The Wellness program offers classes that reflect the University's philosophy that a rounded education should enhance the social, physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being of students. All department offerings challenge students to think critically about whom they are and the decisions they make. They encourage an attitude of lifelong comprehensive wellness and teach skills to deal with potential imbalances in lifestyle. Although the Department offers a variety of Wellness classes, two in particular are important to all undergraduate students; as part of SMU's University Curriculum, PRW 1101 (PRW I) and PRW 2000 (PRW II) are required for graduation.
PRW-I is a one credit hour course required for graduation. The course is designed to strengthen the connections between the student and the University, and explore three sets of issues related to well-being in college and later in life: (1) the role of personal responsibility in coping with college and life’s other transitional periods; (2) challenges and opportunities at SMU, including managing time, 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 money, using credit cards, and making major purchases, whether during their time at SMU or later in life.
Extensive research supports that regular physical activity is essential for health and vitality. Students at
SMU will take PRW II: Physical Fitness: A variety of individual and group fitness courses will be
available to students with each course containing central core objectives and student learning outcomes
based on health-related fitness components. In both cases, students work with instructors to establish
personal goals and a fitness plan for the semester.