Wilderness Studies Minor

This is an archived copy of the 2018-2019 catalog. To access the most recent version of the catalog, please visit http://catalog.umt.edu/.

Natalie Dawson, Director of Wilderness Institute

Students who successfully complete the requirements of the Wilderness and Civilization Program are eligible for the Wilderness Studies minor. Wilderness and Civilization is an interdisciplinary campus and field-based program. Each year, 25 students investigate wildland conservation and the human-nature relationship through the lenses of policy, ecology, art, Native American Studies, and literature. Wilderness and Civilization combines the strengths of classroom and field learning, interactive classes, innovative faculty, and applied learning through internships. Field trips include extended backcountry trips as well as shorter field trips examining ecology, environmental issues, land use, and natural history. Wilderness and Civilization offers students the opportunity to explore contemporary conservation debates, make connections between disciplines, and learn how to work for positive change.

Wilderness and Civilization is an undergraduate, immersion program geared toward sophomore-, junior-, and senior-level students in any major. Students take 17.0 credits of campus and field-based courses during the fall, and then continue in the spring with an art course, an internship, a 1.0 credit field course, and a 1.0 credit lecture series. The Wilderness and Civilization program is administered by the Wilderness Institute of the W.A Franke College of Forestry and Conservation. The program is offered in collaboration with the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Visual and Performing Arts, and the Davidson Honors College.

Students must apply for admission to the Wilderness and Civilization program, which is limited to 25 students each year. Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher for all college and university work. Applications are due by April 1 and are available at the Wilderness Institute, University Hall 303.

Minor - Wilderness Studies

W.A Franke College of Forestry & Conservation

Degree Specific Credits: 25

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Catalog Year: 2018-2019

Note: This minor can be completed during a fall semester plus one winter-session course and four credits in the spring; Experiential learning credit for Honors will be completed with this minor.


Lower-Division Required courses6
Upper-Division Required Courses19
Total Hours25

Lower-Division Required Courses

Note: NRSM 271N is an Honors course; NRSM 273 will be taken two times: in the fall for 2 credits and in the spring for 1 credit

Complete all of the following courses:
NRSM 271NConservation Ecology3
NRSM 273Wilderness/Civ Field Stds3
Total Hours6

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Upper-Division Required Courses

Complete all of the following courses:
LIT 373Lit & Environment3
MUSI 304ASound in the Natural World3
NASX 303EEcological Perspectives in Native American Traditions3
NRSM 370SWildland Conservation Policy/Governance3
NRSM 371Wilderness Issues Lect Series1
NRSM 373Wilderness and Civilization3
NRSM 398Internship3
Total Hours19
Minimum Required Grade: C-