The PCC program has been designed to help shape the intellectual, moral, and spiritual leadership necessary for meeting historic global challenges.

Drawing upon some of the most powerful ideas and impulses of our philosophical, scientific, and religious traditions, the faculty has constructed an intensive multidisciplinary course of study to help accelerate students' journeys into their particular leadership roles within this work.

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Students may earn either their MA or PhD, with a track in Integral Ecology, if they choose (see below for more on the Integral Ecology track).

Both the MA and the PhD programs strive to embrace the degree goals throughout the curriculum, and should be understood in the context of an overarching commitment to the cultivation of creative vitality and spiritual insight.

MA Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

The Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness program endeavors to cultivate in its graduate students both intellectual rigor and sympathetic imaginative faculties for entering fruitfully into a multiplicity of world views, historical eras, and cultural sensibilities.  By understanding transformative historical and contemporary ideas, students develop the ability to discern vibrantly creative possibilities for bringing about life-enhancing futures.

Goal 1: Global Change Agents

To generate creative and effective thinking about the unprecedented evolutionary challenge of the ecological, cultural, and spiritual crisis that is currently facing the human and nonhuman members of the Earth community

Student Learning Outcome 1: 
Students will be able to articulate sophisticated critiques of the causes and consequences of the current global crises, reflecting and understanding of human embeddedness in the planetary community.

Student Learning Outcome  2:
In response to the currently dominant worldview, students will be able to generate alternatives that promote a sustainable and flourishing future for the broader Earth community.

Goal 2: Sophisticated Evaluation          

To develop and apply appreciative and critical evaluations of major transitions in Western world views that have contributed to the current planetary situation.

Student Learning Outcome 3:
Students will be able to speak and write cogently about the nature of world views for a variety of scholarly and popular audiences.

Student Learning Outcome 4:               
Students will be able to critically reflect upon the history and evolution of Western world views.

Student Learning Outcome 5:               
Students will be able to critically engage with dominant paradigmatic elements in the history of ideas and culture, with a focus on Western world views.

Goal 3: Transdisciplinarity

To critique, evaluate, and apply transdisciplinary scholarship.

Student Learning Outcome 6:               
Students will demonstrate competence in transdisciplinary thinking by integrating content and frameworks from at least two disciplines to create scholarly products.

Student Learning Outcome 7:               
Students will be able to critically engage with research approaches from a diversity of perspectives (e.g., religious and spiritual traditions, historical, and scientific perspectives).

Goal 4:  Inner and outer evolution

To clarify and expand the relevance of ideas studied to one’s personal life and aspirations, with an eye to their implications for the transformation of culture and society at large.

Student Learning Outcome 8:               
Students will be able to build connections between their studies, their personal lives, and the larger communities in which they are embedded.

Student Learning Outcome 9:
Students will be able to tap into and express individual creativity through personal and/or scholarly communication.


MA Integrative Seminar

The Master’s Integrative Seminar is structured to help graduating students discover and consolidate what they have learned in their studies in PCC. Through a process of collaborative inquiry, students refine their unique perspectives and their ability to bridge various bodies of knowledge, while developing plans for their next steps after graduation. The course culminates with a public presentation to the assembled PCC community of the students’ key insights. Students who plan to graduate in the summer or fall semesters should plan to take the Integrative Seminar in the preceding spring.

 

MA Thesis Option

Faculty normally recommend against the thesis option unless the student expects, upon completion of the MA, to be applying to a doctoral program outside of CIIS; has formulated a viable topic by the end of the first semester; and is considered by the advisor to be an excellent writer.

 

MA Admissions Requirements

Applicants must meet the general admissions requirements of the Institute. For Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness, applicants from a variety of academic backgrounds will be considered. The materials required are an autobiography, a statement of goals (ideally several pages), a writing sample, and transcripts. Applicants should be familiar with the PCC curriculum and the published writings of at least one PCC core faculty member.

