Curriculum Overview: Mythological Studies

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Curriculum Overview

When students begin their studies at Pacifica Graduate Institute, they join a cohort of like-minded students who are also enrolling in that particular degree program. The majority of students remain with the same cohort throughout their academic journey. A very real sense of community is soon established as students collaborate within their cohorts and share the intense experiences that are part of graduate-level work at Pacifica. Close personal and professional bonds are formed, often lasting long after studies are completed and extending into graduates' new careers.

Pacifica has developed an educational format that enhances rigorous academic study while meeting the needs of individuals who wish to pursue graduate education while continuing their existing professional and personal commitments.

Mythological Studies classes take place either Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday or Friday, Saturday and Sunday, approximately once each month during fall, winter, and spring. There is also a five-day summer session each year.

FIRST YEAR

Fall

Greek & Roman Mythology I – MS 505, 2 Units

Hindu Traditions – MS 503, 2 Units 

Theoretical Approaches to Mythological Studies – MS 620, 2 Units

Winter

Joseph Campbell: Metaphor, Myth and Culture – MS 516, 2 Units

Ritual and the  Embodied Mythic Imagination – MS 603, 2 Units

Dreams, Visions, Myths – MS 521, 2 Units

Spring

Arthurian Romances of the Holy Grail – MS 502, 2 Units

Myth and Philosophy – MS 515, 2 Units

Jungian Depth Psychology – MS 511, 2 units

Summer

Colloquium – MS 540, 1 Unit

Archetypal Psychology and Neuroscience – MS 611, 3 Units

 

SECOND YEAR

Fall

Alchemy and the Hermetic Tradition – MS 616, 2 Units

Greek & Roman Mythology II – MS 705, 2 Units

African & African Diaspora Traditions – MS 506, 2 Units

Integrative Studies Process I – MS 627, O Units

Winter

Native Mythologies of the Americas – MS 522, 2 Units

Buddhist Traditions – MS 605, 2 Units

Mythic Motifs in Cinema, MS 626, 2 Units

Integrative Studies Process II – MS 628, O Units

Spring

Folklore & Fairy Tales – MS 602, 2 Units

Psyche and Nature – MS 615, 2 Units

Epic Imagination – MS 604, 2 Units

Integrative Studies Process III – MS 629, O Units

Summer

Colloquium – MS 640, 1 Unit

Myth and the Underworld – MS 619, 3 Units

Integrative Studies – MS 630, 1 Unit

 

THIRD YEAR

Fall 

Theory and Methods in Mythological Studies – MS 720, 2 Units

Hebrew and Jewish Mythology – MS 702, 2 Units

Islamic Traditions – MS 608, 2 Units

Winter

Dante’s Commedia: A Triple Journey into Depth & Individuation – MS 727, 2 Units

Research Strategies for Dissertation Writing – MS 730, 2 Units

Egyptian Mythology – MS 717, 2 Units

Spring

Dissertation Formulation – MS 733, 2 Units

Christian Traditions – MS 703, 2 Units

The God Complex – MS 711, 2 Units

Summer

Colloquium – MS 740, 1 Unit

Myths of the Self: Memoir and Autobiography – MS 726, 3 Units


Continuing

Dissertation Writing* – MS 900, 15 Units

 

*Writing projects for this course take place away from campus. This curriculum may vary depending upon changing academic needs.

The required fourth and fifth years of study focus on reading, research, and dissertation writing.