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2017-2018 Academic Catalog 
2017-2018 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Positive Human Development and Social Change, B.A.

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Degree Mission Statement

The Mission of the Positive Human Development and Social Change degree program at Life University is to produce change makers by cultivating inner-, social- and systems-level skills and knowledge through a highly interdisciplinary, theory-practice based program that leads students to critical analysis and ethical engagement that promotes human, social, and environmental flourishing.

Educational Model:

The model integrates three major domains of inquiry, and three levels of knowledge processing, informally called the “three-in-three” educational model unique in the world of higher education. Students study and cultivate personal skills, such as emotional intelligence and ethical mindfulness; social skills such as compassion, empathy, and empowering communication; and systems-level understanding, with concentration areas in positive business, positive psychology, contemplative practice, secular ethics, and peace and conflict studies. Alongside regular coursework, practice labs help students deepen their understanding from received knowledge to critical insight and finally embodied understanding.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will gain proficiency from a variety of disciplines in the theory, science and practice of emotional awareness, emotional intelligence and self-regulation; and in the discernment and cultivation of values, meaning and purpose conducive to individual flourishing.
  • Students will gain proficiency from a variety of disciplines in the theory, science and practice of social intelligence and prosocial proficiencies such as forgiveness and reconciliation, empathy, impartiality, and compassion.
  • Students will develop a sophisticated interdisciplinary understanding of complex systems (economic, cultural, social, and political) and how these systems function individually and interdependently.
  • Students will gain proficiency in accessing creativity, problem solving capacities, and other practical skills necessary for engaged global citizenship through the cultivation of multiple intelligences, such as emotional, social, creative and intellectual.

Areas I, II, III

Core Curriculum Offerings   

All PHDSC students are required to take PSY 101 Intro to Psychology in Area III B.

AREA V: Positive Human Development & Social Change Concentration (30 Quarter Credit Hours)

Grade of “C” or better is required.

Choose one of the following concentrations:






F. General Degree (30 Quarter Credit hours)

10 quarter credits of courses that count as required courses for any concentration in this area, plus 20 quarter credits from any course in the University curriculum not previously used towards degree.

AREA VII: General Electives (10 Quarter Credit Hours)

Any course in the University curriculum, not previously used toward degree requirements.


Additional Completion Requirements:

1.  Completion of at least four years of prescribed study, of which the last year must be in residence at Life University, with at least 25% of coursework being earned at Life University.

2.  All courses used in Areas IV – VI must have grade “C’ or better.

3.  Satisfactory completion of all courses with a minimum overall cumulative GPA of 2.0.

4.  Complete and file a Graduation Petition.

5.  Complete Student Services department requirements:

                a. Registrar’s Office – complete a formal academic records review

                b. Financial Aid Office – exit interview with a counselor

                c. Student Accounting – “Perkins” exit interview and rectify account balance

6.  Completion of the First Year Experience courses (FYE 101  and FYE 103 ) with PASS advisor. 

7.  Completion of CLP 090 - Core Learning Proficiencies   

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