Three 1-hour lectures and one 1 and 1/2-hour discussion per week. History of the American environment and the ways in which different cultural groups have perceived, used, managed, and conserved it from colonial times to the present. Cultures include American Indians and European and African Americans. Natural resources development includes gathering-hunting-fishing; farming, mining, ranching, forestry, and urbanization. Changes in attitudes and behaviors toward nature and past and present conservation and environmental movements are also examined. Readings are from primary source documents supplemented by recent essays.
Approved for the American Cultures requirement and for the History major. Satisfies the Conservation and Resource Studies Social Science or Humanities requirement and can be used in the CRS Area of Interest. Fulfills breadth requirements for L&S and College of Engineering.