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Environmental Studies Program
Jeannette Rankin Hall 106A
The University of Montana
Missoula, MT 59812-4320
Tel: (406) 243-6273
Fax: (406) 243-6090

Environmental Studies Graduate Focus Areas

While fulfilling their program requirements as outlined above, students in the Environmental Studies Masters Degree Program may also pursue their particular study interests. For further information, contact the faculty member indicated.

Environmental Education:

Students choose from courses offered in environmental and science education. Initially, students may take Foundations in Environmental Education, a review and exploration of the field. Also offered are environmental education curriculum development and methods courses and field-oriented science courses. Faculty contact: Fletcher Brown

Environmental Justice:

Environmental Justice offers related opportunities for coursework, internships, and community-based participatory research in environmental health, community empowerment, and tribal environmental issues, including tribal sovereignty, sacred areas, and treaty rights struggles. Faculty contact: Robin Saha

Environmental Knowledge of Native Peoples:

Students take selected courses to understand the role of Traditional Environmental Knowledge (also referred to as Traditional Ecological Knowledge or Indigenous Knowledge) within the lives of historic and contemporary Native peoples and their communities. Faculty contact: Rosalyn LaPier

Environmental Law:

The joint degree program in Environmental Studies and Law allows qualified students to obtain an M.S. in Environmental Studies and a J.D. from the Law School. Students earn Environmental Studies credit for Law School courses in public land and natural resources law, water law, environmental law, and land use law. Environmental Studies courses on environmental law and policy introduce students to environmental and legal issues. Faculty contact: Robin Saha

Environmental Science:

Students can work with science faculty from across campus (e.g., chemistry, forestry, geology). Within Environmental Studies, science courses emphasize ecosystem conservation, preservation and restoration; watershed protection; and conservation biology. Historically, Environmental Studies classes and students working on individual projects had access to the Clancy Gordon Environmental Science Laboratory, a regentially approved research and teaching facility, established almost 50 years ago by Clancy Gordon, one of Environmental Studies's founders. Students can also work with the UM Watershed Health Clinic. Faculty contact: Vicki Watson

Environmental Writing:

Students focus on environmental writing in three annual Program courses, Environmental Writing, The Literature of Nature Writing, and Environmental Writing with the Environmental Studies Visiting Writer; as well as in courses in History, Philosophy, Journalism, and Creative Writing, as available. Related opportunities include Camas Magazine, The Environmental Writing Institute, and the Wild Mercy Reading Series. Faculty contact: Phil Condon

Sustainable Food and Farming:

Students have the opportunity to engage in interdisciplinary studies of our food system and participate in community-based action research projects. In addition, through the Program in Ecological Agriculture and Society (PEAS), students gain hands-on experience growing organic food for low-income people at an urban, community farm. Faculty contact: Neva Hassanein

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