Wilderness and Civilization

(Wilderness Studies Minor)

Wilderness and Civilization is an inspiring and demanding academic semester. It is the only program in Montana where students can earn a Wilderness Studies minor. Wilderness and Civilization combines the strengths of field learning with interactive classes, dedicated faculty, and applied experience.

• Wilderness and Civ is an experiential Semester program limited to 25 students - ensuring close interaction with faculty and peers.

• Students from any university in the country may apply; if you attend a school that participates in the National Student Exchange (NSE) program, you can automatically transfer the credits.

• Experience the ecology, land management, and natural & human history of some of the most beautiful landscapes in the lower 48. Examine human-wilderness relationships through interdisciplinary study in policy, ecology, arts and literature.

• Earn CPR, Wilderness First Aid and Leave No Trace certifications.

• Explore Montana's wildlands during 3-day and 10-day backpacking trips, a 3-day river trip, as well as many other 1-2 day field trips.

• Students from any major may apply. We typically only accept students who will be sophomores, juniors or seniors in the fall of their program year. We may also consider students who will be enrolling at UM for the first time with sophomore standing due to transfer or high school dual-enrollment credits.

• All coursework for the minor must be completed in its entirety during a single fall program. Unlike other minors, Wilderness & Civ cannot be completed by taking a course or two each semester.

• We review applications and accept students on a rolling basis until the final application deadline of April 1st.

• Program fee is only $450 in addition to normal University tuition.

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Applications for 2022 now being accepted. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until April 1. Contact andrea.stephens@mso.umt.edu for more information.

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