ENVIRON 139 - First-Year Seminar in the Environment
Section: 003 Environmental Literature
Term: FA 2008
Subject: Program in the Environment (ENVIRON)
Department: LSA Environment
Requirements & Distribution:
FYSem, Theme
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Stewardship of the Earth is not a new ideal. American Indians have long fostered the belief that humans are merely caretakers of the environment. Over time, industrialized society has made attempts to carry forward this tradition. In the 1970's, when the modern environmental movement was born, our country enacted sweeping environmental laws. In the decades since, however, our commitment to environmental protection has waned. This course will explore the human connection to the environment and the evolution of American attitudes toward the natural world as reflected in environmental literature. Using language to understand our connection to the world around us, we will examine our relationship with nature in various works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and film. In addition to exploring environmental literature and film, students will complete a social service requirement that benefits the health of the environment or furthers understanding of environmental issues. By fostering a greater appreciation for our connection to the environment and our attempts to reconcile our ambivalent attitudes toward nature, this course will help us define our place in the natural world.

Required texts/authors may include:

  • Edward Abbey Desert Solitaire
  • Diane Ackerman The Whale by Moonlight
  • Rachel Carson Silent Spring
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson Selected Essays
  • Ted Kerasote The Return of the Wild
  • Donald Knowler The Falconer of Central Park
  • Craig Lesley Winterkill
  • Aldo Leopold Sand County Almanac
  • Ellen Meloy Eating Stone
  • Scott Momaday The Man Made of Words
  • Gary Snyder The Practice of the Wild
  • Jack Turner The Abstract Wild

ENVIRON 139 - First-Year Seminar in the Environment
Schedule Listing
003 (SEM)
6Enrollment Management
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
020 (SEM)
2Enrollment Management
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: Seats in First Year Seminars are opened gradually during Summer Orientation. Only 1st-yr students, including those with soph std, may register.
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