The Environmental Humanities explore cultural and creative dimensions of ecology and environmental justice through art, stories, historical research, and other forms of interdisciplinary study and imaginative expression. A rapidly growing interdisciplinary field of inquiry, the Environmental Humanities emphasize culture and imagination as key elements of ecological understanding that other discourses (in science, policy, and law) generally do not engage. Drawing from a variety of disciplines including art and art history, environmental history, literary ecocriticism, cultural anthropology and philosophy, gender studies, critical race study, geography, and more, research in the Environmental Humanities is fundamentally intersectional.
Students who choose the Humanities track frequently go on to work for NGOs, activist organizations, publishers, filmmakers, and other professions, while others go to graduate school in a variety of disciplines. You can view our alumni career survey here.
You can view the requirements for this track in the Catalog.
Watch "The Ecological Eye", which discusses the Humanities track and the importance of the Environmental Humanities at W&M: