Environmental Arts and Humanities Major

This major examines environmental issues by integrating the diverse perspectives offered by anthropology, history, literature, philosophy, religion, and visual studies. While encouraging students to pursue their own specific interests in environmental arts and humanities, the major includes three interrelated components of common study.  First, it offers an interdisciplinary grounding in environmental science and policy. Second, it examines how the areas of environmental arts and humanities inform and are informed by the perspectives of environmental science and policy. Finally, as the defining core of the major, students explore how the arts and humanities enrich our understanding of humanity's complex, evolving relation to the world we inhabit and inform our responses to the many dimensions of environmental issues. 

The major requires successful completion of the following:  Eleven Courses Required                 


Each of these courses is required:

ENST 101:  Introduction to Environmental Studies                                                             

ENST 325: Environmental Arts and Humanities Seminar                                                         

 (new course)                                     

ENST 400:  Environmental Arts and Humanities Capstone (writing intensive for major)                                                                                                                                                              


INTERDISCIPLINARY THEMED CATEGORIES                                                                               

Five courses from the following three themed categories, with at least one course from each of the first two groups and no more than three courses from any group.


 ANTH 298                 Ecological Anthropology

ANTH 371                  Anthropology of Water

ANTH 318                  North American Archaeology

ENGL 396                  American Environmental Literature

ENGL 370                  British Romanticism

ENGL 220                  Poetry, Nature and Contemplation

ENST 250                  Environmental and Biological Non-Fiction        

ENST 351                  Field Studies in "Nature" Writing

ENST 211/212           Iceland/New Zealand

ENST 100                  Walking the Land

ENST 350                  "Nature" Writing

HIST 283                   Environmental History

ENST 351                  Field Studies in “Nature” Writing

HIST 386                   African Environmental History

HIST 330                   History of Southern Appalachia    

HIST 421                   History of Sustainability and Sustainable Development             

HIST 229                   The Many Faces of Sewanee

RUSN 363                  Environmentalism and Ecocide in Russian Lit/Cult

SPAN 390                  Latin American Literature and the Environment



ANTH 312              Place, Ritual and Belief

PHIL 230               Environmental Ethics

RELG 353              Buddhism and the Environment

RELG 305              Religion and Animals

RELG 307              Religious Environmentalism

RELG 341              Religion and Ecology



 ART 363              Advanced Documentary Projects in Photography

ART/THTR 343      Advanced Seminar in the Production of Video and the Moving Image

ART 381                Advanced Studio Seminar in Sculpture

ART 263                Intermediate Documentary Projects in Photography

ART 282                Sustainable Structures

ART 242                The Lens and the Landscape: Documentary   Studies and the Environment

MUSC 269             Music of the Birds and Bees: Music and Nature



Select one course in policy from the following:                                                                                             

ARCH 332            Archaeological Resource Management and Policy

ECON/                 The Political Economy of Sustainable Development POLS 381

ENST 201            Foundations of Food and Agriculture

ENST 304            Community Development and Place in Rural Appalachia

ENST 336            Environmental Land-Use Policy

ENST 334            Environmental Policy and Law

ENST 235            Freshwater Conservation

FORS 270            Water Resource Policy and Law

POLS 313            Environmental Politics and Policy

POLS 248            China's Environmental Crisis



Select one course in life science from the following:                                                                                    

 BIOL 105              Biology and People

BIOL 130               Field Investigations in Biology (Field-Based)

BIOL 107              People and the Environment

ENST 209              Ecosystems of the Ocean

FORS 121             Introduction to Forestry (Lab)



Select one course in physical science from the following:                                                                                                                                                            

CHEM 100            General Chemistry                                                                                                     

CHEM 120             General Chemistry(Lab)

CHEM 150            Advanced General Chemistry (Lab)

GEOL 121             Physical Geology (Lab)

PHYSICS 106       Foundations of Global Warming


 Total Semester Hours   44


Additional Requirements

1 ENST 217 is strongly recommended as an elective outside the major.

2 One of the life or physical science courses must be either field-based or lab.