Fall 2022

The Wild & the Cultivated

Listed in: Environmental Studies, as ENST-207  |  History, as HIST-207

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Edward D. Melillo (Section 01)


(Offered as HIST 207 [TR/C] and ENST 207) For thousands of years, wild and domesticated plants have played crucial roles in the development of cultures and societies. Students in this course will consider human relationships with plants from a global-historical perspective, comparing trends in various regions and time periods. We will focus on the Neolithic Agricultural Revolution, seed-saving practices, medicinal plants, religious rites, food traditions, biopiracy, agribusiness, and biofuels. Two class meetings per week.

Limited to 30 students. Fall semester. Professor Melillo.

How to handle overenrollment: Priority given to HIST and ENST majors, by seniority if necessary

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Oral presentations, field trips, and independent research.


2022-23: Offered in Fall 2022
Other years: Offered in Spring 2019, Fall 2022