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 present in:
1. contemporary methods of the social and natural sciences
2. concepts and contexts of cultural-historical traditions.
Thus, Contemplative Studies is both an experimental and a critical approach to knowledge. Incorporating direct embodied experience into academic discourse. This minor is emblematic 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 preparations such as psychology, social work, business, medicine, law, geriatrics, education, nursing and environmental studies.