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Somatic practices emphasize the unity of mind and body as experienced from within, and complement disciplines of inquiry that primarily study knowledge about the human body and mind. Though relatively new to Western thought, somatic practices are recognized in numerous ancient and contemporary cultures not only as beneficial to physical health, but also as methods for cultivation of mind and discovery of knowledge. Such experience may inform knowledge in such areas as biology, neuroscience, physics, psychology, philosophy, anthropology, and religious studies. Somatic practices also have applied value in professions such as education, performing arts, athletics, medicine, and physical therapy.
The Certificate in Somatic Studies offers a diverse spectrum of movement experiences and techniques aimed at self-awareness and self-knowledge, rather than artistic public performance. With the coordinator’s approval a maximum of 3 units of course work from other disciplines may be applied to the Certificate in Somatic Studies.
The program is composed of a minimum of 17 credit units of course work, including the required 2-unit course, Introduction to Somatic Practices (U31 285), an introductory survey of a variety of practices offered in the program, complemented by lectures on related disciplines such as biology, philosophy, and psychology.
Students choose an additional 15 units from the courses noted below according to individual interests and goals. With the coordinator’s approval a maximum of 3 units of other course work, including courses from other disciplines, may be applied to the Certificate in Somatic Studies.
In order to be eligible for admission to the Certificate in Somatic Studies program you must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.7 in previous college course work, including at least one of the certificate courses, either at Washington University or at another accredited post-secondary institution with a grade of B or higher, and you must have movement training or experience beyond a rudimentary level.
Below is a list of requirements for an application to the Somatic Studies certificate at University College. Your application will be reviewed once all requirements are received.
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