Interdisciplinary Certificate in Contemplative Inquiry

About the Interdisciplinary Certificate in Contemplative Inquiry

The Certificate in Contemplative Inquiry focuses on creating opportunities for greater inquiry, connection, reflection, insight, and communication. It does so by nurturing and supporting students’ practical and critical first-person experience and inquiry through the use of varied contemplative practices, including mindfulness techniques, meditation, focused thought exercises, beholding, deep listening, reflective writing, contemplative movement, and dialogue.


Dr. Richard Chess
Coordinator, Interdisciplinary Certificate in Contemplative Inquiry

Student Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the certificate, students will:

  • Be familiar with at least three approaches to practical and critical first-person inquiry.
  • Have developed the ability to adapt contemplative modes of inquiry to a variety of situations and settings (business, health care, community engagement, arts, scientific research, etc.).

Certificate Requirements

The Interdisciplinary Certificate in Contemplative Inquiry requires the completion of a minimum of 4 courses and 12 semester hours, including IST 220: Art and Science of Meditation, the cornerstone course for the cluster. 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.

Declaration of the Interdisciplinary Certificate

Students must complete an Interdisciplinary Certificate Declaration form that is signed by the certificate coordinator and submitted to the Office of the Registrar in OneStop Student Services. Students are subject to the requirements in effect at the time they formally declare the certificate. The certificate must be officially declared before the deadline for applying for graduation.