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Resources for Place, Environmental, and Sustainability Studies
Individualized Studies in Environment and Sustainable Communities
Low residency B.A, M.A. and M.F.A. Programs
Goddard College is for independent learners who wish to design their studies to pursue their passions, and who want to address significant issues in their communities and the larger world. Students attend an eight-day residency at the beginning of each semester during which each develops an individualized plan of study. The rest of the time, they work from their home, field site, or place of business in collaboration with faculty advisors.
The individualized, experience-based nature of education at Goddard provides opportunities for students to study the environment and sustainable communities in ways that meet their needs. Degree options are:
B.A. and M.A. in Individualized Studies
B.A. and M.A. in Health Arts and Sciences
B.A. and M.A. in Education
B.F.A. in Creative Writing
M.A. in Socially Responsible Business and Sustainable Communities
M.A. in Psychology and Counseling
M.F.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts
M.F.A. in Writing
The Individualized M.A. Program offers a concentration in Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies. It encourages work that cuts across and beyond traditional boundaries. It also encourages students to design their studies to meet their personal, career, and intellectual goals. Our emphasis on combining action in the world with academic study enhances the career building potential of this work. A student’s studies can culminate in a traditional or project-based thesis. Click on the following links to learn more.
Environmental studies is an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary field that addresses issues related to human interactions with our environments. It is motivated by the recognition of environmental problems and the need to find solutions to them. Understanding these issues requires that one draw from many modes of inquiry and bodies of knowledge. The exact definition of environmental studies varies; each college and university program, and each scholar and practitioner defines the field in their own ways. For some it is an interdisciplinary approach to environmental science, for others it involves technical preparation to develop environmental impact assessments, for still others it may focus upon the environmental humanities or social sciences. At its best, environmental studies provides an integration of the natural and social sciences, humanities, and other relevant approaches to understanding our relationships with our environments.
Goddard College’s MA concentration in environmental studies offers a unique opportunity to combine environmental studies and place studies. Time and again conservation and environmental projects have faltered or failed because they ignored local culture and knowledge, historical contingency, distinctive personal needs and aspirations, and unique ecological circumstances. When we "Think Globally and Act Locally" we act in specific places within distinctive social and environmental circumstances. Place, environment, and community are intimately entwined with each other. Place provides a conceptual framework that integrates an interdisciplinary approach to environmental studies. Our concentration is student-centered and based upon individually designed programs of study. Each student must define place-based environmental studies in ways that advance their own learning goals and environmental practice.
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Edited by Sarah Bobrow-Williams with the assistance of the students and faculty of Goddard College
and members of the wider environmental, place, and sustainability studies community