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.
The Asian Philosophies and Cultures Program is committed to integrative, cross-cultural study and research in Asian religions and philosophies as they have developed regionally and impacted each other and the world from the classical period through the present and into the future. In keeping with this commitment, the program brings together both traditional and contemporary approaches to classical Asian material and, within an integrative framework, brings these approaches to bear on issues of contemporary relevance. Such issues include but are not limited to: Asian religions and conflict, Asian philosophical perspectives and ecology, traditional Asian practices of mindfulness and well-being, and cross-cultural hermeneutics. We offer both M.A. and Ph.D. degrees.
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 concentration in EXA trains the future leaders of the Expressive Arts Therapy field and prepares graduates for licensure as Marriage and Family Therapists. We use the power of the arts as tools for human growth and development, social change, and empowered self-agency preparing graduates for innovative work with diverse populations in a wide range of settings.
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.