Fourth World Institute

The Fourth World Institute offers advanced studies in government, geopolitics, history, philosophy, culture and the environment from the perspective of Fourth World peoples. The Institute offers individual seminars, graduate level studies and professional development in Fourth World Studies with an opportunity to earn a Certificate, or using work done at the CWIS Fourth World Institute to earn a Master of Arts degree upon successful enrollment at a collaborating institution.

The purpose of the CWIS Fourth World Institute is to provide learning and research opportunities for academic, professional, spiritual and community activist leaders world-wide. We prepare leaders for the 21st century through a combination of on-site learning, independent learning, and on-line learning. Enrolled students, professionals and academics gain access to scholars from around the world.

Areas of Specialization
  • Fourth World Geopolitics: The study the social, economic, political and cultural relations between Fourth World Nations and between Fourth World Nations and present-day states.
  • Holistic Environmental Management: The study of indigenous science applied to understanding changes in the natural environment and the role human beings can play in the management of human interaction with the environment.
  • Political Economy of Nations: The study of historical, economic and social factors influencing political change in Fourth World Nations.
  • Traditional Medicine: Clinical, Research and Policy. The examination of indigenous healing practices with an opportunity to specialize in clinical training, the conduct of research or global policy analysis. Manual therapies, energy medicine, ethnobotany, shamanism.
  • Traditional Medicine and Self-Determination: The historical and cultural nexus for Fourth World nations' decision-making about the past, present and future role of traditional, complementary, integrated and alternative medicines in Fourth World society.
  • Globalization and the Fourth World: The study of the historical role Fourth World nations have played in the succession of globalization and the affects of such globalization on Fourth World societies and their neighbors.
  • Consciousness Studies: The study in history and culture of Fourth World peoples' and their inter-relationship with the physical and metaphysical realities as expressed in different modes of thought, methods for explaining reality, and the alteration of reality.
  • World Indigenous People Studies: An historical and cultural inquiry into the social, economic, political and cultural present of Fourth World peoples.
  • Cross Cultural Relations: A study of the methods and approaches used by different cultures to mediate relations with neighboring cultures and to resolve disputes while forming new relationships.
  • Fourth World History: A inquiry into the nature of history as viewed from the perspective of Fourth World peoples in different regions of the world-the relationship between such perspectives and the ways in which different cultures persist.

  • The Fourth World Institute partners through the Center for World Indigenous Studies with accredited universities to award a Master of Arts degree.

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Meet some of our alumni

  • Rosario Galvan

    Rosario Galvan

    Certificate / MA Degree, Cross-Cultural Integrative Healing Arts and Fourth World Studies

  • Annette Boe, MA

    Annette Boe MA

    Certificate / MA Degree, Holistic Mental Health

  • Mirjam Hirch, PhD

    Mirjam Hirch

    Certificate, Fourth World Studies and Traditional Medicine

  • Elise Krohn

    Certificate, Ethnobotany / MA Degree, Traditional Foods and Medicines

  • Karie Nicholas

    Karie Nicholas

    Certificate - Fourth World Studies / MA Degree - Social Psychology

  • S. Amy Desjarlais

    S. Amy Desjarlais

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