Building a better world is not just talk here. It’s the thread that weaves through your whole academic experience, as you learn to apply sustainability principles to everything you study.
The key to this approach is our signature Environmental Liberal Arts (ELA) core sequence, a rigorous 37-credit program every student completes. Regardless of major, you learn how social and ecological sustainability is both relevant and meaningful through coursework that stresses critical thinking, writing, and analysis. Outside of class, you put theory to the test in outings and service learning projects. This integrated focus creates a shared sense of purpose — because here, the environment is 100% relevant to every field.
The easiest way to grasp the power of the ELA is to scan student project titles from A Delicate Balance, the capstone course in our ELA sequence: “Managing Student Loan Debt;” “Timber Frame Bike Shelter;” “Tunes for Tots: A Benefit Concert Series for Public Music Education;” “Stop the Hate: How to Reduce Bullying in School Systems;” and “Organic Certification for Cerridwen Farm.” Remarkably diverse, they share a common thread of putting sustainability into action. And it’s our unique ELA curriculum that primes Green Mountain College students for careers tackling the world’s biggest problems. Because here, your goal is to learn how to achieve success with purpose: To do well, and do good.