Course Descriptions for the Online MA in Consciousness and Human Potential
First Level Courses:
STC 508: Science and Technology of Consciousness
The Science and Technology of Consciousness (STC) is a basic course in Consciousness-Basedsm education that is the unique educational approach of Maharishi International University. Our university was inspired by the teachings of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, a scientist and Vedic scholar from India. The practical aspect of STC is the Transcendental Meditation technique, a simple non-religious mental technique that produces positive effects on mental health, physical health, and social behaviors. For more information, go to tm.org.The goal of this course is for you to gain experience and understanding of consciousness as the unifying basis of all branches of knowledge. This course provides a foundation for all other courses you will take at Maharishi International University and introduces you to key ideas and terms relevant to your studies and to your experience here.
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
- Understand the relationship between your individual self and your universal Self—the field of pure inner wakefulness, unbounded pure consciousness, at the source of thought.
- Use principles of the Science of Creative Intelligence to deepen your understanding of foundational principles in the arts, sciences, and humanities.
- Articulate how growth of consciousness and the study of inner subjectivity enrich education and other areas of life.
MVS 516 Science of Being
MVS 525 Sanskrit I
Learning the Language of Nature and Understanding Principles of Natural Law
This course introduces the proper pronunciation and reading of Sanskrit, the language of the Vedic literature. Students learn the Sanskrit alphabet and the Devanāgarī script, and they study Maharishi’s explanation of the role of Sanskrit as the language of nature. (variable credits — may be repeated for credit)
Required: Learning the Sanskrit Alphabet
Optional: Sanskrit Alphabet Wall Poster
All available at MIU Press
MVS 529 Philosophy of Yoga
Second Level of Courses
MVS 510 Bhagavad-Gita I
Bhagavad-Gita I: The Principles of Dharma, the Eternal Nature of Life, and Effortlessness of Transcending as the Basis of Right Action
In this course, students study Maharishi’s commentary on the Bhagavad-Gita, which provides a systematic exposition of the development of human consciousness, its relationship to knowledge, and its application to improve the quality of individual and collective life. This course focuses in depth on chapters Maharishi Mahesh Yogi on the Bhagavad-Gita: A Translation and Commentary, Chapters 1–6 (4 credits)
MVS 511 Bhagavad-Gita II
Bhagavad-Gita II: The Roles of Silence and Action, Knowledge and Experience, in Rising to Higher States of Consciousness
In this course, students study Maharishi’s commentary on the Bhagavad-Gita, which provides a systematic exposition of the development of human consciousness, its relationship to knowledge, and its application to improve the quality of individual and collective life. This course focuses in depth on chapters 4–6 of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi on the Bhagavad-Gita: A Translation and Commentary, Chapters 1–6. (4 credits)
MVS 504 Physiology, Consciousness and Veda
Brain, Consciousness, and Veda: Awakening Your Total Brain Potential
In this course, students learn how the brain is designed to be a perfect reflector of total natural law. They see how consciousness structures the physiology and how the innumerable connections among the ten billion brain cells enable a person to live in higher states of consciousness. Students measure their own growth of consciousness as part of the course. (2–4 credits)
MVS 544 Maharishi Vedic Science and Physics
Physics of Invincibility
This course demonstrates how the historical development of unified quantum field theory has been intimately concerned with resolving the apparent opposition between observer and observed. In this context, the student can readily understand how Maharishi Vedic Science completes and enriches the most sophisticated discoveries of advanced physics.
Third Level Courses
MVS 552 Enlightenment: States of Higher Development in Maharishi Vedic Science
The goal of the course is to gain a deeper understanding of higher states of consciousness as described in Maharishi Vedic Science, and a more profound appreciation for how they can be cultivated through Maharishi’s technologies of consciousness.
A primary objective of this course will be to accelerate the development of consciousness through an ideal daily routine and through daily practice of Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation program.
Required text for the course: The Supreme Awakening, by Craig Pearson, Ph.D., available at MIU Press
MVS 540 Principles of Maharishi Vedic Science
MVS 555 Engaging Nature’s Government
MVS 585 Capstone
Celebrating Perfection in Education: Synthesizing the Year of Study and Preparing for the Future
In this course, students review their growth and understanding of higher states of consciousness by writing two papers: a personal narrative of their experience during their course of study in the MA program, and an academic paper reviewing the main principles of Maharishi Vedic Science they have learned in their coursework. In addition, students view tapes of Maharishi on education and give written and oral feedback on their educational experience in the MA program.
- Video explaining the topic of the week
- Video of lecture by faculty
- Readings from texts by Maharishi and supplementary readings
- Maharishi videos
- Learning activities — chat room (text based) to discuss points and to comment on other students’ points. Students will be asked to enter some response each week to pass the class.
- Webinar to discuss larger issues. Students will be asked to participate or view the archived copy each week to pass the class. This could be done at a local centers.
- Bi-weekly deliverable (written assignment)