Course Descriptions

The following courses, offered through the residency, are all 4 credits. Students may register for up to two courses.  If registering for two courses, students may select one course in Section A and one course in Section B.

Only courses with an * are adaptable for graduate study.

To view the course descriptions, click the title.

Section A Courses

ENST 3005 Advanced
4 credits, Gen. Ed. - N/A
Faculty: Duncan RyanMann

Community Supported Agriculture holds great promise for reviving parts of rural America, providing a sustainable model of agriculture, and delivering high quality food to families.  Students will learn about differences between community-supported agriculture and other modern farming business and agricultural practices and techniques.  Students will investigate different business models for community-supported agriculture and how this approach to farming developed.  Students will examine the benefits and challenges of this approach to food production and consider various ways in which community supported agriculture is beneficial to the environment, individuals and communities. This course integrates learning from business and economics, agricultural science and ecology in the study of community supported agriculture.


PHIL 2010 Intro
PHIL 3100 Advanced
4 credits, Gen. Ed. — Humanities
Faculty: Albert Castelo

What is the value of nature and how do we measure it?  Do we have moral obligations toward the natural world and toward future generations? How do we determine these obligations? Environmental ethics considers these questions through various philosophical approaches that examine our relationship with the natural world. Students will read foundational and contemporary texts on topics, including environmental degradation, social justice, world hunger, animal welfare, climate change and the decline of biodiversity.

This course should appeal to students concerned with environmental issues and interested in developing their analytical and evaluative skills.

HIST 3197 Advanced
4 credits, Gen. Ed -- American History
Faculty: Peggy Lynn

In this course, students will examine the evolution of the pursuit of walking in wilderness areas in the US. Students will discover and discuss the roots of outdoor recreation as it stemmed from forestry and farming, and in response to industrialization. They will identify and describe leaders in guiding, trail blazing, equipment development, and founding organizations which advocate for the pursuit of hiking, the interests of hikers, and wilderness preservation. Students will compare and contrast various periods and regions and the conservation and preservation efforts in them. They will critically examine the tourism industry surrounding hiking, its advantages in promoting a healthy outdoor exercise, and its disadvantages in the resulting overcrowding and erosion of trails.

BIOL 2210 Intro
4 credits, Gen. Ed. - Natural Sciences
Faculty: Kevin Woo

In this course, students will learn about the behavioral ecology and evolution of animals and understand how they experience their perceptual world and navigate the ecological challenges that allowed them to survive or become extinct. Students will be introduced to the core conceptual, theoretical, and applied aspects in the interdisciplinary field of animal behavior. In particular, they will examine various topics in this field, such as communication, mate selection, sexual selection, neuroethology, cultural transmission, learning and personality. Prerequisites: Introductory Biology and/or Introductory Psychology. Students taking this residency course should not also take Animal Behavior.

ENST 3015 Advanced
4 credits, Gen. Ed. - Natural Sciences
Faculty: Drew Monthie

This course looks at the historical and cultural botanical practices of the Iroquois peoples who inhabit N.Y. state and the surrounding region and the botanical interactions that occurred before and after European contact. Students will analyze the traditional ecological knowledge (Ethnoecology, TEK) of the Iroquois culture and how Native peoples utilized both indigenous and non-native species of plants for everyday life. Students will also collect and analyze data pertaining to phytochemistry, the chemical composition of plants. Students will develop hypothesizes of the potential implications for modern culture, medicine and bio-cultural diversity.

Ethnobotany or Populations and Diseases or Biology I or Introduction to Ecology and Sustainability.

DIGA 3060 Advanced
4 credits, Gen. Ed. - N/A
Faculty: Yvonne Murphy and Alan Stankiewicz

Using the Adirondacks as inspiration, learners will actively investigate the uses of visual and written documentation as a means of exploring artistic concepts, cultures, and histories inherent in “Mapping.” Working with traditional materials in non-traditional ways, artists and writers have regularly used concepts of mapping as a way to illustrate their journeys. Maps also work to highlight relationships and complexities between different elements of each space. As a form of intellectual curiosity, the map stands as reference in addressing aesthetic, cultural, historical, and emotional content. However, it can be noted, that even the most accurate maps contain distortions and may sacrifice accuracy to deliver greater visual usefulness. At Camp Huntington, students will work with various contemporary, geographical, and inspirational information



PHOT 1040 Intro
PHOT 3045 Advanced
4 credits, Gen. Ed. — The Arts
Faculty: Terry Boddie

The ability of photography to document the human impact on the natural environment over the past several decades has created a vast body of images that has made us more aware of the danger that this intrusion has created for future generations. In this course, students will consider how historically various perspectives and approach to the genre of nature photography created particular types of photographs. Students will be exposed to the work of photographers who have shifted the dialogue from one of observation of the consequence of this human impact to a dialogue about how things can be reversed. Students will make their own images that reflect their own experiences of, and interests in, the natural landscape of the Adirondacks, as well as their own neighborhood. Previous photographic experience is not a prerequisite; access to a digital camera is required.

Section B Courses

ENSC 3008, Advanced
4 credits, Gen. Ed. — Natural Sciences
Faculty: Linda Jones

In 1916, the U.S. government established the National Park Service in an effort to conserve unique and breathtaking landforms and ecosystems for the enjoyment of future generations. In this course, students explore North American geology, physical geography and ecology through their examination of the national parks. Students will compare approaches to the conservation and management of natural environments. They will consider possible answers to the paradox: How do conservationists and park managers preserve natural areas that are constantly changing? Prerequisites: An introductory earth science or environmental science course, or equivalent. College writing or critical thinking course, or equivalent.

LITR 3080, Advanced
Gen. Ed. — The Arts
Faculty: Menohkha case

Each part of this course focuses on a cultural quality or value, an element of literature, and a time period. Together, these provide a sense of how Native American literatures express and address environmental concerns. In this course, students will read Native literary theorists who offer concepts such as communal narrative, survivance, gender balance, orality, and cyclical time, in order to understand Native American literature in historical and cultural context. Students will consider the ways Native literatures negotiate the historical legacy of power dynamics; for example, colonizing stereotypes, and how Native writers use humor to evoke, play with, and intervene in these stereotypes. Native literatures register tensions between Native and Western cultural qualities and values and students will examine the stakes of these values to address contemporary issues that we face globally.

CRWR 3080 Advanced
4 credits, Gen. Ed. — Basic Communication
Faculty: Elaine Handley

Nature writing begins with close observation of the natural world and recording what we see. Writing down our observations becomes a tool to explore our perceptions and reactions to what we are observing. Nature writing is exploratory and reflective; it teaches us how to look deeply. As part of the natural world, the writer must also observe him or herself and draw the reader into that world, too. In this course we will use nature writing to learn not just about nature, but from nature about the interconnection, the interrelationships that form our world and give meaning to our existence. Prerequisites: students should have had at least one college level writing course.

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