Individualized Master of Arts(IMA) in the Social Sciences
The Individualized Master of Arts (IMA) in Social Science provides students with the knowledge and skills to develop and advance careers in a variety of fields. Students also develop the habits of mind to advance their commitment to social engagement.
Students have the freedom to construct individualized interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary concentrations of study which makes the Master of Arts in Social Sciences unique. The varied professional backgrounds of our students enrich and expand the educational experience within the Master of Arts in the Social Sciences.
A Master of Arts in the Social Sciences degree from Antioch University Midwest provides graduates with the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills to enhance their career and foster intellectual innovation and social action. The IMA concentration in Social Sciences is a low-residency program.
The following is a listing of the course curriculum for successful completion of the I.M.A. in Social Sciences
Program Degree Requirements (12 courses = 36 credits)
First Residency - Offered each August and January
Foundational Courses (6 courses, 18 cr)
COM-5420 Academic Writing and Research 3 cr
SSC-5530 Foundations of the Field 3 cr
SSC-5660 Transformative Learning 3 cr
SSC-5780 Theories and Research in the Field 3 cr
SSC-5840 Systems Thinking in a Changing World 3 cr
RSH-5720 Ways of Knowing—Systematic Inquiry 3 cr
Second Residency - Offered each August and Januar
Individualized Courses (5 courses, 15 cr)
SSC-6100 Elective Individualized Course I 3 cr
SSC-6200 Elective Individualized Course II 3 cr
SSC-6300 Elective Individualized Course III 3 cr
SSC-6400 Elective Individualized Course IV 3 cr
SSC-6500 Elective Individualized Course V 3 cr
Phase III Capstone Experience: Choose one
SSC-6950 Professional Seminar 3 cr
SSC-6910 Social Science Thesis A 3 cr AND
SSC-6920 Social Science Thesis B 3 cr
Note: If Thesis is chosen, students take only 4 Elective Individualized Courses
Chair: Susanne Fest, Ph.D.
Dr. Susanne Fest is the Social Science Concentration Chair for the IMA Program at Antioch University Midwest. She has designed and taught graduate courses in Qualitative Research, Human Development, Cultural Psychology, Ecopsychology, Academic Writing and Curriculum Design, among others. She enjoys the individualized mentoring process, which is at the heart of the IMA program.
Dr. Fest obtained her doctorate in Human Resource Development from Vanderbilt University, in Nashville, Tennessee. Before coming to AUM, she held appointments as Research Associate with the Institute for Community Research in Hartford, CT, and the Yale Child Study Center, New Haven. Dr. Fest holds a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and has worked as a Marriage and Family Therapist and consultant in a variety of academic, private and non-profit organizations. She has presented her research at national and international conferences. For the last several years, Dr. Fest has become interested in ecopyschology, sustainability and living mindfully. In 2009, she took up residency on Whidbey Island in the Pacific Northwest, and has become involved in curriculum design initiatives that look at the connection between contemplative practices and sustainability. She is engaged in a variety of writing projects related to the topics above.
Guy Burneko, Ph.D.
Dr. Burneko is a teacher, writer, and thinker especially interested in transdisciplinary intercultural interpretation and what he calls the Global Noetic Repertoire of nondual or nonreductive insights, as these seem sustaining and meaningful for future consciousness and suited for sustainable natural and ecohumane systems.
This interest emerges in the Institute for Contemporary Ancient Learning he is creating and is expressed in his recent book, By the Torch of Chaos and Doubt: Consciousness, Culture,Poiesis and Religion in the Opening Global Millennium and in more recent writing in the Journal of Chinese Philosophy and elsewhere. Other interests include hermeneutic ontology, analytical psychology, ecology and religion (and Thomas Berry), social justice and theory of self-organizing systems.
Lorraine Fish, Ph.D.
Dr. Fish received an interdisciplinary PhD from the Union Institute & University in 2006.Her area of specialization was ecopsychology and addiction and her dissertation title was: Nature, Culture and Abnormal Appetites: An Ecopsychological Assessment of Addiction. Lorraine graduated from Antioch University Seattle with an MA in Psychology (area of concentration in ecopsychology) and BA in the Liberal Arts (area of concentration counseling and ecopsychology).
As well as teaching at Antioch University Midwest, Lorraine also teaches at Naropa University. She has also taught courses at Antioch University Seattle, Seattle Central Community College, Bastyr University, and Northland College.
Beloo Mehra, Ph.D.
Beloo received her Ph.D. in Education in 1998 from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Till June 2007 she worked as an Associate Professor in the Individualized Masters of Arts program at Antioch University Midwest, Yellow Springs, Ohio. There, in addition to teaching courses in curriculum design, academic writing, qualitative and feminist research, she also spearheaded and directed the development of Integral Knowledge Systems, an innovative academic space with Sri Aurobindo’s Integral Yoga framework as its starting point. Before moving to the US, she worked as a high school Economics teacher and school administrator in Delhi, India for 5 years, and also served as a volunteer for the National Literacy Mission. In August 2007, Dr. Mehra joined Sri Aurobindo Center for Advanced Research (SACAR) at Pondicherry, India as faculty and in-charge of academic programs. There she teaches courses in Foundations of Indian Culture, Integral Education, and Integral Social Thought of Sri Aurobindo. She also edits the quarterly journal, New Race. She has published many articles and scholarly papers and has presented at several conferences and seminars.