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Program Vision

When you become a student in Naropa University’s Psychology program, you’ll join a learning community. The community will nurture your innate potential for self-discovery and personal growth.

This Bachelor’s of Arts major has three unique components which will build your confidence and prepare you for future career success:

Sharpening Intellect

The program offers an incomparably broad spectrum of courses, integrating Western psychology and Eastern approaches to healing mind and body. The curriculum includes such diverse course offerings as: Perception, Abnormal Psychology, Tibetan Medicine, Jungian Dreamwork, Hakomi, Gestalt, Nutrition, Herbology, Psychology of the Five Elements, Expressive Arts, and many others. You’ll be challenged to master the theoretical details of each discipline and encouraged to work within a wider context—a holistic web of interrelated knowledge.

Nourishing Compassion

One of the fruits of contemplative education is genuine kindness toward oneself, and gentleness toward others. This will motivate your growing commitment to extending toward others in compassion and service. To further this end, you’ll have practical opportunities for volunteer fieldwork in a required service-learning course. This fieldwork provides valuable experience for occupations that require special sensitivity and skill in interpersonal relationships—particularly in the helping professions.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students attend to and are aware of what is occurring in the present moment.

Students are kind and understanding toward oneself and others.

Students apply relevant knowledge from texts regarding contemplative practice tradition.

Students apply relevant knowledge from peer-reviewed research or related scholarly works in psychological science.

Students apply knowledge of academic and/or social movements critical of mainstream psychology or culture (i.e., white, male, Euro-American, Christian, secular, middle-class, heterosexual, cisgender, sane, able-bodied, etc.).

Students demonstrate competence in communication skills.

Students demonstrate competence in diversity awareness, inclusive community, and applying relevant knowledge of diversity or inclusivity toward social justice.

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This is where experiential learning meets academic rigor. Where you challenge your intellect and uncover your potential. Where you discover the work you’re moved to do—then use it to transform our world.

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