Environmental Studies

Environmental arts and humanities is an interdisciplinary major that explores humanity’s evolving relation to the environment with the benefit of diverse perspectives offered by history, literature, art, philosophy, and religion. It is administered chiefly through a steering committee chaired by James Peters.

Requirements for the Major in Environmental Arts and Humanities

The major requires successful completion of the following:

Course Requirements 1
ENST 101Introduction to Environmental Studies (writing intensive)4
ENST 400Environmental Arts and Humanities Capstone (senior capstone course)4
Select one course in culture and history from the following:4
Ecological Anthropology
Poetry, Nature and Contemplation
American Environmental Literature
Walking the Land
Environmental and Biological Non-Fiction
"Nature" Writing
Field Studies in "Nature" Writing
Topics in Western Civilization (only when the course bears this topical subtitle)
The Many Faces of Sewanee
History of Southern Appalachia
African Environmental History
Environmentalism and Ecocide in Russian Literature and Culture
Select one course in religion and values from the following:4
Place, Ritual and Belief
Environmental Ethics
Religion and Animals
Religious Environmentalism
Religion and Ecology
Buddhism and the Environment
Rural Religion
Select four additional courses from the categories above or from the arts, landscape and design courses below: 216
The Lens and the Landscape: Documentary Studies and the Environment
Intermediate Documentary Projects in Photography
Sustainable Structures
Advanced Seminar in the Production of Video and the Moving Image
Advanced Documentary Projects in Photography
Advanced Studio Seminar in Sculpture
Music of the Birds and Bees: Music and Nature
Select one course in policy from the following:4
Archaeological Resource Management and Policy
The Political Economy of Sustainable Development
Foundations of Food and Agriculture
Environmental Land-Use Policy
Natural Resources Issues and Policies
Water Resource Policy and Law
International Environmental Policy
Select one course in life science from the following: 34
Biology and People
People and the Environment
Field Investigations in Biology (Field-Based)
Introduction to Forestry (Lab)
Select one course in physical science from the following: 34
General Chemistry (Lab)
Physical Geology (Lab)
Earth Systems and Climate Change
Energy and the Environment
Total Semester Hours44
Additional Requirements
A comprehensive examination