Courses and Credits
Tibetan History and Culture, 4 Credits
In this class, students will learn Tibetan history and learn about and experience Tibetan cultural expressions, including visual and performing arts.
Tibetan Language 101, 4 Credits
This course is intended as an introduction to modern spoken and written Tibetan. By the end of the course, students will be able to understand and speak colloquial Tibetan at the novice level, write the classical dbu can script and read simple passages.
Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy and Practice, 4 Credits
This course covers the fundamentals of Buddhism and more advanced explorations of Mahayana psychology, philosophy, and ethics.
Independent Research Project: Selected Topics, 2 Credits
This course allows students to explore a particular Tibetan Studies-related topic and ends with a major paper.
A Mathematical Exploration of Tibet, 4 Credits, taught by Julie Beier
Mathematics is a way of knowing and examining the world. In this course, we seek to use it to explore a variety of issues related to Tibet. We will use mathematics to explore political issues and to understand other cultural expressions such as mandalas and local art. Prior mathematical knowledge is neither required nor assumed.
Pre-Departure Course and Post-Return Course
Students accepted to the Tibetan Studies Program are required to participate in Cross-Cultural Explorations I (1 credit) prior to departure and Cross-Cultural Explorations II (1 credit) after they return. Pre-departure sessions are designed to prepare students for the cross-cultural experience and will include readings, activities, films, lectures, and discussions with former participants of the program. A weekend retreat is part of this course. Students and parents will receive a Handbook of important information prior to the program. Following return to campus, students will participate in a 7-week course that will guide them in processing, analyzing and building upon their off-campus experience. Credit for Cross-Cultural Explorations I is dependent upon successful completion of the semester program.