Contemplative Psychology Major Requirements

Required Courses

Gateway

Take twice for 2 credits

Milestone

300-Level Western Psychology
Choose 6 Credits

400-Level Western Psychology
Choose 3 Credits

Concentrations

Choose one of the following concentrations (9 Credits)  

Contemplative Neuroscience 

This concentration provides a foundation for integrating neuroscientific approaches into the study of contemplative mind. Students' development in this area joins training in cognitive neuroscience with meditative experience. Topics include important findings from functional brain imaging studies on embodiment, perception, emotion, consciousness, mind wandering, and contemplative experience beyond mindfulness. Students use contemplative practice as laboratory for investigating their own mind and brain while employing a variety of complementary psychological research methods, including phenomenology, experimentation, task performance, and experience sampling. 

Required Courses

Choose 3 Credits

Concentration Total: 9 Credits 

 

Psychological Science

The Psychological Science concentration emphasizes the study of human experience and activity through systematic observation. Topics include development from infancy through adulthood, individual differences, embodiment, perception, emotion, consciousness, thinking, social influence, self, and other aspects of mental life. In addition to theoretical study, methods of obtaining and evaluating empirical evidence are explored, ranging from behavior assessment to contemplative phenomenology.

Required Course

Choose 6 Credits

Concentration Total: 9 Credits 

Psychology of Health and Healing

The Psychology of Health and Healing concentration emphasizes body-mind synchronization as the key to inner harmony and well-being. Students explore a diversity of ancient and modern healing methodologies and learn experiential techniques for balancing the spiritual and somatic aspects of health.

Required Course

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Concentration Total: 9 Credits

Somatic Psychology

The Somatic Psychology concentration emphasizes the practice of making meaningful connections between emotional process and the body’s expressions, sensations, and symptoms. Course work includes three learning domains: 1) the historical and developing theory of body psychology; 2) the research and science regarding body psychology; and 3) the increase of body/self-awareness developed through experiential and movement-oriented classes.

Required Course

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Concentration Total: 9 Credits  

Transpersonal and Humanistic Psychology

The Transpersonal and Humanistic Psychology concentration helps students synthesize two major forces in Western psychotherapy and appreciate their unique contributions to the understanding of mental health. These include the recognition of spiritual longing for wholeness as essential to psychological growth, and the acknowledgment of the importance of the client-therapist relationship in the healing process.

Required Courses

Choose 3 Credits

Concentration Total: 9 Credits
 

Capstone

Total Credits: 41

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