HIST 259
New England Environmental History Spring 2018
Division II
Cross-listed HIST 259 / ENVI 259
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Have you ever wondered why there are few old-growth forests in New England? What Williamstown looked like before Williams was founded? How agricultural communities can promote scenic and ecological preservation? These are some of the questions we will explore in this course, which introduces the discipline of Environmental History through New England examples. During the semester we will: (1) read and discuss scholarship on the environmental history of New England; (2) use case studies and field trips to examine how visions of past environments are expressed in museum exhibits, in digital projects, in other media, and in physical landscapes; (3) Develop a collaborative interpretive project. Projects vary from year to year, depending on student interests and community needs.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 15
Class#: 3931
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: several short essays, final project
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
Prerequisites: ENVI 101 or permission of the instructor
Enrollment Preferences: Environmental Studies concentrators
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
HIST 259 Division II ENVI 259 Division II
Attributes: ENVI Humanities, Arts + Social Science Electives

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