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Individualized Master of Arts(IMA) in Interdisciplinary Studies and Social Sciences
The Individualized Master of Arts (IMA) in Interdisciplinary Studies and Social Science provides students with the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and habits of mind to become agents for change and to advance their careers in a variety of fields.
Because students in the interdisciplinary studies and social sciences specialize in their uniquely-chosen areas, areas of focus vary. The following focuses and topics are supplied as non-prescriptive examples.
Focus in Applied Psychology
- Psychology and Spirituality
- Contemplative Psychology
- Integrative Studies in Psychology
Focus in Conflict Studies or Peace Studies
- Conflict Analysis and Resolution
- Peace Studies; Restorative Justice
Focus in Health and Human Development
- Community Development
- Organizational Development
- Healthcare Consumer Advocacy
Focus in Integral Studies
- Integral Knowledge Systems
Focus in Systems and Organizations
- Organizational Leadership
- Management Studies
Focus in Education Studies
- Adult Education
Focus in Rural Community Development
Students have the freedom to construct individualized interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary concentrations which makes the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies and Social Sciences unique. The varied professional backgrounds of our students enrich and expand the educational experience within the Master of Arts in the Interdisciplinary Studies and Social Sciences.
A Master of Arts in the Interdisciplinary Studies and Social Sciences degree from Antioch University Midwest provides graduates with the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills to enhance their career and foster intellectual innovation and social action. The IMA concentration in Interdisciplinary Studies and Social Sciences is a low-residency program.
The following is a listing of the course curriculum for successful completion of the I.M.A. in Social Sciences
Program Degree Requirements (12 courses = 36 credits)
Foundational Courses (6 courses, 18 cr)
COM-5500 Critical Thinking in Professional & Academic Writing 3 cr
IMA 5150 Foundations of the Field, Part I 3 cr
IMA 5250 Foundations of the Field, Part II 3 cr
RSH 5100 Research Methods 3 cr
IMA 5750 Individualized Curriculum Design 3 cr
SYS 5850 Systems Thinking for a Complex World 3 cr
Second Residency – Offered each Spring & Fall
Individualized Courses (5 courses, 15 cr)
SSC-6100 Elective Individualized Course I 3 cr
SSC-6200 Elective Individualized Course II 3 cr
SSC-6300 Elective Individualized Course III 3 cr
SSC-6400 Elective Individualized Course IV 3 cr
SSC-6500 Elective Individualized Course V 3 cr
Phase III Capstone Experience: Choose one
IMA-6950 Integrative Professional Seminar 3 cr
IMA-6960 Autoethnography, Social Responsibility and Right Livelihood
IMA-6970 Transdisciplinary Writing
SSC-6910 Social Science Thesis A 3 cr AND
SSC-6920 Social Science Thesis B 3 cr
Note: If Thesis is chosen, students take only 4 Elective Individualized Courses
Chair: Susanne Fest, Ph.D.
Dr. Susanne Fest is the Social Science Concentration Chair for the IMA Program at Antioch University Midwest. She has designed and taught graduate courses in Qualitative Research, Human Development, Cultural Psychology, Ecopsychology, Academic Writing and Curriculum Design, among others. She enjoys the individualized mentoring process, which is at the heart of the IMA program.
Dr. Fest obtained her doctorate in Human Resource Development from Vanderbilt University, in Nashville, Tennessee. Before coming to AUM, she held appointments as Research Associate with the Institute for Community Research in Hartford, CT, and the Yale Child Study Center, New Haven. Dr. Fest holds a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and has worked as a Marriage and Family Therapist and consultant in a variety of academic, private and non-profit organizations. She has presented her research at national and international conferences. For the last several years, Dr. Fest has become interested in ecopyschology, sustainability and living mindfully. In 2009, she took up residency on Whidbey Island in the Pacific Northwest, and has become involved in curriculum design initiatives that look at the connection between contemplative practices and sustainability. She is engaged in a variety of writing projects related to the topics above.
Guy Burneko, Ph.D.
Dr. Burneko is a teacher, writer, and thinker especially interested in transdisciplinary intercultural interpretation and what he calls the Global Noetic Repertoire of nondual or nonreductive insights, as these seem sustaining and meaningful for future consciousness and suited for sustainable natural and ecohumane systems.
This interest emerges in the Institute for Contemporary Ancient Learning he is creating and is expressed in his recent book, By the Torch of Chaos and Doubt: Consciousness, Culture,Poiesis and Religion in the Opening Global Millennium and in more recent writing in the Journal of Chinese Philosophy and elsewhere. Other interests include hermeneutic ontology, analytical psychology, ecology and religion (and Thomas Berry), social justice and theory of self-organizing systems.
Lorraine Fish, Ph.D.
Dr. Fish received an interdisciplinary PhD from the Union Institute & University in 2006.Her area of specialization was ecopsychology and addiction and her dissertation title was: Nature, Culture and Abnormal Appetites: An Ecopsychological Assessment of Addiction. Lorraine graduated from Antioch University Seattle with an MA in Psychology (area of concentration in ecopsychology) and BA in the Liberal Arts (area of concentration counseling and ecopsychology).
As well as teaching at Antioch University Midwest, Lorraine also teaches at Naropa University. She has also taught courses at Antioch University Seattle, Seattle Central Community College, Bastyr University, and Northland College.
Beloo Mehra, Ph.D.
Beloo received her Ph.D. in Education in 1998 from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Till June 2007 she worked as an Associate Professor in the Individualized Masters of Arts program at Antioch University Midwest, Yellow Springs, Ohio. There, in addition to teaching courses in curriculum design, academic writing, qualitative and feminist research, she also spearheaded and directed the development of Integral Knowledge Systems, an innovative academic space with Sri Aurobindo’s Integral Yoga framework as its starting point. Before moving to the US, she worked as a high school Economics teacher and school administrator in Delhi, India for 5 years, and also served as a volunteer for the National Literacy Mission. In August 2007, Dr. Mehra joined Sri Aurobindo Center for Advanced Research (SACAR) at Pondicherry, India as faculty and in-charge of academic programs. There she teaches courses in Foundations of Indian Culture, Integral Education, and Integral Social Thought of Sri Aurobindo. She also edits the quarterly journal, New Race. She has published many articles and scholarly papers and has presented at several conferences and seminars.
The Integral Knowledge Systems (IKS) is a concentration designed for students who value integrating mind, heart and spirit within their course of study. The concentration is a collaborative effort with the faculty from The Sri Aurobindo Center for Advanced Research in Pondicherry, India.
Integral Knowledge Systems emphasizes and reflects Antioch’s cherished values of lifelong learning, rigorous inquiry, personal and social transformation through knowledge and respect for cultural and global diversity.
- Integral Yoga Psychology
- Integral Education
- Self-Awareness and Transformation
- Integral Social Transformation
- Applied Integral Psychology: East and West
- Spirituality for Helping Professions
- Meditation: Theory & Techniques
- Spiritual Traditions of India
- Transpersonal Inquiry
* All courses are taught as independent studies or online.