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Undergraduate Minors

A minor is an optional, 12-credit academic specialization within a focused curricular area.

 

Available Minors & Requirements

Contemplative Art Therapy

Required Courses

  • ATH230 Introduction to Art Therapy (3)
  • ATH330 Art Therapy Theory and Applications (3)
  • ATH430 Art Therapy Studio Methods (3)
  • PSYB314 Buddhist Psychology I: Mindfulness Meditation (3)

Total Credits: 12

Contemplative Education

Required Courses

  • EDU245 Multicultural Education and Contemplative Critical Pedagogy (3) 
  • EDU404 Maitri and Mudra Space Awareness (3)

Choose 6 Credits

  • EDU150 Foundations of Education for a Diverse Society (3)
  • EDU220 Theories, Strategies, and Assessment for CLD Students K-12 (3)
  • EDU300 Nature and Education (3)
  • EDU315 Math for Teachers: Content, Curriculum, and Mathematics Education (3)
  • EDU330 Holistic Teaching Traditions (3)
  • EDU345 Elementary Literacy I: Foundations of Reading (3)
  • EDU385 Observing Childhood Growth and Development (3)
  • COL450 Internship (3)

Total Credits: 12

Contemplative Martial Arts

To minor in Contemplative Martial Arts, students must complete 9 practice credits in one Contemplative Martial Arts discipline (Taijiquan or Aikido) plus 3 credits in another Contemplative Martial Arts course.

Total Credits: 12

Contemplative Psychology

To minor in Contemplative Psychology, students may choose any 12 credits from PSYB courses.

Total Credits: 12

Creative Writing and Literature

Required Courses

  • WRI210 Literary Studies (3)
  • WRI234 Creative Reading & Writing (3)

Choose 6 credits from the following

  • WRI312 Writing Workshop: Poetry (3)
  • WRI318 Writing Workshop: Long Poem (3)
  • WRI328 Literature Seminar: 19th Century American Lit (3)
  • WRI329 Writing Workshop: Contemplative Poetics (3)
  • WRI331 Writing Workshop: Creative Nonfiction (3)
  • WRI339 Writing Workshop: Flash Fiction (3)
  • WRI344 Literature Seminar: Shakespeare (3)
  • WRI349 Literature Seminar: Modernism (3)
  • WRI351–3 Summer Writing Program (2–6)
  • WRI355 Literature Seminar: World Lit (3)
  • WRI362 Writing Workshop: Fiction (3)
  • WRI369 Writing Workshop: Narrative Forms (3)
  • WRI380 Writing Workshop: Eco-Poetics (3)

Total Credits: 12

Ecology and Systems Science

Required Courses

  • ENV100 Physical Geography: Beholding the Body of the Earth (3)
  • ENV223 Field Ecology (3)
  • ENV238 Survival Skills (3)
  • ENV321 Geology (3)

Total Credits: 12

Environmental History and Justice

Required Courses

  • ENV207 History of the Environmental Movement (3)
  • ENV257 Food Justice (3)
  • ENV355 Environmental Justice (3)
  • ENV363 Indigenous Environmental Issues (3)

Total Credits: 12

Environmental Sustainability

Required Courses

  • ENV207 History of the Environmental Movement (3)
  • ENV215 Sustainability (3)
  • ENV236 Green Building (3)
  • ENV253 Environmental Economics (3)

Total Credits: 12

Film and Media Studies

Required Courses

  • WRI250 Perceptions in Media (3)
  • WRI348 Classics of International Film (3)
  • WRI376 An Introduction to Screenwriting: Sitting Quietly, Doing Everything (3)
  • ART455 Making Conscious Media (3)

Total Credits: 12

Food Justice

Required Courses

  • ENV257 Food Justice (3)
  • ENV260 Introduction to Permaculture (3)
  • ENV342 Permaculture Design (3)
  • ENV355 Environmental Justice (3)

Total Credits: 12

Gender and Women's Studies

Required Courses

  • INTD210 Introduction to Gender and Women’s Studies (3)
  • INTD310 Feminist and Queer Methods of Inquiry (3)

Emphasis Electives

Choose 6 credits from the following

  • PSYB355 Dynamics of Intimate Relationships (3)
  • REL212 Queer Theory, Feminism, and Religion (3)
  • REL334/634 Hindu Tantra (3)
  • WRI441 Literature Seminar: Women Writers (3)
  • Special Topics upon approval of INTD program chair

