Minor in Geography - North American Landscapes GEOG 3370   North American Landscapes
Landscapes are the product of human culture ordering nature for economic, social, political, religious, recreational, and artistic purposes. Landscape history analyzes and interprets the use and design of such features as fields and woodlands, roads and waterways, settlements and buildings, towns and suburbs, and parks and cities. This class examines the use and meaning of the spatial environment among the various societies in North America from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries. Among the topics are the meaning of area resources for indigenous peoples, the occupation and settlement of colonial populations, transportation and continental expansion, town planning, the politics of water and land in the West, preservation movements, scenic tourism, and the literary and artistic stylization of landscapes. The class welcomes non-history students with an interdisciplinary interest in issues regarding planning and design, cultural ecology, and the governance of resources.
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