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Making a Real Difference in the World

While other graduate programs focus on social change, Saybrook's Specialization in Transformative Social Change focuses on "transformative" change, embodying specifically humanistic mission and values. Our approach reflects an open and expansive vision of the human potential, both individual and collective. Our masters and doctoral degree programs with a Specialization in Transformative Social Change are distinguished by the following elements:

  1. an interdisciplinary and integrative approach to social issues
  2. a multiple system-level focus (including transformative change from the individual to the global system level)
  3. grounding in humanistic values defined in the Saybrook tradition
  4. a focus on the relationship between inner and outer change
  5. an emphasis in developing scholar-practitioner-activists through hands-on skill building in coursework and practicum settings

Grounded in the recognition that there are multiple ways of knowing, the program of study draws from the cultural, scholarly, and spiritual traditions of the global North, South, East, and West, to affect not only the way issues are addressed but also the underlying assumptions that have led to the need for a different approach.

Certificate Programs Sponsored by Transformative Social Change

The Transformative Social Change Specialization sponsors four Certificate programs, which allow students to focus their studies on a particular area of social change and receive formal recognition for that emphasis.  These Certificates can also be completed independently of degree program enrollment (non-degree option).  Each 16-credit Certificate involves completion of four 3-credit certificate courses, one 3-credit practicum course, and a 1-credit integrative paper that ties course study and research together.

The Certificates offered by the Transformative Social Change Specialization are:

Students may decide to pursue more than one certificate. In addition, if a certificate offered within a Specialization is completed at the master’s degree level, a Specialization designation (i.e., Consciousness, Spirituality, & Integrative Health; Creativity Studies; Existential, Humanistic, & Transpersonal Psychology; or Transformative Social Change) requires completion of an additional 3 credits of study. For doctoral students, such a Specialization designation will require the completion of an additional 6 credits of study in the doctoral program.

Email Admissions or contact your faculty advisor to see about completing a certificate as part of, or in addition to, your degree.

For more information about these and other School of Psychology and Interdisciplinary Inquiry (PII) Certificates, see Psychology and Interdisciplinary Inquiry Certificate Programs.