Total Credits: 12

Intercultural Studies

Required Course

  • PAX360 Global Studies Seminar (3)

Choose 9 credits from the following

  • Approved Study Abroad courses
  • Approved Bhutan Study Abroad courses

Total Credits: 12

Music

Required Courses

    • Basic Skills (dependent upon qualifications)

      Choose 3 Credits:
  • MUS200  Musicianship I: Musical Beginnings (3)
  • MUS210  Musicianship II: The Practice of Notation (3)
  • MUS360  Musicianship III: The Art of the Chart (3)
  • MUS370  Musicianship IV: Arranging and Orchestrating (3) 
    • Music in Context

      Choose 3 Credits:

      • MUS245 Evolution of Western Music (3)
      • MUS250 Music Cultures of the World (3)
      • MUS260 Listening to Jazz (3)
         
    • Creative Process

      Choose 3 Credits:

      • MUS230 Improvisation (3)
      • MUS400 Composition (3)
         
    • Ensembles and Performance

      Choose 3 Credits:

      • MUS208  Naropa Chorus (3)
      • MUS215  Rhythm Hemispheres: World Percussion Traditions (3)
      • MUS270  Naropa Ensemble (3)
      • MUS420  Naropa Composers and Improvisors' Orchestra (3)
      • TRA114 Indian Devotional and Raga Singing (3)

Music minors are invited to join MUS248 Music Program Retreat.

Total Credits: 12

Peace Studies

In Naropa University’s highly experiential, interdisciplinary Peace Studies minor, you will have the chance to do just that. Through contemplative practice, dynamic coursework, and opportunities to engage in community-based projects locally—and globally—you will not only study and practice diverse approaches to peacebuilding, you will also acquire practical leadership and community-building skills.

The Peace Studies program prepares students to work as local and global change agents by cultivating curiosity, compassion, and courage and developing the knowledge and skills to foster a more just, equitable, and sustainable world. The 12-credit Peace Studies minor offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of peace, conflict, and transformative action, engaging students in service, research, and creative projects that take them into the community and bring the community into the classroom.

Faculty design and promote active learning environments, encouraging independent and collaborative projects that reflect students' personal passions and commitments. The program approaches the study of peace and conflict holistically—with attention to personal and social transformation, to the needs of individuals, communities, and the global commons. From introductory to advanced courses, the program creates opportunities for students to integrate and apply their learning.

Required Course

  • PAX250 Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies (3)

Choose 9 credits from the following

  • PAX327 Law, Human Rights, and Social Change (3)
  • PAX335 Socially Engaged Spirituality (3)
  • PAX340 Conflict Transformation: Theory and Practice (3)
  • PAX345 Skills for Peacebuilding: Leadership, Restorative Justice, and Dialog (3)
  • PAX360 Global Studies Seminar (3)
  • PAX370 Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship (3)

Total Credits: 12

Performance

History and Context of Performance

Choose 3 credits:

  • PAR240 Rethinking the History of Performance: From Antiquity to 1700s (3)
  • PAR241 Art Movements of the 20th Century: The Movers, Shakers, and Rule-Breakers (3)

Performance Exploration

Choose 9 Credits

It is recommended that 3 credits be in a production project course, either PAR301 Acting Ensemble or PAR302 Dance Ensemble.

To strengthen and amplify your degree, it is strongly recommended that an additional 6 credits in studio work, special topics, or ensemble projects of your choice be taken as electives.

Total Credits: 12

Permaculture

Required Courses

  • ENV100 Physical Geography: Beholding the Body of the Earth (3)
  • ENV223 Field Ecology (3)
  • ENV260 Introduction to Permaculture (3)
  • ENV342 Permaculture Design (3)

Total Credits: 12

Religious Studies

Choose 3 credits from the following

  • REL150 Buddhist Journey of Transformation: An Introduction (3)
  • REL210 Religion & Mystical Experience (3)
  • REL247 Embodying Sacred Wisdom: Modern Saints (3)

Choose 9 credits from the following (up to 6 credits may be transferred in)

