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A Distinctive Approach to Jungian Psychology

Our M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Psychology with a Specialization in Jungian Studies are theoretical and practical interdisciplinary programs. This Specialization allows you to apply Jung's basic theories, insights, concepts, and subsequent research to other aspects of human experience, from family dynamics to organizational systems to law. You will study Jung's original work, as well as almost a century of additional research covering a wide range of applied fields such as developmental psychology, literature, education, ecology, technology, and the social sciences. Before students can depart from Jung’s speculations, students must first understand the radicalism and breadth of his contributions to our understanding of the human condition across cultures and beyond from the vantage point of 20th-century Europe, the United States, and the rest of the world.

The Jungian Studies Specialization has at its core in-person weekend seminars offered at The Jung Center of Houston. Seven seminars are offered each academic year. Certificate program and master’s degree students complete 14 seminars, while doctoral students complete 21 seminars. These carefully structured seminars primarily focus on the in-depth study of the Collected Works of C. G. Jung. Students also have a more limited opportunity to study post-Jungian scholarship of analysts such as James Hillman, Marie Louise von Franz, Edward Edinger, and others. Jung’s approach to symbolic and cultural dimensions of psyche as manifest in religious, mythological, literary, or cultural motifs is at the core of the classroom discussions. Course topics or readings are not repeated in a three-year cycle. The actual sequence of topics varies in any given year based on the availability of a particular faculty member for a topic.

Jung’s theories grew out of his clinical practice, natural and biological sciences, and comparative studies in historiography, philosophy, religion, mythology, literature, cultural anthropology, and the arts. The focus in the Jungian Studies Specialization is both practical and interdisciplinary, allowing students to apply Jung’s basic insights, concepts, and subsequent research to other aspects of human experience, from family dynamics to organizational systems to law. Students will study Jung’s original work, and almost a century of additional research covering a wide range of applications in fields such as developmental psychology, literature, education, ecology, technology, neuroscience, and the social sciences.

Unlike the other Specializations in the School of Psychology & Interdisciplinary Inquiry, Jungian Studies requires participation at seven weekend Residential Conferences per year (two terms) in Houston, plus an initial Residential Orientation in San Francisco. Each year, the majority of the seminars will focus on primary sources; a few seminars will explore the work of other Jungian writers and focus on symbolic materials in order to apply some of the ideas and methods learned in the other seminars. Again, specific topics and faculty may vary each year. Each seminar will take note of the critiques of Jung’s original work and more recent developments in Jungian theory and praxis. Residential seminars for the Jungian Studies program are held at The Jung Center in Houston, Texas.

To find out whether the Jungian Studies Specialization is right for you, please email admissions@saybrook.edu or call 800-825-4480.