Prescott College and the Institute for Social Ecology offer a unique graduate program in social ecology.
Since 2004, the Institute has worked in collaboration with the Prescott Master of Arts Program (MAP) to offer opportunities for graduate study in Environmental Studies or the Humanities with a concentration in Social Ecology. This interdisciplinary program offers a mix of guided independent study, onsite colloquia at Prescott College, close collaboration between students and faculty, and full participation in other ISE activities.
Qualified ISE faculty serve as graduate advisors through Prescott College, and students are invited to participate in conferences and colloquia organized by the ISE and our various allied projects. Students and their advisors collaborate in developing a detailed study plan focused on the student’s primary areas of interest, and engage in in-depth discussions and evaluations of the students’ written work. The Prescott College MAP colloquia offer an opportunity for in-person collaboration and dialogue among social ecology students, as well as with their peers in many related areas of study.
As a broadly interdisciplinary field, social ecology offers a strong theoretical grounding that reinforces the Prescott MAP’s commitment to the development of social and ecological literacies. A student’s first semester of guided independent study will typically include central works in the theory of social ecology, along with initial explorations of the student’s self-chosen area of focus. Subsequent semesters will allow students to intensify their theoretical grounding and pursue advanced research and writing in their chosen field of study, working toward the completion of an MA thesis. Additionally, MA students spend one or more semesters engaged in an internship or work experience involving hands-on application of the concepts of social ecology.
Areas of study in this program include:
•Ecological and social activism
•Ecological land use and organic agriculture
•Food systems and agricultural policy
•Environmental issues and politics
•Globalization and global justice
•Ecofeminism and other ecophilosophies
•Science and technology studies
•Community organizing and development
•Ecological alternatives in education
•Environmental justice and community health
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