  • REL150 Buddhist Journey of Transformation: An Introduction (3)
  • REL158W The Breeze of Simplicity: Meditation Weekend (1)
  • REL160 Meditation Practicum I: Freeing the Mind (3)
  • REL170 Meditation Practicum II: Igniting Compassion (3)
  • REL210 Religion & Mystical Experience (3)
  • REL212 Queer Theory, Feminism, and Religion (3)
  • REL229 Contemplative Judaism (3)
  • REL240 Foundations of Buddhism (3)
  • REL247 Embodying Sacred Wisdom: Modern Saints (3)
  • REL250 Spirituality and Creative Expression (3)
  • REL255W Opening the Heart: Meditation Weekend (1)
  • REL271 Christian Prayer and Mystical Practices (3)
  • REL312 Spiritual Models of Social Action (3)
  • REL314 Contemplative Islam (3)
  • REL321 Kabbalah and Consciousness (3)
  • REL323 Religious Experience in Africa: Sacred Cosmos, Ritual, and Community (3)
  • REL325 Contemplative Christianity (3)
  • REL334 Hindu Tantra (3)
  • REL338 Sufism (3)
  • REL345 Zen Buddhism (3)
  • REL346 Wisdom and Compassion: The Buddhist Path (3)
  • REL348 Flight of the Swans: Dharma Comes West (3)
  • REL349 Tibetan Buddhism: Inside the Mystique (3)
  • REL351 Theories of Alternate Spiritualities and New Religious Movements (3)
  • REL355 Sanskrit in the Sacred Traditions of India (3)
  • REL376 Inner Oral Tradition of the Torah (3)
  • REL390W–494W Shambhala Training Levels I–V (1)
    • REL390W Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human (1)
    • REL391W Shambhala Training Level II: Birth of the Warrior (1)
    • REL392W Shambhala Training Level III: Warrior in the World (1)
    • REL393W Shambhala Training Level IV: Awakened Heart (1)
    • REL394W Shambhala Training Level V: Open Sky (1)

Note: For students interested in taking courses on Buddhism, it is recommended that they be taken in the following order: (1) REL150 and/or REL240, (2);  REL346, (3);  REL348 and/or REL349. The additional meditation courses, including REL345: Zen Buddhism, can be taken at any time.

Total Credits: 12

Sacred Ecology

Required Courses

    • ENV245 Geography: Pilgrimage and Sacred Landscape (3)
    • ENV318 Deep Ecology (3)
    • ENV350 Nature, the Sacred, and Contemplation (3)
    • ENV370 Ecopsychology (3)

Total Credits: 12

Sanskrit Language

Sanskrit may be taken to fulfill a minor requirement. A sequence of four courses (4 credits each) is offered in Sanskrit. The requirement of the minor is to take the first three of these four courses. However, students are encouraged to consider taking the fourth semester of the language as an elective.

  • REL277 Sanskrit I (4)
  • REL287 Sanskrit II (4)
  • REL377 Sanskrit III (4)

Total Credits: 12

Social Innovation

Required Course

  • PAX370 Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship (3)

Choose 9 credits from the following

    • COL215 Leadership and Service: Alternative Break (3)
    • COL340 Be the Change Lab (3)
    • COL350 Design Thinking for Personal and Social Change (3)
    • COL450 Internship (3)
    • Independent Study (3)

Total Credits: 12

Tibetan Language

Tibetan may be taken to fulfill a minor requirement. A sequence of four courses (4 credits each) is offered in Tibetan. The requirement of the minor is to take the first three of these four courses. However, students are encouraged to consider taking the fourth semester of the language as an elective.

Tibetan Apprenticeships

Students who have excelled in two semesters of Tibetan may apply for a research assistant position with the Tsadra Foundation Research Center in Boulder. If applicants also have studied Sanskrit, that is a plus, but not required. Students who have completed at least four Tibetan courses are eligible to apply to the Nalanda Translation Committee Apprenticeship program, which provides funding for a year (or more) for further Tibetan language training with the translation committee after they graduate.

  • REL274 Tibetan I (4)
  • REL284 Tibetan II (4)
  • REL375 Tibetan III (4)

Total Credits: 12

Visual Arts

To minor in Visual Arts, students must complete 12 credits from Visual Arts course offerings. At least one World Art course is recommended.

Total Credits: 12

Yoga Studies

To minor in Yoga Studies, students must complete 9 practice credits in Yoga plus 3 credits in another Yoga Studies course.

Total Credits: 12

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