Undergraduate Minor

Western Michigan University's undergraduate integrative holistic health and wellness minor curriculum considers the principle of "holism" within health care and across other disciplines and fields; it is structured to meet the needs of undergraduate students who are:

  • Majoring in a health care field and desire specialized study in the areas of holistic health.
  • Majoring in a non-health care field and are interested in considering the application of holistic theories to their field of study.
  • Majoring in any area and would like to know how to apply holistic principles to their own life.

Through a required sequence of courses, students explore holistic concepts related to their individual health, including the interconnectedness of the body, mind and spirit. Concurrent with the study of how integrative holistic health and wellness practices impact the individual is the focus on how expression of these principles in our lives affect the broader community. 

For advising or to declare a minor in holistic health, call (269) 387-2656.

Undergraduate minor curriculum

Western Michigan University's integrative holistic health and wellness minor involves a prerequisite and an 18-credit hour course of study. Students enrolled in the minor must maintain a 2.5 GPA in courses taken for the minor.

Prerequisite: 3 credits

HOL 1000 Choices in Living or HOL 2801 Health and Well Being (restricted to Honors students only)
See an advisor for equivalent courses that may replace HOL 1000.

Required courses: 9 credits

There are three required courses for the minor (each three credits).

HOL 2000 Choices in Global Living
HOL 4700 Relationship-Centered Skills
HOL 4850 Capstone in Holistic Health (HOL 2000 is a prerequisite and the student must have senior status)

Elective courses: 9 credits

Choose from courses below to total 9 credit hours.except HOL 5310, which does not count towards the minor.

  • HOL 2701 Resiliency Training for Life Credits: 3 hours
  • HOL 3000 Exploring Practices in Integrative Health Care Credits: 3 hours
  • HOL 3300 Holism and Nature Credits: 3 hours
  • HOL 3301 Introduction to Meditation Credits: 1 hour
  • HOL 3303 Introduction to Tai Chi Credits: 1 hour
  • HOL 3305 Intro to Mindfulness Skills Credits: 3 hours
  • HOL 3350 Introduction to Stress Management Credits: 3 hours
  • HOL 3500 Holistic Approaches to Food Credits: 3 hours
  • HOL 3900 Special Topics in Holistic Health Credits: 1-4 hours
  • HOL 3910 Introduction to Spirituality Credits: 3 hours
  • HOL 3960 Learning, Work, and Lifestyles: Holistic Perspectives Credits: 3 hours
  • HOL 5300 Special Topics in Holistic Health Credits: 1-4 hours
    Topic: Qi Gong   Credits: 1 hour
    Topic: Healing through Writing & Story   Credits: 3 hours
  • HOL 5301 Meditation to Enhance Living Credits: 1 hour
  • HOL 5302 Advanced Meditation to Enhance Living Credits: 2 hours
  • HOL 5303 Tai Chi to Enhance Living Credits: 1 hour
  • HOL 5304 Yoga to Enhance Living Credits: 1 hour
  • HOL 5320 Holistic Approaches to Personal Relationships Credits: 3 hours
  • HOL 5321 Holistic Health Coaching Credits: 3 hours
  • HOL 5340 Holistic Health and Spirituality Credits: 3 hours
  • HOL 5350 Holistic Approaches to Stress Credits: 3 hours
  • HOL 5360 Wellness Skills for Health Professionals Credits: 3 hours
  • HOL 5370 Health and Humor Credits: 3 hours
  • HOL 5380 Eastern Thought and Practice Credits: 3 hours
  • HOL 5500 Introduction to Holism and Expressive Arts Credits: 3 hours
  • HOL 5510 Holistic Approaches to Healing Through Visual Art Credits: 3 hours
  • HOL 5520 Healing through Movement Credits: 3 hours
  • HOL 5530 Holistic Strategies for Illness and End of Life Credits: 3 hours
  • HOL 5540 Love and Forgiveness Credits: 3 hours
  • HOL 5550 Successful Aging-Holistic Perspectives Credits: 3 hours
  • HOL 5560 Understanding Grief and Loss Credits: 3 hours
  • HOL 5600 Advanced Spirituality and Health Credits: 3 hours
Independent Study and Readings

Permission of Program Coordinator

  • HOL 4970 Independent Study in Holistic Health Credits: 1-4 hours
  • HOL 5980 Readings in Holistic Health Credits: 1-4 hours