Its back to school again for psychic investigators and parapsychologists, the Virginia Western Community College used to offer Introduction to Parapsychology I and II, four or five years ago.These three credit hour coursesdelved into such New Age topics as spiritual healing, astrology and tarot card readings. According to former student Tara Cumella the course actually increased her psychic abilities and was very popular with students.But what if you want to pursue a degree in parapsychology?
As of 2010, no accredited American college or university offers a formal parapsychology degree. That's not for lack of funding, but because they want to distance themselves from wild and extravagant claims made by a small (but vocal) fringe element within the New Age movement and paranormal fields.
The famous ESP Lab at Duke University is still in business but is no longer affiliated with the University. The Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR) labran experiments to search forpsychokinesis, but closed down a few years ago.
A number of schools offer degrees in psychology, anthropology, or other fields allowing you to do your work with a parapsychological concentration, often under the guidance of a parapsychologist affiliated with or on the faculty of the university. Such schools include the University of Virginia, Division of Perceptual Studies.
The Division of Perceptual Studies is one of a little over a dozen University-based research units in the world investigating similar paranormal phenomena. Some of the other research centers are at the University of Arizona, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Amsterdam, and the University of Hertfordshire in England. The researchers at the University of Virginia's unit have a special interest in studying the evidence for survival after death.
Students of psychic phenomena might also consider attending West Georgia College, Antioch University, Saybrook Institute, California Institute of Integral Studies, and the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology.
The YouTube clip is an interview with Stanley Krippner, PhD, a professor of psychology at the Saybrook University (San Francisco) and a prominent researcher in the field of altered states of consciousness, and was filmed at the International Transpersonal Conference (Moscow, Russia) on June 24, 2010. He speaks about the standing of parapsychology in the academic and scientific community.