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Anthropology - Environmental Studies

How does culture mediate relationships with land, water, soils, climate, plants, and animals? And how have these more-than-human beings had reciprocal relationships with humans? Using a range of methodologies, including ethnography, Anthropology-Environmental Studies majors will learn to build from different ways of knowing to examine the multi-faceted character of the environment and environmentalism at a time widely heralded as the Anthropocene. With humans at the center of this proposed geologic epoch the Anthropology-Environmental Studies major requires students to develop a working grasp of fundamental natural and scientific concepts central to environmental studies, while also understanding how scientific knowledge is always embedded in specific cultural features and historical contexts. An anthropological approach stresses that, while environmental processes and phenomena have material existence, they work within diverse cultural frames of meaning. As an environmental anthropologist you will be able to recognize the commonalities, coalitions and alliances that cut a across cultures, as well as recognizing the political and economic agendas that guide and inform globalized environmental movements.

Students must take 30 credits in Anthropology, as specified below. No more than eight credits earned in off-campus programs and transfer credits may be used to satisfy major requirements. Courses taken P-D-F may not be used to satisfy the course and credit requirements for the major.

In addition to core courses required of all environmental studies majors, Anthropology-Environmental Studies majors must fulfill the requirements noted below.

Two of the following courses (8 credits) from the department's offerings in Environmental Anthropology:

Two of the following elective courses (8 credits):

And, in their senior year, Anthropology-ES majors must take both:

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