The new program got us thinking: What other master's degrees should be offered for non-academic areas, either at Naropa or at another institution of higher learning in Colorado? Here are a few modest pedagogical proposals.
Coloradans are good at admiring Colorado. We never stop talking about how awesome everything is. If Colorado had a giant mirror set up on the border with itself and Kansas, it would never stop checking its reflection and adjusting its hair. If we like Colorado so much, why don't we just get a master's in it?
Sure, this is a broad subject for a master’s degree program, but there are just so many ways one can express their love for the great outdoors, including hiking Brainard Lake off the Peak to Peak, painting the vistas down in Garden of the Gods, backpacking the Continental Divide Loop, camping up at Oh Be Joyful near Crested Butte, conquering fourteener after fourteener, and mountain biking all 500 miles of the Colorado Trail, from Silverton to Durango. Or, you know, reading about all of that in lists like this one. Then writing a thesis.