M.A. and Ph.D. in Depth Psychology with Specialization in Jungian and Archetypal Studies
For those called to explore the deeper dimensions of the human psyche, this program of study provides a unique opportunity to engage with, apply, and advance depth psychological theories and practices within the Jungian and archetypal traditions. Building on the work of C.G. Jung and James Hillman, students will consider approaches to the psyche that foster healing, transformation, self-expression, creativity, and the development of consciousness.
The Jungian and Archetypal Studies specialization moves depth psychology from the clinical consulting room out into the wider world. By stimulating and supporting the scholarship and creative research of its students, it promotes the crucial task of advancing depth psychological ideas and practices as catalysts for individual and cultural transformation.
The faculty is comprised of esteemed international scholars with a broad range of areas of expertise. They introduce students to foundational theoretical constructs in the field while helping them to engage critically and creatively with the course material. The coursework itself is aligned with Jung’s emphasis on the “ineluctable psychological necessity” of individuation, the process by which one might attain deep self-knowledge, further the development of consciousness, and better understand the unconscious factors shaping human experience.
Students in the Jungian and Archetypal Studies Specialization
- Critically explore a range of topics central to our understanding of the role of the unconscious psyche in human experience, such as healing, myth, dream, film, soul, spirit, ecology, religion, creativity, personal transformation, individuation, the development of consciousness, and more.
- Deepen the capacity for imaginal, symbolic, mythic, critical, theoretical, and archetypal thinking and being in the world.
- Engage with the creative, dynamic unconscious in both its personal and collective dimensions.
- Hone the expression of their unique voice and vision through courses in research, writing, publication, and presentation.
- Study side-by-side with Jungian scholars and practitioners interested in envisioning new possibilities for extending contemporary thought and practices into the world.
- Read deeply and broadly from the Collected Works of C.G. Jung, Jung's Red Book, and other core texts in the depth psychological tradition.
- Evaluate the limitations and potentials of Jungian and archetypal psychology within contemporary contexts.
Feature Blog Posts and Multi-Media
-The Rebirth of the Hero: Mythology as a Guide to Spiritual Transformation
-James Hillman: Life Breaks Everyone
-Who are the students in the Jungian & Archetypal Studies specialization? (mp3)
-Titanic Film: A look at the cultural aspect of Jungian Psychology (mp3)
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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