The faculty of voluntarily bringing back a wandering attention, over and over again, is the very root of judgment, character and will. An education which should improve this faculty would be the education par excellence. - William James, Principles of Psychology
The College of Liberal Arts announces a new minor in contemplative studies! This minor combines courses in Tai Chi, Yoga, Philosophy, Religion, Psychology and more to offer a rigorous, experiential exploration of contemplative disciplines, their historical and religious contexts, and their implications for psychological well-being. This minor is a valuable complement to a diverse array of majors, as contemplative inquiry seeks to investigate questions that are fundamental to the human experience, relationships, health, and life itself. Knowledge of and experience in contemplative studies can be especially useful to those seeking careers in healthcare, business, education, psychology, and religion. Perhaps more importantly, research has shown that a contemplative education, such as this minor provides, can have far-ranging effects on the life of the learner, including effects on attention, health, relationships and well-being.