Viridis Graduate Institute

Ecopsychology and Environmental Humanities


Doctor of Arts Program

Doctor of Arts Program Objectives:

  • The student will implement competency and skill in dealing with complex and contested issues,
  • The student will implement 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.

Doctor of Arts Program Learning Outcomes

Critical Thinking

  1. Apply multiple perspectives from ecopsychology and utilize archetypal psychological skills in evaluation and change of individual, group, and cultural narratives underpinning a variety of ecological, economic, and social issues;

1a. Evaluate and critique human evolution and our relationship with nature and culture from across historical periods and cultural contexts in order to more deeply understand the complex process of human biological, neurological, and psychological evolution; and be able to communicate ecopsychological approaches for how humanity can envision a more conscious participation in human evolutionary processes;


  1. Apply reflection, creative thought, and assessment skills in evaluating and transforming narratives and imagery into entirely new psychological meaning that advances and sustains ethical, responsible and collaborative relationships;


  1. Analyze, synthesize, and articulate complex information from a variety of sources and perspectives and be able to communicate findings across sophisticated platforms (written, oral , digital, artistic);

Ecological & Civic Literacy

  1. Develop original approaches and applications that advance intrinsic values of justice, beauty, and inclusivism within interdependent ecological, social, and economic systems to enhance diversity, opportunity, and change;

Ecopsychological Sensibility

  1. Respond aesthetically and with a behaved intelligence to interconnected ecological and sociological problems in our world, advance ecopsychological approaches and practices toward change in narrative, behavior, and practices underpinning these issues;

Transdisciplinary Synthesis

  1. Demonstrate an advanced competency to employ ideas and theories from the many disciplines and fields that intersect with environmental, ecological, social, and economic concerns.


Institutional Learning Outcomes

Graduates of Viridis Graduate Institute will demonstrate the following Institutional Learning Outcomes & Core Competencies:

  1. Adaptive Leadership Capacity – An advanced ability to anticipate, detect, and adapt more consciously to changes in an organization, institution or society. Exhibit the capacity to make innovative contributions and assume leadership roles that promote the intelligent and humane application of the problem-decision-action cycle.
  2. Aesthetic Sensibility – An advanced sensitivity to relationships among the natural world, arts, symbolism, ritual, design, and human concerns and behavior. Develop a worldview imbued with aesthetics.
  3. Archetypal Psychology Knowledge – A capacity to identify, analyze, and elucidate images, symbols, metaphors, psychological complexes and other unconscious dynamics. Develop a capacity for self-reflection and engagement in intrapsychic, interpersonal, and collaborative relationships.
  4. Communication Competence – The ability to use the processes of reading, writing, speaking, listening and observing to effectively acquire, develop, and convey ideas and information. Communicate effectively to create a purposeful message designed to increase awareness or knowledge, to foster understanding, and to promote reflection and potential change in the listeners’ attitudes, values, beliefs, or behaviors.
  5. Creative and Critical Thinking – Qualitatively and quantitatively evaluate issues from a variety of distinct thought processes that include creativity, imagination, novelty, rationality, logic, and coherence.
  6. Ecopsychological Sensibility – Demonstrate a commitment to living a psychological life, to being active participants in a co-reciprocal ecological world that requires our attention, responsibility, and care.
  7. Integrity and Ecological Ethics – Develop an ecological ethics that continually questions and examines one’s integrity and how one should best live and act in relationship to self, others and the natural world with a conscious understanding of their consequences.
  8. Motivation for Lifelong Learning – Establish a commitment to explore, question, and deepen personal consciousness, expand their curiosity about the world we live in, and persist in educating one’s self throughout a lifetime.
  9. Personal Identity – Acquire a sense of personal worth, integrity, and self-confidence that arise from the experiences of studying the natural world, and diverse cultures as an effective vehicle for gaining a sense of one’s place in the world as an individual and global citizen.
  10. Professional Identity – Increase the knowledge, skills, and ecopsychological practices that can be utilized across all vocational sectors or industries, as their professional identity both parallels and supplements their educational and life goals of developing a sense of success in the world.