Agriculture and Forestry Specialization

Interm Advisor for 2013-2014:

Keith Bosak

Professor of Nature Based Tourism and Recreation





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Steve Siebert

Professor of Tropical Forest Conservation and Management

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ANTH 103H Food and Culture 3 cr. Offered spring. Examination of the ways culture shapes the satisfaction of a biological need; food production, preparation, choices, customs, taste, taboos, beverages, spices and food distribution around the globe.


ENST 390 Supervised Internship PEAS 2 cr. (R-8) Offered every term. Summer intensive, 6 cr.  Students learn small scale sustainable vegetable farming in a hands-on work environment at the PEAS farm (15 minute bike ride from campus).  Lectures, readings and reflection inform the work.  Summer students also visit local farms on once-a-week field trips.  PEAS is repeatable, as the curriculum changes across the season, and students can attend any semester, though the 6 credit summer intensive course is the heart of the program.


ENST 430 Culture and Agriculture 3 cr. Offered spring, from start of semester to mid-April.  Surveys treatment of farmers and farming in the humanities.  Course covers specific agricultural crops and their effect on social and environmental history, artistic commentary on agricultural life and farmer philosophy.  Themes range from agriculturally influenced historical events to Wendell Berry's poetry to Albert Borgmann's philosophy.


ENST 450 Food, Agriculture, and Environment 3 cr. Offered spring.  Exploration of the premise that agricultural sustainability requires practices, policies, and social arrangements that balance concerns of environmental soundness, economic viability, and social justice among all sectors of society.


ENST 487 Globalization, Justice, and the Environment 3 cr. Offered spring. Study of current trends in economic globalization and its effects on efforts to work for social justice and environmental sustainability, particularly in the Global South.  Examination of different models and theories of globalization, analysis of ethical issues raised, and assessment of alternatives proposed.


GPHY 434 Food and Famine 3 cr. Offered autumn intermittently.  Exploration of the production, distribution, and consumption of food; the causes and consequences of hunger; and measures that might be taken to relieve hunger.


NRSM 170N International Environmental Change 3 cr. Offered spring. An introduction to natural and anthropogenic environmental change from ancient to contemporary times. Exploration of the historical role and importance of ecological disturbance on the development and maintenance of terrestrial ecosystems around the world. Introduction to fields of study available in the College of Forestry and Conservation.


NRMS 424 Community Forestry and Conservation 3 cr. Offered spring. Co-convened with NRSM 424. In-depth examination of the history, theory and management issues faced in community-driven forestry and conservation in the United States and abroad. Cannot get credit for both NRSM 424 and NRSM 524.


NRSM 475 Sociology of Environment and Development 3 cr. Offered annually. Same as RSCN 475. Examines key social forces that influence how individuals, groups and nation-states understand and live within their bio-physical environments, especially policies and processes relating to development, corporate capitalism, globalization, culture, class and other forms of power and social relations. Pays close attention to ways both indigenous and introduced resource use and management practices (including conservation) variably impact people of different races, classes, genders, cultures and livelihood practices.