COVID-19 Update from the Program

Our department is fully committed to virtual course attendance for as long as is necessary to protect students, faculty, staff, and our research protagonists. Students conducting field study work closely with advising faculty to modify research plans along special HRRC guidelines for Covid awareness and safety. Please direct any related questions to our Program Coordinator, Sean MacCracken, at smaccracken@ciis.edu.

Fall 2021 applications are open as of 11/15/2020.

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Application Deadline Information for Fall 2021:

January 15, 2021 1st Priority deadline for Drama Therapy. Submit by January 15th, 2021 at 11:59pm PT for guaranteed review.
February 15, 2021 - 1st Priority deadline for all other programs. Submit by February 15th, 2021 at 11:59pm PT. for  guaranteed review. ​After this date, some programs may be full and only interview for waitlist spots or not be able to further review applications.  


Please note: The following programs are an exception to the 11/15/2020 opening of Fall 2021 applications, and will announce their opening date soon: Women's Spirituality (PhD) and Women, Gender, Spirituality, and Social Justice (MA). Thank you for your patience.

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Activism. Research. Social Change.

Anthropology and Social Change is a small, innovative graduate department with a particular focus on activist scholarship, militant research, and social change. We offer both masters and doctorate degrees. Our unique approach to ethnographic research methodology dissolves traditional barriers between research and political activism, between insiders and outsiders, and between researchers and protagonists. Ethnography is a tool for "creating the conditions we describe." We engage in the process of co-research to explore existing alternatives and possibilities for social change.

Alongside talented faculty, MA and PhD students learn how to apply the practice of direct action to the research process. We set out to create the conditions we describe when our research begins to embody the values of the world we want to create.

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