Emboldened by human ecology as an educational philosophy, faculty and students at the College of the Atlantic embrace the act of knowing about the world and knowing oneself deeply. One of the touchstones of this philosophy is independent thinking that results in a diverse array of educational trajectories and transformational processes.
The radicalism of an education in human ecology is a probing and determined search for the roots of contemporary social, cultural, political, and environmental issues. By engaging the experimental and pluralistic heritage of learning in the liberal arts traditions, we seek to inspire theoretically informed and personally reflective learning.
Exploring human ecology requires the skills and dispositions necessary to live with commitment to a community that is both local and global. To thrive and contribute to such a complex world, students will become empowered through the mastery of intellectual and practical skills.
The habits of heart and mind necessary for this challenging education include:
1. To be passionate about and dedicated to learning
2. To bring both heart and mind to the tasks of learning and living
3. To live in the questions and to increase tolerance of uncertainty
4. To be playful, open and, creative and
5. To act responsibly and with compassion.