Summer 2011 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This course examines how human interactions with the natural world have affected North American history from pre-Columbian times up to the present. In other words, we will examine the impact that the continent’s climate, geography, plants, animals, and microorganisms had on the development of the North American economy, its many human cultures, and its political institutions. In so doing, we will more fully comprehend how increased human activity in turn impacted the environment. Finally, by exploring the works of past and present naturalists, activists, scientists, and scholars, we will develop an understanding of how environmental history and closely related fields have evolved over time.
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