Undergraduate Academics

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Transform Yourself. Transform the World.

At Naropa University you will be earning more than just a bachelor’s degree. You will enter a transformative process. Through the alchemical process of contemplative education you will meet: Yourself. Your community. A creative space for exploration. Resilience, presence and compassion will be your friends along the way. Naropa provides the crucible-like container to facilitate transformative change.

Located in Boulder, Colorado, Naropa University is a private, nonprofit, liberal arts university offering many unique undergraduate degree programs. Our undergraduate majors are in the arts, education, environmental studies, peace studies, psychology and religious studies disciplines.

Transfer students follow the same application process and are afforded all of the same benefits as first-time students. Please submit all college transcripts, as well as high school transcripts when applying for admission.

Meet BA Art Therapy Student Luci Gaddie

Luci Gaddie is an undergraduate student majoring in Art Therapy at Naropa University. She is involved with various student groups on campus, including serving as student representative on the Naropa Board of Trustees and as a Student Union of Naropa officer for visual arts programs and students who are BIPOC. In their role on the board of trustees, Gaddie acts as an advocate for the student voice and hopes to help build sustainable, artistic, BIPOC spaces.

Originally from Houston Texas, Gaddie moved to Boulder to attend Naropa. She speaks about how her experience has been transformative personally and professionally.

Find Your Program

Undergraduate Minors

A minor is an optional, 12-credit academic specialization within a focused curricular area.

Required Courses

  • ATH230 Introduction to Art Therapy (3)
  • ATH330 Art Therapy Theory and Applications (3)
  • ATH430 Art Therapy Studio Methods (3)
  • PSYB314 Psychology of Mindfulness Meditation (3)
Total Credits: 12

Required Courses

Choose 12 credits from the following courses:

  • EDU-245 Multicultural Education & Contemplative Critical Pedagogy (3)
  • EDU-300 Nature and Education (3)
  • EDU-330 Holistic & Contemplative Teaching Methods (3)
  • EDU-370 Teaching the Exceptional Student in the General Education Classroom (3)
  • EDU-445 Multicultural Children’s Literature (3)
Total Credits: 12
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
To minor in Psychology, students may choose any 12 Psychology credits.  
Total Credits: 12

Required Course

  • WRI210 Experimental and Activist Literatures (3)

Choose 9 credits

  • WRI312 Poetry & Poetics (3)
  • WRI318 Writing Workshop: Long Poem (3)
  • WRI328 Literature Seminar: 19th Century American Lit (3)
  • WRI329 Writing Workshop: Contemplative Poetics (3)
  • WRI331 Writing Workshop: Creative Nonfiction (3)
  • WRI339 Writing Workshop: Flash Fiction (3)
  • WRI344 Literature Seminar: Shakespeare (3)
  • WRI349 Literature Seminar: Modernism and Postmodernism (3)
  • WRI355 Literature Seminar: World Traditions and Letters (3)
  • WRI362 Writing Workshop: Fiction (3)
  • WRI369 Writing Workshop: Narrative Forms (3)
  • WRI380 Writing Workshop: Eco-Poetics (3)
Total Credits: 12

Required Courses

  • ENV100 Physical Geography: Beholding the Body of the Earth (3)
  • ENV223 Field Ecology (3)
  • ENV238 Survival Skills (3)
  • ENV321 Geology (3)
Total Credits: 12

Required Courses

  • ENV207 History of the Environmental Movement (3)
  • ENV257 Food Justice (3)
  • ENV355 Environmental Justice (3)
  • ENV363 Indigenous Environmental Issues (3)
Total Credits: 12

Required Courses

  • ENV207 History of the Environmental Movement (3)
  • ENV215 Sustainability (3)
  • ENV236 Green Building (3)
  • ENV253 Environmental Economics (3)
Total Credits: 12

Required Courses

  • ENV257 Food Justice (3)
  • ENV260 Introduction to Permaculture (3)
  • ENV342 Permaculture Design (3)
  • ENV355 Environmental Justice (3)
Total Credits: 12

Required Courses

  • INTD210 Introduction to Gender & Women’s Studies (3)
  • INTD310 Feminist & Queer Theory Methods of Inquiry (3)

Choose 6 credits

  • PSYB355 Dynamics of Intimate Relationships (3)
  • REL212 Queer Theory, Feminism, and Religion (3)
  • REL334 Hindu Tantra (3)
  • WRI441 Literature Seminar: Women Writers (3)
  • Special Topics upon approval of INTD program chair
Total Credits: 12

Required Course

  • PAX360 Global Studies Seminar (3)

Choose 9 credits

  • Any approved Study Abroad courses
  • Any approved Bhutan Study Abroad courses
Total Credits: 12

Required Courses

To enhance experience in the arts students may wish to pursue a minor in Music. Students may choose any 12 music credits to fulfill minor requirements.