  

MA Curriculum

MA in Philosophy and Religion with a concentration in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness--36 units

I. Foundational Course-3 units

PARP 6060 Introduction to Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness

II. Philosophy, Cosmology and Consciousness Electives--18 units

Select from the following courses (course options may vary):

PARP 6110 Cosmological Powers

PARP 6120 Cosmology of Literature

PARP 6225 Synchronicity and Its Implications

PARP 6270 Asian Spiritual Masters

PARP 6275 Plato and Platonism

PARP 6279 Christian Contemplative Traditions: History, Theology, Practice, and Theory

PARP 6283 Merleau-Ponty: The Body and the Earth

PARP 6315 Epic of the Universe

PARP 6391 The Alchemy of Permaculture

PARP 6403 Spirit and Nature

PARP 6407 Karma and Biography

PARP 6455 Becoming Intimate with Nature

PARP 6499 A Brief History of Western Thought

PARP 6506 The Great Turning

PARP 6522 Science, Ecology, and Contested Knowledge(s)

PARP 6523 Environmental Ethics

PARP 6525 Perspectives on Integral Ecology

PARP 6533 Touch the Earth

PARP 6538 Krishna, Buddha, and Christ

PARP 6563 Buddhism and Ecology

PARP 6651 Integral Gaia

PARP 6743 Hill of the Hawk I

PARP 6744 Hill of the Hawk II

PARP 6746 The Earth Journey

PARP 6748 Nature and Eros

PARP 6754 Rudolf Steiner and Anthroposophy

PARP 6800 Integral T'ai Chi

PARP 6822 Hegel, Wilber, Morin: System and Method (Advanced Seminar)

PARP 6821 Archetypal Process: Whitehead, Jung, and Hillman

PARP 7001 Psyche and Cosmos I: Transpersonal Psychology and Archetypal Astrology

PARP 7002 Psyche and Cosmos II: Transits in Depth (Practicum)

PARP 7007 American Philosophy

PARP 7008 James Hillman and Archetypal Psychology: An Introduction

PARP 7078 Teilhard and Steiner

PARP 7105 Archetypes, Art, and Culture

PARP 7114 Advanced Seminar: C. G. Jung

PARP 7400 Psyche and Spirit: From the Psychology of Religion to Transpersonal Theory

PARP 8150 Advanced Seminar: Nietzsche's Life and Work

PARP 9568 The Planetary Era: Toward a New Wisdom Culture

III. General Electives--13 units

13 units from any program.

IV. Culminating Coursework--2 units

PARP 7701 Integrative Seminar

V. Optional Thesis--0 units

Advisor approval required.

PARP 6900 Thesis/Dissertation Proposal Completion

PARP 7900 Thesis/Dissertation Seminar

MA Curriculum for Integral Ecology Track

MA in Philosophy and Religion with a concentration in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness
(Integral Ecology track)--36 units

I. Required Courses-6 units

PARP 6060 Introduction to Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness

Select one of the following courses:

PARP 6525 Towards an Integral Ecological Consciousness

PARP 6651 Integral Gaia

II. Philosophy, Cosmology and Consciousness Electives--7 units

Select from the courses listed in the PCC electives list above.

III. Integral Ecology Electives--6 units

Select from the following (course options may vary):

PARP 6110 Cosmological Powers

PARP 6120 Cosmology of Literature

PARP 6315 Epic of the Universe

PARP 6391 The Alchemy of Permaculture

PARP 6403 Spirit and Nature

PARP 6455 Becoming Intimate with Nature

PARP 6506 The Great Turning

PARP 6522 Science, Ecology, and Contested Knowledge(s)

PARP 6523 Environmental Ethics

PARP 6533 Touch the Earth: Integral Ecology Practicum

PARP 6563 Buddhism and Ecology

PARP 6743 Hill of the Hawk I

PARP 6744 Hill of the Hawk II

PARP 6746 The Earth Journey

PARP 6748 Nature and Eros

PARP 6822 Advanced Seminar: Hegel, Wilber, Morin

PARP 9568 The Planetary Era: Toward a New Wisdom Culture

IV. General Electives--12 units

12 units from any program.

V. Integral Ecology Practicum--3 units

PARP 6533 Touch the Earth: Integral Ecology Practicum (combines a semester-long Integral Ecology fieldwork experience of the student's own choosing with a discussion seminar)

VI. Culminating Coursework--2 units

PARP 7701 Integrative Seminar

VII. Optional Culminating Coursework--0 units

Advisor approval required.

PARP 6900 Thesis/Dissertation Proposal Completion

PARP 7900 Thesis/Dissertation Seminar

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