Courses and Degree Requirements for the BA in Consciousness and Human Potential
To graduate with a BA in Consciousness and Human Potential, students must successfully complete:
- All general requirements for a bachelor’s degree
- 52 credits of coursework, including 32 credits from the listed required courses as well as at least 20 credits from the available additional courses.
MVS 210: Vedic Literature as the Dynamics of Consciousness (4 credits)
Is human knowledge inevitably partial or can we fathom complete knowledge? How are insights of ancient seers into the nature of reality relevant to our contemporary lives? This course examines questions such as these in light of Maharishi Vedic Science (“Vedic” is from “Veda,” meaning knowledge). You will learn about Vedic literature — including Yoga, Vedanta, and the Upanishads — in light of the direct experience of consciousness. From time immemorial, Vedic literature has been studied for its enlightening wisdom; this course explores Maharishi’s unified structure of Vedic literature as the dynamics of consciousness knowing itself. Qualities of consciousness — such as expanding, unifying, and analyzing — are explored in the branches of Vedic literature, in human physiology and in the structure of the universe.
MVS 241: Models of Development: Frontiers of Human Potential (4 credits)
his course will explore models of human development across the lifespan. You will examine Piaget’s model of cognitive development; Loevinger and Cook-Greuter’s models of ego or self-development; Kohlberg’s model of moral development; and the Science and Technology of Consciousness of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. (4 credits)
MVS 302: Dharma and the Philosophy of Action (variable credits)
What action in life is best for your personal development – your “Dharma”? How does this relate to family, social, and global responsibilities? How do we make the right decisions for ourselves and others, and act in a way that is enjoyable, not stressful and exhausting? This course studies timeless questions and dilemmas such as these, discussed in the Bhagavad-Gita — using as a guide Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s translation of and commentary on chapters one to six.
MVS 309: Social Transformation and World Peace (4 credits)
Course participants study how Maharishi applied the ancient knowledge of Yoga technologies to create contemporary solutions for world peace. This includes a focus on the principles of and published scientific research on creating coherence in collective consciousness. There is an in-depth review of Maharishi’s historic unfoldment of this knowledge from 1960 to current strategies to create permanent world peace in this generation. By way of comparison, there is also a brief review of other peace-creating strategies. The course includes both theoretical understanding and direct experience of peace-creating programs, with emphasis on the relationship of personal inner peace and peace creation in the public domain.
MVS 227: Personal Growth of Consciousness (4 credits)
In this course students learn about and practice a range of Vedic technologies to maximize personal growth of consciousness, including a seven-day retreat, Maharishi’s videotaped lectures, training in physical health and fitness, group-building projects, and a class-agreed daily routine protocol. In addition, we will explore Maharishi AyurVeda diet and cooking, some simple self-administered Panchakarma therapies, Maharishi Gandharva music, and artistic expression — writing, music, drawing, and painting. There will be a capstone project to integrate knowledge and experiences gained during the course.
MVS 370: Yoga Philosophy in the Light of Maharishi Vedic Science (4 credits)
This course explores themes related to Yoga philosophy in light of effortless, natural practice of Transcendental Meditation. The course introduces Yoga both as a settled inner state of mind and a path of development, as brought out by Maharishi in his books and lectures. Topics include Yoga and the brain, Yoga and health, development of full human potential, Yoga and Dharma, and the role of Yoga Asanas in the eight limbs of Yoga brought out in the traditional Yoga text, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra.
MVS 391: MVS Senior Writing and Speaking Project (4 credits; may be repeated for credit)
During this course, students develop and present a summative oral presentation and write a paper that serves to integrate and complete the knowledge and experience gained from the Consciousness and Human Potential major. Note: A total of 4 credits is required. Students should take the course after having completed all other requirements.
MVS 102: Maharishi’s Program for Reading the Vedic Literature (4 credits)
Reading the Vedic Literature in the Sanskrit script is a technology of Maharishi’s Science and Technology of Consciousness for enhancing the development of higher states of consciousness. In this course, students learn to read the Vedic Literature in the original Sanskrit for its sound value and discover how this practice strengthens brain functioning. Students also learn the basic principles of Maharishi’s Science and Technology of Consciousness,. Vedic Science, including the recent discovery of how human physiology forms a perfect replica of natural law, as embodied in the 40 aspects of the Veda and Vedic Literature. This historic discovery reveals that the natural laws governing the universe are the same laws governing our physiology — meaning that each of us has access, within our own physiology, to the total potential of natural law.
