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Degree Requirements for the Online BA in Liberal Arts

The Liberal Arts major is an interdisciplinary degree designed to deliver the University’s signature knowledge of an integrated view of the modern disciplines in light of the knowledge and experience of consciousness. This view is introduced in the first course in the major, “The Science and Technology of Consciousness,” and then further elaborated throughout the major.

Two courses specifically look at the integration of human physiology with consciousness and the integration of physics with consciousness. Students are also required to take courses in mathematics, health, as well as the humanities and social sciences. In a final senior project, they demonstrate their ability to integrate two or more fields on the basis of their deepening knowledge and experience of consciousness.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Display improvements in perception, thinking, feeling, and overall growth of consciousness.
  2. Display a healthy and optimal quality of life that allows them to get through their daily activities without undue fatigue or physical stress.
  3. Apply unifying principles within and across disciplines to synthesize ideas, integrate divergent perspectives, and understand what they have learned in light of their own consciousness.
  4. Evaluate their confidence in a thesis or judgment on the basis of logic, reliable evidence, ethical values, and openness to alternative assumptions and points of view.
  5. Respond to and express ideas, feelings, and information in speech, text, and other media.

Program Requirements

To graduate with a degree in the liberal arts students must successfully complete 41 credits of coursework to include:

Following instruction in the Transcendental Meditation technique, this is the first course every new undergraduate student takes at the University. This course introduces students to three fundamental sources of knowledge that can be used together to evaluate any idea: personal experience, scientific reasoning, and traditional wisdom. On the basis of evidence from all three sources, a new consciousness-based framework is introduced as a new way of viewing the world and addressing its challenges.

The course will explore the new paradigm in science that the “Physiology is Consciousness.” Current concepts of mind and body will be understood in terms of this new paradigm. This course will present our facts of brain structure and function in light of Maharishi Vedic Science and the discovery of Veda and the Vedic Literature in human physiology done by Tony Nader, MD, PhD. We will examine how our brain constructs reality at every moment and how the experience of unboundedness – the Self of every individual – can transform our physiology and awaken the total creative potential of the brain in enlightenment, which is the birthright of every human being.

This course gives a deep and non-mathematical understanding of the differences between classical and quantum physics. It explains the meaning and mechanics of unification and symmetry, and the main concepts of unified quantum field theories and superstring theory. It shows that at the basis of the universe lies a completely unified field, a self- interacting entity from which all particles and forces arise through the process of spontaneous symmetry breaking. The course gives students experience and understanding of the interconnectedness between the laws of physics, the universe, and themselves. (4 credits)

Quantitative reasoning is a critical tool in the modern world for analyzing and interpreting quantitative information in the context of real-world problems and issues, including issues such as budgeting, taxation, loans, investment returns, the effects of inflation, even choosing cell phone plans. Students will develop a repertoire of number-related skills for assessing the reliability of data presented and for arriving at their own conclusions from these data. Topics include: estimation, units and conversion, basic geometric concepts, simple descriptive statistics, constructing and interpreting graphs, linear and exponential growth, and ratios and percentages. Students will develop their knowledge of calculating and presenting personally meaningful information with spreadsheets.

Composition 2 develops the student’s ability to use language for a variety of purposes,
subjects, and audiences. It focuses on both exposition and persuasion to strengthen those
skills that will assist the student in succeeding academically. In this course, we read and
discuss a range of prose models that reflect the diversity of thinking and writing across
the disciplines. (4 credits) Prerequisite: WTG 191 or appropriate assessment

This course explores the unfoldment of higher states of human consciousness — the full realization of your own limitless potential — as described by Maharishi and as experienced naturally and spontaneously by Transcendental Meditation practitioners and by people throughout history. The course examines the experiences belonging to each state, the developmental processes that culture each state, pertinent research, and practical outcomes of these experiences in daily life, thereby providing an overview of the range of possible experiences on the way to full enlightenment. This course is question- and discussion-driven, with an emphasis on connecting this understanding of higher states to your own experiences.

This course presents each student with the opportunity to reflect upon and draw together all of the disciplines and broad themes they have explored in the context of the Integrative Studies major. Students are expected to choose one or more interdisciplinary themes based broadly on the science and technology of consciousness to present a research paper, report, or multi-media project that interprets a contemporary issue or problem in light of these themes and integrates the coursework they have had. They work closely with their faculty advisor to choose, draft, and re-draft their research paper, report, or multi-media project.

This course presents the latest knowledge from Western science and the Maharishi Consciousness-Based Health CareSM program concerning the optimum daily routine for establishing the foundation for lifelong excellent health and growing enlightenment. The major focus is on the details of the ideal routine of sleep, diet, exercise, meaningful activity, recreation, and the importance of the regular experience of pure consciousness for optimum health and evolution.

One of the following Creative Thinking Seminars:

Explore your own quest for self-knowledge in the light of the wisdom shared in mythology, philosophy, and psychology. Drawing upon the insights of scholars of myth like Joseph Campbell, we will identify the universal stages of the quest archetype: the hero or heroine’s journey as they evolve to higher states of awareness. We will culture critical thinking skills by analyzing ancient and modern worldviews, theories of consciousness and their applications, myths and movies, and your own life. In the culminating course project, create and potentially perform your own mythic stories reflecting the transformation of consciousness. We will explore these questions: What is the philosopher’s quest? What can modern psychology reveal about the mind? Why do archetypes transform consciousness? How can we apply ancient archetypes to modern life? (4 credits)

In this course, students will be introduced to persuasive communication. Methods of evaluating and responding to arguments will be covered. Students will learn the fundamentals of effective speech, writing, and presentation, and examine those fundamentals in the contexts of storytelling, activism, advertising, and business. (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. (4 credits)

Plus eight (8) additional upper division course credits from at least two separate degree