May 25, 2018  
College Catalog 2012-2013 
    
College Catalog 2012-2013 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

HIST 345 - Car Country: The Automobile and the American Environment

Cross-Listed as ENVI 345 
At the dawn of the twentieth century, automobiles were newfangled playthings of the very wealthy; by century’s end, they had become necessities of the modern world. This momentous change brought with it a cascading series of consequences that completely remade the American landscape and touched nearly every aspect of American life. This course will explore the role that cars and roads have played in shaping Americans’ interactions with the natural world, and will seek an historical understanding of how the country has developed such an extreme dependency on its cars. In the process, we will engage with current debates among environmentalists, policymakers, and local communities trying to shape the future of the American transportation system and to come to grips with the environmental effects of a car-dependent lifestyles and landscapes. (4 Credits)