Sustainability & Social Innovation
Goddard College offers a Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability and a Master of Arts in Social Innovation & Sustainability.
Our programs offer opportunities for inclusive and collaborative examination of the globe’s most pressing problems. We believe the ecological, environmental, and social needs of the world are linked. Lasting solutions involve questions of equity, gender, class, and race. In other words, an environmentally sustainable world is comprised of socially just lives and communities.
Undergraduate and graduate students may focus their studies on sustainable development, environmental policies, ethics, ecology, landscape architecture, city and regional planning, economics, natural resources, sociology, or anthropology.
Working closely with faculty advisors, students design a course of study that is individualized and interdisciplinary, practical as well as visionary. Our students understand that the earth and its people face unprecedented environmental and social challenges, as well as unparalleled opportunities to build a sustainable future. We welcome students who are determined to create just lives and livelihoods as partners with the earth and its peoples.
Sustainability and Social Innovation Degree Options
Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability, including a concentration in:
Master of Arts in Social Innovation & Sustainability, including concentrations in:
The low-residency model removes the barriers between living your life and learning. Each semester begins with an eight-day residency in Vermont. Residencies offer seminars, meetings with your advising groups, workshops, one-on-one meetings with an advisor, and presentations. You will also connect with faculty, practitioners, activists, and artists, and your fellow students.
Following the residency, students return home for 16 weeks of independent work in close collaboration with a faculty advisor.
Students in the BA in Sustainability and MA in Social Innovation & Sustainability Programs attend residencies in Plainfield, Vermont, on Goddard’s historic main campus, located just outside Montpelier, the state capital. It’s a former farm with a manor garden, surrounding forests, and period architecture.