Certificate Requirements

The Interdisciplinary Certificate in Contemplative Inquiry requires the completion of a minimum of four courses and 12 semester hours, including IST 220: Art and Science of Meditation, the cornerstone course for the certificate. Courses must represent at least two different disciplines (as determined by course prefix) from two different departments. No more than eight of the required 12 semester hours that a student applies toward an interdisciplinary certificate may have the same course prefix. No more than 8 hours from a declared major or minor may be applied toward an interdisciplinary certificate. At least 3 of the 12 hours must be at the 300-400 level. All courses used for the certificate must be completed at UNC Asheville. Interdisciplinary certificates may only be completed in conjunction with the completion of an undergraduate degree at UNC Asheville.

Select Courses

Courses in contemplative inquiry span a range of disciplines and areas of study, including philosophy, anthropology, economics, dance, literature, psychology, and more.

  • ANTH 380: Zen Anthropology
  • ECON 373: Feminist Economics 
  • ECON 450: Happiness Economics 
  • ENVR 334: Environmental Policy
  • HWP 373: Introduction to Global Health
  • HWP 373: Community Health Promotion: Theory and Practice
  • IST 220: The Art and Science of Meditation (Required cornerstone course)
  • PSYC 329: Cognitive Psychology
  • PSYC 412: Senior Seminar: Internship
  • RELS 326: Religion and Dance in South Asia
  • RELS 386: Buddhism