Every day now, contemplative practices, such as mindfulness meditation, Yoga, and T'ai Chi Ch'uan, are gathering more support, in the form of scientific evidence that it improves physical health and wellness, mental health, intellectual functioning, and interpersonal relationships. The noise in the media is loud for these quiet approaches. What would it be like to make them part of your worldview?
The new Minor in Contemplative Studies at WCU is your chance to learn, practice, and apply this worldview to your academic, professional and personal life. It is designed for undergraduate students from any discipline. This worldview has been helpful for thousands of years all across the arts and sciences—from the visual and performing arts, to literature, philosophy, and history, to psychology, to health sciences, and social services. And now we have the scientific evidence that tells us how and why.
In this 18-credit minor, you'll learn and apply contemplative practices. You'll explore the unfolding scientific understanding in neuroscience, medicine, and psychology. You'll delve into the philosophies of India and China that underlie many of the practices and contribute to the worldview. Best of all, you'll have the opportunity to watch yourself change and grow in positive, healthy ways.
HEA 315: Mind-Body Health
Theories and practice of health and healing through the mind/ body connection. Emphasis on learning/practicing techniques for health promotion; in fact, the MindfulnessBased Stress Reduction (MBSR) program is delivered as part of the course. Writing emphasis course.
HEA 325: Stress Management
Comprehensive survey of stress concepts, theories, and management techniques. Emphasis is placed on personal application.
HEA 333: Alternative and Complementary Medicine
Exploration of alternative, complementary, and integrative medical systems and healing practices, such as homeopathy, Chinese medicine, herbal medicine, therapeutic touch, from a consumer and personal viewpoint.
PEA 142: Yoga I
Provides students with the skills and experiences to develop self-awareness and an appreciation for healthy living through the understanding and practice of yoga.
PEA 144: T'ai Chi Ch'uan I
The study of a martial art that combines movement with chi; uses the principles of yin-yang and the five-element theories and is compatible with Chinese medicine, acupuncture, and Chinese herb treatment. Includes study of movement, skeletal structure, and t'ai chi as a meditative art.
PHI 204: Philosophies and Religions of India
The religious and philosophical heritage of India, from Vedic times to the present. Examination of major classics, such as Rig Veda, Upanishads, Bhagavad-Gita, and Yoga-sutras; recent writers such as Tagore, Gandhi, and Radhakrishnan.
PHI 205: Philosophies and Religions of the Far East
A survey of Far Eastern philosophy, religion, and scientific thought. Confucianism, Taoism, and the various schools of Mahayana Buddhism, including Zen, are given primary emphasis.
PSY 200: Positive Psychology
Introduction to psychological perspectives that emphasize positive emotional states including happiness, joy, resilience, compassion, and forgiveness. Examines a variety of topics and their relationship to subjective well-being, including positive coping, optimism, interpersonal relationships, spirituality, creativity, and achievement.
Note: to earn the minor, you must complete 12 credits of core courses and 6 credits of elective courses.
Select two elective courses, offered as two-course modules:
Note: A grade of “C” or better is required for each course in the minor.