The Unity College Environmental Citizen Core Curriculum, a primary component of the Unity education, engages students in real-world problem-solving using the framework of sustainability science. It begins with the Nova Orientation program to promote personal growth and connection to our community of environmental stewards. The trans-disciplinary Keystone Courses, integral to all baccalaureate degrees, connects academic skills, including courses in composition and communication; mathematics; physical, life, and social sciences; as well as humanities and the arts. As a result, students graduate prepared for leadership in a wide range of careers and environmental issues.

Flagship Learning Outcomes (FLOs)

The FLOs are outcomes we promise for all of our students. As such, students will be able to earn their degrees only if they demonstrate competency related to each FLO.

  1. Characterize dimensions of environmental sustainability problems.
  2. Analyze complex problems and potential solutions using natural and social scientific, quantitative, and humanistic perspectives.
  3. Collaborate with people of diverse backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives to solve problems or accomplish goals.
  4. Engage in environmental stewardship.

Professional Practice Learning Outcomes (PPLOs)

The PPLOs describe our aspirations for all students. Our curriculum should be designed to provide all students with opportunities to achieve competence related to the PPLOs, but individual degree programs will have varying expectations of students related to these outcomes within Years 3 and 4 of the flagship curriculum.

  1. Exercise productive learning & working strategies. (Behavioral)
  2. Apply various forms of communication effectively. (Communication)
  3. Acknowledge the history, contributions, and perspectives of various cultural groups. (Cultural)
  4. Act in ways that are considerate of the perspectives of others. (Cultural)
  5. Interpret qualitative and quantitative data. (Data)
  6. Describe uses and limitations of various data sources. (Data)
  7. Identify and discern valid sources of information. (Information)
  8. Extract meaning from a variety of sources. (Information)
  9. Develop and critique logical and evidence-based arguments. (Rhetorical)
  10. Regulate one’s emotional responses and behaviors. (Social-Emotional)
  11. Acknowledge how one’s actions impact others. (Social-Emotional)
  12. Utilize intentional strategies to increase well-being and relational effectiveness. (Social-Emotional)

Areas of Study

See how Unity’s Environmental Citizen Curriculum shapes our academic programs.