Aug 17, 2022  
University Catalog 2022-2023 
University Catalog 2022-2023

Liberal Studies, Spiritual Studies Concentration, BA

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BA in Liberal Studies: Spiritual Studies
AU Seattle
Credits for Degree: 180 quarter credits
Standard Mode of Instruction: Classroom
Standard time to completion: 36 months

Program Overview

This Spiritual Studies concentration is designed for those students whose main concern is the study of the human psyche, the study of religious traditions and how to live a spiritual life. It is well suited for students who wish to continue a path into the helping professions, who wish to ground their politics in a spiritual context, as well as those who seek to deepen their own spiritual life. Special emphasis is given in both class work and in the field-based learning to connect the interior life of the soul to the needs of the world through ‘engaged’ or ‘incarnational’ spirituality. All classes approach the sacred with an attitude of ‘deep ecumenism’ in which all religious and spiritual traditions are welcome, as long as they acknowledge the element of mystery that resides in the heart of the divine.

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Possible coursework for concentration

  • Modernity & the Search for Meaning
  • Wisdom of the Psyche: Depth Psychology Perspectives
  • Zen & Taoism
  • Hinduism: Embracing Multiplicity and Paradox
  • Buddhism’s Myths, Magic & Mystics
  • Eco-Spirituality
  • Psychology & Spirituality
  • Cultivating Gratitude
  • Shadow & the World Soul
  • Ceremonial Design and Sacred Time
  • Practicing Self-Compassion
  • Graven Images: Art, Religion & Culture
  • Pilgrimage: Walking with Intention
  • When a Community Weeps
Sample Community-Based Learning Experiences:
  • Internship with a youth rites-of-passage program
  • Create and implement a workshop on Right Livelihood
  • Lead a meditation group in a prison
  • Apprentice in a hospice care program or nursing home
Sample Synthesis Projects:
  • Write an essay on the spiritual foundations of addiction
  • Present a workshop on spirituality and social change
  • Go on a vision quest or pilgrimage and write about the experience
  • Analyze world events from an Archetypal perspective
  • Exhibit a series of paintings based on dreams

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