Named for an 11th-century Buddhist scholar in India, Naropa University was founded in 1974 as in institution to “combine contemplative studies with traditional Western scholastic and artistic disciplines.” Academic programs, including a peace studies major, are based around a Buddhist-inspired curriculum of contemplative education.
Peace studies majors must earn 36 credits. Half of those come from required classes, including: study of nonviolence; the theory and practice of conflict transformation; peacebuilding skills, including restorative justice and dialogue; and a senior project. The rest of the classes to meet the major’s requirements are drawn from a variety of other academic programs, including environmental science, religion, psychology and art. Majors must also complete a three-credit internship.
A 12-credit peace studies minor is also available. Each year, the peace studies department sponsors a lecture by a prominent peace academic, activist or thinker.
Contact: Juliet Wagner