Credit hours: 3
Prerequisites: English 1110.03
Course Objectives: The course will introduce students to a broad survey of American history from the context of the environment including research methods, the analysis of a wide spectrum of primary and secondary sources, and the debates among scholars, politicians, and activists regarding the environment.
Course Content: A survey course of the human relationship with nature on the North American continent from the arrival of Paleoindians to the present era. Provides an introduction to topics such as the environmental collapse of ancient civilizations, the ecology of disease, the exchange of plants and animals following colonization of the Americas, the evolution of agriculture, the environmental crises of industrialism, and the development of reform movements from wilderness preservation to “green consumerism.”
Method of Presentation: Lecture and class discussion.
Method of Evaluation: Students will demonstrate mastery of the course content by synthesizing material (text, lecture, video) in argumentative essays, a midterm, and final exams.