M.A./Ph.D. in Mythological Studies with Emphasis in Depth Psychology
By discerning the underlying similarities and threads in the world's myths and traditions, we better understand our shared humanity, while honoring the diverse ways human beings live and make meaning of their experience.
Mythological Studies Program at Pacifica
As the only doctoral program in the country dedicated to the exploration of human experience through the interdisciplinary and multicultural study of myth, ritual, literature, art, and religion, Pacifica's Mythological Studies Program cultivates scholarship, self-inquiry, and imagination in those who seek to understand and express the depths of the psyche.
Renowned mythologist, professor, and author Joseph Campbell taught that myth has the power to touch our deepest creative energies, and to generate symbolic images that confer significance upon the complexity of modern life and history. It thrives on paradox, ambiguity, and the shape-shifting ways that metaphor informs and transforms our lives. Cultivating the mythic imagination leads to self-revelation and a profound and dynamic understanding of cultures our own and others.
In this program, one's passion for mythological studies is invigorated and enriched by our esteemed faculty of distinguished scholars and inspired teachers who engage students in transformative learning with special emphasis on religious, literary, and depth psychological modes of inquiry through the influential works of Sigmund Freud, C.G. Jung, Marie-Louise von Franz, James Hillman, and Joseph Campbell. Graduates enrich their lives through the power of myth, and develop highly advanced and universal skill sets to succeed in wide ranges of professions in diverse fields, such as education, business, psychology, the arts, filmmaking, religion, politics, law, and community and environmental affairs.
The program is designed as an integrated M.A. and Ph.D. sequence with courses in four areas of study:
- Mythology and Religious Traditions
- Myth and Literature
- Depth Psychology and Culture
Students in the Mythological Studies Program:
- Investigate mythologies and cultural traditions through the lenses of religious studies, literature, and depth psychology.
- Discover recurring mythic themes in classic and contemporary literature, ritual, theater, art, music, film, and philosophy, and explore their cultural, sociopolitical, and historical contexts.
- Uncover the common patterns in human life throughout much of history and the varied ways human beings live and make meaning of their experience through the study of diverse cultural mythologies.
- Engage in the transformative experiences of deep reading, scholarly and creative writing, and generative discussions that advance our personal mythology in relation to communities and culture.
The Joseph Campbell Scholarship Fund is for the M.A/Ph.D. Mythological Studies Program. A number of the scholarships are offered to newly admitted students in the Mythological Studies Program based on extreme financial hardship, academic merit, and content of essay.
Featured Blog Posts and Multi-Media
-My Travels with Joseph Campbell
-The Rebirth of the Hero: Mythology as a Guide to Spiritual Transformation
-Violence in America; 5 Forms Embedded in Our Psyche
-Greek and Roman Mythology with Dr. Christine Downing (mp3)