MVS 202: Self-realization, Freedom, and Fulfillment: Seven States of Consciousness (4 credits)
This course is an in-depth, advanced version of FOR 431 that allows a deeper and more nuanced exploration of higher states of consciousness as described by Maharishi and as experienced naturally and spontaneously by Transcendental Meditation practitioners and by people throughout history. Included are specific perspectives on human development and enlightenment from key Western and Eastern thinkers, as well as expanded video and reading selections, more time for discussion, and more options for expressing course material through writing, multimedia presentations, and small-group projects. The course is question- and discussion-driven, with an emphasis on connecting the understanding of higher states to your own experiences—and addressing any and all individual questions on these topics. A TM Retreat/ World Peace Assembly is included. This course may be substituted for FOR 431 to fulfill the General Education graduation requirement. Prerequisite: FOR 103 or PH 101.
MVS 240: EEG, Brain, and Enlightenment (4 credits)
Brain functioning underlies conscious processing, states of consciousness, and enlightenment. Students learn how to record EEG (brain waves) and other physiological measures (breath rate, heart rate, and skin conductance), learn the brain signatures of the practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique and of higher states of consciousness, and conduct original research testing a research question that they generate during the course. Prerequisite: PH 101
MVS 300: Science of Being and Art of Living: Maharishi’s Guide to Life in Enlightenment (4 credits)
The Science of Being and Art of Living was Maharishi’s first book, published in 1963. In this course, both through reading and through studying Maharishi’s video tapes, students investigate the main themes of the book — Being, the essential constituent of creation; how to contact and how to live Being; how to live one’s full potential in thought, speech, action, and relationships; and God realization.
MVS 308: Verifying a New Paradigm of Human Potential: Research Design and Methodology in Light of Transcendental Meditation Program Outcomes (4 credits)
This course reviews contemporary methods of research design and methodology, and issues from the philosophy of science, in light of fifty years of research on the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi programs. These precise, systematic, and effective programs for developing human consciousness open up new frontiers of researching mental potential, brain functioning, health, behavior, education, and social relationships. This course develops your ability to evaluate and explain research design and methodology – skills that can be transferred to a wide range of applications.
MVS 321: Reading the Vedic Literature: Upānga (4 credits)
During this course, students read the classical texts of Upanga in the Devanagari (the original Sanskrit) script. Students read the texts for their sound value, which creates benefits in their consciousness and physiology. Prerequisites: MVS 102 and permission of the instructor
MVS 322 Reading the Vedic Literature: Upa-Veda (4 credits)
During this course, students read the classical texts of Upa-Veda in the Devanagari (the original Sanskrit) script. Students read the texts for their sound value, which creates benefits in their consciousness and physiology. Prerequisites: MVS 102 and permission of the instructor
MVS 323: Reading the Vedic Literature: Brāhmaṇa (4 credits)
During this course, students read the classical texts of Brahmana in the Devanagari (the original Sanskrit) script. The texts are read for the sound value, which creates benefits in their consciousness and physiology. Prerequisites: MVS 102 and permission of the instructor.
MVS 331/332: TM-Sidhi Program)
The Transcendental Meditation Sidhi® (TM-Sidhi®) program is a simple, natural, effortless set of procedures that accelerate the personal growth gained from the Transcendental Meditation technique. The TM-Sidhi program is designed to accelerate the growth of creativity, learning ability, physical health, and psychological well-being that TM technique practitioners report.
