Landscape and Memory


  • HIST 300-011
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • MW 3:00 – 5:30 (but really 4:30–5 most days)
  • Fred Gibbs ( @ 1077 Mesa Vista Hall
  • Student Hours: W 1:00–3:00 via Zoom (see the Learn for the links). Easy to meet before or after class or schedule a different time.

Course Description

Nature and landscape so often seem in the background. At the same time, we recognize that the spaces around us connects us to our past and charts a course for the future. This course explores how the ideas of nature, landscapes around us, influence personal identities, communities, regions, and nations.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Describe how the idea of nature, and attitudes towards it, have shifted over time.
  • Articulate how landscapes of all kinds mediates our relationship to the past, present, and future.
  • Develop research and writing skills relevant to careers in the humanities, historical interpretation, museum studies, and public history (and basically everything else).

Work Requirements and Grading

Preparation for each class meeting and active participation in the class discussions

  • To access articles and book chapters on the syllabus, you will need to subscribe to the course Zotero library. The URL for the group library is here, but you must have clicked on the link in your invitation to access the library!


Accessibility Resources Center (Mesa Vista Hall 2021, 277-3506) provides academic support to students who have disabilities. If you think you need alternative accessible formats for undertaking and completing coursework, you should contact this service right away to assure your needs are met in a timely manner.