The great questions—of psychology and philosophy, anthropology, and literature—lie at the core of human ecology. It’s difficult not to study them. No matter what you’re working on, it’s likely you’ll find yourself wondering Why am I here? What is my purpose? How should I respond to suffering? Why and how do I think, dream, and feel? 

Courses in psychology, philosophy, religion, and literature, open windows through which to consider these questions. Classes such as: Nature, Humans, and Philosophy, Philosophies of Love, and Literature, Science, Spirituality, help you find challenge and peace in the unknowable while stretching to understand how humans tick. Students and faculty synthesize perspectives, cross disciplinary boundaries, and approach profound and persistent questions about the human condition.


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  • <div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p><strong>Reminder</strong>: Areas of Study at COA aren’t majors or formal concentrations. All COA students design their own <a href="/academics/human-ecology-degree/">major in human ecology</a> and are free to chart their own path. Your major is defined by you, not us.</p></div>