Master of Arts Program
Ideas give us eyes to see. Ideas are both the shape of events and the modes that make possible our ability to see through events into their patterns. - James Hillman
Master of Arts in Social Science with Emphasis in Ecological Psychology & Environmental Humanities
2-year, 54 quarter credit program
Viridis Graduate Institute's academic term: Quarter system. There are 3 courses per 10-week quarter.
The Master of Arts degree is designed to equip students with ecological knowledge, psychological capacities, and communication skills necessary to effect change in human narratives and their resulting practices toward each other and the planet.
The MA is one of the most practical and flexible graduate-level degrees due to the focus on application and a transdisciplinary approach to interrelated ecological, social, and economic problems.
Viridis Graduate Institute offers a unique science-humanities educational program that draws appropriately from ecology, narrative, ecological psychology, evolutionary developmental ecology, anthropology, native science, cultural mythology, literature, and the arts.
Ecopsychology teaches students to redefine interconnected problems, to reach creative solutions based on new understandings of complex situations, and to transform outmoded narratives that underpin many of our global challenges.
Environmental humanities provide avenues for reflection on what it means to be human in a world of interconnected landscapes, human, and animal presences. It promotes an ethical stance toward all of life; and examines new forms of environmental leadership that include social and environmental justice.
MA and DA Graduates in Ecopsychology and Environmental Humanities practice as non-licensed ecopsychology professionals, much like environmental or conservation psychology professionals, cultural ecologists, ecological sociologists, and social or cultural ecologists.
Clinical and Therapeutic Application
Students interested in ecological psychology (ecopsychology) clinical and therapeutic applications obtain a comprehensive psychological education for how to work with the human and organizational ecosystem and their ecology of behaviors.
Viridis Graduate Institute is listed on The American Psychological Association's (APA) Division 34 website that includes Ecopsychology, Environmental, Conservation, and Population Psychology.
Course examples in the degree program curriculum include ecopsychology I, II, III, IV, narrative foundations of ecopsychology, biogeography: humans and landscapes, contemporary narratives of supremacism and its forms of sexism, misogyny, and racism toward black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) communities), ecotoxicology, climate crisis and ecopsychological applications, art, imagery & perception, ecological ethics, native science and indigenous epistemologies, business ecologies, and ecopsychology applications.
Completion of the master's program requires passing a comprehensive exam and successful completion of a thesis capstone project.
Viridis invites worldwide participation - we are an online education provider and all programs are held live via Zoom technology. Our classes are intimate where learning is an interactive engagement.
Ideas That Matter
Ecological psychology (ecopsychology) is an educative approach to the ecological psyche and its entanglements with a responsive and damaged planet. To understand that the human psyche is ecological is to grasp ecological processes that affect and co-shape complex narratives and behaviors of Earth affect and co-shape the complexity of narratives and behaviors of the human ecosystem.
We live with a remarkable and beautiful symbiotic planet that acts upon us as much as we act upon it.
Complex patterns of human psychology, entangled in an affective ecology, carry stories of both needing relations with - and being a threat to - life. The most striking examples are a climate crisis resulting in human and non-human forced displacement; diversity extermination and extinction of necessary organisms and ecosystems, and devaluing the imagination.
It is precisely this obligatory ecological relationality among biotic beings and abiotic processes that require us to examine and reconfigure the reality of our (human) narratives and their exploitative practices. Ecological relationality has to do with our involvement with the world – its movements, physical body, politics, beauty, and suffering – all of which matter.
An ecopsychological education asks: What are you doing with what you know? How is it changing your matters of concern? What kinds of commitments are you willing to take on in this life, including commitments to yourselves, and who you may become?
An Education That Matters
The entangled issues of our times are persistent interrelated narratives of thought that continue to inflict human exceptionalism, supremacism, and notions of sameness on an interdependent and multispecies world resulting in divisive and destructive practices.
The study of ecopsychology offers an extensive knowledge base that examines ecological and psychological processes:
- energy exchange,
- Intra-actions and waste,
- relationality, and
- decay and renewal (ecological and psychological composting) that underpin all ecologies including the human psyche.
At VGI, students engage with affective ecopsychology and environmental humanities that offer practical and effective ways to reconfigure narratives, thereby transforming behavior, such that we become accountable and responsible for what we enact on nonhuman and human others and the Earth.
Change in attitude and behavior reconfigures our relations with difference and recognizes a shared symbiotic Earth of agentive ecologies and lively configurations that co-form and co-shape each of us adding complexity and relationality.
Ecopsychology is a deepening in one's understanding of the human ecosystem and its entanglement with others. It is an education that cultivates a sense of personal ethics, social conscience, psychological flexibility, and confidence in abilities and skills for your work in the world.
We Look Forward to Your Involvement!
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