Environmental Humanities Minor



Through the minor in Environmental Humanities, students develop skills in humanistic inquiry while also considering how writers, philosophers, and other theorists have represented the relationship between human and non-human nature. Acknowledging that addressing environmental issues requires understanding and skills that emerge from many disciplines, courses engage students in multidisciplinary study as they analyze environmental ideas. Minors in Environmental Humanities encounter a range of theoretical approaches to a variety of dominant and non-dominant cultural expressions, exploring them as manifestations, creations, and interrogations of the human/nonhuman-nature relationship. Exposure to the Fine Arts ensures that students actively engage with the creative process.

Students might consider pursuing an Environmental Science, Geography, or Geosciences Minor to complement the Environmental Humanities Minor. Students majoring in Environmental Studies major may not minor in Environmental Humanities.

Minor Requirements (16–18 credits):

Complete the following courses (9 credits):

ENG-239Visions of Environment

3 credits

ENV-200Nature and Culture: Introduction to Environmental Studies

3 credits

PHI-340Environmental Philosophy

3 credits

Humanities Electives

Complete 2 courses (6 credits) from the following.

ENG-265Topics in Literature--American

3 credits

ENG-365Advanced Topics in Literature--American

3 credits

ENV-389Reading the Mountains: Scotland AbroadPrep

1 credit

ENV-390Reading the Mountains: Scotland and LakeDistrict Abroad

4 credits

IND-305.1Winter Wilderness Experience

2 credits

IND-305.2Winter Wilderness Experience

4 credits

IND-325Regional Cultures of the British Isles

3 credits

IND-332London: Art/History/Literature

3 credits

IND-333London: Art/History/Literature

4 credits

PHI-210Human Nature and the Scientific Worldview

3 credits

PHI-316Philosophy of the Mind

3 credits

For ENV-389 and 390, IND-305.1 and 305.2, IND-332 and 333, and IND-325, only 3 credits may count toward this category.

Creative Activity Requirement (1–3 credits)

Take 3 credits from the approved Creative Activities courses.


Upon successful completion of this minor, students will be able to:

1) Analyze how literary history conveys changing understandings of the relationship between humanity and the more-than-human world;
2) Communicate how both canonical and non-canonical works of philosophy and literature manifest environmental values;
3) Demonstrate familiarity with key works in the history of environmental thought, including those produced by female, minority, queer, or otherwise marginalized writers; and
4) Produce a piece of creative writing that engages environmental history, philosophy, or ethics.