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.  As indicated below, take at least one course from each of the first two groups and no more than three courses from any of the three groups.

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          Special Topics
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)
PHYS 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.