Contemplative Studies Applied Minor (AM)

Contemplative inquiry asks not just what we think, but what thinking itself is: how we come to think, as biological, aesthetic and social beings. It is concerned with conditions and strategies for thinking differently, combining rigorous introspection with rigorous critical investigation of the world as we know it, for the sake of the world we seek.

In learning about and practicing contemplative inquiry, you can:

  • Improve your ability to observe and shape your own learning (metacognition).
  • Grow in your respect for self and others.
  • Entertain worldviews other than your own.
  • Increase your curiosity about the world.

In addition, recent studies have shown that meditation and mindfulness practices can alter brain structure, improve attention and focus, enhance athletic and artistic performance, decrease anxiety and depression, and strengthen self-regulation and resiliency.

Student in meditation

Frequently asked questions

Contemplative studies necessarily integrates perspectives from a variety of disciplines including neuroscience, religion, music, psychology, theater, visual art, language and philosophy.

Applied minors (AMs) are distinctive programs allowing you to personalize your education and to help you make direct connections between academic interests and co-curricular activities.

Learn more about applied minors.

Our faculty

Our faculty will help you to improve your metacognition, grow in your respect for self and others, become open-minded and foster your curiosity for the world.

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