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Track V: Environmental Humanities

Environmental Humanities examines a wide range of cultural expressions and artistic representations of environmental issues in order to understand the values that shape and determine human beings’ relationship to the environment. Bringing together philosophical, historical, political, and imaginative perspectives and contexts, this track concentrates on justice, ethics, activism, and social change. The goal is to enable students to perceive and analyze deep ideological structures that have constructed human concepts and behaviors with regard to the environment and explore questions such as What ethical and cultural values have shaped human beings’ relation to the environment? What values should shape that relationship? What is the role of the human imagination in arriving at knowledge about the environment? How does such knowledge differ across cultures and what can we learn from those differences?. Coursework emphasizes the fundamental importance of humanistic values in the struggle for planetary health and environmental justice.

Example track paths, based on students' interests:

Poetry and the Environment
Romance Languages and the Environment
Communicating Environmental Issues through the Arts
Environmental History
Literature & the Environment
Archaeology & the Environment

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Minimum Required Courses (n=5):

of the following courses:
ENV 195-1 Environment, History, and Justice Fall (even years)
ENV 110/HIST 170 Environmental Humanities Fall
ENV 120 Intro to Environmental Fieldwork: From Class to Community Spring
Three courses beyond the introductory level from at least two different departments and including one seminar (*).
AMER 180/ENV 196-1 Settler Colonialism & The Environment: Violence, Culture, Resistance Spring
ANTH 24 Anthropology of the Environment Fall
ANTH 138 The Anthropocene and the End of Nature Spring (even years)
ANTH 178 Animals and Posthuman Thought* Spring
ENG/ENV 154 American Indian Writers* Fall
ENG/ENV 160 Environmental Justice and World Literature* Spring
ENG/ENV 176 Earth Matters* Fall
GER/ENV 82 Imagining the Environment: Crosscultural Perspectives* Spring
HIST 091 Global Environmental History Spring
PHIL 091 Climate Change Ethics Fall
UEP 286 Environmental Ethics Fall
VISC 0129 The Greening of Art: Ecology, Sustainability and Sculpture Since 1970 Fall

Unlisted courses that are environmentally-themed might be requested to count toward specific requirements (introductory, research/methods and advanced courses/seminars). Examples might include Experimental College classes or Advanced Independent Research courses offered by different departments. In order to have an unlisted course added to a track, you must complete a Course Petition form and submit it to environmentalstudies(@tufts.edu).

Attention: This list is a general guide. Some courses might not be taught every year. Please double-check the current semester course listing and/or SIS.