A minor is an optional, 12-credit academic specialization within a focused curricular area.
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.
To minor in Contemplative Psychology, students may choose any 12 Contemplative Psychology credits.
Music minors are invited to join MUS248 Music Program Retreat.v
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
To minor in Visual Arts, students may choose any 12 Visual Arts credits. At least one World Art course is recommended.
To minor in Yoga Studies, students must complete 9 practice credits in yoga plus 3 credits in another Yoga Studies course.