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Integral Psychology: Transpersonal & Traditional Psychology
Integral Psychology Degree Program Overview
Integral Psychology is a dynamic interplay among traditions, and present and emerging theories and practices within the study of human psychology. The newly expanded curriculum provides the opportunity for each student to select a specific track of study within the program; traditional psychology, transpersonal psychology, or individualized.
The undergraduate program explores the study of human psychological and spiritual development and stages of consciousness in a variety of contexts including psychoanalytic, behavioral, humanistic, social, cultural, transpersonal, and integral. These aspects seek to provide a clearer understanding of human potential and opportunities for physical, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual growth. The curriculum has been designed with the intention to prepare students to meet the competitive standards of graduate school and post baccalaureate programs.
Students of Integral Psychology are prepared to be reflective, scholar – practitioners in fields as diverse as human services, mental health, education, consulting, coaching, human resources, management, community development and sustainability.
Traditional Psychology Degree Track
The traditional psychology track within the Integral Psychology program is grounded in humanistic psychology. Differentiated from behavioral and biologically based psychology by its emphasis on holistic, non-compartmentalized approach, humanistic psychology affirms the inherent value and dignity of every human being. All individuals are viewed as intrinsically good, motivated by an instinct and capacity for growth. The work of William James, Carl Jung, Viktor Frankl, Abraham Maslow, Carl Rogers, and more recently Robert Kegan and Dan Siegel contribute to this perspective.
Transpersonal Psychology Degree Track
The transpersonal psychology track within Integral Psychology program is closely related to humanistic psychology, with additional consideration given to the depth of the individual and its integration with the nature of culture and spirit. The interdisciplinary approach to transpersonal psychology incorporates development of the ego and awareness of spirit through consideration of wisdom traditions, spiritual and contemplative practices, western and eastern philosophies, and cutting-edge mind/body science.
Individual Paths of Study
Students within the Integral Psychology program have the option to self design a more individualized track of study. In addition, some students with a related interest in expressive arts and Integral Psychology have the option of an expressive arts major.
The Integral Psychology program seeks to understand human beings and their ways of being in the world by examining values, intentions and meanings as elements of consciousness. The science of human experience studies uniquely human qualities such as choice, creativity, and the search for personal meaning. This constructive view of human nature, development, and the capacity for self-realization is augmented by the recognition of human beings' interdependence with responsibilities to other humans, sentient beings, and the environment in which we live.
Integral Psychology Degree Requirements
All students are required to complete an upper-level internship in the major, including participation in the Action Learning Seminar; typical placements include settings such as local social service agencies, schools, service providers, and community action organizations. Each student also undertakes a 6-credit capstone Degree Project in the last two semesters to produce a substantial research-based project.
Every Bachelor of Arts degree candidate must complete Burlington College's General Education requirements and earn a minimum of 120 credits to achieve a degree. The following course requirements are specific to the Integral Psychology major. Other coursework may be substituted with permission of academic advisor. All courses are 3-credits unless otherwise noted.
Entry Level (100) Requirements: 9
IPS 100 - Psychology Foundations
IPS 101 – The Evolution of Psychology
IPS 120 – Inner Sustainability Seminar
Intermediate Level (200) Requirements: 15
IPS 200 - Life Span Development
IPS 201 – Psychopathology
IPS 202 - Theories of Personality
IPSXXX - One somatic course selected from Integral Psychology and Body class option list (student decides).
IPSXXX - One wisdom course selected from Integral Psychology and Spirit class option list (student decides).
Upper Level (300) Requirements:6
SSC350 - Research Methods in Social Sciences
ACT303 – Action Learning Seminar and Internship
Upper Level (400): 6
DEG450 - Degree Project I
DEG451 - Degree Project II
Electives (300 level): 9 Credits
General Education Requirements
- Demonstration of proficiency in academic computing
- Vision and Revision (or assessment of writing sample)
- Research and Reflection
Evidence of proficiency in the four fundamental learning skills
- Oral Communication
- Critical Thinking
3 credits in each of the following areas of the liberal arts
- Creative Expression
- Cultural Awareness
- Historical Consciousness
- Media Literacy
- Quantitative Reasoning
- Responsible Action
- Scientific Thought
- Social Awareness