Course Descriptions

PSY 109 - Positive Psychology

3 Credits

Positive Psychology is the scientific study of human happiness, well-being, and strength of character. This course takes an empirical and experiential approach to helping individuals use the science of flourishing to enhance their lives. Topics covered include happiness, pleasure, beliefs, positive thinking, character strengths, values, goal setting, wellness, the mind-body connection, self-esteem, overcoming perfectionism, relationships, and enabling institutions. Students may not receive credit for PSY 109 Positive Psychology and PSY 270 Selected Topics in Psychology - Positive Psychology. Three class hours.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Identify the basic premises of Positive Psychology, and analyze criticisms of the field.
2. Identify different ways to define and measure happiness, as well as variables that are related/unrelated to happiness and well-being.
3. Describe the history of Positive Psychology and its relationship to traditional psychology.
4. Identify the difference between values and character strengths. Use signature strengths in new ways.
5. Identify the components of enabling institutions.
6. Demonstrate comprehension of research and current theories in Positive Psychology.
7. Employ Positive Psychology interventions to increase personal well-being.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

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Fall Semester 2018
Spring Semester 2018
Summer Session 2018