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« Topic Start: October 15, 2008, 03:28:05 pm »

I've decided to change my degree from Business Administration to something that interests me much more:  occult studies.  I've looked at a lot of the colleges and universities in my area, but the closest thing I can find is a religious studies degree.  I'm not saying this wouldn't be a fun degree to earn, but I can't find anything for occult studies.  Does anyone have any idea where I might be able to find them?

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« Reply #1: October 15, 2008, 03:41:07 pm »

I've decided to change my degree from Business Administration to something that interests me much more:  occult studies.  I've looked at a lot of the colleges and universities in my area, but the closest thing I can find is a religious studies degree.  I'm not saying this wouldn't be a fun degree to earn, but I can't find anything for occult studies.  Does anyone have any idea where I might be able to find them?

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Out of curiosity, did you have anything in mind as far as what you would do with this degree?
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« Reply #2: October 15, 2008, 03:46:22 pm »

I've decided to change my degree from Business Administration to something that interests me much more:  occult studies. 

I don't know of any universities offering such a degree. I believe there are some universities that allow selected students to create their own undergrad degree from courses offered. However, it would probably be hard to come up with enough applicable courses for such a "occult studies" degree.
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« Reply #3: October 15, 2008, 05:39:00 pm »

I've decided to change my degree from Business Administration to something that interests me much more:  occult studies.  I've looked at a lot of the colleges and universities in my area, but the closest thing I can find is a religious studies degree.  I'm not saying this wouldn't be a fun degree to earn, but I can't find anything for occult studies.  Does anyone have any idea where I might be able to find them?

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I can't think of any specific "occult studies" programs.  However, there are plenty of scholars -- usually in religion, history or anthropology departments -- who study the occult.  You'll do better to look up some major scholars in the specific areas of occultism you're interested in, and see where they teach.  For example, if you're interested in ancient Greek magic, Sarah Iles Johnston teaches at Ohio State.  Valerie Flint, who writes about early medieval magic, is, IIRC, at the University of Hull.  And so forth.
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« Reply #4: October 15, 2008, 06:38:00 pm »


I used to work in the Religious Studies department at a university and they offered courses in the occult. And I have a BA in anthropology and took courses in magick and witchcraft. You might look into an anthropology major. But other than that, I really can't think of a university that offers a degree in occult studies.
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« Reply #5: October 15, 2008, 06:52:36 pm »

Does anyone have any idea where I might be able to find them?
Are you thinking of something along the lines of "occult history"?   

'Cause, my first thought was:  given that "occult" means "hidden" or "secret" I doubt there'd be a comprehensive (applied) occult program at the local University.   Tongue

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« Reply #6: October 15, 2008, 07:21:34 pm »

Out of curiosity, did you have anything in mind as far as what you would do with this degree?

probably about the same as Isaac Bonewits did with his degree in magic. he worked in publishing as an editor, etc. starting I think with Llwellyn. Then moved to larger companies as general writing staff, desktop publishing, etc.

Or like my foster mom with her PhD in folklore (maritime ethnography specifically).  Would you like hot sauce with your tacos?
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« Reply #7: October 16, 2008, 03:03:36 am »

I can't think of any specific "occult studies" programs. 

I take it back -- there is a Department of Hermetic Studies and Related Currents at the University of Amsterdam.  It is the first, and so far as I know, only one of its kind.
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« Reply #8: October 16, 2008, 07:26:32 am »

I take it back -- there is a Department of Hermetic Studies and Related Currents at the University of Amsterdam.  It is the first, and so far as I know, only one of its kind.

It looks interesting to. Of course, I'm very interested in the Hermetic end of things.

http://www.amsterdamhermetica.nl/index.php
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« Reply #9: October 16, 2008, 09:15:21 am »

I take it back -- there is a Department of Hermetic Studies and Related Currents at the University of Amsterdam.  It is the first, and so far as I know, only one of its kind.
I wonder if there's parapsychology somewhere too? (Not that I would want to study it, though).
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« Reply #10: October 16, 2008, 09:25:48 am »

I wonder if there's parapsychology somewhere too? (Not that I would want to study it, though).

I don't know, I always thought that parapsychology was one of the subjects that there is no accredited degree for.  I think I heard once that some universities have metaphysics classes (don't ask me where), but I wonder if someone could major in that subject?  But the thing with a degree in parapsychology, the occult or metaphysics is that it's not very practical.  What sort of job can one get with a degree in those fields outside of possibly teaching or writing*.

I personally would prefer a degree in something more practical, but that's just me.


*I know that there are some fields like history or the humanities that are like this, but the thing is that those fields are recognized by most academics as being legitimate where as metaphysics and parapsychology may be regarded as pseudoscience and (especially in the case of parapsychology) fraud.
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I don't know, I always thought that parapsychology was one of the subjects that there is no accredited degree for.  I think I heard once that some universities have metaphysics classes (don't ask me where), but I wonder if someone could major in that subject? 

There at least used to be several parapsychology research facilities associated with universities, IIRC--Duke, Princeton, Stanford, ULCA...  I think most of them have closed, though, and I've no idea whether "associated research facilities" necessarily translated into classes or degree programs.  If Wiki is to be trusted, there are still academic research facilities at University of Virginia, University of Arizona (and I thought the Rhine Center at Duke was still open, though Wiki doesn't list it), and a few universities in the UK, but again I don't know how that translates to curriculum or if it does at all.

I wouldn't be surprised to see a basic parapsychology class show up somewhere; it doesn't seem any less likely than some of the college classes I've heard about.
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*I know that there are some fields like history or the humanities that are like this, but the thing is that those fields are recognized by most academics as being legitimate where as metaphysics and parapsychology may be regarded as pseudoscience and (especially in the case of parapsychology) fraud.

I don't know quite how lines are drawn within the parapsychology field.  I would imagine at least some are debunkers, or skeptics of a sort.  Given the range of anomalous experiences a lot of people claim/ believe in, I would say that debunking (or at least more level approach, rather than starting with belief and working backwards) is a valid area of exploration.  For example, showing that X is not caused by ghosts, but products of certain patterns of X Y or Z could serve to expand scientific knowledge.
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« Reply #13: October 16, 2008, 10:10:39 am »

I wonder if there's parapsychology somewhere too? (Not that I would want to study it, though).

Here's a link  http://www.pflyceum.org/66.html that somewhat explains the availability of parasychology degrees.
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« Reply #14: October 16, 2008, 10:11:59 am »

What sort of job can one get with a degree in those fields outside of possibly teaching or writing*.

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