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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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Students focusing on the Environmental Humanities Track must take the following track courses in addition to other general requirements:

Applied Environmental Studies Stand-alone Majors:

  • Four elective courses

Environmental Studies Co-Majors:

  • Five courses as follows:
    • One Introductory course
    • One Methods/Research course
    • Three elective courses
      Note: Courses must come from at least two different departments and include one seminar (*)
INTRODUCTORY:
ENG/ENV 160 Environmental Justice and World Literature Spring
ENG/ENV 176 Earth Matters Fall
ENV 140 Environment, History, and Justice Variable
ENV 110/HIST 170 Environmental Humanities Fall (variable)
HIST 102 Global Environmental History Fall (odd years)

METHODS/RESEARCH:
ENV 120 Intro to Environmental Fieldwork: From Class to Community Fall, Spring
ENV 170 Environmental Data Visualization Fall

ELECTIVES:
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 174 Thinking with Plants Fall
ANTH 178 Animals and Posthuman Thought * Spring
ENG/ENV 154 American Indian Writers * Fall
ENG/ENV 160 Environmental Justice and World Literature * (if not taken as an intro class) Spring
ENG/ENV 176 Earth Matters * (if not taken as an intro class) Fall
FAH 048 Nature into Art Spring
GER/ENV 82 Imagining the Environment: Crosscultural Perspectives* Spring
HIST 102 Global Environmental History Fall (odd years)
HIST 193 Indigenous Peoples of North America * 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.