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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:
Explore a diversity of ancient and modern healing methodologies through an academic and personal exploration of mindfulness. Engage in both Western and Buddhist approaches to psychological theory and cultivate relational, social, and psychological skills, including embodied presence, deep listening, compassionate inquiry, and meditation.
Blend traditional psychological research methods with cognitive neuroscience and meditative experience as you explore research on embodiment, perception, emotion, consciousness, and more. Learn to use contemplative practice as laboratory for investigating your own mind and brain, and gain real-world research experience by designing a contemplative neuroscience study of your own.
The Naropa Difference
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.
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 psychology program at Naropa is steeped in mindfulness principles and guided by the idea that psychological health and well-being are innate.
Naropa's BA in 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 majors 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. Your senior year in Naropa’s bachelor’s in psychology is a deep dive into your expanded awareness of yourself and what you hope to contribute to the world.