An emerging field, Contemplative Studies & Well-Being is the theoretical and applied exploration of contemplative traditions, mindfulness practices, and the constituents of human flourishing. It draws on a full array of areas of knowledge such as Indigenous Spiritualities, Asian Philosophies, Theories of Personalities, Philosophy of Religion, and many others. It aims to make a genuine contribution to satisfying societal needs and, as such, has concerns beyond academic study with the promotion of human well-being: contemplative practices are known to have a wide range of benefits (from mental health to creativity to productivity).

The past decade has witnessed the spectacular growth of interest in this field. For example, the University of Ottawa launched in 2017 its own Academy of Contemplative Studies and Mindfulness, a multi-disciplinary initiative, drawing together expertise from Medicine, Psychology and the Humanities.

This 15-course-unit cross-disciplinary option in Contemplative Studies & Well-Bring proposes to train students in third-person critical thinking as well as first-person experiential knowledge in the study of humanity’s vast repertoire of contemplative practices and experiences.

What is a Transdisciplinary option?

Transdisciplinary options are microcredentials that allow you to tailor your degree and develop competencies outside of your Honours BA, Major or Minor. These thematic microcredentials range from 9 to 18 course units and can be taken from your electives. Options can be added to most of the B.A. and B.Sc. programs at the Faculty of Arts and the name of the option will appear on your transcript. Adding one or several options to your degree allows you to be the architect of your degree and develop additional competencies beyond your fields of study.

The table below includes only the option-specific courses. Please refer to the Academic Regulations for information on the possible combinations available within the Faculty of Arts.

Compulsory courses:
AHL 2150Introduction to Contemplative Studies and Well-being3 Units
AHL 3156Meditation: Theory and Practice3 Units
SRS 3354Mysticism and Spiritual Experience3 Units
AHL 4150Mindful Tech3 Units
3 optional course units from:3 Units
Special topics in Contemplative Studies and Well-being I
Special topics in Contemplative Studies and Well-being II
Mindful Tech
Indigenous Spiritualities in the Americas.
Romantic Literature
Leisure : Concepts and Values
Greek Wisdom
Philosophy of Religion
Asian Philosophy
Philosophical Texts
Introduction to Psychology: Foundations
Introduction to Psychology: Applications
The Religions of the World I
The Religions of the World II
Religious Ways of the Aboriginal Peoples
Religion, Animals, Nature
Religion and Death
Total: 15 Units