Bachelor of Science Core Curriculum

Bachelor of Sacred Science Degree – Major: Natural Health/ Alternative Medicine

Core Curriculum

The true term “baccalaureate,” means laurel berry, and refers to the ancient practice of honoring scholars and poets with garlands from the bay laurel tree. Ancient Greeks and Romans crowned victors with wreaths of laurel, today we give the diploma. The actual use of this term confers the holder of a first university degree and appeared in the thirteenth century at the University of Paris by a system of degrees established by the bull Parens scientiarum of Pope Gregory IX. Today, the characteristics of human language formed the basis of what has become the liberal arts, bachelor’s curriculum. The term ‘liberal arts’ is described in Encyclopædia Britannica as a “college or university curriculum aimed at imparting general knowledge and developing intellectual capacities, in contrast to a professional, vocational, or technical curriculum.” In classical antiquity, the term designated the education, proper, to a freeman (Latin libera, “free”) as opposed to a slave.

In medieval universities, the four years of the baccalaureate program was built around  “grammar,” “rhetoric,” “philosophy,” and “theology,” respectively. Logic was included in rhetoric, and metaphysics in philosophy. Theology was considered as the unique discipline probing into the most important category of knowledge – the knowledge of God and of man’s relation thusly. Inherent in the liberal arts program was the conviction that the understanding of the nature of language is of fundamental importance. The relation of philosophy, awareness of linguistics and symbolism were to inspire theological study by means of deductive combined with mystic knowledge leads to the power of the Divine Word. This combined study – the natural sciences and metaphysics – will aid graduates in cross-cultural missionary works and provides the platform to learn second and tertiary languages. It also fosters religious tolerance, respect for humanitarian development, and adaptability in learning and respecting folk medicines.

The modern counterpart of the medieval curriculum developed a similar hierarchy, yet rarely put in actual practice in today’s secular schools:
1. Grammar.
2. Logic.
3. Semantics.
4. Metalinguistics.
5. Neurolinguistics.

An explanation is warranted. Man by his most characteristic and unique observable activity, is the neurologic preservation of past experience, not only in individuals but also in the species. As far as is known, no other species can retain a store of knowledge which is transmitted to successive generations outside of genetic transmission. This process of transmitting accumulated knowledge is accomplished by the use of symbols. Since the use of symbols is the most crucial and unique characteristic of man-woman and their knowledge, it is proper to call humans symbol-users and to make the study of the symbolic processes central to the spiritual study of man. A symbol can be most vividly defined by contrast with another forms of communication called signals. By a signal which means nothing more than a stimulus to which a response has been conditioned in a living organism. Thus as shown by Pavlov, to a dog the sound of a bell may be a signal for secreting saliva, a whistle may be a signal to start running, and the command “Sit!” a signal for sitting. It follows that for any organism capable of conditioned response, signals can have meanings but they are not symbols.

All human language is based on symbols and is grammatical. Its meanings reside not only in separate utterances but also in relations among utterances – not only in expressions of experience, but also in assertions about experience.  Grammar is entirely empirical, denoting how in fact words are put together in various languages to form ideas and assertions and other modes of communication. Logic, on the other hand, is entirely deductive, like mathematics. Logic (from Classical Greek logos; meaning word, thought, idea, argument, reason) is the study of the principles and criteria of valid inference and demonstration.

The last three disciplines, semantics, metalinguistics, and neurolinguistics constitute together the broad subject matter of what is known as general semantics.

Semantics (Greek sēmantikos, giving signs, significant, meaning) refers to aspects of meaning, as expressed in language or other systems of signs. Semantics involves the interplay of concrete data with theoretical concepts. By genuinely understanding symbols, its enables our students to learn with astonishing rapidity, by utilizing the experiences of others as a tutoring process.

Symbols allow learning not only a great many useful things, but also recognizing things that are not real, only imagined. This applies to collective and to individual knowledge. The influence of symbols on human behavior is extraordinarily profound and diverse.  The general semanticist defines good symbolic behavior as the kind of behavior which is governed by “semantic awareness.” An awareness of the distinction between symbol and referent, between inference and observation, between a valid conclusion and a factually true statement; an awareness of the distortions which verbalization necessarily brings into our perceptions; an appreciation of the role of communication in human affairs and of memory as the unique survival mechanism peculiar to our species. Semantic understanding leads to heuristic development. Heuristics are “rules of thumb”, educated guesses, intuitive judgments or simply developed common sense.

The Bachelor of Sacred Science Degree – Major: Natural Health/ Alternative Medicine emphasizes:

Systematic Studies I, [Grammar]
At today’s ‘hospital,’ patients are intensively and progressively mystified. At the time of dismissal less than one-third have understood what disease they have been treated for, and less than one-fourth, what therapy they have been subjected to.
Grammar, language, & symbology Lectures: Man Grand Symbol of the Mysteries; Studies in Dream Symbolism; Mystery and Meaning of the Ancient Rituals; Interpreting Great Legends of the World; Doctrines of Early Judaism
Medical Terminology
Man, Miracle, and Bodily Systems [Anatomy and physiology review]
Man and our Systems of Cures (both ancient and modern)
History of Medicine

Systematic Studies II [Logic]
Awe-inspiring medical technology has combined with media rhetoric to create the impression that contemporary medicine is highly effective. Unnatural medicines undermine health not only through direct aggression against individuals but also through the impact on society as a whole.
Rhetoric and logic Lectures: Doctrines of Early Christianity; Interpreting Psychological Theory and Practice; The Atom in Religion and Philosophy
Medical Chemistry
Essentials of Diet & Nutrition
Foods their Sacred and Medicinal Uses
Pregnancy and Childbearing

Systematic Studies III [Semantics]
For more than a century, analysis of disease trends has shown that the environment is the primary determinant of the state of general health of any population. The ‘victory over epidemics’ was not won by medical science, doctors and vaccines. The decline has been the result of technical, social and hygienic improvements and especially of improved nutrition. As the older causes of disease recede, a new kind of malnutrition is becoming the most rapidly expanding modern epidemic. One-third of humanity survives on a level of undernourishment which would formerly have been lethal, while more and more rich people absorb ever greater amounts of poisons and mutagens in their food.

