Fall 2023


Listed in: First Year Seminar, as FYSE-122


Monika Brodnicka (Section 01)


This course will explore the meaning and role of mysticism, its unique path in diverse religious traditions, and its creative expression through mystical and literary texts. Given the challenges to its accessibility, mystical experience is often misunderstood by the public and, on occasion, marginalized by its respective religious traditions. Yet, it can be argued that mysticism is the highest manifestation and the ultimate goal of many religions and is, therefore, worthy of deeper exploration. This deeper study promises to illuminate the nature of mysticism as a spiritual apprehension of knowledge that rises beyond reason, as a path to access the higher Self, or as a means to find union with God. Throughout this course, we will examine various mystical traditions through metaphysical treatises, poetry, autobiography, and novels by asking questions such as: What is mysticism and how is it connected to different religions? What is the role of mystics in framing this definition? What are the convergences, differences, and interactions of different mystical paths?

Fall Semester. Professor Brodnicka.

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Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Emphasis on writing, readings, oral presentations, creative projects, and group work.

FYSE 122 - LEC

Section 01
Tu 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM CHAP 205
Th 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM CHAP 205


Other years: Offered in Fall 2023