Professor Deborah Slicer
Our environmental masters track takes advantage of the department’s expertise in wilderness issues, Thoreau, ecofeminism, bioregionalism, philosophy of technology and society, philosophy of ecology, literature and environment, synthetic biology, animal ethics, climate ethics, and the anthropocene. In addition to faculty working directly in these areas, many faculty outside the department offer relevant courses and are available to students working on their graduate thesis.
We value the practical side of environmental thought. Every student is required to complete an internship in a local or national organization that focuses on topics related to the environment. If they wish, a student also has the option of choosing one of two graduate certificates available at UM in Natural Resources Conflict Resolution or in Wilderness Management to take alongside the masters degree.
An M.A. in Environmental Philosophy can stand on its own or can be used as preparation for work in fields such as environmental law, policy, journalism, or community activism. A minimum of 36 graduate credits must be presented for the degree as well as a 30-40 page thesis paper written in consultation with a committee of three faculty. A student with the appropriate professional background wishing to take this degree while remaining in his or her career may be able to waive up to six of the 36 required credits. Three of these will be the internship and the other three will depend upon the student’s background. In order to be eligible for this waiver, such a student must satisfy the entire admissions committee that he or she has adequate preparation in philosophy before being admitted to the program.
The University of Montana is an exceptional institution for the study of environmental issues. In addition to a world class W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation, the University has many highly regarded departments including those in the Division of Biological Sciences, English, Environmental Studies, Native American Studies. We also have a strong tradition in environmental writing and an active program in ethics and public affairs. There is a continual stream of readings, lectures, conferences, and events on campus related to natural resources and environmental issues.
The culturally vibrant city of Missoula is located at the intersection of five beautiful valleys, offering unparalleled access to Montana's wildlife, its national forest and wilderness areas, and a number of its legendary rivers.