Environmental Humanities and the Arts

Environmental Humanities and the Arts welcomes students interested in environmental philosophy, ecocriticism, literature of the built and natural environment, science and nature writing, media studies, and environmental education. Students in the Environmental Humanities and the Arts focus area read and work between academic and popular discourses and think broadly on the relationship between nature, culture, and forms of media and communication. Courses in Environmental Humanities and the Arts may often be found in Art History, Literature, Studio Art, and Written Arts.
Environmental Humanities and the Arts Focus Area 

Environmental Humanities and the Arts Focus Area

The Environmental Humanities and the Arts focus area is diverse in terms of method, subject, and geographical focus, and in the wide variety of course offerings, students will develop the skills not only to conduct research and inquiry into historical and contemporary debates on environmental issues, but also to reflect, respond, and participate in those debates through various forms of communication, representation, and other media. The focus area takes to heart the notion of interdisciplinarity within the humanities, and in proximity to, and collaboration with, the social and natural sciences, and embraces both scholarly engagement as well as popular considerations and representations of environmental discourse.

Popular and Scholarly Examples of Authors/Thinkers in/adjacent to the Field: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman, Alexander Wilson, John James Audubon, Florence Merriam Bailey, John Burroughs, John Muir, Aldo Leopold, Rachel Carson, William Cronon, Barbara Kingsolver, Leo Marx, Raymond Williams, Cheryll Glotfelty, Lawrence Buell, Michael Pollan, Kathryn Schultz, Rebecca Solnit

100- and 200-level Courses

100-level courses 

200-level courses
  • LIT 2213 Building Stories
  • LIT 327 Reconstructing Ruin
  • LIT 259 American Literature III
  • LIT 257 American Literature I

300-level and Empirical Analysis Courses

Potential Careers in Environmental Humanities and the Arts

Environmental Writer, Nature Writer, Science Writer, Policy Writer, Environmental Journalist, Blogger, Editor, Reporter, Film-maker, Producer, Professor, Radio Host, Non-Profit Executive, Environmental Artist, Environmental Educator, Outdoor Educator, Science Educator, Park Ranger, Museum Executive, Zoo Executive, Historic Site Administrator, Farm Educator, Camps Director, Citizen Science Coordinator, Sustainability Manager, Volunteer Manager, Community Organizer, Media Consultant, Sales Manager Green Business, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Director, Development Director, Public Relations/Outreach Specialist, Social Media Manager, Social Scientist.