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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

Total Credits 12

Contemplative Education

Required Courses

Choose 6 Credits

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 Contemplative Psychology credits.

Total Credits 12

Creative Writing and Literature

Required Courses

Choose 9 credits

Total Credits 12

Ecology and Systems Science

Required Courses

Total Credits 12

Environmental History and Justice

Required Courses 

Total Credits 12

Environmental Sustainability

Required Courses

Total Credits 12

Film and Media Studies

Required Courses

Total Credits 12

Food Justice

Required Courses

Total Credits 12

Gender and Women's Studies

Required Courses

Choose 6 credits

Total Credits 12

Intercultural Studies

Required Course

Choose 9 credits 

  • Any approved Study Abroad courses
  • Any approved Bhutan Study Abroad courses

Total Credits 12

Music

Required Courses

Basic Skills (dependent upon qualifications)

Choose 3 Credits

Music in Context 

Choose 3 Credits

Creative Process

Choose 3 Credits

Ensembles and Performance

Choose 3 Credits

Total Credits 12

Music minors are invited to join MUS248.

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.

Required Course

Choose 9 credits

Total Credits 12

Performance

Required Courses

History and Context of Performance

Choose 3 Credits

Performance Exploration

Choose 9 Credits

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

Total Credits 12

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.

Permaculture

Required Courses

Total Credits 12 

Religious Studies

Required Courses

Choose 3 credits 

Choose 9 credits

Total Credits 12

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.

Sacred Ecology

Required Courses

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.

Total Credits 12 

Social Innovation

Required Course

Choose 9 credits 

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.

Total Credits 12

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.

Visual Arts

To minor in Visual Arts, students may choose any 12 Visual Arts credits. 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