EVSĀ 488. Global Environmental History. 3 credits.

What has been humanity's role in changing the face of the earth? What part has the environment played in shaping human history? These questions drive the study of environmental history. This course surveys the history of humanity's ever-changing relationship with nature, from fire-wielding hunter-gatherers to the present. lt emphasizes new global perspectives on environmental history and focuses on themes such as agroecology, invasion, sustainability, energy, urbanization, and empire. lt will also introduce students to the diverse methods of investigating our environmental past including documentary and material sources, natural archives, and geospatial analysis. P: Critical Issues in Human Inquiry; Contemporary Composition; Oral Communication; Ethics; Senior standing.