What are the environmental humanities?
Taking an ecological perspective on the humanities means that students look at a broad view of the ways humans engage with nature—from regional and global literary traditions to environmental philosophy, and from cultural identity to historical context. Courses include surveys of regional and global environmental literatures, storytelling, cultural studies, and in-depth explorations of art, writing, and philosophy.
From these foundations, students deeply enrich their experience with the creative process, whether locating and using local materials, sketching landscapes throughout our watershed, or developing innovative processes to make paper or fiber projects by adapting traditional techniques. Hands-on courses such as Fiber Arts, Pottery, Photography, Reverence for Wood, and Natural History Illustration immerse students in the creative process by working with local fiber, clay, watercolors, journals, hand-made paper, wood, and other materials.
When you major in Environmental Humanities, you recognize the relevance of creative work in a broader context—and applying that understanding toward the goal of effecting real change.