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Environmental Humanities

This minor allows students to articulate broad historical and cultural views of the complex interactions among humans and the natural and material environment. Students will analyze and produce expressive, creative work that illustrates the complexity of human interaction with the environment.

Students select 18 hours as distributed below. No more than three courses can come from a single academic unit in the total hours selected. Students may double-count two courses in the minor with their major.  At the discretion of the minor coordinator, science courses may be substituted into the minor.

Humanities and the Environment

                Credit Hours

Choose four courses, no more than two from the same discipline:


ARCD 330. Materials and Methods I


ARCD 332. Materials and Methods II


ENG 221. Literature/Culture/Ideas (for minor credit when topic is “Environmental Literature”)


ENG 371. Literature and the Environment


ENG 372. Eco-Criticism and Environmental Ethics


ENG 390. The Environmental Imagination


ENVT 300. Special Topics in Environmental Humanities


ENVT 301. Internship


ENVT 401. Studio or Independent Study


GEOG 325. Environmental Ethics


HIST 304. Native Peoples of the United States1


HIST 315. Sport History


HIST 427. Environmental History


HIST 434. Recent America


INDU 392. Special Topics: Design and Sustainability


SCOM/WGS 302. Third Wave Ecofeminism


SCOM 354/WRTC 326. Environmental Communication and Advocacy


WRTC 416/SCOM 465. Rhetoric of Environmental Science and Technology


Approved Special Topics Courses


Approved Internship Programs


Approved Study Abroad Programs


Humanities/Social Science Elective


Choose one:


ANTH 300. Anthropology of Food


ANTH 373. Anthropological Perspectives on Environment & Development


ANTH 430. Primate Conservation Biology


ARTH 380. American Art to 1870 (for landscape, painting, nationalism)


ARTH 464. Romanticism and Enlightenment


ENG 325. Romantic Literature


ENG 363. Native American Literature


ENG 496. Food Writing (Cavanagh’s section)


HIST 326. The Automobile in 20th Century America


HIST 327. Technology in America


HIST 405. Travel and Exploration


HIST 443. Technology and Culture


HIST 453. Patterns of Global History


HIST 469. International Aid and Development


HUMN 300. Introduction to Natural Disasters


ISAT 421. Environmental Policy and Regulation


PPA 484. Environmental Regulatory Policy and Politics


SOCI 311. Sociology of the Environment


SOCI 354. Social Inequality


SOCI 358. Sociology of Consumption


WRTC 342. Writing Place


WRTC 358. Writing about Science and Technology


Science Elective2


Choose one:


ENVT 200. Environmental Systems Theory


GEOG 322. Agricultural Systems and Global Food Production


GEOG 341. Wilderness Techniques


GEOL 102. Environment Earth


GEOL 115. Earth Systems and Climate Change


GEOL 211. Introduction to Oceanography


HTH 352. Environmental Health


ISAT 100. Environmental and Energy Sustainability


ISAT 112. Environmental Issues in Science and Technology


NUTR 380. Global Nutrition



1 These four history courses are offered on a rotating basis. One will be offered each year.  Each one contains substantial environmental material.

2 General Education courses may double-count for the minor.