California Institute of Integral Studies

School of Consciousness and Transformation

Anthropology and Social Change


1453 Mission Street

San Francisco, CA 94103

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

PhD Program in Anthropology and Social Change

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Anthropology and Social Change is a small, innovative graduate department with a particular focus on activist scholarship, militant research, and social change. Our unique approach to ethnographic research methodology dissolves traditional barriers between research and political activism, between insiders and outsiders, and between researchers and protagonists. Ethnography is a tool for "creating the conditions we describe." We engage in the process of co-research to explore existing alternatives and possibilities for social change.

MA and PhD students learn how to apply the practice of direct action to the research process with the support of talented faculty. We set out to create the conditions we describe when our research begins to embody the values of the world we want to create.

About the Program

Our program regularly hosts lectures, conferences, and workshops on variety of social justice issues that bring together scholars, activists and artists, both local and international. The program has its own book imprint—Kairos—with PM Press publishers. Anthropology and Social Change is affiliated with Benemérita Universidad Autónoma in Mexico, so students who are fluent in Spanish can continue their doctoral studies there. Our department is also a member of the HAU Network of Ethnographic Theory, an international network of research centers and anthropology departments

The Anthropology and Social Change Masters program takes two years, and includes weekday coursework in the spring and fall. The PhD program takes two years, including coursework, exams, and dissertation. Students may pursue a part- time program in consultation with their academic advisor.


Accredited by: Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100 Alameda, CA 94501 (510) 748-9001 Fax: (510) 748-9797 Email:

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: MA -36 units; PhD-36

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): MA: 1165 PhD: 1346 USD

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 1,000-2,999

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