Curriculum & Courses

leapyear

LeapYear is an opportunity for a unique learning journey outside the traditional classroom walls. It is a rich academic experience designed to prepare you for success in whatever educational path you choose. 

Our curriculum supports and deepens the experiential learning of travel and cultural immersion through readings and written reflections. It is designed to create learning opportunities and offer assignments for you to build skills, cultivate self, and uncover the next steps of your unique life path. The LeapYear curriculum allows you to “become more you.”  

LeapYear is not a typical classroom learning experience; the curriculum is delivered through experiential learning opportunities, immersive cultural experiences, and personal reflections. Learn more about our contemplative education philosophy. 

 

College Curriculum, Coursework, and Credits 

LeapYear students are enrolled as full-time undergraduate students at Naropa University. Throughout the course of the year, students earn 21 or 30 semester credits. Student may continue their undergraduate education at Naropa, having completed the first-year core curriculum, or transfer their credits as electives to their institution of choice. 

LeapYear may also be used as an alternative for high school completion. High school completion may be arranged through Naropa’s long-standing relationship with a Boulder High School or independently through the student’s home high school.  

LeapYear’s Courses for College Credit

First Semester: South Asia Group

  1. LCOR 120 Cultural Immersion: Nepal and India (3 credits)^
  2. LCOR125 Wisdom Traditions of Nepal and India (6 Credits)^
  3. COR130 Contemplative Learning Seminar (3)*
  4. COR110 Writing Seminar I (3)*
Students may also take Independent Study (Anth/ISP 325) instead of COR110.

 

First Semester: Latin America Group

  1. LCOR121 Spanish Language Immersion (6 Credits)^
  2. LCOR126 Cultural Immersion (3 credits)^
  3. COR130 Contemplative Learning Seminar (3)*
  4. COR110 Writing Seminar I (3)*
Students may also take Independent Study (Anth/ISP 325) instead of COR110.
 
* = same for both travel groups
^ = unique to each travel group

 

Second Semester: All Students

  1. LCOR155 The World as Classroom (6 credits)
  2. COR150 Diversity and Multiculturalism Seminar (3 credits)
  3. COR222 Sustainability Seminar (3 credits)
  4. COR115 Writing Seminar II (3 credits)

 

"One of the terrors of being human, and one of the joys, is that for all our limitations and confusions we have been given power. The life that terrifies me and the life that I adore are one life." 
-David James Duncan