Positive Health and Stress Management

HON 498 – Professor Christel Autuori

Modes of Inquiry: Textual Analysis, Scientific and Mathematical Analysis, Artistic Creation and Analysis, Historical, Social and Cultural Analysis

Course Description:

Stress has become a worldwide epidemic. According to the World Health Organization, over 80% of chronic disease and illness is related to stress and unhealthy stress management practices. College students face a myriad of stressors and often lack the resources, internally and externally, to cope with stress effectively and in a healthy manner. The development and utilization of positive stress management skills and strategies are critical for creating, maintaining, and sustaining health and wellbeing throughout life. This is especially important to students at varying levels of academic and social preparation, many of whom are first and second generation Americans and/or who are the first members of their families to attend college. WCSU provides many resources and services to guide and support students in the transition and adjustment to college life.  This course will provide the information and experiences necessary to help them navigate and succeed in their college career and beyond. 

 This course will provide the student with skills to manage stress on a physical, mental, and emotional level.  Stress and stressors will be explored and evaluated from a physical, psychological, and pathological perspective.  The cause, effect, and management of physiological stress response will be examined, and positive stress management skills will be explored, analyzed and practiced.  This course has a large experiential component. This provides the opportunity for students to not only transition into the University and will also orient them to the expectations, resources, requirements, and rewards of their WCSU experience. They will be provided the resources and experiences to create their own learning environment for a positive and successful career at WCSU and beyond. This course fulfills the Health and Wellness competency.