Self-designed major… endless possibilities

Every COA student designs his or her own course of study in human ecology. Beyond a small core of degree requirements, there’s no set path. You give shape to your curriculum based on your interests and goals, exploring across multiple areas of study or digging deeper into a chosen focus.

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Why we take a different approach

In the words of faculty member Rich Borden: “There is a tendency, especially in the academic world, to carve life into ever smaller pieces in order to make sense of it. All too often, the people who do this come to believe that is how the world really is. The aim of human ecology is to remind us that we are part of a complex and interactive living world. Its broad mandate calls us to cross the boundaries of traditional disciplines and seek fresh combinations of ideas. This demands a different approach to education—one which invites imagination and caring for the future. This is why COA was founded, and it is what we do best.”

Stories from the academic community:

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    Visiting COA Poet Nominated for Major Award
    Author Tim Liardet is shortlisted for the United Kingdom’s most valuable and prestigious prize for poetry.
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    Chaos Paper of the Year
    As part of the 2015 recognition of the 25th anniversary of the journal Chaos, a paper co-authored by Dave Feldman, Faculty Member in Physics and Mathematics, has been selected in by the editor-in-chief of the journal as the “paper of the year” for 2003.
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    Love Maine Radio Explores Human Ecology (Maine Magazine)
    COA professor Rich Borden and COA President Darron Collins ’92 are featured in a pair of Love Maine Radio interviews covering the history of the college and exploring the many facets of human ecology.