A Master’s Degree in Yoga…and Other Colorado Degrees We’d Like to See

Putting that master's in outdoorsiness to good work.
Putting that master's in outdoorsiness to good work. Pixabay
Ever wanted to really, really get into yoga? Naropa University in Boulder has your (expertly arched) back with its new master’s program in yoga studies, one of only a few in the world. It plans to “integrate traditional academic training in the history and philosophies of yoga” with a “deep engagement into yoga’s most transformative meditation practices.

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.

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Teague Bohlen is a writer, novelist and professor at the University of Colorado Denver. His first novel, The Pull of the Earth, won the Colorado Book Award for Literary Fiction in 2007; his textbook The Snarktastic Guide to College Success came out in 2014. His new collection of flash fiction, Flatland, is available now.
Contact: Teague Bohlen