also include an overview of the dimensions of wellness and how coaching techniques can promote lasting change to better support well-being. Suggestions and encouragement for integrating coaching skills into related professional roles will also be emphasized.

HOL 5340 Holistic Health and Spirituality, 3 credits

 This course helps students better understand the spiritual dimensions of each individual and the relationship of spirituality to the meaning of health. Various spiritual traditions, philosophies and practices will be explored with the primary emphasis on the implications of these teachings for everyday living. The course will address the role of spirituality in the therapeutic process for health care professionals and resources available for practitioners and educators. The format for the course will include lecture, discussion, experiential activities and audio/video presentations.

HOL 5350 Holistic Approaches to Stress, 3 credits

This course will focus on the nature, sources and symptoms of stress, and provide a holistic approach for the management of stress. The relationship between stress and personality, lifestyle, health and illness will be explored. In addition, the reasons for, and management of, professional and organizational burn-out will be presented.

HOL 5360 Wellness Skills for Health Professionals, 3 credits  

This course introduces wellness information and strategies for use by students and professionals working in the health and human services fields. The course is designed to teach the theories and techniques used to address wellness issues related to emotional, relational, cognitive, physical, and spiritual concerns. This course is designed to help students and health care professionals explore these wellness issues in their own lives to insure that they are able to provide effective services to their clients/patients/consumers and to assist in preventing compassion fatigue. It is also designed to provide them with a guide to implementing these same wellness practices with those with whom they are working. Students will be exposed to current research in the areas of wellness and neurological functioning as it relates to wellness. Finally, students will explore diversity issues and ethical practices as they relate to wellness strategies.

HOL 5370 Health and Humor, 3 credits

This course will focus on the physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual dimensions of laughter, humor and play. We will explore recent discoveries and research regarding their role in human physical and mental health. Students will learn about the social significance of humor and play, what makes people laugh and why, the role of happiness, and will learn ways to increase happiness and playfulness, use laughter and humor as a stress management technique, and build a basis for appropriate use of humor in helping others.

HOL 5380 Eastern Thought and Practice, 3 credits

Eastern thought and practice has informed our current understanding of the mind/body/spirit connection. For thousands of years the spiritual and/or philosophical practices of the Eastern psychological traditions taught practitioners how to cultivate the qualities of self-awareness, focus, kindness, contentment, mindfulness, and compassion.  Modern day science has confirmed that these qualities have a direct and positive impact on health.  Through comparative analysis of various philosophical and religious traditions (primarily Tibetan and Zen Buddhism) and experiences, students will explore these practices and consider how they inform their daily life, their understanding of themselves, their communities and the wider world and how they have influenced and continue to influence current scientific research on the mind/body/spirit connection. The meditative/mindfulness practices will help students move along the path to their own sense of inner peace, calmness, clarity and liberation.

HOL 5500 Introduction to Holism and Expressive Arts, 3 credits

This course is a survey of expressive arts therapies used to facilitate the healing process and will deepen the student's understanding of the role of creative expression in health and healing. The use of arts therapies to promote health, reduce stress, and complement the traditional treatment of physical and mental illness will be discussed. Topics covered will be visual arts, sound/music, movement/dance, writing/poetry, and drama/psychodrama. The format for the course will be a combination of experiential creative activities, guest lectures, and video and audio presentations. No artistic background required.

HOL 5510 Holistic Approaches to Healing through Visual Art, 3 credits

This course introduces a holistic approach to the use of visual art in healing; how to choose and present appropriate art experiences; spontaneous and directed theme art activities, resources, and materials; guides for interpreting art; and ethics. A variety of activities such as drawing, painting, clay, sand tray, collage, mandalas, and masks will be explored. The format for the course is a combination of experiential activities, lectures, video, and slide presentations. The course is designed to give students and professionals in the counseling, social work, psychology, health care, occupational therapy, art, and other fields some practical tools and considerations for using art for health and healing with others or for personal growth. No artistic talent is required.

HOL 5530 Holistic Strategies for Illness and End of Life, 3 credits

This course will examine holistic strategies and techniques designed to help people cope with illness along the continuum from diagnosis through the end-of-life. Topics will include: complementary methods that assist with treatment, surgery, medical procedures, pain management, guided imagery; psychosocial/spiritual considerations; being/supporting the caregiver; and death and dying. Students will pursue their individual interests in a project which will include assessment, research and recommendations of holistic modalities for a person dealing with a particular illness. This course is appropriate for professionals/students in healthcare and related fields and for individuals who are looking for assistance with their own illness or caring for a loved one.  

