M.A. in Engaged Humanities & the Creative Life
At a fundamental level, to study the Humanities is to study being human by investigating literature, the arts, philosophy, history, religion, and other inherently human interests. Pacifica's program in Engaged Humanities and the Creative Life goes further to examine how individuals can be active and powerful in the world through the study of creativity and culture. The program's emphasis in depth psychology, which explores the creative unconscious, and its emphasis on arts practice make it unique.
Depth psychology offers methods for developing creativity and wholeness such as dream work and active imagination, while arts practice is attuned to developing the creativity so often ignored in modern life. Designed for anyone who wants to realize his or her creative potential, this program seeks out those who want to join a humanities program not so much of the world, but for it.
Students in the M.A. in Engaged Humanities & the Creative Life program:
- Increase their generativity and cultivate their aesthetic sensibility and sensitivity by being in constant conversation about the creative life with faculty and peers, with great literature, classic films, and works of art spanning diverse genres, cultures, and periods of time
- Find rich sources of inspiration in the humanities, including the study of mythology, philosophy, psychology, history, literature, and ecology as they affect the art and craft of living and working artfully
- Participate and collaborate with a community of creatives from across a wide variety of artistic disciplines, educational backgrounds, and life experiences
- Complete two substantial creative projects or portfolios and reflect upon their creative process
- Receive a degree which expands their job options or opens up new career tracks
"Pacifica's M.A. in Engaged Humanities and the Creative Life enables you to conceive and incubate your own creative project—either drawn from professional life in the world, or from your desire to live more authentically. Come and learn with us arts practice enhanced by the creative psyche and the ecological humanities." -Susan Rowland, Ph.D., Chair of the M.A. Engaged Humanities and the Creative Life program