The Pursuit of Happiness

Tuesdays, 8-9:15 a.m.
UA Campus
Class size
40 students

However elusive the state of happiness may be for most people, happiness remains a fundamental goal in American society. This course will explore the interplay between individual and social happiness through various documents, including readings and films, and by comparing happiness among groups (ethnic, religious, gender, social class) and across cultures and nations.

Course Details

Readings and Syllabus

Detailed reading assignments and a finalized syllabus will be available prior to the beginning of the course. Readings can be accessed online in early January.

Attendance and Participation

Community members may choose to attend all sessions in the semester (approximately 15 weeks), except exam days, or attend fewer sessions on a drop-in basis. You are welcome to participate in all class discussions and assignments, but UA students will have priority in accessing office hours and individualized assistance from the professor or teaching assistants. All community members are expected to abide by the same code of conduct that applies to regular UA-enrolled students.


How to Register

You can register online through the University of Arizona Foundation. You'll need to enter your contact information and credit card details. You'll receive a confirmation email once you complete your registration.

Refund policy

If you find you are unable to attend the course, please do let us know. You can request a refund up to 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 11, 2019. The balance of the original tuition will be refunded after an administrative fee of $25. To drop, contact


Location Details
Physics and Atmospheric Sciences, Room 201