Five College Consortium

Five College Buddhist Studies Certificate Program

Many courses in addition to those listed below may be eligible for fulfilling the requirements of the Five College Buddhist Studies Certificate. Students are encouraged to consult a Buddhist Studies Program campus advisor to identify courses that are appropriate for their interests.

Fall 2017 Courses

Subj Abbr Course # Sect # Course Title Instructor(s) Meeting Times Institutionsort descending
ASLC 152 01 Buddhist Traditions Maria Heim TTH 10:00AM-11:20AM Amherst College
RELI 152 01 Buddhist Traditions Maria Heim TTH 10:00AM-11:20AM Amherst College
RELIG 163 01 Introduction to Buddhism Susanne Mrozik TTH 02:40PM-03:55PM Mount Holyoke College
BUS 120 01 STUDY OF BUDDHISM Jay Garfield W 07:00-08:00; M 07:00-09:00 Smith College
ASIAN-ST 135 01 Buddhism East and West Reiko Sono M W 2:30PM 3:45PM UMass Amherst

Smith College Spring 2017 Robed Warriors Student Seminar

Each of the visiting scholars in residence as part of the Smith College Robed Warriors series will lead a seminar open to interested students. Students enrolled attend five seminar meetings:

  • October 18 (the ven. Professor Carola Roloff, topic: Life as a nun and issues that women and Westerners face in the Buddhist World)
  • February 7 (the ven. Dr. Joan Halifax Roshi, topic: Engaged Buddhism in today’s world)
  • February 28 and March 7 (the ven. Dr. Yifa, topic: Buddhism in contemporary China)
  • April 10 (the ven. Thubten Chodron, topic: A nun goes to prison: how a Buddhist nun brings compassion to the incarcerated)

Graded S/U only, 1 credit

For more information, visit the Smith College Buddhist Studies homepage.

Tibetan Studies in India Program (J Term, January 2018)

As part of an ongoing academic exchange program with the Tibetan universities in exile in India, each year the Five Colleges send fifteen students to spend January term studying Buddhist philosophy, Tibetan history and culture, and Tibetan textual analysis in an intensive program taught by the faculty of the Central University of Tibetan Studies in Sarnath, India. 

For more information on this program, visit the program website. 2017-18 dates will be posted in fall 2017.

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