Undergraduate Academics

What is your life's purpose? How do you create meaning? Where can you make the greatest contribution?

Naropa University offers an exciting array of undergraduate degrees that blend academics, the arts, mindfulness, and community engagement into an educational experience that will open you up to a world of possibilities.

Are you ready to go deeper? Check out our majors!

Naropa University offers undergraduate degrees in compelling areas of study that will increase your self-awareness and prepare you to transform the future:

  • BA Contemplative Psychology - Deepen your self-understanding and discover the courage and wisdom to genuinely help others
  • BA Early Childhood Education - Observe diverse teaching styles and practice as an apprentice to experienced preschool teachers
  • BA Environmental Studies - Develop the knowledge and skills to address complex environmental issues
  • BA Interdisciplinary Studies - Combine two or three disciplines offered at Naropa for a custom degree
  • BA Music - Study technical skills and enjoy the creative freedom to make the music that is most meaningful to you
  • BA Peace Studies - Understand the political and cultural forces behind conflict and discover how to build peace on the community or global stage
  • BA Religious Studies - Take a comparative look at contemporary religions while also exploring their contemplative aspects
  • BA Traditional Eastern Arts - Develop clarity of mind and build expertise through concentrations in Aikido, T'ai Chi Ch'uan, or Yoga Teacher Training
  • BA Visual Arts - Develop drawing, painting, sculpture, pottery, photography, and other visual arts skills through academic classes and studio practice
  • BA Creative Writing & Literature - Learn to read critically and write fearlessly within the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics
  • BFA Performance - Experience interdisciplinary training in dance, acting, and vocal work


At Naropa University, you may emphasize study in a particular area of interest outside of your major. Undergraduates may pursue minors in these areas of study:

  • Art Therapy
  • Contemplative Education
  • Contemplative Psychology
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Ecology and Systems Science
  • Environmental History and Justice
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Film and Media Studies
  • Gender and Women's Studies
  • Music
  • Peace Studies
  • Performance
  • Permaculture
  • Religious Studies
  • Sacred Ecology
  • Sanskrit
  • Tibetan
  • Traditional Eastern Arts
  • Visual Arts
  • Writing & Literature