Why do people travel? Our ancestors were nomadic, of course, and as far as we can tell, settled humans have continued to feel the itch to explore and move beyond the boundaries of their known world. We have traveled so much that it would not be entirely unreasonable to call our species homo peripateticus! This course engages theories of travel--drawn from a range of academic disciplines such as anthropology, history, and philosophy--and examine some seminal instances of travel writing (from Herodotus, the "father" of both History and travel writing to Columbus to contemporary writers such as James Baldwin and Orhan Pamuk). In each instance, students test a theory against one or more case. Affiliate department: English.