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"I change myself, I change the world." -Gloria E. Anzaldua

Our MA in Women, Gender, Spirituality, and Social Justice (WGS) is designed to serve students who are passionate about integrating social justice and spiritual transformation. We honor the spiritual impulses that have guided movements for equality and justice across the globe, and we believe that activism can be a form of sacred practice. This MA degree is best suited to those who are interested in developing a visionary approach to their work as activists, educators, healers, facilitators, artists, and socially conscious entrepreneurs.

Our flexible degree format offers the opportunity for students from all over the United States and the world to study with us.

Areas of Scholarship

The MA degree emphasizes the following areas of scholarship:

• Ecofeminism/Ecology
• Women in World Religions
• Mysteries, Sacred Arts, and Healing
• Diversity and Social Justice
• Spiritual Activism and Leadership

Students are invited to develop an individualized focus of study within these broad areas. For example, an individualized focus of study may be "ecofeminism and the Abrahamic religions," "multicultural women's spiritual leadership," or "the role of sacred arts in movements for social justice." 

Learn more about our MA curriculum here.

Areas of Inquiry

We also encourage students to engage in a process of deep academic and personal inquiry as they explore questions such as the following:

  • How can we recover the religious and spiritual voices of women and other historically marginalized groups?
  • How do our religious and symbolic systems both shape and reflect gendered and racialized hierarchies of power?
  • What role have spirituality and religion played in women's movements and related social justice movements around the world?
  • How do we integrate ecological justice and reverence for the Earth into our spiritual and political practices?

Students are invited to develop their own questions, born of their interests and experiences.

Accelerated BA to MA Degree Program

The Bachelors Completion program at CIIS offers you the opportunity to complete your Bachelor's degree within two years or less. In Fall 2016, CIIS began offering an accelerated BA and MA/MFA degree track. This track offers students the opportunity to complete their BA while simultaneously completing credits towards their MA/MFA degree. The MA in Women, Gender, Spirituality, and Social Justice is one of the MA degree options within this track.

MA Program Learning Outcomes

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Goal One: Integrate and apply knowledge in women, gender, spirituality, and social justice to academic scholarship and real-world problems

Through our program, students will be able to integrate in-depth knowledge of foundational concepts in student's chosen area of focus into scholarly papers and presentations. Students will analyze and articulate a complex and nuanced understanding of the connections among women's studies, gender studies, spiritual traditions and movements, and social justice movements. Students will also conduct interdisciplinary research that values multiple ways of knowing, in addition to employing a critical feminist lens to interrogate the construction of knowledge and social systems. 

Goal Two: Engage in conscious transformation of self and society

Upon finishing our program, MA students will be able to critically articulate one's positionality within various communities, histories, and cultures, while analyzing relative privilege, power, oppression, and marginalization within various local and global communities. The Women's Spirituality Program strives to help students examine and articulate one's spiritual growth and transformation; integrating a reflection of personal spiritual values with a commitment to social transformation.

Goal Three: Apply learning toward professional and/or community contexts

Upon completing the Women's Spirituality MA Coursework, students will ahve created and presented a culminating body of work that demonstrates ability to present one's knowledge in professional and scholarly contexts. Through this work, students will connect scholarly and theoretical interests with social advocacy and other modes of employment. Lastly, students will be able to (1) demonstrate presentation and facilitation skills in the classroom and through other academic, cultural, or artistic events; (2) demonstrate effective academic writing skills in a style appropriate to the discipline; and (3) Demonstrate media literacy.

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