Learn contemplatively to live mindfully.
When you minor in contemplative studies at the University of Mary Washington, you and your professors not only study contemplation from many disciplines and traditions but develop skill in mindfulness meditation practice itself. You’ll study its theory, science, and history and also practice self-reflection in a peer-supported, non-religious environment.
Areas of Study
This minor offers students a foundation in:
- the theory of contemplation across traditions and history
- the application of contemplation in human life, including philosophy, religion, art, and performance
- the scientific study of meditation, its cutting-edge technologies, and the data gathered to document its effects on the brain and well-being
- significant practical training and experience in secular meditative techniques to develop skills such as concentration and empathy and reduce qualities such as stress and self-critique.
Mindfulness training is currently being employed to enhance wellness and productivity in most industries: finance, tech, K-12 education, clinical psychology, medicine, and others. There is high demand for workers with specialized mindfulness training, especially those who are trained to teach it.
The Contemplative Studies Minor requires 18 credits. They will come from a choice of classes in contemplative practice, psychology, philosophy, religion, art history, biology, classics, geography, and anthropology.