To apply: Find a CHE faculty associate who is willing to serve as your CHE advisor. Complete the form available here and submit with an unofficial transcript.

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

Certificate students must complete at least 12–13 credits including an interdisciplinary methods seminar, a place-based workshop, a thematically coherent sequence of courses relating to past environmental and cultural change, and varying participation in the CHE environmental history colloquium. Courses should be chosen from at least two of the main divisions of UW–Madison curricula—the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences—and should expose students to research approaches from outside their home discipline. Once a student and their advisor have developed and described the rationale for the chosen thematic sequence, it must be reviewed and approved by the CHE curriculum subcommittee. Possible thematic sequences might include the following: representations of nature, rural studies, urban studies, environmental conflict, environmental justice, environmental policy and politics, communities and forests, landscape change, environmental health and history, indigenous cultures and landscapes, and environmental communications.

  1. Gain an understanding of a significant variety of disciplinary approaches to the study of environmental change and the interactions of humans with the natural environment.
  2. Learn to use differing forms of evidence and methods of analysis that can be employed to understand past environmental change and its human meanings.

Executive Program Committee

Anna Andrzejewski (Center Director and Certificate/Minor Chair), Rachel Gurney (Assistant Director, Ex Officio), and the CHE Steering Committee