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Classes on Parapsychology
Have you ever wanted to take a class on parapsychology but either found no such thing at an accredited university or just found the ghost of a course, one that used to be offered but isn't anymore? It's true that college classes dedicated to parapsychology are hard to find but they are out there if you dig deep enough. When I was in high school and started thinking about college majors I looked into what sort of education there was in parapsychology. I came to understand that there wasn't a direct path to learning this rather controversial subject and that even singular classes on it were hard to come by. Through all my Googling and research elsewhere, I did discover schools that offer classes and which do research (unfortunately not simultaneously typically). I'm not going to say that this list is perfect; it's not. There are probably schools and programs that I haven't come across and so a few names may be absent. But I hope that what I do have makes you spend less time looking for classes on parapsychology than what I've spent and maybe even introduces you to a class in which you can enroll.
*This is a listing only of accredited institutes in the U.S.
At the Undergraduate Level
Franklin Pierce University (Rindge, New Hampshire) - This small private university has until 2010 not only offered multiple courses in parapsychology but also specialized study in the subject for psychology majors. I can only guess that the parapsychology courses fell victim to budget cuts but here's to hoping they will eventually make a comeback.
The University of West Georgia (Carrollton, Georgia) - The University of West Georgia offers an introductory course in parapsychology. More information under the graduate level listing.
At the Graduate Level
Sofia University (formerly known as the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology) (Palo Alto, California) - Dr. Charles Tart, a parapsychologist who is known for his "layman" books on parapsychology, offers an introductory course at the university. Students at Sofia may pursue dissertation research that involves parapsychology. Sofia offers online and residential programs.
The University of West Georgia (Carrollton, Georgia) - Along with its undergraduate parapsychology class, UWG also offers a graduate level course. This university is also one of two public universities in the U.S. to offer a psychology program with a humanistic and transpersonal focus. Because of transpersonal psychology's interest in consciousness, UWG also offers a great deal of courses that cross over into topics studied in parapsychology such as altered states of consciousness.
Atlantic University (Virginia Beach, Virginia) - Atlantic University is unique in that it's founder was "the American prophet" Edgar Cayce. The university offers an introductory parapsychology class and is distance-learning. AU also hosts an annual "Parapsychology and Consciousness Conference."
Saybrook University (San Francisco, California) - Saybrook University is a distance-learning graduate school that allows its psychology students to design their own program of study with an emphasis on parapsychology.
University Research Labs
The University of Virginia (Charlottesville, Virginia) - UVA is home to the Division of Perceptual Studies (DOPS). Since its founding in 1967, DOPS has investigated and continues to investigate a wide variety of paranormal experiences but its primary focus is on near-death experiences, possible survival after death, and children who claim to remember previous lives.
The University of Arizona (Tucson, Arizona) - The Laboratory for Advances in Consciousness and Health (LACH) at the University of Arizona researches eight specific consciousness research areas. These include the survival of consciousness after death, the evolution of consciousness, and the role of consciousness in health and healing.
The Rhine Research Center (Durham, North Carolina) - The Rhine Research Center is, in my opinion, a must-know for those pursuing parapsychological research. Its first incarnation as the Duke Parapsychology Laboratory was founded in 1935 by Dr. Joseph B. Rhine. Two years later Rhine founded the Journal of Parapsychology and in 1957, he initiated the formation of the Parapsychological Association. For 70 years now the center has delved into various aspects of consciousness and along with its research, has made education one if its primary goals. The Rhine Research Center hosts conferences, workshops, lectures, study groups and other events online and at the center itself.
The Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research Lab (1979 - 2007)
The University of California Los Angeles, Parapsychology Lab (Early 70s -70s? No one seems to know for sure)