Beyond the Classroom

The mission of Unity College has never been more relevant or necessary. We know that our students will face a world of converging environmental and economic crises.

Through a curriculum emphasizing sustainability science, we are committed to providing students with the capacity to address these looming global changes successfully. Sometimes, traditional academic programs overlook the fact that learning is essentially experiential. Our hands-on approach, combined with our small class sizes, means that at Unity field work is the rule rather than the exception.

On any given day, your classroom might be a whale-watching expedition, an animal shelter, a hunter check station, or the top of a mountain. Your lab time might include farming, camping, animal handling, ropes work, building, rock climbing, first aid, or any number of other activities.

In addition, our core Environmental Citizen Curriculum connects all students and degree tracks together with a science-based liberal arts foundation. Which means you will learn to read deeply, write and speak effectively—and think.

Surpassing “Sustainable”

It seems that everything is “sustainable” these days. Even colleges are getting in on the act, offering “Sustainable XYZ” courses and programs that are more remarkable for their differences than for their similarities. Overuse of the word has made it seem vague and meaningless. At Unity College, sustainability science trains students to translate knowledge into action. This makes it hard for colleges to frame a holistic sustainability approach. And while many sustainability programs do a good job of identifying problems, they fail to give students the tools with which to consider and enact practical solutions.

Our Solutions-Focused Framework: Sustainability Science

We realize that every academic discipline—every subject—supplies just one piece of the complex puzzle needed to solve the problems our students will face in an uncertain future. While we offer students a choice of several distinct baccalaureate degrees, each degree program includes courses in the natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities: an integrated framework known as sustainability science.

Sustainability science focuses on the critical question of how we should use earth’s limited resources. This scientific inquiry is enriched by a connection with the humanities, providing students with the philosophical and ethical context necessary to resolve human dilemmas. Our transdisciplinary approach to sustainability science unites knowledge from diverse disciplines, ensuring that our students can develop practical solutions to complex problems in their world.