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Activist Scholarship for Social Change

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Join a Community of Activist-Scholars

The Anthropology and Social Change department at CIIS offers both M.A. and Ph.D. online degrees that emphasize activism and social justice through scholarship.

With so many crises around the globe, systematic research of utopian alternatives are more relevant now than ever. We engage in the process of co-research to explore existing alternatives and possibilities for social change. We believe in:

  • Returning ethnography to the forefront of anthropology
  • Activist media and organizing skills
  • Post-capitalist and decolonial models
  • Reciprocal learning and teaching with communities of praxis

You will gain an excellent command of history, debates, and perspectives of contemporary social justice movements, and graduate prepared for a career in organizing, grant writing, education, policy analysis, and more. Several scholarships are available specifically for Anthropology and Social Change Students, including scholarships for activism, diversity, travel and language, as well as dissertation funding.

We believe that another world is possible. Learn more by submitting the form above.

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"I found a community much larger than I ever dreamed of."

CIIS alum, writer, artist, and educator, Talia Molé

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About CIIS

California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) is an accredited university that strives to embody spirit, intellect, and wisdom in service to individuals, communities, and the earth. CIIS expands the boundaries of traditional degree programs with transdisciplinary, cross-cultural, and applied studies utilizing face-to-face, hybrid, and online pedagogical approaches. Offering a personal learning environment and supportive community, CIIS provides an excellent multifaceted education for people committed to transforming themselves, others, and the world.