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Looking for a psychology school that will teach you to change the world? Start from within. In Naropa's Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree program, you'll prepare for a career of service by seeking self-knowledge and cultivating compassion.

Naropa’s bachelor's in psychology merges Buddhist teachings with modern, Western psychology in an undergraduate degree program that prepares you to serve others with confidence and compassion. Experience the uplifting power of community while sharpening your mind, honing your intuition, and deepening your experience of mindfulness. 

With concentrations in Contemplative Neuroscience, Psychological Science, Psychology of Health and Healing, Somatic Psychology, and Transpersonal and Humanistic Psychology, this psychology school has a variety of options to find a path that's right for you. Grow as a person as you grow into your future career in Naropa's Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

Quick Facts

  • 41 Credit Hours
  • 5 Concentrations
  • 2 Labs Dedicated to Research of the Contemplative Mind

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Learn from internationally recognized faculty in a psychology school that views learning as a journey. Naropa's BA in psychology starts at the center of the individual with Buddhist psychology and mindfulness practice before moving into traditional and psychological theories. 

Take courses in humanistic psychology or neuroscience through your chosen concentration before diving into a transformative senior year capstone experience. Discover an undergraduate experience that expands your self-awareness while deepening your capacity to serve. Courses in the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology include

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Other Concentrations in the BA in Psychology

Contemplative Neuroscience

Infuse your contemplative psychology school experience with innovative neuroscientific approaches to exploring perception, emotion, and consciousness through the lens of the human brain.


Psychological Science

Ground your contemplative psychology school experience in the practice of systematic observation. Test your theories on human development by learning methods for obtaining and evaluating empirical evidence. 


Psychology of Health and Healing

Explore the connection between mind, body, and spirit in a contemplative psychology concentration that values modern and ancient approaches to healing. Study nutrition, herbal medicine, Hakomi somatics, and more.


Somatic Psychology

Create powerful healing experiences for yourself and others by deepening your understanding of the body-mind connection. In this contemplative psychology concentration, you'll study body psychology through movement and hands-on learning. 


Transpersonal and Humanistic Psychology

Complement your BA in contemplative psychology with a concentration in transpersonal and humanistic psychology that explores both the client-therapist relationship and the individual longing for wholeness as essential to healing.




Naropa's Bachelor of Arts in Psychology integrates training in cognitive neuroscience with a deeply contemplative approach and a commitment to service. We’ll help you chart your unique path for bringing your light to others.


Buddhist Approach

In Naropa's Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, you're joining an innovative psychology school with a long tradition of Buddhist values. The beginnings of contemplative psychology started at Naropa when Trungpa Rinpoche brought Buddhist philosophy and self-awareness to the Western social science of psychology. Today, the bachelor's in contemplative psychology program at Naropa is steeped in mindfulness principles and guided by the idea that psychological health and well-being are innate.

Research Opportunities

Naropa's BA in contemplative psychology offers collaborative research opportunities with world-renowned faculty. As the psychology school at the forefront of contemplative psychology in the West, Naropa is dedicated to understanding how contemplative practices affect individuals and communities. The Cognitive and Affective Science Lab engages the next generation of contemplative scientists in research at the intersection of ancient contemplative practices and modern psychological science. Psychology major can join research efforts that are advancing the world's understanding of meditation and other phenomena related to human consciousness.

Senior Year Synthesis

Your bachelor's in psychology culminates in a senior-year capstone experience: an exploration of Maitri Space Awareness, a community field placement focusing on social change, and a multidisciplinary senior project aimed at challenging both intellect and intuition. Whether your concentration is Contemplative Neuroscience, Psychological Science, Somatic Psychology, Psychology of Health and Healing, or Transpersonal and Humanistic Psychology, your capstone experience will integrate your area of focus with the core curriculum. You senior year in Naropa’s bachelor’s in contemplative psychology is a deep dive into your expanded awareness of yourself and what you hope to contribute to the world.



“Naropa offers an education that allows one to go within, then go out into the world. This allows space for spiritual growth and the understanding of what it means to be a compassionate person. This also allows space for one to understand one's own pain and suffering. Being at Naropa is like an education retreat for me.”
Tosha Jorden, BA in Contemplative Psychology, 2015


What to Expect


Expand self-awareness to increase awareness of and compassion for others.

Foundation in Psychology

Understand and apply Buddhist principles to Western psychological science.

Understanding of Psychological Science

Enrich your approach to mind-body healing with peer-reviewed research.

Commitment to Inclusivity

Work for social change and commit to diversity awareness in your community.

Career Readiness

Step into a meaningful career that allows you to serve others.