This course introduces students to Environmental Studies, an interdisciplinary field examining the complex relationship between people and their environments. We will explore how natural and cultural forces interact to form our ecosystems, our experiences, and our imaginations. Analyzing evidence, arguments, and concepts from across multiple disciplines, we will examine important environmental issues past and present, as well as efforts to understand and to address those issues. ENST100 is a survey of theoretical frameworks and analytical techniques from scientific, artistic, economic, political, historical, and philosophical perspectives on the environment. Consequently, our focus is as much on concepts and critical thinking as on content. By providing students with the opportunity to interact with peers and learn about abundant environmental opportunities at St. Mary’s College and beyond, the course also foster community and environmental citizenship. This course satisfies the requirement for the ENST Minor of ENST 233 Environmental Perspectives. Students who have taken ENST 280 may not take this course.