Health, Wellness and Life Skills

Objectives

Health, Wellness and Life Skills provides students with the tools to successfully balance personal well-being with social, professional, community, and global commitments. Students will complete noncredit modules or course equivalents in three areas: Navigating Health and Safety; Mind and Body Balance; and Life Skills. Some topics and experiences within these areas include:

Navigating Health and Safety

  • Alcohol and drug education
  • Sexual assault prevention
  • Self-defense
  • CPR
  • First Aid

Mind and Body Balance

  • Physical fitness
  • Nutrition
  • Stress management
  • Faith and spirituality

Life Skills

  • Financial literacy
  • Career development
  • Team building
  • Negotiation skills
  • Crisis management
  • Reducing your carbon footprint

Modules are required in both Navigating Health and Safety, and Mind and Body Balance with a third module from any of the three areas. Students who complete these requirements will gain confidence and resilience by learning how to navigate difficult and potentially dangerous situations, gaining a solid foundation in the skills of everyday life, and establishing productive habits of mind and body.

Learning Goals

Core learning goals include, but are not limited to:

  1. Acquire skills and understanding that will set healthy lifelong attitudes towards physical and mental wellness and sustainable environmental practices
  2. Acquire awareness of and the ability to navigate situations that pose potential threats to personal and group safety
  3. Develop career and life skills needed to manage changes in life circumstances

Navigating Health and Safety

Learning goals for this component will include one or more of the following:

  1. Acquire ability to assess potential problem situations and develop a framework for resolving them
  2. Evaluate the personal safety of self and others; protect oneself in various environments
  3. Make healthy choices in regard to alcohol and drug use

Mind and Body Balance

Learning goals for this component will include one or more of the following:

  1. Acquire skills to engage in sports and individual athletic challenges
  2. Attain habits of activity to promote a lifelong healthy lifestyle
  3. Acquire the knowledge and skills to manage stress, and live a healthy, engaged life

Life Skills

Learning goals for this component will include one or more of the following:

  1. Apply skills developed in the academy (e.g., critical thinking, oral and written communication, research, digital literacy) to personal and professional issues
  2. Identify and articulate one's skills, strengths, knowledge, and experiences relevant to desired career goals
  3. Navigate and explore job or graduate school options, and take the steps necessary to pursue opportunities
  4. Connect with resources and networks to support and inform decision-making
  5. Apply environmental literacy skills and practices for global stewardship
  6. Engage in civic life and participate in the cultural life of a community
  7. Be informed managers of personal finances and consumers of financial products

How to Fulfill the Requirement

The Health, Wellness and Life Skills requirement will be satisfied by completing three noncredit, six-week module courses. All first-year students will automatically be enrolled in the core Navigating Health and Safety module in their first semester at Brandeis, and students will then choose one module from Mind and Body Balance and one other module from any of the three groups.

Courses of Instruction

A list of HWL courses is available in the Courses of Instruction.