Medicalization: is the process by which health and behavior problems come to be defined and treated pharmaceutically as medical issues. For example, treating normal grief with anti-depressants, or considering normal labor and delivery as a disease only to be treated at the hospital. A vast amount of contemporary clinical care is incidental to the curing of disease, but the damage done by medicine and drugs to the health of individuals and populations is very significant. These facts are obvious, well documented, and even repressed.
Semantic Lectures, the Wisdom Series: Pythagorean Theory of Number;
The Great Polarities; Unseen Forces That Affect Our Lives; Studies in Self-Unfoldment
• History of the Knights Hospitallers
Man, Microbes & Maladies
Man, Viruses & Vicissitudes
Principles of Detoxification

Systematic Studies IV [Metalinguistics]
Medical civilization tends to turn pain into a technical matter and thereby deprives suffering of its inherent personal and spiritual meaning. People forego acceptance of suffering as an inevitable part of their conscious coping with reality and learn to interpret every ache as an indicator of their need for pampering. Medical practice today sponsors sickness by reinforcing a morbid society that encourages people to become consumers of synthetic medicines rather than make efforts to reduce their risks by personal change in habits and need for repentance. Medicalization fosters psychsomatic illness and deprives them of spirit.
* Philosophy Lectures: First Principles of Philosophy [Physicien, Fr. A natural philosopher]; Landmarks of Esoteric Literature; New Concepts of Therapy for Daily Living
Animal Parasites in Man
Dolorology [The study of pain]
Balneotherapy [Physiotherapies]

Systematic Studies V [Neurolinguistics]
Neurolinguistics, the study of the neurological processes underlying the development and use of language dealing with evaluations on individual psychology. Theology is the discipline probing into the most important category of knowledge- the knowledge of God and of man’s relation to him. Inherent in this program is the conviction that the understanding of the nature of language is of fundamental importance.
Theology & Metaphysics Lectures: The Universe According to Esoteric Philosophy; Cosmic Theology; Worlds in Transition; Science of Mind
Herbs and their Sacred and Medicinal Uses
Disease and the Human Body [Introductory Pathology]
Electrotherapy & Lymphology
Essential Psychology
Natural Medicine Diagnosis

Course Completion
To gain maximal benefit from your studies, it is recommended that the student plan to take at least two, but preferably three courses per semester (4 chronological months). There are a total of 14 compulsory Diploma courses, as well as one elective, so the average student should complete all 15 compulsory courses to be awarded the Bachelor of Science in Holistic Medicine in just over 24 months. A maximum of 48 months is allowed for completion for students with heavy work commitments.

Clinical Practicuum
Bachelor of Science Degree – Major: Natural Health/ Alternative Medicine students will have an opportunity to study with both Dr’s Anthony B. James and Charles McWilliams and will be able to get hands-on training in all aspects of the holistic healing arts. This will be the students opportunity to see the application of everything they have learned on real patients with real diseases.

There is also the flexibility of studying in other Holistic Centers closer to home, but these must be assessed by the College before being certified to accept students.

In order to complete the Bachelor of Science Degree – Major: Natural Health/ Alternative Medicine there is a dissertation based on empirical work or case studies that needs to be completed by the end of the course.

Postgraduate Courses
After completing the Bachelor of Sacred Science Degree – Major: Natural Health/ Alternative Medicine it is possible to immediately move on to the postgraduate Doctor of Sacred Natural Medicine/ Traditional Naturopathic Doctor – (DSNM/ SND). Credits from the Bachelor of Sacred Science in Natural Health will be automatically transferable towards this higher degree.


Important! Reduced Tuition Scholarships are available! We also have liberal payment plans to work with your life and finances. (Current scholarship and or reduced tuition offers expires November 30th. 5:00pm, 2017)


Not Included: Required housing for residential modules (Ctp1, 2, 3, 4)  There is a separate meal plan available listed with housing.  Electrical for Camping and or Kitchen use fee. Personal medical consultations and or treatments of any kind with Dr. Anthony James or other SCNM/ TYC staff. Personal medical or therapeutic treatments/ consultations are available by appointment at additional expense. See NWS Clinic Menu for details.

Special Tuition for currently enrolled TYC Students and or past graduates!

Can I add this Bachelor of Sacred Science Degree – Major: Natural Health/ Alternative Medicine and or BASS major in Massage Therapy program to an existing SomaVeda® program I am already enrolled in such as CTP2, TCP, A.S.A. and or DSNM? Yes! We can combine the A.A. Degree for a very low fee. If your currently enrolled or a past graduate of the Thai Yoga Center Certification programs give us a call for some very good news! Call TYC Today!

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Please Note: On Site Housing is mandatory to qualify for eligibility for tuition scholarships. On-Site Housing is NOT required to attend SCNM/ TYC programs. Non residential students are considered Student at Large Registrations and may still qualify for special pricing based on date of registration and number of remaining available seats in any given class.


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