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Plus 2 Course Topics

In order to successfully complete the WELL 090 graduation requirement, students must complete two of the classes listed below.

It is strongly encouraged that students complete the requirement by their junior year. Not all topics are offered every semester and are subject to change.

Beyond Volunteering: Living an Engaged LifeIntellectual; Social; Values & Ethics; Emotional

Facilitated by CCE staff, this 3-week Wellness Plus 2 course will consider how to live an engaged life, both during and after your time at University of Richmond. As part of the course, students will attend three CCE Brown Bag discussions on Friday afternoons, to hear from various community leaders about how they live engaged lives.  Throughout course sessions, students will:

  • clarify their own civic identity, purpose, and commitment to civic engagement
  • develop and expand their understanding of and capacity for active participation in a community
  • understand how community leaders connect their personal and professional lives
  • understand where they can make their greatest impact
Career Exploration (First and Second Year Students)Intellectual; Social; Values & Ethics; Emotional

Taught by the professional staff of the University’s Career Development Center. Each class section may be specialized to a particular group of students according to class year. The following objectives are included: identify present interests and personality preferences, explore educational and career alternatives, discuss self and community in relation to work, majors, and careers, and life planning, and apply decision-making and career development models to personal decision-making situations.

Life and Career After UR (Third and Fourth Year Students)Intellectual; Social; Values & Ethics; Emotional; Financial

Taught by the professional staff of the University’s Career Development Center. Each class section may be specialized to a particular group of students according to class year. The following objectives are included: identify present interests and personality preferences, explore educational and career alternatives, discuss self and community in relation to work, majors, and careers, and life planning, and apply decision-making and career development models to personal decision-making situations.

Crime & ViolenceIntellectual; Values & Ethics

This course will focus on various types of violent crime as defined by Virginia Law. The course will include presentation, discussion, and case studies of violent crimes and students will learn about personal safety, overview of legal terms and the judicial process, relationship violence, crimes according to the Code of Virginia, and other topics.

Empathy, Difference & CommunityIntellectual; Social

This course introduces students to the concept of a healthy community as on that is diverse and equitable, and to the fundamental skills needed to create and sustain such a community. Through engagements with provocative audio and visual documentary, expert guests, and guided discussions, students practice self-reflection, empathy, and constructive dialogue regarding social differences.

Eating and Working OutIntellectual; Physical; Emotional
This course focuses on the basic principles of exercise and nutrition. Upon course completion, students will be able to design an aerobic and resistance training program as well as determine nutritional needs based on activity level and current goals.
Financial FitnessIntellectual; Financial

With the increasing complexities of our financial world it is important for individuals to gain the knowledge and skills needed to navigate through it. This course will improve students understanding of financial products, services and concepts, so that they are empowered to make informed choices, avoid pitfalls, know where to go for help and take actions to improve their present and long-term financial well being.

First Aid/CPR/AEDIntellectual; phsyical

The Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED course incorporates the latest science and teaches students to recognize and care for a variety of first aid emergencies such as burns, cuts, scrapes, sudden illnesses, head, neck, back injuries, heat and cold emergencies and how to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies to help victims of any age - adults (about 12 years and older) and pediatric (infants and children up to 12 years of age). Students who successfully complete this course will receive a certificate for Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED valid for two years. Cost $40/student

Fitness EssentialsPhysical; Social; Emotional

Provides information on fitness and wellness and to serve as a guide to design, implement, and evaluate a complete personal fitness and wellness program. Practical and applied sessions will be offered covering various components of well-rounded fitness regimens including equipment basics and operations, workout design, program development and progression of varying types of training modes. Students will gain knowledge on the benefits of exercise and nutrition fundamentals while learning how to develop programs that are specific to their health goals.

Individual PrepardnessIntellectual; Social; Physical

During the course, you will identify the types of hazards that could impact you and learn what to do before, during and after an emergency.  Students will also review case studies from previous disasters and apply those identified lessons to preparedness efforts on campus.   

Medicine and HealthIntellectual; Social; Financial

Information covered in this class includes the regulation of non-prescription drugs, principles of drug action, and drug elimination and criteria for establishing the safety and efficacy of medicinal products. Common non-prescription drugs will be discussed and their usefulness in treating ailments and their symptoms. The course will also review alternative treatments, such as acupuncture, chiropractic, and homeopathic therapies.

