2017-2018 General Catalog 
    May 20, 2018  
2017-2018 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Environmental Humanities, M.S.

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Master Requirements for Environmental Humanities

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Minimum Degree Hours:33

Admission Requirements

Applicants for admission to the proposed degree program will be reviewed by an admission committee consisting of regular faculty serving on the Environmental Humanities Steering Committee. We require the successful completion of a baccalaureate degree as a prerequisite for the Masters Degree, and admission requirements generally conform to the requirements of the Graduate School. The deadline for applying to the Environmental Humanities Graduate program is January 15.

Environmental Humanities and the University of Utah are committed to a multicultural, inclusive environment. The interdisciplinary nature of the degree encourages applicants from a wide variety of undergraduate programs, as well as applications from non-traditional and traditionally under-represented groups.

To apply:

On or before January 15, please include the following with your admissions application:

  • Vita/Resume
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A sample of your scholarly or creative writing, such as a term paper
  • A thousand-word statement of your personal and professional goals
  • An official transcript(s) of all previous university or college work
  • Mark the application for financial assistance box (Necessary ONLY if you desire to apply for a teaching or research assistantship)
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) results are optional, but encouraged.
  • Submit your application on-line at Graduate Admissions

If you have any problems with the application process or content, please contact Environmental Humanities.

International Students

Interested students who are not United States citizens should follow all of the general application instructions above and consult Office of Admissions. International applicants may also find International Student & Scholar Services helpful.



  • See Advisor

Degree Options


Students electing the thesis option are required to complete a minimum of 27 hours of course work and six hours of thesis credit. The student will prepare a thesis prospectus in consultation with his or her adviser and the supervisory committee. The final prospectus must be approved by the supervisory committee and be filed within the chair of the supervisory committee’s home department. A public presentation and defense of the thesis is required.


Students who select the project option are required to complete at least 27 hours of course work and a creative or applied project. A minimum of six credit hours is awarded for the project. Students who select the project option are encouraged to combine internship experiences with their project. Students will prepare a project prospectus which must receive final approval of the supervisory committee. The prospectus meeting for the master’s project may be open to the faculty and graduate students at the discretion of the candidate and his or her supervisory committee. A bound copy of the project or a final professional practicum report must be filed within the chair of the supervisory committee’s home department before the project hours are cleared. A public presentation and defense of the project is required.


Students who select the non-thesis option must complete a minimum of 33 semester hours of course work and pass a comprehensive examination administered by the supervisory committee. Election of the non-thesis option must be made and approved by the supervisory committee prior to the completion of 24 hours of course work. The comprehensive examination consists of a six-hour written examination and a two-hour oral examination or defense. The written examination will test the candidate’s knowledge and understanding of:

the theoretical foundations of humanities-based inquiry of environmental phenomena.
the major methodological approaches in humanities-based research.
the research literature in the candidate’s area of specialization.

A formal decision of “pass” or “fail” of the written examination will be made by the supervisory committee before proceeding with the oral examination. The oral examination will not be scheduled until the committee has agreed that the candidate has passed the written examination and the appropriate form filed with the graduate office.

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