Total Credits: 12

Required Course

  • PAX250 Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies (3)

Choose 9 credits

  • PAX327 Law, Human Rights, and Social Change (3)
  • PAX335 Socially Engaged Spirituality (3)
  • PAX340 Conflict Transformation: Theory & Practice (3)
  • PAX345 Skills for Peacebuilding: Leadership, Restorative Justice, and Dialog (3)
  • PAX360 Global Studies Seminar (3)
  • PAX370 Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship (3)

Performance Minor

Required Courses

History and Context of Performance: Choose 3 credits

  • PAR240 Rethinking the History of Performance: From Antiquity to 1700s (3)
  • PAR241 Art Movements of the 20th Century: The Movers, Shakers, and Rule-Breakers (3)

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.

To enhance experience in the arts students may wish to pursue a minor in Performance. Students may choose any 12 performance credits to fulfill minor requirements.

Required Courses

  • ENV100 Physical Geography: Beholding the Body of the Earth (3)
  • ENV223 Field Ecology (3)
  • ENV260 Introduction to Permaculture (3)
  • ENV342 Permaculture Design (3)
Total Credits: 12

Required Courses

Choose 3 credits

  • REL150 Buddhist Journey of Transformation: An Introduction (3)
  • REL210 Religion & Mystical Experience (3)
  • REL247 Embodying Sacred Wisdom: Modern Saints (3)

Choose 9 credits

  • REL150 Buddhist Journey of Transformation: An Introduction (3)
  • REL158W Breeze of Simplicity: Meditation Weekend (1)
  • REL160 Meditation Practicum I: Freeing the Mind (3)
  • REL210 Religion & Mystical Experience (3)
  • REL212 Queer Theory, Feminism, and Religion (3)
  • REL229 Contemplative Judaism (3)
  • REL240 Integrating One’s Inner and Outer World (3)
  • REL247 Embodying Sacred Wisdom: Modern Saints (3)
  • REL250 Spirituality and Creative Expression (3)
  • REL255W Opening the Heart: Meditation Weekend (1)
  • REL314 Contemplative Islam: An Introduction to Its History, Thought, and Practice (3)
  • REL321 Kabbalah and Consciousness (3)
  • REL323 Religious Experience in Africa: Flash of the Spirit (3)
  • REL325 Contemplative Christianity (3)
  • REL334 Hindu Tantra (3)
  • REL338 Sufism: An Introduction to its History, Thought, and Practice (3)
  • REL345 Zen Buddhism (3)
  • REL346 Wisdom and Compassion: A Buddhist Path (3)
  • REL351 Theories of Alternate Spiritualities and New Religious Movements (3)
  • REL355 Introductory Sanskrit: Language of the Gods (3)
  • Shambhala Training Levels I–V (1)
  • REL390W Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human (1)
  • REL391W Shambhala Training Level II: Birth of the Warrior (1)
  • REL392W Shambhala Training Level III: Warrior in the World (1)
  • REL393W Shambhala Training Level IV: Awakened
    Heart (1)
  • REL394W Shambhala Training Level V: Open Sky (1)
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. The additional meditation courses, including REL345: Zen Buddhism, can be taken at any time.

Required Courses

  • ENV245 Geography: Pilgrimage & Sacred Landscape (3)
  • ENV318 Deep Ecology (3)
  • ENV350 Nature, the Sacred, and Contemplation (3)
  • ENV370 Ecopsychology (3)
Total Credits: 12
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.
  • REL277 Sanskrit I (4)
  • REL287 Sanskrit II (4)
  • REL377 Sanskrit III (4)
Total Credits: 12

Required Course

  • PAX370 Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship (3)

Choose 9 credits

  • COL215 Leadership & Service: Alternative Break (3)
  • COL340 Be the Change Lab (3)
  • COL350 Design Thinking for Personal & Social Change (3)
  • COL450 Internship (3)
  • Independent Study (3)
Total Credits: 12
To minor in Visual Arts, students may choose any 12 Visual Arts credits. At least one World Art course is recommended.
Total Credits: 12
To minor in Yoga Studies, students must complete 9 practice credits in yoga plus 3 credits in another Yoga Studies course.
Total Credits: 12

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