M.A./Ph.D. in Mythological Studies
For nearly 20 years, Pacifica's Mythological Studies Program has offered the only doctoral program in the country that investigates mythologies and cultural traditions through the lenses of religious studies, literature, and depth psychology. By discerning similarities in the world's traditions, we uncover the common patterns in human life, as well as the diverse ways human beings live and make meaning of their experience. Our cultivation of the mythic imagination provides a capacity for self-understanding, as well as an understanding of cultures other than our own.
Mythology is much more than an academic, historical field. While we explore the myths of various world traditions, through the lens of depth psychology we also explore their application in our individual lives. We look for those experiences, dreams and patterns that explain where we are and point the way to how we will contribute to the world.
What are we meant to be doing? What inspires us? While this curriculum might not, in and of itself, define a particular profession that suits us, what it does is provide the insights for us to experience the deepest life, to find our best path, and to inspire others as we follow it—exactly the process followed by leaders who have made significant change in organizations or societies.
A faculty of distinguished scholars and inspired teachers attracts artists, writers, teachers, psychologists, pastoral counselors, executives, lawyers, and life-long learners who seek to understand and express the depths of the psyche. Students discover recurring mythic themes in classic and contemporary literature, theatre, art, film, music, philosophy, and popular culture. Fostering the confluence of scholarship and imagination, they develop as academic and creative writers.
The study of myth is interdisciplinary and multicultural. The program emphasizes the interpretative modes of depth psychology, and particularly the influences of Sigmund Freud, C.G. Jung, Marie-Louise von Franz, James Hillman, and Joseph Campbell. The Mythological Studies Program is a doctoral program designed as an integrated M.A./Ph.D. sequence with coursework in four areas of study:
- Mythology and Religious Traditions
- Myth and Literature
- Depth Psychology 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.