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in Comparative Religions & Philosophy

 A Unique Exploration in Spiritual Education

The programs in Comparative Religion and Philosophy at CIHS provide an educational opportunity for graduate students to investigate the ramifications of a personal commitment to spirituality and spiritual practices in the East and in the West.

Integrating meditation practices, theories, and philosophical speculations, this course of study also entails philosophical inquiries into mainstream, materialistic views of the nature of reality and human existence.

The M.A. curriculum is designed to provide scholarly training in the comparative and historical study of religion, in-depth examination of particular religions that have had major influences on human history, as well as providing expert guidance and instruction in spiritual practices and inquiry. The M.A. program is a stand-alone program, yet at the same time it provides  the foundation courses in religion, integral spirituality, and philosophy which will prepare students for the Ph.D. in Comparative Religion and Philosophy.

The Ph.D. program in Comparative Religion and Philosophy provides a whole range of opportunities for spiritual practices. Students research into- and compare Eastern and Western worldviews, philosophies, and religions, including mainstream and indigenous spiritual practices. 

The Ph.D. Program in Comparative Religion and Philosophy is aimed at: Providing scholarly instruction in Eastern and Western religions and philosophies; Fostering scholarly research in the fields of spirituality and philosophy; Offering opportunities for elective course credits that could be taken at other educational institutions and/or in other CIHS graduate departments; Enhancing students’ personal experience of integral spirituality; Sensitizing students to different views of reality and human existence; and Encouraging personal spiritual experiences.

 

Fifty-six (56) graduate quarter units are required to complete the M.A. degree program in Comparative Religion and Philosophy. The curriculum consists of 8 required core courses. Students with strong backgrounds in one or more equivalent courses may select alternative courses from other programs, at the discretion of the program director.

CRP 500

CRP 501

CRP 502

CRP 503

CRP 504 

CRP 613 

CRP 615

CRP 618

CRP 745

Academic Writing Within the Human Sciences 

Foundations in Integral Studies 

Consciousness Studies

Counseling & Communication Skills  

Spiritual Education

Introduction to Quantitative and Qualitative Research 

Study of Eastern and Western Religions: Philosophy and Ethics

Study of Eastern and Western Religions: Metaphysics and Healing

Integral Spiritual Coaching may be taken in place of CRP 503, upon the approval of the Program Director.

(4 units)

(4 units)

(4 units)

(4 units)

(4 units)

(4 units)

(4 units)

(4 units)

Shamanism and Indigenous Religions

Buddhism

Christian Mysticism

Islam 

Judaism

Hinduism

Taoism

Topics of Special Interest

Thesis

Independent Study

CRP 620 

CRP 623 

CRP 624 

CRP 625 

CRP 626 

CRP 627 

CRP 628 

CRP 680 

CRP 690 

CRP 699 

(4 units)

(4 units)

(4 units)

(4 units)

(4 units)

(4 units)

(4 units)

(4-8 units)

(4 units)

(2-12 units)

Master of Arts in Comparative Religions & Philosophy, 
Yoga Studies Specialization
 

The Yoga Studies Specialization within the Comparative Religion & Philosophy Master's is designed to provide scholarly training in the study of philosophy and religion with a focus on yoga philosophy, the anatomy of relevant physiological systems and subtle channels and expert guidance and instruction in yoga practices.

 

Master of Arts in Comparative Religions & Philosophy, 
Yoga Studies Specialization, Teacher Training Practicum
 

Within this sub-specialization of the CRP program, in addition to scholarly understanding, students gain rich experiential insight into the discipline of yoga. Students may cross-register for up to 12 units of yoga teacher training classes through The Soul of Yoga, a premier yoga studio located in Encinitas.  These 12 units are evaluated by CIHS as Independent Study practicums, supervised by the CRP Director.  Students who opt to complete the full curriculum of the Soul of Yoga’s 500- hour Advanced Teacher Training program will receive Yoga Alliance teacher certification.

The Yoga specialization within the CRP Master's degree provides students with a skill set designed to support insight into human existence as a multi-dimensional phenomenon that includes body, mind, and spirit aspects.  This can be directly applied through the mastery of yoga asana as a mindfulness practice. 

CRP 523 

CRP 670 

CRP 671 

CRP 672 

CRP 673 

CRP 674 

CRP 675 

CRP 676 

CRP 677 

CRP 678 

CRP 679 

CRP 700 
 

Traditional Chinese Medicine and Subtle Energy Systems

Human Musculoskeletal System in Yoga

Yoga and Nutrition

Introduction to Ayurveda

Introduction to Yoga Philosophy

Theories of the Chakras

Toward a Superconsciousness: Foundations of Spiritual Evolution

Meridian Exercise

Hatha Yoga

Yin Yoga

Meditation Practices

Independent Study/ Yoga Practicum
 

(4 units)

(4 units)

(4 units)

(4 units)

(4 units)

(4 units)

(4 units)

(2-4 units)

(2-4 units)

(2-4 units)

(2-4 units)

(2-12 units)
 

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The Doctor of Philosophy in Comparative Religion and Philosophy requires ninety-four (94) graduate quarter units, 72 units of course work including seven core courses (36 units), and 22 units of Dissertation sequence.  Core course units completed at the Masters level do not have to be repeated, and they may be applied toward the Doctoral course requirements to a maximum of 16 quarter units, except the Spiritual Education requirement is to be fulfilled at both Masters and Doctoral level.  Elective course units, beyond the core courses, may be completed by drawing upon the Comparative Religion and Philosophy electives and from the Institute’s other programs.

 

Advancement to Candidacy is a formal step in the Ph.D. program. Eligibility for the Advancement to Candidacy examination consists of successful completion of all coursework (68 units) except CRP 896, CRP 897, and two research based papers prior (or concurrent to) enrollment in the first of the Dissertation sequence.

CRP 700

CRP 701

CRP 702

CRP 703

CRP 704

CRP 713

CRP 715

CRP 718

CRP 730

CRP 896

CRP 897

CRP 898A

CRP 898B

Academic Writing Within the Human Sciences

Foundations in Integral Studies

Consciousness Studies

Counseling & Communication Skills

Spiritual Education

Advanced Qualitative Research Methods

Study of Eastern and Western Religions: Philosophy and Ethics

Study of Eastern and Western Religions: Metaphysics and Healing

Religion, Spirituality, and the Global Society: Foundations and Methods

Dissertation Topic Research

Dissertation Methodology Review

Dissertation I

Dissertation II

Shamanism and Indigenous Religions

Buddhism

Christian Mysticism

Islam

Judaism

Hinduism

Taoism

Mysticism

Karma & Reincarnation and Survival of Consciousness

Integral Spiritual Coaching

Spiritual & Transpersonal Psychology

Topics of Special Interest

Independent Study

CRP 720 

CRP 723 

CRP 724 

CRP 725 

CRP 726 

CRP 727 

CRP 728 

CRP 729 

CRP 731 

CRP 745 

CRP 764 

CRP 790 

CRP 799 

CRP 714 

CRP 770 

CRP 771 

CRP 772 

CRP 773 

CRP 774 

CRP 775 

CRP 776 

CRP 777 

CRP 778 

CRP 779 

Traditional Chinese Medicine and the Subtle Energy System

Human Musculoskeletal System in Yoga

Yoga and Nutrition

Introduction to Ayurveda

Introduction to Yoga Philosophy

Theories of the Chakras

Toward a Superconsciousness: Foundations of Spiritual Evolution

Meridian Exercise

Hatha Yoga

Yin Yoga

Meditation

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