Anthropology and Social Change is a learning community of activist-scholars. Students and Faculty are dedicated to the study of "other knowledges," as well as of alternative socio-political and economic practices generated by indiegenous cultures, grassroots communities, and contemporary social movements. Anthropology and Social Change offers MA and PhD degree programs.
Our program offers broad and general training that prepares students for the advanced professional practice of clinical psychology. We value community, human relationships, and reflective learning. We also aspire to train psychologists who are connected to spirituality as an important dimension of human experience and who deeply care about the health and well-being of whole persons.
Through the Program in Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion in the Philosophy and Religion department at CIIS, master’s and doctoral students explore the role of worldviews, philosophies, and religion in generating and responding to the global ecological crises.
The MA program in Expressive Arts Therapy (EXA) was established in 1996 on the strong foundation of the prior certificate program. Since that time, the EXA program has offered students the opportunity to develop expressive arts skills across a range of media, to gain proficiency in the theories and practices of counseling and psychotherapy.
The PhD program in Human Sexuality at CIIS is unique in providing doctoral concentrations in human sexuality and clinical practice, and in sexual policy studies. Bringing together clinicians and policy leaders creates an interdisciplinary environment that expands holistic knowledge and skills for both groups.
The CIIS doctoral degree in Integral and Transpersonal Psychology (ITP) is one of the few programs in the world that offers an online PhD in whole-person approaches to psychology and that is a research-oriented program dedicated to systematic knowledge-building and the advancement of these fields.
Art-making can be a pioneering, transformative act that changes–and sometimes revolutionizes–culture. Students in this program become more self-reflective and skillful in their practice.Through intensive and transdisciplinary dialogue, they see their work in a broader artist, philosophical, and cultural dialogue, and develop innovative, experimental, and meaningful work that challenges personal and cultural narratives and perceptions.
The Somatic Psychology concentration at California Institute of Integral Studies is one of three accredited academic programs in the United States that prepares students to use both conventional and body-oriented approaches to psychotherapy.
The Women's Spirituality program is located at the intersection of Women/Gender Studies, Ethnic Studies, Philosophy, and Religion. Our program honors the spiritual impulse to redress the suppression of the sacred feminine and the oppression of women.