Wilderness Studies Minor

Wilderness and Civilization is an inspiring and demanding academic program. It is the only program in Montana where students can earn a Wilderness Studies Minor. Each year, a small group of students from around the country are immersed in the study of wildland conservation and the human-nature relationship. Wilderness and Civilization combines the strengths of classroom and field learning, interactive classes, dedicated faculty, and applied learning through internships. 

  • Study wilderness and land ethics through ecology, literature, policy, art, and Native American Studies. 
  • Engage with conservation advocates, land managers, tribal leaders, and innovative landowners in the field. 
  • Work in the community through internships and service projects that turn knowledge into action. 
  • Learn valuable skills in ecological monitoring, plant identification, policy analysis, and backcountry travel. 
  • Develop a sense of place and community through study of local issues with a small group of students.
  • Experience some of the wildest country in the lower 48 states.

Check out the student-led Wilderness and Civilization blog for stories and reflections about their experiences in the program! 

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The deadline for admission is on a rolling basis. Contact wi@cfc.umt.edu for more info.

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