University of Montana: Environmental Studies Program
Mission: The Environmental Studies Program (EVST) seeks to provide students with the literacy, skills and commitment needed to foster a healthy natural environment and to create a more sustainable, equitable and peaceful world. To these ends, the EVST program educates and challenges students to become knowledgeable, motivated and engaged in environmental affairs. We want our students to acquire skills and awareness that will enable them to promote social justice and economic and environmental sustainability, and improve both the environment and communities of Montana, and thereby the lives of Montanans. Guiding Principles: 1) Environmental studies require an interdisciplinary approach that integrates the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities. 2) Creating solutions to environmental problems requires enterprise and performance as well as reflection; therefore, an effective environmental education generates thinkers who can do and doers who can think. 3) It is important to provide both classroom and experiential learning opportunities in the arts and responsibilities of democratic citizenship including communication, collaboration and committed civic participation. 4) Students should be co-creators of their educational experience.