Consciousness and Creativity Studies

Philosophers and scientists have explored the concept of consciousness for millennia, but only now do we know enough about the brain to make scientific progress on even the most basic questions. Of course much remains mysterious and probably always will. At the same time, everyone is familiar with the experience of heightened or expanded awareness and the concomitant feeling of greater connection with oneself and the wider world. Our Consciousness and Creativity Studies concentration is designed to provide a space for doctoral students to explore consciousness in its various dimensions while experimenting with spiritual technologies and creative processes that produce and are nurtured by it. Our exploration is rooted in academic inquiry, contemplative practices, entheogenic integration, and intersubjective encounters with members of our learning community.

Philosophy and Cognitive Neuroscience

The Behavioral Science concentration focuses on neuroscientific, behavioral, and cognitive psychology. In addition to these traditional topics, students are introduced to more innovative post-graduate disciplines such as neurotheology, neurophenomenology, and bioethics in the broader context of consciousness studies. Questions concerning neurological correlates of spiritual and religious experience and problems surrounding enhancement of the human brain through transformative technologies are also part of this concentration.

Research Methods in Psychology

The Research Methods in Psychology concentration allows doctoral students to focus their studies on the research endeavor. Students will gain in-depth knowledge of the philosophy of various research methods. This concentration allows students to become research methodologists who creatively engage with the knowledge and practice of social science research. Upon completion of this concentration, students are prepared to teach research methods (particularly from a transpersonal perspective), engage in post-graduate and professional research, and continue the tradition of crafting and honing the study of research methods.