Course Descriptions

ENVS 106 Humans and the Environment (4) (S)

Examines environmental issues and their interactions with our society. Topics include cultural ties to the environment, food production, urban planning, biodiversity, and society's energy and water requirements. Although the course emphasizes a social systems perspective, environmental issues necessitate an interdisciplinary approach. Offered on demand.

ENVS 304 Environmental Ethics (4) (V)

From ancient Sumer to the present, ecological realities have required human beings to reflect on their values and their responsibilities to nature. Students examine the relevance of philosophy to environmental questions and, in particular, explore the connection between the environment and ethics. Identical to PHIL 304.

ENVS 306 Ecopoetry (4) (W)

An in-depth exploration of the various ways in which contemporary poets and critics seek to understand past and present poetries as negotiating the often porous boundaries between the human and nonhuman in our experiences of the world. Prerequisites: ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher and any "T" course or consent. Identical to ENG 306. Offered when circumstances permit.

ENVS 326 Environmental Policy Analysis (4) (S,W)

Examines environmental politics and policy by studying a set of substantive environmental policy issues to establish the issue context, define the policy problems, and evaluate alternative solutions. Prerequisite: ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher. Identical to POLS 326. Offered each spring.

ENVS 410 Environmental Writings (4) (I,W)

A study of important environmental writings and how they have shaped our understanding of the relationship between humans and nature. Prerequisites: ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher and junior/senior status. Identical to ENG 410. Offered spring of odd-numbered years.

ENVS 470 Internship in Environmental Studies (2-4)

An intensive study of the environment through on-site field experience. Placements involve hands-on experiences such as education, grassroots activism, public policy, and habitat management. Students may enroll for 2 or 4 semester hours in a given semester. A minimum of 80 hours devoted to the internship is expected for 2 semester hours and a minimum of 160 hours is expected for 4 semester hours, but some placements may require more time. Students must coordinate their internship placement with the supervising faculty member at least two months prior to placement. Pass/fail grading. Prerequisites: junior/senior status and consent. Offered each semester and most Winter Sessions (2 semester hours only).