Environmental Humanities at Sterling College encourages students to integrate applied and visual arts, cultural studies, writing and literature to help develop and articulate meaningful relationships with the natural world. Students in Environmental Humanities work alongside faculty advisors and expert practitioners as they balance creative expression, interpretation and analysis through creative processes using an almost limitless range of media—from clay and locally harvested plants to oil paints, animal fiber, and digital media.
Taking an ecological perspective on humanities means that students look at a broad view of the ways humans engage with nature—from regional and global literary traditions to environmental philosophy, and from cultural identity to historical context. From this foundation, students deeply enrich their experience with the creative process, whether locating and using local materials, sketching landscapes throughout our watershed, or developing innovative processes to make paper or fiber projects by adapting traditional techniques.
Essential to Sterling’s Environmental Humanities major is recognizing the relevance of creative work in a broader context—and applying that understanding toward the goal of effecting real change.