California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) has a unique curriculum, partly because of its distinctive academic programs, including Asian and Comparative Studies, Women’s Spirituality, Somatic Psychology, and many others. The one-of-a-kind courses also reflect the interests of the CIIS faculty, who have deep expertise in research areas that most other universities don’t even touch on.
In academic year 2011–12, CIIS is featuring a number of courses that you can only find at the Institute. Professor Renée Emunah is teaching a class that doesn’t seem that unusual from its title—Integrative Seminar—but the content is completely singular. The class is offered by the Drama Therapy program at CIIS, one of only two accredited and approved programs in this field in the entire U.S. Professor Emunah’s class focuses on a method in drama therapy that she herself pioneered: the self-revelatory performance. Students have the option of creating and performing a 35- to 40-minute self-revelatory performance as their capstone project. The pieces are performed in a theatre for an audience composed of students and graduates of the program, as well as invited guests. The CIIS community also receives an invite.