Somatic studies look at mind-body ways of knowing and living in the world and are guided by the assumption that cultivating body-based intelligence (soma in Greek) can be used to help individuals grow and change.
This field of study offers opportunities to explore body-based literacy as it relates to leadership, communication, and engagement with social issues.
You'll learn in many ways (academic, experiential, contemplative), using diverse modalities and multiple intelligences. You'll study somatics through movement workshops, creative expression, the arts; and academic work in psychology, health, and more.
See faculty who teach in Consciousness Studies.
How to Choose Your Path
You’ll choose what you study to earn a Bachelor’s degree that’s meaningful to you. Some students decide their programs as they go, while others chart their course in advance.
Aim for both breadth and depth; explore fields that may be related or that may seem very distant. You'll be surprised at what you discover.
If you're new to college, look for programs where you can gain a foundation, build key skills, and broaden your knowledge (FR only, FR-SO, or FR-SR).
If you already have a foundation in this field, look for programs with intermediate or advanced material (SO-SR, JR-SR, or FR-SR). These programs may include community-based learning and in-depth research. Some of these programs have specific prerequisites; check the description for details.
Talk to an academic advisor to get help figuring out what coursework is best for you.