University of Montana, Missoula

Environmental Studies

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The 21st Century requires citizens, workers, and professionals with a full-circle, wide-ranging understanding of the complex problems and opportunities at the intersection of nature and culture, of the environment and human society. The Environmental Studies Program provides students with the literacy, skills, faculty role models, and alumni connections to become those citizens, workers, and professionals. Faculty backgrounds range from Ecology to Creative Writing to Agriculture to Law, and our students mirror this wide range in their undergraduate degrees. Such complementary breadths, combined with multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary course offerings, create a dynamic synergy that supports students as they co-create their educational experience. Students select one course each from Environmental Science, Policy, Thought and Writing, and Engagement, and build the remainder of their curriculum (33-36 hours) in consultation with advisors. They complete and defend degree Portfolios, Professional Papers, or Theses that engage real-world problems and solutions from the perspective that most reflects their interests and career intentions. Our nearly 1000 alumni work in government at city, county, state, and federal levels; they start up, staff, and reinvigorate non-governmental organizations at a similarly wide range of levels, and they work effectively in private industry.

For more information on how to apply for the WRGP resident tuition rate for this program, please contact:

Len Broberg
Program Director
Environmental Studies Program

Degrees Available