Environmental Humanities

Inquiry in environmental humanities is guided by two questions: What is the relation between nature and culture? What should this relation be? These questions have become ever more important in the face of growing environmental problems. The environmental humanities major uses the traditions of nature writing and environmental philosophy, most especially the ongoing American Nature Writing tradition, to give direction and focus to inquiry into the values and concepts that an appropriate relation to nature calls for.

The environmental humanities major is governed by a subcommittee of the Environmental Studies Committee. In order to insure an intellectually cohesive program, the Environmental Humanities Steering Committee will review and approve each major’s plan for coursework leading to a senior thesis.

These requirements are in addition to core courses required of all environmental studies majors.

Foundation coursework:

Take two foundation courses from the following list (courses satisfying this requirement cannot also satisfy the elective requirement):

Art History and Visual Culture Studies 226/Classics 319/Environmental Studies 319 Landscape and Cityscape in Ancient Rome
Classics 200B/Environmental Studies 302B The Animal and the Animality in Greek and Roman Culture
Classics 217/Environmental Studies 217 Classical Foundations of the Nature Writing Tradition
English 348 The American Literary Emergence, 1620-1920
Environmental Studies/German 335 Romantic Nature
Environmental Studies/German Studies 339 Writing Environmental Disaster
Environmental Studies 247 The Literature of Nature
Environmental Studies 349 Regional Literatures of Place: The West and the South
Environmental Studies 358 Ecocriticism
Geology 338 Pages of Stone: The Literature of Geology
Philosophy 207 Foundations of American Romanticism
Philosophy 209 Contemporary American Romanticism
Philosophy 300 Emerson

Writing requirement:

Take one of the following:

Environmental Studies 347 The Nature Essay
Environmental Studies 360 Environmental Writing in the American West*

*Offered only to students admitted to Semester in the West

Critical thinking requirement:

To fulfill the critical thinking requirement take one course from:

Classics 226/Environmental Studies 226 Conceptions of Nature in Greek and Roman Thought
Philosophy 107 Critical Reasoning
Philosophy 117 Problems in Philosophy
Philosophy 120 Environmental Ethics
Philosophy 127 Ethics
Philosophy 208 Food: What’s for Dinner?
Philosophy 212 Environmental Thinking
Philosophy 230 History and Philosophy of Science
Philosophy 345 Animals and Philosophy

Electives:

Take three elective courses, two of which must be 300 or above, from:

Art History and Visual Culture Studies 226/Classics 319/Environmental Studies 319 Landscape and Cityscape in Ancient Rome
Classics 200B/Environmental Studies 302B The Animal and the Animality in Greek and Roman Culture
Classics 217/Environmental Studies 217 Classical Foundations of the Nature Writing Tradition
Classics 226/Environmental Studies 226 Conceptions of Nature in Greek and Roman Thought
English 181VT: The HumAnimal
English 348 The American Literary Emergence, 1620-1920
Environmental Studies 247 The Literature of Nature
Environmental Studies/German 335 Romantic Nature
Environmental Studies/German Studies 339 Writing Environmental Disaster
Environmental Studies 340 Environmental Radicals in Literature
Environmental Studies 349 Regional Literatures of Place: The West and the South
Environmental Studies 358 Ecocriticism
Environmental Studies 360 Environmental Writing and the American West*
Environmental Studies 365 Other Earths: Environmental Change and Speculative Fiction
Philosophy 120 Environmental Ethics
Philosophy 207 Foundations of American Romanticism
Philosophy 209 Contemporary American Romanticism
Philosophy 212 Environmental Thinking
Philosophy 300 Emerson
Philosophy 345 Animals and Philosophy
World Literature 328 Haiku and Nature in Japan

*Offered only to students admitted to Semester in the West

Senior Assessment:

Take Environmental Studies 488 Senior Project or Environmental Studies 498 Honors Project. The senior assessment will also include an hour-long oral examination of the senior thesis.