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Environmental Humanities

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 for more information.

Students who would like to explore other UD degree programs in Environmental Studies can visit the College of Earth, Ocean, & Environment.

Required Core Courses

The core courses are in three fundamental fields in the humanities – English, History, and Philosophy. Each of these core courses will be taught at least once a year:

ENGL230: Introduction to Environmental Literature (offered in Fall 2017 with Prof. Jenkins)

HIST223: Nature and History (offered in Fall 2017 with Prof. Ott)

PHIL/UAPP448: Environmental Ethics (offered in Fall 2017 with Prof. Powers)

Required Elective Courses

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 requirements.

Elective One: Humanities (pick one)

ANTH/BHAN304: Culture, Health, & Environment

ARTH429: Seminar in Modern Architecture - The City

BISC127: Environments and Cultures in Conflict

ENGL231: Studies in Environmental Literature (offered in Spring 2018 with Prof. Carroll)

ENGL347: Studies in American Literature (with advisor-approved environmental topic) 

ENGL365: Studies in Literary Genres, Types and Movements (with advisor-approved environmental topic; will be taught by Prof. Dill in Fall 2017)

ENGL/WOMS381: Women in Literature (with advisor-approved environmental topic)

ENGL409: Topics in Journalism ("Environmental Journalism" or other advisor-approved environmental topic; offered in Spring 2018 with Prof. Jenkins)

ENGL462: Experiental Learning (with advisor-approved environmental topic)

ENGL480: Literary Studies Seminar (with advisor-approved environmental topic)

HIST268: Seminar (with advisor-approved environmental topic)

HIST337: Topics in American History (with advisor-approved environmental topic)

HIST477: Seminar in Latin American History (with advisor-approved environmental topic)

HIST480: Seminar in World History (with advisor-approved environmental topic)

PHIL340: Cross Cultural Environmental Ethics

UNIV490: Honors Tutorial: Humanities - Our Toxic World

Elective Two: Sciences (pick one)

ANFS101: Animals, Science and Society

ANFS102: Food For Thought

BISC107: Elementary Evolutionary Ecology

BISC302: General Ecology

BISC/ENWC312: Field Ecology

CHEM100: Chemistry and Human Environment

ENWC201: Wildlife Conservation and Ecology (offered both Fall 2017 & Spring 2018 with Prof. Bowman)

ENWC214: Apiology and Apiculture (offered in Spring 2018 with Prof. Bowman)

MSEG443: Ethics in Nanoscience

PLSC100: Plants and Human Culture (taught by Prof. Barton on campus in Fall 2017 and as a study abroad in Brazil in Winter 2018)

PLSC140: People and Plants: Feast or Famine

PLSC170: Soils and Environmental Quality

PLSC275: Healing Plants: Medicine, Myth, Magic

PLSC390: Honors Colloquium - Students of Our Environment

PLSC461: Soils and Wetland Delineation

Elective Three: Social Sciences or Humanities* (pick one)

APEC406: Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy

COMM200: Human Communication Systems (with advisor-approved environmental topic)

ENEP/UAPP425: Energy Policy and Administration

GEOG101: Physical Geography: Climactic Processes

GEOG106: Physical Geography: Land Surface Processes

GEOG203: Introduction to Cultural Geography (offered in Spring 2018 with Prof. Levia)

GEOG235: Conservation of Natural Resources (offered in Fall 2017 with Prof. Levia)

GEOG310: Social Geography

GEOG325: Urban Geography

GEOG422: Resources, Development and the Environment

GEOG434/UAPP406: Plan Sustainable Communities and Regions

MAST462/POSC462/UAPP465: Climate Change: Policy, Equity and Mitigation

POSC350: Politics and the Environment

SOCI/BAMS204: Urban Communities

SOCI325: Disasters and Society

SOCI470: Environmental Sociology

*Note: Students may also pick a second humanities course from the Elective One: Humanities list above to satisfy this requirement.

Courses Being Offered in 2017-18

Core

ENGL230: Introduction to Environmental Literature (offered in Fall 2017 with Prof. Jenkins)

HIST223: Nature and History (offered in Fall 2017 with Prof. Ott)

PHIL/UAPP448: Environmental Ethics (offered in Fall 2017 with Prof. Powers)

Electives

ENGL231: Studies in Environmental Literature (offered in Spring 2018 with Prof. Carroll)

ENGL409: Topics in Journalism ("Environmental Journalism" offered in Spring 2018 with Prof. Jenkins)

ENGL365: Studies in Literary Genres, Types and Movements (offered in Fall 2017 with Prof. Dill)

ENWC201: Wildlife Conservation and Ecology (offered both Fall 2017 & Spring 2018 with Prof. Bowman)

ENWC214: Apiology and Apiculture (offered in Spring 2018 with Prof. Bowman)

GEOG203: Introduction to Cultural Geography (offered in Spring 2018 with Prof. Levia)

GEOG235: Conservation of Natural Resources (offered in Fall 2017 with Prof. Levia)

PLSC100: Plants and Human Culture (taught by Prof. Barton on campus in Fall 2017 and as a study abroad in Brazil in Winter 2018)

The following courses are not part of the official EH minor curriculum; however we will accept these courses as substitutions for electives toward the minor if they are taken in Fall 2017 and/or Spring 2018:

ENWC205: Insects and Society with Prof. Bowman will be counted towards Elective category #2

ENWC346: Insect Ecology with Prof. Tallamy will be counted towards Elective category #2

GEOG432: Environmental Hydrology with Prof. Kauffman will be counted towards Elective category #3

UAPP411: Regional Watershed Management with Prof. Kauffman will be counted towards Elective category #3

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