Environmental Studies

This major examines environmental issues by integrating the diverse perspectives offered by anthropology, history, literature, philosophy, religion, and visual studies. While encouraging students to pursue their own specific interests within environmental arts and the humanities, the major includes three interrelated components of common study.  First, it offers an interdisciplinary grounding in environmental science and policy. Second, it examines how the areas of environmental arts and humanities inform and are informed by the perspectives of environmental science and policy. Finally, as the defining core of the major, students explore how the arts and humanities enrich our understanding of humanity's complex, evolving relation to the world we inhabit and inform our responses to the many dimensions of environmental issues.

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 325Environmental Arts and Humanities Seminar4
ENST 400Environmental Arts and Humanities Capstone (senior capstone course)4
Select five courses from the following three themed categories: 220
Select at least one course related to culture and history from the following: 2
Ecological Anthropology
North American Archaeology
The Anthropology of Water
Poetry, Nature, and Contemplation
British Romanticism: the Early 19th Century
American Environmental Literature
Walking the Land
Sustainability and Global Environmental Change Seminar 3
Sustainability and Global Environmental Change Field Studies 3
Environmental and Biological Non-Fiction
"Nature" Writing
Field Studies in "Nature" Writing
The Many Faces of Sewanee
Environmental History
History of Southern Appalachia
African Environmental History
The History of Sustainability and Sustainable Development
Environmentalism and Ecocide in Russian Literature and Culture
Latin American Literature and the Environment
Select at least one course related to religion and values from the following: 2
Place, Ritual and Belief
Environmental Ethics
Religion and Animals
Religious Environmentalism
Religion and Ecology
Buddhism and the Environment
Select up to three courses related to the arts, landscape, and design from the following: 2
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 related to environmental policy from the following:4
Archaeological Resource Management and Policy
Foundations of Food and Agriculture
Freshwater Conservation
Community Development and Place in Rural Appalachia
Environmental Policy and Law
Environmental Land-Use Policy
Water Resource Policy and Law
China's Environmental Crisis
Environmental Politics and Policy
International Environmental Policy
Select one course related to the life sciences from the following: 44
Biology and People
Field Investigations in Biology (Field-Based)
Ecosystems of the Ocean
Introduction to Forestry (Lab)
Select one course related to physical science from the following: 44
Foundations of Chemistry
General Chemistry (Lab)
Advanced General Chemistry (Lab)
Physical Geology (Lab)
Earth Systems and Climate Change
Energy and the Environment
Foundations of Global Warming
Total Semester Hours44
Additional Requirements
A comprehensive examination