PSYC 109 Positive Psychology • 5 Cr.


Historically, the field of psychology has placed a lot of attention on what's wrong with people and what we can do to treat mental disorders. More recently, however, the field has broadened its scope to give more attention to the positive side of human nature and the most effective ways to pursue a good, meaningful life. This course will focus on the scientific research centered on the nature of happiness, well-being and leading a flourishing life. Throughout the course we will also engage in experiential learning and practical exercises to increase well-being, which will inform our theoretical and empirical understanding of positive psychology.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Describe key concepts, principles, findings, and controversies in the emerging field of positive psychology.
  • Apply scientific reasoning to demonstrate an understanding of research methods employed in positive psychology
  • Critically examine empirical research claims in contemporary positive psychology
  • Apply positive psychology principles to build effective interpersonal relationships
  • Communicate first-hand experiences with positive psychology activities and how positive psychology is relevant to your personal and professional life.