Course code:



I - Introductory

Class size limit:


Meets the following requirements:

  • HY - History
  • HS - Human Studies
  • W - Writing

Typically offered:

Every other year

This course provides students with an overview of the American conservation movement from the 1600s through the present. Through an examination of historical accounts and contemporary analysis, students develop an understanding of the issues, places, value conflicts, and people who have shaped conservation and environmental policy in the United States. They also gain an appreciation for the relationship between the conservation movement and other social and political movements. Students should come away with a sense of the historical and cultural context of American attitudes toward nature. We also seek to apply these lessons to policy debates currently underway in Maine. By using writing as process—prewriting, writing, and rewriting—students, working from original writings, do in-depth research on a selected historical figure. Evaluation is based on problem sets, group activities, participation, and a final paper. This class meets the first-year writing course requirement.



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