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University Catalog 2024-2025 
University Catalog 2024-2025

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: Flexible
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.

Current Tuition and Fees

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General Education Requirements for every Liberal Studies Concentration

To meet the general education requirements of the LIberal Studies degree, each student must fulfill both the Disciplinary Knowledge Core and Antioch Core requirements, totalling 45 credits:

Disciplinary Knowledge Core Requirements:

30 credits distributed across the disciplines, a minimum of 3 and maximum of 6 in each of these areas:

  • Communications
  • Social Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Arts
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Science

These are mostly addressed through transfer credits, but gaps can be filled in at Antioch; more than 6 credits can be transferred in, but only 6 can be used to fulfill general educationGener requirements in each domain.

Antioch Core Requirements:

  • Transformative Education  
  • a 3000 level writing course
  • a 4000 level writing course
  • Two “mission core” courses; one of which is Power, Privilege & Oppression

Possible coursework for concentration

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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