Ph.D. in Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion
California Institute of Integral Studies
4 - 7 years
Earliest start date
CIIS’ Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion Ph.D. offers a nurturing community engaged in revitalizing relationships to Earth while exploring the intersections of world religions, Indigenous traditions, eco-spirituality, eco-justice, and eco-feminism.
Our unique curriculum explores traditional cultures and emerging worldviews within a critically-informed methodological framework in order to help students understand, articulate, and address ecological trauma and transformation. Students gain skills and insight needed to transform practices, worldviews, and consciousness in service of a more just, sustainable, and flourishing planetary future.
Our graduates pursue professional careers in academia, the nonprofit sector, the arts, and other paths involving human-animal relations, religious rites and practices, ecopsychology, ecofeminism, environmental humanities, wilderness studies, and related themes. Our innovative and diverse faculty work to shape the global dialogue linking spirituality, religion, and cosmology with ecology and sustainability through research in environmental ethics, socio-ecology, evolutionary cosmology, theology, and religious studies.
Doctoral students are expected to publicly present their research findings at least twice during their studies at relevant conferences at CIIS and nationally. One potential opportunity is via CIIS’ Religion and Ecology Summit, our transdisciplinary conference, which assembles cutting-edge scholars, thinkers, and activists to share innovative work rooted in ecologies and traditions from around the world.