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December 6, 2011 / Rich Bellon

Two Graduate Programs on the Environment

There’s a pair of innovative masters programs of note for students interested in environmental issues:

1. Conservation Leadership Through Learning
A Partnership between Colorado State University and El Colegio de la Frontera Sur in Mexico.

The creation of a sustainable future will require the development of conservation practitioners with a strong foundation in science, leadership, and management. In addition, these practitioners will need to engage in cross-disciplinary problem solving, to understand cross-cultural and cross-boundary issues, and to be comfortable operating adaptively in an environment of increasing complexity and uncertainty.

Through Conservation Leadership through Learning (CLTL) we are pioneering a new model for graduate education that will prepare the next generation of conservation leaders. CLTL merges transdisciplinary University education with real-world action to create on-the-ground benefits for conservation and communities. The result is a highly integrated learning experience developed by Colorado State University’s Warner College of Natural Resources and the School of Global Environmental Sustainability in partnership with El Colegio de la Frontera Sur (ECOSUR) in Mexico.

2. Environmental Philosophy
University of Montana

The graduate program’s strengths are in environmental philosophy. Our environmental masters track takes advantage of the department’s expertise in wilderness issues, Thoreau, ecofeminism, bioregionalism, philosophy of technology, philosophy of ecology, literature and environment, synthetic biology, and climate ethics. In addition to faculty working directly in these areas, many faculty outside the department–in for example the School of Forestry, Environmental Studies, English, and Native American Studies–offer relevant courses and are available to students working on their graduate thesis.

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, or community activism.

The department also offers the masters degree to students who wish to pursue a more traditional course of study. We consider this degree terminal rather than preparation for a Ph.D. elsewhere.



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