HOL 5540: Love and Forgiveness, 3 credits  

Students will be exposed to current research in the area of forgiveness and the impact it has on an individual’s personal well-being as well as societal well-being. We will explore what contributes to the development of a grievance, what maintains it, and what gets in the way of being able to forgive it. We will look at examples of unforgiven grievances and the impact they have on individuals and society. And, we will examine methods of achieving forgiveness and the positive benefits this has. The format of the class will be both didactic and experiential with time for discussion and processing of exercises. Evaluation will be based on understanding the content of the material that will be presented, self-report of personal growth, and demonstration of competently utilizing forgiveness techniques.

HOL 5550 Successful Aging, Holistic Perspectives, 3 credits

This course will focus on holistic factors of aging and lifestyle choices that enable people to preserve and even enhance wellness and vitality in later life. Current images and myths of aging will be explored and research studies that outline holistic ways to delay, prevent, or positively treat common chronic diseases will be presented along with programs and policies that enable older people to practice positive aging strategies. This course will highlight the qualities of older people who remain physically active, intellectually engaged, emotionally involved, spiritually connected, and vital throughout their years.

HOL 5600 Advanced Spirituality and Health, 3 credits

This course provides students with an opportunity to explore the theory and application of a variety of contemplative practices (e.g., meditation traditions, centering prayer, mindfulness, authentic movement, yoga, guided visualization, appreciative inquiry, and receptive listening). Students will consider how these practices are being used across the country to enhance educational, performance, and health outcomes. The course also provides an experiential introduction to these methods, as well as an examination of how to most effectively and ethically bring a contemplative and heart-centered presence into one’s work. This course serves as a follow-up to HOL 5340 (Spirituality and Health) and/or for students with prior experience in the area of spirituality and health.  

HOL 5980 Readings in Holistic Health, 1-4 credits

This course provides individualized, independent study and reading under guidance of a faculty member. Initiative for planning topic for investigation and seeking the appropriate faculty member comes from the student, with consultation from the advisor. Open to Upperclass and Graduate students. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

HOL 6500 Seminar in Holistic Methods, 3 credits

This course serves as a follow-up to HOL 5310 and is a required course for the Graduate Certificate in Integrative Holistic Health and Wellness. It offers students an exploration of holistic approaches to wellness promotion, therapy, stress-management, and professional self-care that honor the interdependent relationship between body, mind, spirit, and community. The course also provides an overview of various paradigms of health, holistic approaches to assessment, skills in accessing and discerning relevant research, and examples of “holism in action” in the community. The format for the courses will be a combination of experimental activities, lectures, discussions, personal reflections, small group activities, guest speakers, and audio/visual presentations. Through these learning experiences students will have the opportunity to develop a deeper knowledge of the relationship between body, mind, and spirit as well as how to integrate this into their personal and professional practice. Prerequisite: HOL 5310 or instructor approval.

6700 Professional Field Experience (Master’s level), 1-6 credits

This registration is designed to give the student a total learning experience during which the student can apply some of the knowledge and information obtained in the health and human services academic setting and further develop and refine his/her professional skills with the guidance and assistance of those professionals currently working in the health and human service area. Prerequisites: HOL 5310 and HOL 6500.

HOL 6910 Spirituality and the Therapeutic Process, 3 credits

This seminar will explore the relationship of spirituality and the therapeutic process as they relate to clinical practice. Spirituality will be studied as an important resource in psychological health and in healing. In addition, the spiritual lives of therapists will be looked at as a means to support their ability to offer the core therapeutic conditions. Theoretical models for integrating spirituality into practice will be offered and specific teachings and practices from a variety of religious traditions will be presented as resources for the healing process. One goal of the seminar is to enable those in the healing professions to work with their client’s spiritual life without imposing their own framework. This course is designed for all health and human service workers, but has a special emphasis on the therapeutic process.  

HOL 6970 Independent Study in Holistic Health, 1-4 credits

This course will provide an independent study instructional format for Integrative holistic health and wellness certificate students. Prerequisite: Instructor approval.

HOL 7120 Professional Field Experience (same as 6700 Doctoral level), 1-6 credits