At Green Mountain College we believe that an environmental liberal arts education ought to respond to the most pressing challenges of our times. The effects of a globalized economy, rapid population growth, changing land use patterns and surging technological development are transforming almost every profession.
A GMC education develops the skills you’ll need to tackle these issues. You will learn how to synthesize ideas, make intellectual connections and understand the complex relationships between human and natural systems. At the end of your GMC career, you will be able to articulate a positive vision for a just and sustainable society, and have the skills and knowledge to help make that vision a reality.
GMC’s close-knit community creates lots of opportunity for an education that goes beyond the classroom. Faculty members aren’t just expert teachers: they become mentors and, quite often, lifelong friends. They’re in the stands at basketball games and attending potluck picnics and club events. They get to know you as an individual, and actively participate in your growth and success.
The Character of an Education
At GMC, service learning is a key component of the academic experience. For a sustainability study, one geography class honed GPS skills by mapping the miles GMC faculty, staff and students commute to campus. Members of the InterCultural Club hosted diversity assemblies at a local high school. An art class created ceramic bowls to auction for a local food shelf benefit. A GMC education emphasizes hands-on learning: you’ll discover many opportunities to increase your skills and put them to work in the local community.
Just the Beginning
From environmental law, business and agriculture to arts education, medicine and more, GMC alumni “do well by doing good”—that is, develop careers that are rewarding financially and socially. Employers seek out GMC grads for their depth of knowledge, their problem solving skills, and their sophisticated understanding of how systems work. You’ll enter life after GMC with knowledge and skills relevant to any profession in today’s economy.