Bachelor of Arts in Health Arts & Sciences

The Bachelor of Arts in Health Arts & Sciences (HASBA) supports a holistic, interdisciplinary and integrative exploration of health, healing and well-being within an inspiring learning community of peers and advisors.

Students interested in pursuing studies in the health arts and sciences are committed to making a difference at the personal, community, environmental, and global level.  Your studies will support your work in activism, advocacy, the arts, coaching, research, policy development, health education, prevention programs, alternative health promotion and practices and visionary ideas for biomedical, alternative, educational, organizational, and community-based settings.

Your HASBA studies will be rooted in your unique passion, goals, and learning style. Your work will encompass direct action, rich contemplation, rigorous scholarship, creative projects and experiential learning. The end result is a meaningful, productive and often, deeply transformative process that supports present and future work for personal, community, and social well-being.

Areas of Study

You will work with your advisors to create your unique curriculum. Examples of current and past students studies include:

  • Birthing Practices
  • Cross-Cultural Healing Modalities (Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, and others)
  • Death and Dying
  • Expressive Arts and Healing (plus Arts-informed Research, Narrative Medicine)
  • Food and Nutrition, Herbalism and Ecological Medicine
  • Health Coaching
  • Health Education (Materials, Outreach, CHES Competencies)
  • Integrative Medicine
  • LGBTQ Health
  • People of Color Health
  • Public Health (Community, Global, Environmental, Occupational)
  • Social Medicine (Justice, Inclusion, Healthcare Access, Disparities, and Inequities)
  • Somatics/Embodied Practices (Yoga, Movement, Tai Chi, Theatre of the Oppressed, Therapeutic Body Work)
  • Spirituality, Ritual, and Healing
  • Trauma Studies
  • Women’s Health

Degree Requirements

In addition to fulfilling the general BA/BFA degree requirements, graduating HASBA students will have successfully accomplished the following program-specific criteria:

  • Health Philosophy by clearly articulated your own health philosophy in relationship to multiple cultural views and critically evaluated your own values, biases, ethics, and orientation to health.
  • Community Health Practices/Modalities by exploring at least one health-promoting modality and its application to the well-being of particular location or population.
  • Life Sciences by identifying and examining fields and science- based studies fundamental to your inquiry and being able to transmit your science-based knowledge to others.
  • Broader Context of Health by demonstrating an understanding of, and capacity to, evaluate the social and ecological context of your study by looking through such lenses as social ideologies, structures and norms; contemporary and historical, political influences, systems and economies; theories or and changes, and ecological settings or conditions, etc.
  • Self-Care, Resilience and Renewal by recognizing the nested locations of well-being (from the pint of the self and beyond) and engaging in reflective and active participation in your own wellness processes.

Key Health Arts & Sciences Faculty

Each semester, students work one-on-one with faculty experts to design their individualized plans for study.

Birthing Practices: Catherine Lowther, Neema Caughran, Suzanne Richman, Eva Swidler

Cross-Cultural Healing Modalities (Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, and others): Catherine Lowther, Newcomb Greenleaf, Herukhuti Williams

Death and Dying: Francis X. CharetCatherine LowtherNeema Caughran, Suzanne RichmanNewcomb Greenleaf

Food and Nutrition, Herbalism and Ecological Medicine: Catherine Lowther, Suzanne RichmanEva SwidlerHerukhuti Williams

Expressive Arts and Healing (plus Arts-informed Research, Narrative Medicine): Karen WernerCatherine LowtherNeema CaughranNewcomb GreenleafHerukhuti Williams

Health Coaching: Suzanne RichmanEva Swidler, Catherine Lowther,

Health Education (Materials, Outreach, CHES Competencies): Karen WernerSuzanne RichmanEva SwidlerHerukhuti, Neema Caughran, Catherine Lowther

Integrative Medicine: Suzanne RichmanNewcomb Greenleaf, Catherine Lowther,

LGBTQ Health Herukhuti Williams

People of Color Health Herukhuti Williams

Public Health (Community, Global, Environmental, Occupational):  Neema CaughranKaren StupskiSuzanne RichmanEva SwidlerHerukhuti Williams

Social Medicine (Justice, Inclusion, Healthcare Access, Disparities, and Inequities): Neema CaughranSuzanne RichmanEva SwidlerHerukhuti Williams

Somatics/Embodied Practices (Yoga, Movement, Tai Chi, Theatre of the Oppressed, Therapeutic Body Work): Catherine LowtherNeema CaughranSuzanne RichmanNewcomb GreenleafHerukhuti Williams

Spirituality, Ritual, and Healing: Karen WernerFrancis X. CharetCatherine LowtherNeema CaughranSuzanne RichmanHerukhuti Williams

Trauma Studies: Catherine LowtherNeema CaughranSuzanne Richman,

Women’s Health: Catherine LowtherNeema CaughranSuzanne RichmanEva Swidler

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in Health Arts & Sciences can work with any Undergraduate Studies Faculty member and are not limited to working only with those on this list.


Twice a year at the start of each semester, students attend an intensive eight-day residency at the College’s main campus in Plainfield, Vermont.  The residency is followed by 16 weeks of independent work and self-reflection in close collaboration with a faculty advisor. Goddard pioneered this format in 1963 to meet the needs of adult students with professional, family, and other obligations seeking learning experiences grounded in the real-world.

Residencies are a time to explore, network, learn, witness, and share with peers, staff, and faculty. Students work with advisors and peers in close-knit advising groups to forge individualized study plans that describe their learning objectives for the semester.

Working closely with their faculty advisors, and supported by fellow learners, students identify areas of study, personal goals, relevant resources, and avenues to achieve these goals. Students also attend and are invited to help organize workshops, keynote addresses, celebrations and other events intended to stimulate, inspire, and challenge.

Goddard’s low-residency model combines the breadth of a collaborative community with the focus of personalized learning, enhanced by insightful exchanges with a faculty mentor.

Work of the Semester

During the semester on a set schedule, you will send your faculty advisor materials reflecting your academic studies for that period. Evidence of the work completed can include essays, creative and critical writing, materials related to practica, documentation of art practice/works, book annotations, and a cover letter in which you reflect on the learning process.

Your advisor responds promptly in writing to your materials with a detailed letter addressing the various components of your work and containing appraisal, feedback, and suggestions. Through the regular exchange of work and responses, a sustained meaningful dialogue takes place, centered on your learning and goals. At the end of the semester, students and advisors write comprehensive evaluations of the student’s learning.

Over the semester, the exchanges between student and advisor creates an exceptionally in-depth and meaningful dialogue. Students often describe these exchanges as transformative and empowering.

Admission Criteria

The Bachelor of Arts in Health Arts & Sciences is an undergraduate degree open to any interested students.

New students seeking admission may be admitted at any level up to and including the second semester of the junior year. Transfer credits and/or assessment of prior learning credits up to a total of 75 credits can be applied to the 120 semester hour credits required for the degree.

A minimum of three semesters of enrollment in the HASBA is required for graduation.

Please contact the admissions office to learn more about the admissions process.