Environmental Humanities Minor


Through the minor in Environmental Humanities, students develop skills in humanistic inquiry while also considering how writers, philosophers, and other theorists have represented the relationship between human and non-human nature. Acknowledging that addressing environmental issues requires understanding and skills that emerge from many disciplines, courses engage students in multidisciplinary study as they analyze environmental ideas. Students minoring in Environmental Humanities encounter a range of theoretical approaches to a variety of dominant and non-dominant cultural expressions, exploring them as manifestations, creations, and interrogations of the human/nonhuman-nature relationship. Exposure to the fine arts ensures that students actively engage with the creative process. Students majoring in Environmental Studies may not minor in Environmental Humanities; students not majoring in Environmental Studies might consider pursuing the Environmental Science, Geography, or Geosciences minors to complement the Environmental Humanities minor.

Minor Requirements

16-19 credits

Introduction to Environmental Interdisciplinarity (3 credits)

Complete one course.

ENV-201Knowing Birds

3 credits

ENV-202Knowing Land

3 credits

ENV-203Knowing Water

3 credits

Encountering Environmental Literature and Ideas (3 credits)

ENG-239Visions of Environment

3 credits

Encountering Environmental Ethics (3 credits)

Complete one course.

ENV-305Natural History and Ethics at the Museum

3 credits

PHI-210Human Nature

3 credits

PHI-340Environmental Philosophy

3 credits

REL-348Religion and Science

3 credits

Environmental Humanities Electives (6-7 credits)

Complete two courses.

ENG-255Topics in Literature—British

3 credits

ENG-265Topics in Literature—American

3 credits

HIS-204History of the Modern U.S.

3 credits

HIS-305The Presence of the Past: Intro to Public Hist

3 credits

HIS-307The American West

3 credits

IND-305.2Winter Wilderness Experience

4 credits

IND-332London: Art/History/Literature

3 credits

Creative Activity Requirement (1–3 credits)

Complete 1-3 credits from the approved Creative Activities courses.


Upon successful completion of this minor, students will be able to:

1) Analyze how literary history conveys changing understandings of the relationship between humanity and the more-than-human world;

2) Communicate how both canonical and non-canonical works of philosophy and literature manifest environmental values;

3) Demonstrate familiarity with key works in the history of environmental thought, including those produced by female, minority, queer, or otherwise marginalized writers; and

4) Produce a piece of creative writing that engages environmental history, philosophy, or ethics.