Mindfulness Studies, Minor

The minor in mindfulness studies is open to all majors at the university. The term “mindfulness” refers to maintaining an awareness of the present moment without judgment. Modern-day mindfulness has roots in Eastern spiritual traditions including Buddhism and Hinduism; after arriving in the West, mindfulness practice became a mostly secular practice used by many to promote health and wellbeing. The minor in mindfulness studies is designed for students who seek to enrich their understanding of mindfulness practice, including its benefits and potential applications. Pursuing a minor in mindfulness studies will complement students’ knowledge in the related fields of psychology, health sciences, philosophy, and religious studies. However, developing a mindfulness practice and an understanding of the potential benefits and applications of mindfulness may help enrich the lives of students in any major. Whether students are interested in health, education, or business, by pursuing the minor in mindfulness studies they have an opportunity to learn how to develop a mindfulness practice and explore how to apply mindfulness to their career.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified.

Required Courses

CAEP 1280Introduction to Mindfulness4
PHIL 1133Selling Spirituality4
PHIL 1275Hinduism, Buddhism, and Beyond: Eastern Religions4
or PHIL 2395 Japanese Buddhism


Complete two of the following:7-8
Personal Behavior Change
Relationships in College
Mindfulness: Theory and Practice
Ethics: East and West
Chinese Philosophy and Religion

GPA and Grade Requirement

Minimum 2.000 GPA required in the minor. All coursework must be completed with a minimum grade of C.

Credit Requirement

19 hours required