This course considers both how natural chemical processes shape our surroundings and how place is created by the intentional manipulation of matter to create objects of everyday use. While developing an understanding of place-making broadly, the course focuses on both nature's creation of place and the role of art and cultural materials in defining place. Field trips and plenary lectures allow students to explore the local and regional context of place formation and synthesize knowledge across disciplines. Capstone projects provide opportunities for in-depth exploration.
engaging with a place
Courses in the Finding Your Place program provide entering students with a profound and intimate knowledge of the University and the surrounding area by closely engaging with its biology and geology, and its community and history. With the guidance of professors and student mentors, first-year students will begin finding their place through field trips, readings, reflective writing, and small-group discussions.