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 literacy, psychological capacities, and communication skills necessary to effect reconfiguration in human narratives and their resulting practices toward each other and the planet.
Viridis Graduate Institute has designed a unique degree program to promote aesthetic skills (creative and critical thinking), imagination, emotional intelligence, communication confidence, ecological literacy, and psychological capacities.
These necessary skills underpin students' work in transforming detrimental narratives, behavior, and practices toward each other and the planet. They cultivate vital collaboration in communities and organizational partnerships necessary for delivering far-reaching and in-depth transformation to current interdependent ecological, social, and economic systems.
Ecological psychology teaches students to redefine what it means to be human in a world of intra-related realms and processes of which we are a part and carry shared responsibilities.
Environmental humanities promote an ethical stance toward all of life and examine the different ways to be in the world.
The Practice of Ecological Psychology
MA and DA Graduates in Ecological Psychology 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.
The Master of Arts is an excellent program for educators from any discipline, clinical and therapeutic professions, sustainability managers and corporate executives, environmental and energy industries, conservation, land restoration, health care professions (nursing, etc.), community/urban design, business and executive leadership, governance and policy-making, community and civic leadership, local and international activism, artists, and social and environmental nonprofit executives, economists.
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, ecotoxicology, climate crisis and ecopsychological applications, art, image & perception in narrative change, ecological ethics, native science and indigenous epistemologies, business ecologies, and ecological psychology 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
Earth’s ecological processes are human psychological processes
There is a remarkable similarity between elemental composition, processes, and patterns of lifeforms, processes, and elements and that of the universe as a whole, setting humanity within the wider deeper scheme of things. Naturehumans are a part of all process and cycles.
Life is Transient - how we live matters because we die.
Everything has behavior
All organisms are shaped by their environment, in turn, the environment shapes all of its organisms.
Just enough suffering
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.
Ecological Psychology and Environmental Humanities deepen 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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