Minors in Counseling, Human Services & Health, Wellness & Physical Education

Health, Wellness, and Physical Education Minor

Thinking of a career in a healthcare organization? Passionate about improving health practices, policies, campaigns, and/or interventions that promote healthy behavior and communities? Want to help the nation respond to public health outbreaks, such as Monkeypox and COVID-19?

With a minor in Health, Wellness, and Physical Education through the Department of Counseling & Human Services, you will possess competencies that will enable you to guide individuals/ communities in transforming our healthcare system to improve community/global health and address social justice.

The minor also helps students prepare for entry into a health-related graduate program. With the rapidly growing demand for employees in the healthcare industry, skills learned in this minor will improve your career opportunities in both the public and private sectors.

Courses are available during the day, evening, and fully online to accommodate all students’ schedule.

Email: shuang@jjay.cuny.edu for more information.

Core Requirements (9 Credits)

  • PED 110: Personal and Public Health: Social Contexts, Private Choices (3 crs.)
  • PED 180: Stress Management (3 crs.)
  • PED 300: Community Programs for Health,
  • Wellness and Physical Activity (3 crs.)

Activity: Select Three Credits in total

  • PED 103: Personal Physical Fitness and Dynamic Health (3 crs.) OR
  • PED 133: Introduction to Boxing (1 cr.) • PED 140: Judo (1 cr.)
  • PED 145: Self-defense (1 cr.)
  • PED 166: Yoga I (1 cr.)
  • PED 177: Physical Fitness for Law Enforcement (1 cr.)

Electives: Select Two (6 Credits)

  • ANT/SOC 110: Drug Use & Abuse (3 crs.)
  • ANT/SOC/PSY 224: Death, Dying and Society:
  • A Life Crises Management Issue (3 crs.)
  • ANT 264: Anthropology and Alcohol Use (3 crs.)
  • CSL 130: Effective Parenting (3 crs.)
  • SOC 227: Sociology of Mental Illness (3 crs.)

Counseling Minor

Description. The Counseling Minor provides a valuable educational opportunity for those students interested in seeking employment or graduate school admission within the human services, social work and counseling professions.  It is a perfect complement for those students majoring in Forensic Psychology, Human Services and Community Justice, Criminal Justice, and related degrees.  The counseling minor provides skills based training requisite to working effectively as a helping professional. Professional helpers work in a variety of settings including mental health facilities, business and industry, substance abuse clinics, health centers, educational settings, corrections facilities and in a broad range of criminal justice and public service agencies.

Rationale. The Counseling Minor is rooted in the expanding demand for competent professional helpers who possess the skills and abilities necessary to confront a wide range of contemporary challenges facing diverse, at risk and underserved populations in need. The courses help students acquire foundational competencies such as communication and helping skills, knowledge of human service theory and a general awareness of the impact of race, ethnicity, gender, family, spirituality, government, education, and social systems on human growth and development in our society. Students will learn to assist others in numerous human service capacities including problem resolution and prevention, advocacy, community resource management, and individual and community intervention.

For more information, see the Counseling Minor requirements.

Minor Coordinator: Professor Mickey Melendez at 212.237.8101 or mimelendez@jjay.cuny.edu, Department of Counseling and Human Services

Human Services Minor

Please note: The College is no longer admitting new students to this minor.