University Courses & Programs

Benefits of Academic Programming

We’re developing an interdisciplinary mosaic of tools and resources widely available to UA students to help them better cope with the stress of college life, enhance their academic performance, enrich their social connections with others and to enhance their physical and emotional well-being. We have developed academic courses and partnerships with key service centers on campus including Campus Recreation and Campus Health, and are supporting the integration of elements of mindfulness, compassion and empathy training into teaching strategies and class instruction. A better student experience leads to a greater likelihood of success in school and beyond. The foundation established with these social tools will support their endeavors as they launch careers and grow into our future leaders.

“I now see the importance of cultivating a contemplative practice and how it truly works. I was able to improve a whole letter grade for one exam. I know if I keep this up, I will get an ‘A’ on the final. It has also helped me all around by being less stressed and less angry.” – UA student

Undergraduate Courses

Self-Care in the Helping Professions, CHS 460

This unique class offered as a part of the Care, Health and Society major in the School of Sociology, is designed to support students to learn and practice ways to cultivate unbiased compassion for those they will serve in their forthcoming careers, as well as manage the multiple pressures and stresses of academic life. The class is grounded in the latest research in compassion science, and utilizes practices from a variety of methods to expand the skills of mindfulness and compassion.

Listen to this episode of SBS Major Steps podcast to learn more about the class

The Mindful Semester, SBS 301 

This undergraduate course, offered through the College of SBS, and open to all majors, is a unique online class designed to introduce mindful approaches to studying, communications, and movement to help manage stress and cultivate self-awareness. The class references research as well as experiential practice to support students in developing their own tools and routines for a well-balanced, resilient life.

This class includes three distinct 5 -week modules, each of which is 1 Credit Hour.

  • SBS 301A Foundations of Mindfulness
  • ​SBS 301B Mindfulness-Based Study Tools
  • SBS 301C Mindfulness Based Movement

“Meditation….helped me a lot in my studying. I was able to be more open-minded in learning all the information. I didn’t get anxious when I studied. I remained calm when I didn’t understand something. I felt at ease that I was learning everything I needed to know for my exams.” –UA student

Graduate and Professional Programs

Contemplative Research and Social Transformation Award

This competitive award, to be offered beginning in Fall 2019, was established through a partnership with the former graduate student developed and operated AMRIG (Arizona Meditation Research Interest Group). To build on the legacy that AMRIG developed in contemplative science and inquiry on campus, we are delighted to offer this competitive small fellowship to graduate students enrolled at the University of Arizona to support their research or program project to further scientific exploration and dialogue in contemplative science and social transformation through contemplative practice in action.