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
  • EUS 101: Introduction to Environmental & Urban Studies (required)
  • EUS 102: Introduction to Environmental & Urban Science (required)
  • ANTH 101: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • ART 100: Digital I: Fabricated landscapes
  • ARTH 125: Modern Architecture: 1850-1950
  • PHIL 140: Other Animals
200-level courses
  • EUS 231: Buddhist Views of Nature
  • ANTH 212: Historical Archaeology
  • ANTH 216: The Modern Dinosaur
  • ANTH 217: Asia in the Anthropocene 
  • ANTH 218: The Rift
  • ANTH 223: Conservation Anthropology 
  • ANTH 238: Myth, Ritual & Symbol
  • ANTH 252: The Animal in Anthropology
  • ART 200: Greetings from the Anthropocene
  • ART 205: Sculpture II: Air, Earth, Water
  • ART 208: Drawing II: Drawing from Nature
  • ARTH 210: Roman Art and Architecture 
  • ARTH 223: Wild Visions: Picturing Nature in Early Modern Northern Europe
  • ARTH 225: Art through Nature: Landscape, Environment and Design in America
  • ARTH 236: 16C Italian Art, Architecture & Urbanism 
  • HIST 2308: China’s Environment
  • HIST 280: American Environmental History
  • IDEA 215: Of Utopias
  • LIT 2213 Building Stories
  • LIT 257 American Literature I
  • LIT 258: American Literature II
  • LIT 259 American Literature III
  • LIT 2XX: Reading & Writing the Natural World
  • WRIT 231: Reading & Writing the Birds
  • WRIT 244: Imagining Nonhuman Consciousness


Upper Level and Empirical Analysis courses

300-level courses
  • EUS 308 (Practicum): Culture through Nature: Landscape, Environment and Design into the 21st Century
  • EUS 319 (Practicum): Hudson Valley Cities and Environmental (In)Justice
  • EUS 3XX (Practicum): Preservation, people, and place- Rethinking the Bard Campus
  • ANTH 319: Toxicity & Contamination
  • ARTH 307: Contested Spaces
  • ARTH 312: Roma in Situ 
  • ARTH 375: Mexican Muralism
  • HIST 319: The Suburban Ideal 
  • HIST 328: Jewish New York, 1881-1924 
  • LIT 327 Reconstructing Ruin
  • LIT 336: Extinction
  • PS 313: Enlightenment to Climate Change
  • WRIT 338: Reading/Writing the Hudson
Empirical Analysis courses
  • EUS 203: Geographic Information Systems
  • EUS 226: Environmental Modeling
  • ANTH 211: Archaeological Methods
  • ANTH 324: Doing Ethnography
  • SOC 205: Intro to Research Methods
  • SOC 333: Qualitative Research Practicum


Potential Careers in Environmental Humanities and the Arts

Science Writer, Policy Writer, Environmental Writer, Blogger, Editor, Reporter, Film-maker, Producer, Professor, Radio Host, Non-Profit Executive, Environmental Artist, Environmental 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.