Curriculum Overview: M.A. in Engaged Humanities and the Creative Life with Emphasis in Depth Psychology


Program Format

A learning format combining the best aspects of a connected, heartfelt, inter-personal experience with the convenience of distance-learning technology.

Students in the M.A. Engaged Humanities & the Creative Life program work from home, using our simple, yet sophisticated online technology to engage with the material and fellow students. Additionally, once each quarter, students gather on the Pacifica campus for an expanded week in residence. They join classmates from around the world in forming professional relationships and networks of like-minded individuals. There is time for community-building through shared meals, social events, film screenings and art viewings, guest lectures, and circle councils.

The retreats are a time to share and reflect on the rich curriculum while enjoying the breathtaking 35 acre campus nestled between the Pacific Ocean and Santa Ynez foothills. This convenient format brings Pacifica's graduate degree programs to global citizens and the life-long learners who would otherwise would not be able to fulfill their educational calling.


Creativity and Aesthetic Sensibility (mp3)--HMC 100, 3 units
Joseph Campbell and the Mythmaker's Path (mp3)--HMC 110, 3 units
The Complex Nature of Inspiration--HMC 120, 3 units
Creative Influence Across the Humanities--HMC130, 3 units
The Expressive Power of Archetypes--HMC 140, 3 units
C. G. Jung, Individuation, and the Symbolic Life--HMC 150, 3 units
The Purpose and Power of Image--HMC 160, 3 units
Project Workshop 1: Creative Dialogue and Design--HMC 170, 3 units


Active Imagination, Dreams, and Psychic Creativity--HMC 200, 3 units
Mythic Narratives: Eternal Sources and Comptemporary Inflections--HMC 210, 3 units
Time, Place, Space, and the Ecology of Creative Expression--HMC 220, 3 units
The Healing Power of Creativity--HMC 230, 3 units
The Artist as Activist and Agent of Social Change--HMC 240, 3 units OR
The Purpose and Power of the Moving Image – HMC 180, 3 Units
Technology and the Psyche--HMC 250, 3 units
Creativity, Vocation and Alchemical Work – HMC 260, 3 Units
Project Workshop II: Creative Expression and Reflection--HMC 270, 3 units
Selected Topics in Engaged Humanities--HMC 280, 3 Units

The curriculum may vary based upon evolving academic needs.

Requirements for Graduation

  • Students must complete a total of 48 units.
  • A minimum grade of C is required in each completed course.
  • A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 must be maintained.
  • Students must attend at least two-thirds of each course.

What does hybrid learning look like at Pacifica?

This short video by faculty member Jennifer L. Selig takes you through the online platform where students engage with faculty and each other over courses, books, and assignments.

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