If you’re a fan of shows like Paranormal State, a show about students from the Penn State Paranormal Research Society who spend their spare time seeking out ghosts, you’ve probably wondered if it’s possible to go to college to learn how to be a ghost hunter.
Unfortunately it’s not possible to get a degree in ghost hunting (yet), but if you’ve got a yen to devote your life to studying ghosts, delving deep into the mysteries of human consciousness or probing the mysteries of extrasensory perception (ESP), it is possible to get a degree or complete a certificate program focused on the mysteries of the paranormal.
Here are some of the standouts:
Probably the closest thing to a ghost hunting degree you’re going to get these days is a certificate in Paranormal Investigation from Harper College. Offered as a non-credit option for personal enrichment, Harper’s program promises to help you “Discover how paranormal investigations are conducted, their cultural influences, and how the changing horror genre has impacted American attitudes.” Students can choose from courses in Paranormal Investigation, “Cemeteries and Death,” “UFO and Aliens,” and even “Horror Films, Vampires, and More.” We’re not sure what “More” may be (in fact, we’ve gotta admit it creeps us out a bit in this context), but with course offerings like this, it looks like Harper College is the place to go if you’ve got a calling for the macabre, spooky or downright scary.
University of Edinburgh, Edinburg, Scotland: Koestler Parapsychology Unit
If you’re looking for an academic degree that will allow you to concentrate on the paranormal, look no further than the University of Edinburgh’s Koestler Parapsychology Unit. Founded as a research group after a bequest from noted writer Arthur Koestler in order to further scientific research into “the capacity attributed to some individuals to interact with their environment by means other than the recognized sensory and motor channels,” the Koestler Unit focuses mainly on the paranormal capabilities of the human mind.
Not sure if you’re ready to jump into the world of the paranormal with both feet? The KPU offers an online course that’s open to anyone entitled “An Introduction to Parapsychology” taught by Dr. Caroline Watt, one of the founders of the KPU and Senior Researcher.
Sofia University, Palo Alto, CA: Transformative Transpersonal Education
Founded by Harvard Ph.D. Robert Frager in 1975 as a university dedicated to taking into account “all aspects of the human experience,” Sofia offers a wide variety of graduate, undergraduate, and certificate programs that cover a wide range of topics focused around transformation and transpersonal psychology, a discipline dedicated to understanding human psychology in all of its aspects from the “abnormal” to the “transcendent.”
The University of West Georgia’s Masters program spans a broad scope of human experience, “from the expression of classically humanistic concerns of subjective experience through a holistic lens toward psychological life, to the development of human potential via transpersonal and spiritual paths, and acceptance one’s authentic individuality.” Located just 40 minutes outside of Atlanta, GA, the program prepares students for an equally wide range of careers that include integrative medicine, counseling, and education. While not specifically focused on the paranormal, the program’s emphasis on “non-traditional” aspects of healing, consciousness, and cognition should appeal to anyone interested in studying the boundaries and possibilities of the human mind.College Advice College Search