At present, Contemplative Studies at the University of San Diego is still in its formative moments. Broadly understood, there is some overlap with traditional liberal arts values in general and with spirituality as an academic discipline in particular. As there is currently no major or formal academic program, the courses listed below offer a glimpse into potential areas of conversation and connection.
ARTH 140: The Buddhist Temple
Taught by Jessica Patterson as an undergradate course in the Department of Art, Architecture, and Art History, this course explores architecture, sacred space and religious art in various Buddhist traditions. Read course description.
EDUC 589: Peace Education in a Global Society
Taught by Dr. Steven Gelb as a graduate course in the School of Leadership and Educational Sciences (SOLES), this course explores the theory, pedagogy and curriculum of peace education in local and global contexts. Read course description.
LEAD 357: Leadership and the Practice of Presence
Taught by Dr. Cheryl Getz as an undergraduate course in the School of Leadership and Educational Sciences (SOLES), this course explores the dynamics of leadership and authority in an experiential learning environment. Also taught as a graduate course under EDLD 357: Leadership and the Practice of Presence. Read course description.
MSNE 501: Introduction to Spirituality and Health
Co-taught by Dr. Margaret McCahill and Dr. Karen Skerrett in the Masters of Nursing program through the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Sciences, this course explores spirituality in healthcare and medical practice. Read course description.
THRS 494: Contemplative Traditions
Taught by Dr. Louis Komjathy as an undergraduate course in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, this course explores meditation and contemplative prayer from a comparative religious studies perspective. Read course description.