Taken during the first year, PRW1 introduces students to university life and explores three sets of issues: (1) the role of personal responsibility in coping with college and life’s other transitional periods; (2) challenges and opportunities—including managing time and stress, benefiting from diversity and autonomy, dealing with pitfalls related to alcohol and drugs, and exploring resources and activities on campus; and (3) personal finance to enable students to make informed decisions about managing their money, using credit cards, and making major purchases, both during their time at SMU and later in life.
In PRW2 (physical fitness courses), students work with instructors to establish personal goals and fitness plans for the term. A variety of individual and group fitness courses will be available, with each course containing core objectives and student-learning outcomes based on health-related fitness components. Grades will be based on attendance, understanding of training/health principles and satisfactory improvement toward the goals that students set for themselves.
What is required?
All students fulfill this requirement by successfully completing two, one-credit courses.
You may fulfill the Personal Responsibility and Wellness Foundation requirement by:
- successfully completing both of the following SMU courses
- PRW 1101
- your choice of PRW 21XX courses (or DANC 2130 for students majoring in Dance)
- transfering in an equivalent course/s taken prior to your matriculation at SMU
Read the Student Learning Outcomes.
Special Personal Responsibility and Wellness Policies
PRW 1101 should be taken in your first semester of enrollment at SMU.
PRW 21XX should be taken at your earliest convenience. (It is best not to delay taking the course.)
Students may take up to four additional PRW 2 courses beyond the requirement. These additional PRW 2 courses are graded only on a pass/fail basis and do not count toward the minimum hours for a student's degree requirements.