Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can students major in Creativity and Consciousness Studies?

At present, the only PCCS-related curriculum is the BFA in Jazz and Contemplative Studies (BFA-JCS), which is designed for jazz majors in the School of Music, Theatre, & Dance (SMTD). PCCS plans to develop additional undergraduate, as well as graduate, degree programs related to this field, in the near future.

In the interim, interested students from across campus are encouraged to take core courses in the BFA-JCS curriculum, including Jazz 450 and 455 (for which no musical background is required.) See list of PCCS-affiliated courses for links to these and other courses.

2. Can community members participate in PCCS events?

PCCS public events such as lectures and panel discussions are open to all members of the community; no U-M affiliation is required.

3. Is PCCS part of a national movement?
Are other institutions working in this area?

PCCS was a pioneer and is indeed an integral contributor within a burgeoning national movement that is centered in bringing meditation and related contemplative practices and studies into higher education. PCCS remains unique and a forerunner in its embrace of creativity as an integral component, also bridging practice and cutting-edge research and faculty initiatives for which U-M is world-reknowned, and presenting a vision that broaches the farthest reaches of wholistic human potential. In addition, PCCS offers a rare opportunity within U-M for collaborative and interdisciplinary engagement, maintaining links with colleagues and units from a full range of academic disciplines across the Ann Arbor campuses.

portrait of Ed Sarath, Director of U-M PCCS

Ed Sarath, Director of
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