MVS 485: Rotating University
Rotating University courses offer opportunities to study Consciousness and Human Potential abroad. Students travel to a country that has sister institutions to MUM or plays a special role in worldwide Transcendental Meditation organizations — such as India, South Africa, Switzerland — to study the Science and Technology of Consciousness in that context. The course may include videotaped lectures of Maharishi, study of Sanskrit, and excursions to relevant locales. In some cases, the focus includes study of deep cultural traditions of a country such as China and how these traditions parallel the Science and Technology of Consciousness (4 credits). Prerequisite: consent of department faculty
MVS 490: Transcendental Meditation Program Teacher Training Course (TTC)
This course comprises the Transcendental Meditation Program Teacher Training Course, providing the knowledge and experience of consciousness as the basis of life and preparing one to present the knowledge to others. It also gives an opportunity for personal development through deeper personal experience of the unified field of natural law and understanding of the Science of Creative Intelligence. Participation in the course does not automatically qualify a student to graduate as a teacher of the Transcendental Meditation program. Further training and fieldwork may be needed before graduation as a teacher. Students must have a minimum of at least one year of progress in a degree at Maharishi University of Management before taking MVS 490. The course must be appropriate to the degree the student is taking. Academic credit for the completion of this course is offered by Maharishi University of Management, Fairfield, IA, under a contractual agreement with Maharishi University of Management, Netherlands, who controls the acceptance to the course, the cost of the course, and the content of the course. (12 credits) Prerequisites: STC 108/109 or FOR 500 and completion of one year of MUM coursework. This course is taught under contractual agreement with a non-accredited, non-federal-aid-eligible organization. Students must apply to and be accepted by that organization.
MVS 493: Transcendental Meditation Program Teacher Training Program Fieldwork Internship
In this course, students who have qualified as teachers of the Transcendental Meditation technique work full time for at least four months teaching these programs. Two credits are given for each month students are engaged in this internship. (Maximum of 8 credits during a semester; may be repeated for a second semester) Prerequisite: MVS 490
PH 260: Maharishi Self-Pulse Diagnosis (4 credits)
Self-Pulse Reading is the most ancient and most natural means of determining the level of balance or imbalance in the mind and body. Taking the pulse enlivens the connection between mind and body, consciousness and matter. Furthermore, the procedure of taking the pulse produces a balancing effect on the mind and body. This course presents Maharishi’s revival of this ancient technology. In this course students will learn how to read their pulse and detect imbalances early, before they manifest as symptoms of a disease; how to determine where imbalances are; and how to restore balance. This course includes public speaking exercises. Materials fee: $10
PH 262: Diet, Digestion, and Nutrition (4 credits)
Diet, digestion, and nutrition are fundamental to health. How we metabolize food and drink directly affects the strength, vitality, immunity, and longevity of the physiology. This course provides very practical knowledge of what to eat, when to eat, and how to eat to maintain or restore perfect balance of the three Doshas – the three principal governing qualities of intelligence in the body. Topics include: influence of consciousness on the process of digestion and nutrition, effects of different foods on physiology, categories of food according to their influence on the three Doshas, and basic principles of Dravya Guna (Materia Medica) – Vedic herbology. This course includes public speaking exercises, as well as two field trips: one to local organic and natural food stores, and one to a local organic dairy production farm. Based on availability, Ayurvedic cooking demonstrations are included. Field trip fee: $20; Materials fee: $20 Prerequisite: PH 260
PH 263: Maharishi Yoga Asanas (4 credits)
Yoga is one of the 40 aspects of the Veda and Vedic Literature representing unifying quality of consciousness. According to Maharishi, Yoga provides technologies to unfold experience of the unified level of consciousness or Transcendental Consciousness. The theoretical part of this unique course presents knowledge of Yoga as unity and provides understanding of the specific effects of Yoga Asanas on mind and body, physiology and consciousness. Proper practice of Yoga Asanas – another aspect of this course – provides students with experience of deep relaxation, stress release, and expansion in the direction of unbounded pure consciousness. This course includes public speaking exercises on the effects of Yoga Asanas on specific mental and physical health conditions, and readings of Maharishi’s commentaries on the Bhagavad-Gita as the essence of Vedic knowledge and the discipline of Yoga. Materials fee: $10
PHYS 297: Philosophy of Science (4 credits)
In this course we examine the nature and scope of the scientific method, which is the systematic, repeatable empirical approach to acquiring knowledge through the discovery and testing of hypotheses against experimental evidence. On this basis we can understand the universality of the scientific process and appreciate the scientific character of modern science and of Maharishi Vedic Science. The important contrast between normal science and paradigm-change is studied with reference to the scientific study of consciousness and the special issues this raises. We consider whether science is in conflict with religion or whether there is in fact a deep underlying harmony. And finally, we explore the implications of advanced physics for the scientific study of consciousness. This course satisfies the graduation requirements for a humanities course and for a course in Creative and Critical Thinking.
NOTE: MVS 490 and MVS 493 are generally taken after all other course work for the bachelor’s degree has been completed. Choosing these courses does not guarantee that the student will be accepted to the course.