The Center for Culture, History, and Environment (CHE) provides a home for faculty and graduate students from across campus to explore changing human-environment interactions across the broad sweep of history in an interdisciplinary setting. Graduate student involvement is at the core of CHE’s mission, and graduate students from all disciplines are invited to take part in the full range of CHE’s activities, events, scholarly collaborations, and professional development opportunities. CHE offers two main avenues for graduate student involvement: a non-curricular affiliation in the form of Graduate Student Associate status, and a curricular track in the form of the CHE Certificate or PhD Minor.

Eligibility: Any currently enrolled graduate student at UW-Madison currently at the PhD level and not pursuing any other minor field.


  • Completed PhD minor will appear on transcript
  • Demonstrates rigorous academic engagment with interdisciplinary environmental studies
  • Ability to construct a tailored minor course of study that counts as an “Option A” minor program


  • 9-credit elective sequence tailored to student’s interests and drawn from at least two major academic divisions
  • Average GPA for coursework must be 3.00 or higher.

To apply: Find a CHE Faculty Associate who is willing to serve as your CHE advisor. Complete form available at and submit with unofficial transcript.

Admission process: CHE Curriculum Committee reviews applications on a rolling schedule.