Concentrating in Contemplative Studies

The Contemplative Studies Initiative is a group of Brown faculty who are working toward a goal of creating a multidisciplinary center for research and teaching about contemplative states of experience, across cultures and across time.  

Our first step towards this was establishing in 2007 a "Scholarly Concentration in Contemplative Studies" in the Warren Alpert Medical School of Medicine at Brown University (at the graduate level).

Our second major step was accomplished in May 2014, when we established a formal undergraduate concentration in Contemplative Studies on the Arts and Sciences campus.

Our new Contemplative Studies concentration builds upon our rigorous approach to making intellectually sound and experience-driven connections between disciplines in the breadth of a liberal education, while also cultivating in our students the wisdom that comess from developing mindfulness and discernment as both a personal and an academic focus.