HIST 264
Environmental History Spring 2020
Division II
Cross-listed ENVI 229 / HIST 264

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This course is an introduction to Environmental History: the study of how people have shaped environments, how environments have shaped human histories, and how cultural change and material change are intertwined. As such, it challenges traditional divides between the humanities and the sciences. Taking U.S. environmental history as our focus, we will strive to understand the historical roots of contemporary environmental problems, such as species extinction, pollution, and climate change. We will take field trips to learn to read landscapes for their histories and to examine how past environments are represented in museum exhibits, digital projects, and physical landscapes. And we will develop original arguments and essays based on archival research. It is imperative that we understand this history if we are to make informed and ethical environmental decisions at the local, national, and global scale.
The Class: Type: seminar with field trips
Limit: 18
Expected: 15
Class#: 3572
Grading: yes pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: several short essays; final research project
Prerequisites: ENVI 101 or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: Environmental Studies majors and concentrators; History majors
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ENVI 229 Division II HIST 264 Division II
Attributes: ENVI Humanities, Arts + Social Science Electives
EVST Culture/Humanities
EXPE Experiential Education Courses
HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada

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