Coordinator: Dr. Georgia Polacek
In Cluster Five, students learn about themselves as individuals and as members of different communities. Through studying the many variables that influence human behavior, 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 spiritual dimensions.
The two 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 Domains. Students are expected to complete Cluster Five coursework during the first two years at the University.
Courses in the Wellness 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 requirements.
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.
After completing Cluster Five: Individuals in the Human Community, Wellness Domain, students should be able to:
After completing Cluster Five: Individuals in the Human Community, Sociocultural Domain, students should be able to: