First Semester for Undergrads
If you are enrolling as an undergraduate student, below is a summary of the first semester at MUM. Students at MUM take one course at a time. See more about the block system.
During the week before classes begin, you will move in and meet your Residence Hall Director and Resident Advisor, be welcomed by University and student government leaders, meet faculty and other students and more. See the Welcome and Orientation Dates page for details.
This highly interactive course sets the direction for your entire University experience. You will learn the Transcendental Meditation technique and explore the basic principles of how your consciousness and your full potential develop. If you already practice Transcendental Meditation, you’ll be able to review the principles and mechanics of the practice, based on your experiences and questions.
You’ll explore the full range of consciousness, from your own individual experience to a fundamental field of consciousness that underlies all of life — and you’ll see how this underlying field is developed through Consciousness-Based education.
In addition to the experiential component, you will have an initial introduction to the vast tradition of knowledge that explains and supports it. That tradition explains that there are levels of human potential far greater than what most people experience, levels that are usually referred to in terms of enlightenment.
That worldview motivates fundamental shifts in how we look at traditional fields of knowledge, and our own potential. This course is key to your success in unlocking the deepest aspect of every discipline that you will study at MUM, plus your own success as a student and working professional.
The STC course (above) concludes with a four-day retreat, called Base Camp, in the beautiful Current River wilderness area in Missouri’s Ozark Mountains, for all first-year students and selected faculty and staff.It includes canoeing, hiking, and other activities, and emphasizes cooperation, learning outdoor skills, and having fun. Students entering in January have a winter Base Camp retreat in Iowa featuring skiing and ice skating. Not required for those with family or health concerns.
During the STC course you practice key elements of critical thinking skills: analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. In the next block you take a seminar that will continue to develop these critical thinking skills along with creative thinking. In these seminars you’ll explore fundamental themes in the seminar’s particular discipline. You’ll also begin to learn the unique technical vocabulary and types of evidence this discipline uses to evaluate knowledge claims.These seminars are writing (and often reading) intensive. Writing and class discussions and exercises promote deep thinking about the topics you’re exploring. Seminar enrollments are capped at 15 students.
Click here to see descriptions of typical CCT seminars.
During this block you may take any available elective course you qualify for. Some may apply to your major.
- Fall entry — Foundations of Physics and Cosmology: Discovery of the Unified Field and its Practical Application for Perfection in Life. Taught by noted quantum physicist Dr. John Hagelin, this course presents the most cutting-edge scientific discoveries in an easy-to-understand manner.
You’ll explore the most advanced principles of quantum mechanics, quantum field theory, superstring theory, astronomy, and big bang inflationary cosmology. And you’ll see how these principles are illuminated by the understanding of consciousness — Maharishi’s Vedic Science and Technology of Consciousness. You’ll also discover how these latest discoveries of modern physics and the ancient Vedic science of consciousness describe the same ultimate reality of life: the unified field, a completely unified, self-interacting field of pure intelligence at the basis of mind and the universe.
- Spring entry — Physiology is Consciousness: Awakening the Cosmic Potential of the Human Brain
- Fall entry — Physiology Is Consciousness: Awakening the Cosmic Potential of the Human BrainTaught by Professor Fred Travis, this course shows how the brain is created by the dual engines of maturation and experience — and how, as your brain develops, you see the world in more sophisticated ways. You’ll understand how stress, cell phones, caffeine, alcohol, and drugs affect the brain. You’ll look at the EEG patterns of different meditation practices. And you’ll explore scientific research on brain patterns reflective of higher states of consciousness. Based on a solid understanding of the brain, you’ll examine the discovery that the whole of human physiology is a replica of total natural law.
- Spring entry — Electives.
Along with the requirements of your major, you’ll need to fulfill other general degree requirements to graduate. Examples are courses in writing and mathematics, a two-week course in health-related fitness, and a unique course in higher states of consciousness. In this latter course you’ll explore Maharishi’s model of higher human development — the higher states of consciousness that develop naturally through practice of the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi programs.
Another degree requirement is a fitness program. Students exercise daily, chart their activities, and report their achievement at the end of each month. Each year every student receives a fitness assessment and a personally tailored workout program. Students are assessed again at year’s end. A computerized system helps students track their progress and generates a regimen of exercises. This program is not required of students 35 or older.
See the complete list of general degree requirements for undergraduate students.