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Though the sciences provide basic insight into
environmental issues, a growing number of scholars, policymakers, and
environmental professionals have recognized that many of the most basic
environmental questions are humanistic. Why do we have environmental
problems? What shapes our ideas about the human place in nature? How
has our relationship to the non-human world changed over time? The work
in environmental history, environmental literature, and environmental
ethics now is especially rich. This minor will give students the chance
to think more rigorously and imaginatively about environmental issues
by integrating the insights of many disciplines.
The field of Environmental Humanities is (by its very definition) a
synthesis of the humanities, and complements the sciences and public
policy. It is designed to be attractive to two distinct groups of
students: those in the sciences hoping to deepen their understanding of
environmental issues and to learn more effective means of communicating
their own work; and those in the humanities wishing to study complex
environmental issues without having to major in the sciences. Both
groups of students would be very well served by the minor as they pursue
graduate or professional work in this important and growing field.
The 18-credit Environmental Humanities minor requires that students
take three core courses and three electives as detailed below.
Interested students should contact Prof. McKay Jenkins or Prof. Adam Rome for more information.
Students who would like to explore other UD degree programs in Environmental Studies can visit the College of Earth, Ocean, & Environment.
The core courses are in three fundamental fields in
the humanities – English, History, and Philosophy. Each of these core
courses will be taught once a year:
ENGL230: Introduction to Environmental LiteratureHIST223: Nature and History PHIL/UAPP448: Environmental Ethics
The first elective is a fourth humanities course – the
list of electives includes more specialized courses in English, History,
and Philosophy as well as courses in other humanities disciplines.
Because one of the goals of the minor is to encourage students to
consider what the humanities add to scientific understanding of
environmental issues, the second elective is a science course. The third
elective is a course in either the social sciences or the humanities.
Again, the goal is to encourage students to think about the different
ways of understanding environmental issues. Though some of the electives
have prerequisites, the choice in each case is broad enough that
students from different majors will have no difficulty fulfilling the
Elective One: Humanities (pick one)ANTH/BHAN304: Culture, Health, & EnvironmentARTH429: Seminar in Modern Architecture - The City BISC127: Environments and Cultures in Conflict ENGL231: Studies in Environmental LiteratureENGL347: Studies in American Literature - American Literary Geographies ENGL365: Studies in Literary Genres, Types and Movements - Environmental ApocalypseENGL365: Studies in Literary Genres, Types and Movements - Green RomanticismENGL365: Studies in Literary Genres, Types and Movements - Environmental NonfictionENGL/WOMS381: Women in Literature - Utopia/DystopiaENGL409: Topics in Journalism - Environmental Journalism ENGL409: Topics in Journalism - Science and Medical Reporting ENGL409: Topics in Journalism - Food Writing ENGL480: Literary Studies Seminar - The Environmental Imagination ENGL480: Literary Studies Seminar - Geographers of HopeFLLT467: Seminar - Nature, Utopia and the GardenHIST267: Sustainability and HistoryHIST268: Seminar - American Environmental History HIST337: Topics in American History - American Environmental HistoryHIST477: Seminar in Latin American History - Nature & Nation in Latin America HIST480: Seminar in World History - History and the Global EnvironmentPHIL340: Cross Cultural Environmental Ethics UNIV490: Honors Tutorial: Humanities - Our Toxic World
ANFS102: Food For ThoughtBISC107: Elementary Evolutionary EcologyBISC302: General EcologyBISC/ENWC312: Field EcologyCHEM100: Chemistry and Human EnvironmentENWC201: Wildlife Conservation and EcologyENWC214: Apiology and ApicultureMSEG443: Ethics in Nanoscience PLSC100: Plants and Human CulturePLSC140: People and Plants: Feast or FaminePLSC170: Soils and Environmental QualityPLSC275: Healing Plants: Medicine, Myth, MagicPLSC390: Honors Colloquium - Students of Our EnvironmentPLSC461: Soils and Wetland Delineation
Elective Three: Social Sciences or Humanities* (pick one)APEC406: Agriculture and Natural Resources PolicyCOMM200: Human Communication Systems - Environmental CommunicationENEP/UAPP425: Energy Policy and AdministrationGEOG101: Physical Geography: Climactic ProcessesGEOG106: Physical Geography: Land Surface ProcessesGEOG203: Introduction to Cultural GeographyGEOG235: Conservation of Natural ResourcesGEOG310: Social GeographyGEOG325: Urban GeographyGEOG422: Resources, Development and the EnvironmentGEOG434/UAPP406: Plan Sustainable Communities and Regions MAST462/POSC462/UAPP465: Climate Change: Policy, Equity and MitigationPOSC350: Politics and the EnvironmentSOCI/BAMS204: Urban CommunitiesSOCI325: Disasters and SocietySOCI470: Environmental Sociology*Note: Students may also
pick a second humanities course from the Elective One: Humanities list above to satisfy this
Fall 2015ENGL230: Introduction to Environmental Literature with Professor McKay Jenkins
Spring 2016ENGL409: Topics in Journalism - Environmental Journalism with Professor McKay JenkinsHIST223: Nature and History with Professor Adam RomeHIST267: Sustainability and History with Professor Adam RomePHIL/UAPP448: Environmental Ethics with Professor Tom Powers
*Includes core courses plus English and History electives. Students should consult Courses Search or UDSIS to find out which other electives will be offered during the year.
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