Happiness Project, The

Full Course Title: 
The Happiness Project
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Section Number(s) and Day/Times Taught: 
124: TR 6:00 - 7:15 pm (Saylors)
Section Number(s) and Day/Times Taught: 
183: MW 2:00 – 3:15 pm (McCourry)
Fall 2016
Global Issues
Civic Engagement
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What is happiness? How do you develop and enhance life skills for college and beyond college?  Using Gretchen Rubin’s book, The Happiness Project, and Bill Coplin’s book, 10 Things Employers Want You to Learn in College, Revised: The Skills You Need to Succeed, we’ll explore how experts frame happiness, assess goal setting and how to reach goals in your personal life, academic life and career, as well as examine global/social issues, especially in relationship to a career in teaching. Students will develop their personal “happiness” philosophy through group activities and discussion, reflection, research, and collaborative projects within the class and service projects with both sections of “The Happiness Project”.  Through readings and activities, students will evaluate their own skills (and skills to be developed), relationships with peers, faculty, staff, and how to make an impact locally and globally by their choice.

NOTE:  Enrollment in these sections is restricted to members of the ACES Residential Learning Community.


Jenny McCourry has a bachelor’s degree from Appalachian State in elementary education and a Master’s degree in reading education.  She taught first grade for seven years and is honored to work with students who are aspiring educators.

Rebekah Saylors received her BA in English (Communications) from Lees-McRae College and her MA in Higher Education (Teaching) from Appalachian State University. She has worked in the newspaper industry, college admissions, and currently in the office of the dean for the Reich College of Education.

She utilizes reflection journaling and portfolios in the classroom. She has taught English as a second language, first year seminar, intro education, and study abroad courses. She spends her free-time running half-marathons, reading, and teaching.

Contact FYS

The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located in Anne Belk Hall, Room 250.

Phone: 828-262-2028

Our mailing address:
First Year Seminar
ASU Box 32065
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Director of First Year Seminar:
Dr. Martha McCaughey

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