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Environmental humanities minor

Apr. 29, 2013 — A 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.

"There's been an explosion of interest in environmental issues in various areas of the humanities," said Adam Rome, associate professor of history and one of the creators and faculty advisers for the minor. "The humanities have a perspective that's useful for seeing the forest, not just the trees, and looking at these scientific problems from a humanities perspective gives new insights."

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.