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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 ideas about environmental preservation have changed over time? These are some of the questions we will explore in this course, which introduces students to 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 and the world; (2) use case studies and field trips to examine how past environments are represented in museum exhibits,digital projects, and physical landscapes; (3) Develop a research paper based on original archival research
Grading: no pass/fail option,
yes fifth course option
several short essays, final project
ENVI 101 or permission of the instructor
Environmental Studies concentrators
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
Six response papers for which the instructor will provide consistent feedback on writing skills as well as content. Sequenced writing workshops that lead toward a final research paper.
ENVI Humanities, Arts + Social Science Electives
EXPE Experiential Education Courses
HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada