Welcome to a new way to think through and practice academic scholarship. GCAS has created new forms of what it means to be human-together and in common with all humans and our shared histories.
In the traditional, “establishment” university academical study is too often measured by its economic worth or value, a very dangerous trend. Against this profit making “measurement” many departments, especially in the Humanities, are shrinking or cancelled altogether; indeed entire small Liberal Arts colleges are folding at alarming rates.
We are changing that.
If the Humanities is the study of how humans reflect on and document our common experience and that reflective practice is under threat of extinction, then either we create new spaces to re-think academics or else our serious and common reflection on human experience will continue to fracture that surely leads to further polemics, dehumanizing other cultures and peoples, and devaluing other forms of knowledge and practices.
Doing academics at GCAS most fundamentally means sharing and risking new ways to think about and to engage in our world that resist the economic reduction to profits, privatization, corporate epistemologies, and a Wall Street mentality designed to destabilize the social and common good.
Sharing and risking new ways to connect and document history, stories, art, science, religions and philosophies are seminal to what GCAS does.
The world's current narrative must change and we've designed our academic-practice to re-narrate the world differently and in two basic ways:
First, we believe caring for students shouldn't just be about developing their minds, but must also include their economic heath, especially after they graduate. This means, we will never put students into harm's way by loading them with crippling student debt. Our tuition, for example, is a fraction of what state universities charge in the USA.
Second, GCAS engages in new pedagogical experiences in which students learn and teach each other along with faculty, developing seminal skills needed for the future including cooperation, team work, compassion, and sound judgment and critical reflection.
We invite you to experience a debt-free, high quality educational experience that shares the tools to create a different world together with our faculty, world-class guest lecturers, and our students.
So we welcome you to our way--to our way of becoming collective change makers in the very act of pursing a high quality education. Changing the world-in-education.