Fall 2023

Finding the Humanity in Nature

Listed in: Environmental Studies, as ENST-236


Edward D. Melillo (Section 01)
Joseph G. Moore (Section 01)


Over the past three decades, the new field of Environmental Humanities has become a widely recognized area of research and cultural engagement. Bringing together insights and approaches from fields as diverse as history, philosophy, religious studies, anthropology, literature, gender studies, the performing and visual arts, cultural studies, and communication studies, practitioners of the Environmental Humanities have been exploring new ways to understand, evaluate, and address planetary ecological crises and sustainability issues. In this course, we will introduce students to the key concepts and influential texts that animate this exciting sphere of inquiry. In addition to visits from several guest speakers, we will travel to regional museums and outdoor spaces. Students will write throughout the semester, and they will also pursue independent research that explores some aspect of the Environmental Humanities.

Limited to 25 students. Fall semester. Professors Melillo and Moore.

Pending Faculty Approval

How to handle overenrollment: 5 seats reserved for first-years; remaining priority given to History, Philosophy, and Environmental Studies Majors

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Emphasis on written work, reading, independent research, and on and off-campus field trips (sometimes outside normal class meeting times).

ENST 236 - LEC

Section 01
Tu 10:00 AM - 11:20 AM SCCE A013
Th 10:00 AM - 11:20 AM SCCE A013


Other years: Offered in Fall 2023, Spring 2025