Viridis Graduate Institute

Ecopsychology and Environmental Humanities

 

Ecopsychology and Environmental Humanities Program

To the soul, the most minute details and the most ordinary activities, carried out with mindfulness and art, have an effect far beyond their apparent insignificance. –Thomas Moore, Care of the Soul

Viridis Graduate Institute Mission

To provide a transdisciplinary education in the sciences and humanities that enables students to develop the competence and responsiveness required to creatively solve problems challenging our ecological and social systems.

Viridis Graduate Institute Pedagogy

  • Openness to the inquiry, experiential learning, and diversity in learning.
  • The depth of materials that cultivate psychological reflection, critical analysis, creative thinking, imagination, and connection to daily life.
  • Balanced scope and accuracy in presenting issues, challenges, and global problems.
  • A curriculum that emphasizes development and application of thinking and feeling, skill and ethics in order to promote personal, ecological and social responsibility, problem-solving, and self-efficacy.

Degree Program Overview

In order to meet the Institute’s mission and our stated objectives and outcomes, the degree programs are comprised of a curriculum that includes the subject areas of ecology, psychology, philosophy, ethics, narrative study, environmental humanities, and research and methodology courses necessary for a student to achieve their educational goals and objectives of the doctoral program.

The courses are presented in a logically organized sequence for the student, which offers practice-oriented and application-based content in ecopsychology and environmental humanities from a diverse range of disciplines.

The program identifies and teaches competencies that support advancements in ecopsychology and environmental humanities, and demonstrate the ability to conduct, interpret, and apply the results of appropriate research involving original contributions to the field (Program Learning Outcomes and Institutional Outcomes ensure this achievement).

Master of Arts Degree Program

Degree: Master of Arts in the Social Sciences with Emphasis in Ecopsychology and Environmental Humanities

Viridis Graduate Institute’s Master of Arts program in Ecopsychology and Environmental Humanities is a 2-year, 60-credit program. Ecopsychology draws appropriately from biology, ecology, psychology, literature, and the arts, in a cohesive sequencing of courses with graduate level educational materials that educate students with the critical knowledge and skills required to tackle complex environmental and social challenges in our world.

Master of Arts Program Objectives:

  • The student will develop competency in dealing with complex and contested issues,
  • The student will develop competency in civic literacy, public responsibility, and be able to apply creative thought and imagination that can offer ways of transforming destructive narratives and practices into workable and sustainable solutions, and
  • The student will develop skills of self-reflection and the capacity to act with principled dignity.

Doctor of Arts Degree Program

Degree: Doctor of Arts with Emphasis in Ecopsychology and Environmental Humanities

Viridis Graduate Institute’s Doctor of Arts program in Ecopsychology and Environmental Humanities is a 3-year, 90-credit program. The Doctor of Arts is a carefully designed program emphasizing research into practice and completed over a three-year period.

Ecopsychology draws appropriately from biology, ecology, psychology, literature, and the arts, in a cohesive sequencing of courses with graduate level educational materials that educate students with the critical knowledge and skills required to tackle complex environmental and social challenges in our world.

Doctor of Arts Program Objectives:

  • The student will implement advanced level of competency and skill in dealing with complex and contested issues,
  • The student will implement advanced level of competency and skill in civic literacy, public responsibility, and be able to apply creative thought and imagination that can offer ways of transforming destructive narratives and practices into workable and sustainable solutions, and
  • The student will implement skills of self-reflection and the capacity to act with principled dignity.

Non-Degree Programs

VGI Faculty are renowned instructors who bring valuable life experience, diversity in theory and ideas, creative expression, and sound pedagogical practices to our programs.

Our Unique Approach

VGI Vision and Mission

Tax Deductible Educational Expense

While a personal accountant or Certified Public Accountant can best advise students regarding tax deductions, it is important to remember that the United States Code of Federal Regulations, Title 26, Section 1.162-5, Expenses for Education allows for personal income tax deduction of educational expenses including tuition, cost of travel, meals, and lodging, etc., so long as they: 1) Maintain or improve skills required by the individual in his employment or other trade or business, or 2) Meet the express requirements of the individual’s employer, or the requirements of applicable law or regulations, imposed as a condition to the retention by the individual of an established employment relationship, status, or rate of compensation.

VGI’s interdisciplinary programs create a new framework

for global citizenship and for being residents on the planet.

VGI Fast Facts

All programs are online in live real-time interactive format

Masters Program

  • Length of program: 2 years with Summer Fieldwork
  • ReWilding Experience – students meet with instructors in natural habitat
  • Application deadline:  June 15.

Doctorate Program

Executive Certificate Program: Ecopsychology Fundamentals

Introduction to Ecopsychology

  • January 2019 (4-6pm PST)
  • Length of course: 2 hour Webinar
  • Open Enrollment.