Men's HealthIntellectual; Physical; Social

This class is designed to inform college men and women about the health issues that men encounter, educate about preventive measures, and encourage healthy lifestyles across the lifespan. Students have opportunities to critically explore a broad range of men’s health concerns including masculinity, disease prevention, nutrition and fitness, substance abuse, sexual health, relationships, and mental health.

Stress Reduction through Self- AwarenessIntellectual; Social; Emotional; physical

This course aims to help students learn to enrich multiple facets of their lives through mindfulness and self-awareness.

Nutrition Essentials

An introduction to nutrition principles and exploration of eating behaviors, weight management, body image, and exercise issues and concerns. This course explores lifestyle, cultural influences, and current research in addition to eating disorders in college.

Queer Healthy Love Intellectual; Social; Values & Ethics; Emotional

Healthy relationships involve negotiation, boundaries, and a good understanding of your personal values.  Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer relationships also involve navigating systems of oppression, privilege, and power.  So come build community, develop relationship skills, and learn about Queer Healthy Love.

RelationshipsSocial; Emotional

This course focuses on relationship concerns and issues as well as how to relate better, communicate more effectively, and live happier in these connections; the course examines: romantic relationships, the hook-up culture, intergenerational relationships, communication pitfalls in relationship, and defining healthy and unhealthy relationships.

Sex, Lies, and CommunicationIntellectual; Physical; Emotional; Values & Ethics; Social

The purpose of this course is to explore the sexual norms on campus, from casual hook-ups to monogamous relationships. The course also allows students to explore their values as they relate to dating and hooking-up. Conflict avoidance, conflict resolution personal responsibility, and issues related to lying are also covered. This class relies heavily on discussion and participation.

Sexual HealthIntellectual; Physical; Social; Values & Ethics; Environmental

The basic objective of this course is to attempt to integrate the social, biological, and psychological factors involved in the wide variety of human sexual behaviors. Its aims are (1) to increase the student’s factual knowledge of those attitudes and behaviors; (2) to make the student more aware and tolerant of the range of human sexual behaviors, including his/her own; and (3) to help the student manage his/her own sexuality and take an active role in sexual health promotion.

Sleep: A Balanced ApproachIntellectual; Physical; Social; Environmental; Emotional

We have all been there tossing and turning only to awaken feeling as thought we haven't rested at all. When we don't get enough sleep, what are the consequences and how can we change the outcome? This course will explore the importance of sleep through a holistic approach to total wellness. We will examine how different area like environment, nutrition, and stress impact our sleep patterns and affect our quality of sleep.

Sports Nutrition
This course will focus on the nutritional needs for enhanced sports performance by addressing individual nutritional needs, macro and micronutrients requirements, dietary supplements, hydration, and weight management. Students will also learn how to properly fuel and re-fuel the body for improved sports performance.  
Stress ManagementIntellectual; Physical; Emotional; Values & Ethics; Social

Learn how to manage your negative stress (distress) by exploring new and unique stress management techniques. Students will also learn how the stress response affects their health. The course also focuses on time management and goal setting.

Personal SustainabilityEnvironmental; Values & Ethics

Students in this course work to develop an understanding of their personal impact on the environment and how the choices they make every day can reduce their impact. Students learn about the University's environmental footprint and Climate Action Plan as well as about the social consequences of environmental degradation.

Women's HealthIntellectual; Physical; Social; Environmental; Emotional

This class is designed to inform college women and men about the health issues women encounter, educate about preventative measures, and encourage healthy lifestyles and self-awareness of mind and body. An exploration of women’s health issues including but not limited to the following: pregnancy/child birth, sexually transmitted diseases, relationships, breast and cervical cancer, contraception, weight management, mental health, and others.

Dimensions of Wellness

Intellectual: Exploring and developing your intellect

Physical: Taking care of your physical health

Social: Participating in positive social relationships including friends, family, community, and work groups

Environmental: Developing awareness of the environment that surrounds you and enhances your relationship with it

Financial: Accessing the resources and skills that allow you to accomplish your goals

Values and ethics: Finding and exploring meaning and purpose in your life              

Emotional: Developing a positive sense of self that is open and able to experience a healthy range of emotions