Course Description

This seminar will draw from ecology, history, and literature as we examine how Americans understand parks, national monuments, and other public lands. 

Meeting Place and Times



Your Instructor, Environmental Historian James A. Pritchard, is the author of Preserving Yellowstone: Science and the Perception of Nature (yes, we'll read it!) and the co-author if A Green and Permanent Land: Ecology and Agriculture in the Twentieth Century. He has taught at Iowa State University, and has been back in Bozeman for 3 years.

Tuition and Fees

If you are accepted into a qualified online program, see the appropriate MSU Online Only Tuition and Fee table.

If you are also taking a face-to-face course, please refer to the MSU Fee Schedules

Required Books/Materials

  • Manning, Diamant, eds. A Thinking Person's Guide to America's National Parks. George Braziller, Inc., 2016.

ISBN: 978-0807600191

  • Pritchard, James. Preserving Yellowstone's Natural Conditions: Science and the Perception of Nature. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1999.
  • Gessner, David. All the Wild That Remains: Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner, and the American West. W.W. Norton & Company, 2016.

ISBN: 978-0393352375

Computer Requirements

  • Internet access
  • A device and browser that pass the system check for Brightspace LE, MSU's learning management system.
  • Skype is recommended for one-on-one questions with your instructor


This course uses a learning management system. You will learn more closer to the course start date.

For More Information

For more information, please contact the instructor, James Pritchard

How to Register

You must be accepted as a student to Montana State University to take this course.

Learn how to apply.

After your application has been accepted, you will register via MSU's online registration system, MyInfo.

Registration requires a PIN number. Learn how to find your PIN.

Once you have your PIN, learn how to register through MyInfo.