Goddard Graduate Institute

GGI Program Director Ruth Farmer (right) and Transformative Language Arts coordinator Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg

GGI Program Director Ruth Farmer (right) and Transformative Language Arts coordinator Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg

The Health Arts and Sciences, Individualized MA, and Social Innovation and Sustainability programs are all part of the Goddard Graduate Institute.

Mission: The mission of the Goddard Graduate Institute (GGI) is to integrate scholarship, personal development, and social, ecological, artistic and cultural action to foster and support scholars and practitioners committed to positive change in the world. The pursuit of knowledge involves both a deep and rigorous intellectual endeavor and well-grounded and effective transformative practice. The institute values theory and knowledge that inform and guide transformative practice. The Graduate Institute’s programs offer support and guidance for students whose individualized studies reach across and beyond established liberal arts and sciences disciplines to inter- and transdisciplinary studies. In these ways, the GGI speaks to Goddard College’s mission “to advance cultures of rigorous inquiry, collaboration and lifelong learning, where individuals take imaginative and responsible action in the world.”

Core Values of the Goddard Graduate Institute: GGI Programs offer an photo 1-12interdisciplinary, whole-person, community-building and student-centered approach to learning that is personally and socially relevant and transformative. Inherent in our mission is a call to engage in studies that enhance the sustainability and resilience of communities, eco-communities, and individuals. This approach values:

  • Self-Awareness and Personal Development: Students are encouraged to look continuously inward and outward in their focus of inquiry and its related theory and practice.
  • Open-Mindedness and Critical Thinking: By studying a wide variety of perspectives, drawing from relevant fields and traditions, and understanding multiple ways of engaging with their inquiry, students can create more innovative and effective solutions, research, writing or other art, and/or practices.
  • Awareness of Context: Considering societal, ecological, historic and other contexts shaping quests and questions helps students create work of relevance and meaning.
  • Rigorous and Imaginative Methodology and Creative Process: Students find resources, create approaches, scholarship and innovations that speak to a dynamic interplay of influence in which creativity informs rigor, imagination informs critical thinking, freedom of thought informs appreciation of tradition, synthesis informs complexity.

    Student Pamela McGrath

    Student Pamela McGrath

  • Mastery: Students identify their particularly area of mastery within a multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary and/or transdisciplinary context.
  • Participatory, Collaborative and Experiential Process: Students engage in a process of meaningful discourse and collaboration with peers and faculty to foster relevant and new ways to learn.
  • Ethical, Relevant and Effective Practice: Students develop an individual, community, artistic, activist or other practice integral to their topic of inquiry.

GGI offers a 48-hour degree or, for advanced students, an accelerated 36-hour option. A half-time option is also available. All three programs — Health Arts & Sciences, Individualized MA Studies, and Social Innovation and Sustainability — offer concentrations in Transformative Language Arts and Consciousness Studies.