Dr. Herbert K. Amato,
Cluster Five Learning
Through studying the many variables that influence human
behavior in contemporary society, students gain an understanding of the
relationship between the individual and a diverse community and develop a sense
of responsibility for self and community. Students explore how individuals
develop and function in the social, psychological, emotional, physical and
Cluster Five Structure
In the Cluster Five package, students learn about themselves
as individuals and as members of different communities. The courses within this
six credit-hour cluster may be taken concurrently or individually, in any
order. Students are required to
complete one course each in Wellness and in Sociocultural Dimension.
Students are expected to complete Cluster Five course work during the first two
years at the University.
Courses in this area examine the dimensions of health and
wellness. An emphasis is placed on the factors that influence health and
wellness, particularly individual behaviors.
Students will participate in self-assessments that provide information
about their health and wellness behaviors and their overall health status. In addition, students will learn strategies
that improve lifetime health and wellness.
Courses include a physical wellness component as a part of the course
Choose one of the following:
GHTH 100. Personal Wellness
GKIN 100. Lifetime Fitness and Wellness
Individuals in the Human Community: The
Courses in this area focus on sociocultural and psychological
aspects of individuals interacting within societal contexts. Students study the
formation and functions of social relationships and reflect on personal
responsibilities to diverse communities within which people function throughout
life. Students explore sociocultural and psychological aspects of personal
belief systems, self-identity, and assumptions about others. Courses in this
area enable students to develop ethical and scientifically-based critical
thinking about human behavior and social interaction.
Choose one of the following:
GPSYC 101. General Psychology
GPSYC 160. Life Span Human Development
Individual in Society
GEIC 102. Individuals in the Human Community:
The Community Perspective
Cluster Five Learning Objectives
After completing Cluster Five: Individuals in the Human
Community, students should be able to:
Understand the dimensions of wellness, the various
factors affecting each dimension, and how dimensions are interrelated.
Understand the relationship between personal behaviors
and lifelong health and wellness.
Recognize an individual’s level of health and wellness
and understand how these levels impact quality of life
Identify and implement strategies that improve an
Make plausible interpretations about behavior in social
Identify implications of taking action regarding
Use evidence to develop and evaluate positions
regarding social/behavioral issues
Discriminate between ethical and nonethical practices
in the social/behavioral sciences
Identify relevant contributions of
sociocultural/psychological variables to theories about human behavior and