Contemplative Studies is an emerging interdisciplinary field. It features specific themes from across a wide spectrum of knowledge such as Philosophy, Religious Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Social Justice and Environmental Studies as well as the professions and the arts. Contemplative Studies address the meditative, contemplative or ‘mindfulness’ practices studied as: 1. elucidated by the contemporary methods of the social and natural sciences, and 2. as embedded within contextualized cultural-historical traditions. Thus, Contemplative Studies recognizes the importance of both third person and critical first person approaches to knowledge and in this way incorporates direct embodied experience into academic discourse. On all points, this minor would be emblematic of Ramapo’s vision of interdisciplinary, experiential, international and intercultural learning.
As an interdisciplinary minor, Contemplative Studies serves as a rich Liberal Arts compliment to any major or professional training. The minor is divided between 4 required core areas (12 credits) and two electives (8 credits) that integrate with other Liberal Arts majors and professional such as psychology, social work, business, medicine, law, geriatrics, education, nursing and environmental studies.