Subject area: Contemporary Spirituality Bachelor, Master, Doctorate
Awarding body: Calamus International University. For further details of CIU please see the about page.
Status of course: The degrees are non-UK qualifications. For status of CIU please see the status page. CIU is accredited by the International Association for Distance Learning.
Entry requirements: Bachelor - by accelerated entry - approx. 50% credit from previous studies and/or experience needed for entry.
Master - a suitable bachelor's degree or professional
qualifications are normally required.
Doctorate - a Bachelor's degree (and preferably a Master's) plus professional qualifications are normally required.
Method of study: Distance learning (taught course units are textbook-based) Textbooks are not included in tuition fees.
Start date: Any time of year (subject to availability)
Duration: The standard period of registration for an accelerated (advanced-entry) Bachelor's degree, a Master's degree or a Doctorate is a maximum of 18 months, after which registration lapses unless continuing registration fees are paid. This plan ensures that students can (a) complete as soon as academic requirements are fulfilled and (b) do not have to pay for long compulsory registration periods of several years before the final requirements can be met. In some cases, where the student needs to meet additional requirements, the agreed initial registration period will be up to 24 months.
This brochure should be read together with the Calamus general prospectus (catalogue) and Course Unit List. Calamus International University degrees are not UK degrees and do not have government accreditation.
BA CONTEMPORARY SPIRITUALITY
We offer a BA in Contemporary Spirituality by distance learning validated by Calamus International University. Enrolment at any time of year is possible. The average student will take approx. 18 months to complete the BA degree.
The BA degree is offered on an accelerated basis which assumes the student already has at least 50% general education credit towards a Bachelor’s degree. Credit will be assessed from a wide range of previous qualifications in any field including certificates, diplomas, vocational courses, in-house or in-service training, skilled or professional work experience, volunteer services, etc. Credit is also possible for significant experiences with spiritual groups or spiritual practice, e.g. meditation, stay at an ashram, or other structured group experiences, solitary practice or learning, for which you do not get formal qualifications. You may be required to write an essay on your experiences in order to gain credit. General credit built up this way is added to the work you do with CIU in order to gain your degree. As long as the focus of your Calamus studies is on contemporary spirituality (interpreted as the study of the group of subjects listed below) your major will be BA Contemporary Spirituality.
If you wish to know whether you have enough credit entitlement to enter the BA, please send your CV or resume, together with details of any relevant trainings/experience that might not be listed on your CV.
MA CONTEMPORARY SPIRITUALITY
We offer an MA in Contemporary Spirituality by distance learning validated by Calamus International University. Enrolment at any time is possible. The average student will take approx. 18 months to complete an MA degree.
Entrants should have a Bachelor’s degree and some interest in the fields of religion or spirituality. Direct entry to MA may be possible for suitable candidates.
Most course units will require textbooks which you will need to purchase.
Please note that Calamus International University is not affiliated with or owned by any religious organisation, and is not a Christian institution. The CIU tutors and adjunct faculty members may follow a variety of paths or be primarily concerned with scholarly exploration of the phenomena of spirituality. If you are seeking a Bible-based Christian degree we suggest that you contact one of the many Christian distance learning schools in the USA, which will be able to cater for your needs more specifically.
There is no fixed syllabus as an individualized syllabus is negotiated with the student depending on his/her interests, which will be catered for as far as possible.
At the moment there is a variety of units listed under Contemporary Spirituality in our course unit list. Units may also be chosen from fields such as:
- Counselling psychology / counselling skills
- Hypnotherapy (specifically its spiritual applications)
- Transpersonal psychology
- Metaphysics/ Esoteric Studies
- Shamanistic Studies
- Religious Studies
- Regression and Reincarnation Studies
- Coaching (especially spiritually-oriented coaching)
- Personal development (many relevant topics available)
- Management (e.g. spirituality in the workplace; values and ethics in business)
- New Age Studies
- Jungian studies/ Depth Psychology
- Healing Studies
Certain fields are under-represented in our course unit lists but we are able to provide units for them on request. In particular, we are able to offer units in the following fields for those with a special interest in them:
- Jewish Studies (especially cultural and historical studies and reform/liberal approaches)
- Spiritualist Studies (including the history of Spiritualism in the USA)
- New Religious Movements
- Possession and Entity Release
There is also the possibility of a certain amount of independent study of topics that you research on your own and on which you write an approved “challenge essay” (normally 3,500 words).
A project is optional and the whole degree may be completed by taught units plus challenge essays (subject to approval).
If you are a member of a particular spiritual or religious church, sect or movement, or you follow a particular spiritual leader, and wish to concentrate on study relevant to that approach, it is essential to ask our advice, giving as much information as possible. A certain amount of independent study may be possible. We will need to ensure that your degree contains a variety of perspectives and that you are able to take a broad-minded, comparative and analytical view of the material you are studying. This must include material outside the point of view of your own spiritual affiliation. This degree is for people who wish to explore the field with an open mind, and is not for those who are convinced that their path is the only right or true one. Essays and projects should not “preach”, and should not consist of arguments for converting the reader.
We do not discriminate against any path: however we must ensure that the student is academically suitable, taking into account learning skills, English language skills, previous education, and willingness to engage in critical and analytical study as well as to appreciate a wide variety of experiences and approaches to spirituality. This might involve the study of texts and viewpoints which are critical of one’s own path.
It is possible to take one of the following doctorates:
Ph.D. in Contemporary Spirituality including research and dissertation (or by manuscript in lieu of dissertation)
D.R.S. (Doctor of Religious Studies) which works in the same way as an M.A. degree
Met.D. (Doctor of Metaphysics) if your interests are mainly metaphysical (structure similar to a Master's degree)
D.E.S. (Doctor of Esoteric Studies) (structure similar to a Master's degree)
D.C.S.C. (Doctor of Clinical Spiritual Counselling)
D.S.C. (Doctor of Spiritual Counselling)
Please note: Ordinations and Ministerial Qualifications Are Not Available Through Calamus
Calamus International University (Vanuatu) and Calamus Extension College (UK) do not offer any form of ordination: we are aware that some US universities do, but Calamus International University is not a US university or a church, and unconventional ordinations are uncommon outside the USA. If you are seeking ordination you will need to enquire elsewhere, but it is possible that we could suggest a suitable religious organisation that may offer a path to interfaith or alternative ordination via distance learning. If you are currently studying towards such ordination, or are already ordained as a minister (of any path except “instant” Internet or mail-order ordinations) we may be able to give credit for your ministerial studies.
You are welcome to contact us to discuss your study possibilities in more detail.
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Bachelor - 120 credits including transfer credits.
Master - 45 credits including any transfer credits if the degree includes a thesis, or 48 credits without a thesis.
Doctorate (taught or research) - minimum 60 credits including any transfer credits if the degree includes a dissertation, or 70 credits without a dissertation. The Ph.D. must include a dissertation. A research doctorate will normally incorporate postgraduate transfer credits or credits from professional trainings. If insufficient transfer credit is available then some CIU taught course modules may need to be taken in addition to the research programme and dissertation.
One credit is nominally equivalent to one semester hour as in the typical American degree programme. The average course unit taken with CIU has a value of 3 credits or 3 semester hours.
This brochure cannot cover everything, and further advice is available on enquiry. For best advice, please send us a copy of your curriculum vitae or resume with details of all relevant trainings you have done.
To see our prospectus and course unit list, and also to download an application form, please go to our downloads page
To see our tuition fees on-line please go to our tuition fees page
Calamus International University which awards the degrees is not a UK or US university - for status details click here.
If you have any queries please contact us, preferably by email on firstname.lastname@example.org
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