Prerequisite: Sophomore, junior or senior standing in the Honors Program, or permission of the instructor. (First semester—odd years/4 credits)
How does the American landscape function in our imagination, our policies, our lives? This course explores the wide and growing range of writings about the environment in the following arenas: literary, political, scientific, philosophical, autobiographical. Readings include Thoreau, Leo Marx, Aldo Leopold, Leslie Marmon Silko and Annie Dillard, as well as poets such as Walt Whitman, Robert Frost, Elizabeth Bishop, Gray Snyder and Mary Oliver.