New minor brings together science, humanities to study complex issues

April 30, 2013 under CANR News

New environmental humanities minorA new undergraduate minor will use tools and insights from the humanities to extend and strengthen the University of Delaware’s longstanding expertise in exploring environmental issues through the natural sciences, engineering and public policy.

The interdisciplinary minor in environmental humanities received final approval from the University’s Faculty Senate at its March meeting.

Students in the environmental humanities minor will take three core courses — Environmental Literature (in the Department of English), Nature and History (Department of History) and Environmental Ethics (Department of Philosophy) — and three electives. One elective is required to be from the humanities, one from the sciences and one from either humanities or social sciences.

The electives encompass numerous departments and colleges at UD, including art history, anthropology, biology, animal and food sciences, wildlife conservation, entomology, geography, communication and sociology, among others.

From the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Susan Barton, extension specialist and associate professor of plant and soil sciences, and Jacob Bowman, associate professor of wildlife ecology, were part of a larger University-wide group that helped plan UD’s environmental humanities initiative.

To read more about the new minor, check out the story on UDaily.

Article by Ann Manser

Photos courtesy of McKay Jenkins and by Kathy F. Atkinson and Evan Krape

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