Skip to main content

Secondary navigation:

College of Arts and Sciences

About

psychoanalytic studies

Sigmund Freud 1856-1939

The “unconscious” dimension of human experience has been with us for a long time in art, literature, social studies, and even philosophy, but Sigmund Freud was the first to give it a clinical status and to propose a method of investigating it. This conception was first presented to the world at large with The Interpretation of Dreams (1900) and soon became a challenge to every discipline that proposes to reflect on the nature of the human in all of its dimensions.

The Minor in Psychoanalytic Studies offers you the opportunity to broaden your understanding of one of the major cultural and intellectual trends of the twentieth century. Minors will gain:

  • a basic understanding of the scope and development of psychoanalytic theory–its bearing on the study of art, religion, politics, morality, and society;
  • knowledge of the historical context of Freud's “discovery” of the unconscious;
  • first-hand knowledge of a broad range of Freudian texts;
  • familiarity with major developments in the field of psychoanalysis since Freud's time;
  • an opportunity to investigate the impact of psychoanalysis on contemporary culture, to assess the degree to which our “therapeutic culture” reflects and/or diverges from Freud's own vision of psychoanalysis and its contributions;
  • a unique opportunity to view a theory of interpretation in its origins, development, and applications in literature, visual art, social criticism, or individual psychology.