Nov 26, 2020  
WORKING DRAFT 2020-2021 Catalog 
WORKING DRAFT 2020-2021 Catalog

WORKING DRAFT 2020-2021 Catalog

The University of Montana Western

Welcome to the University of Montana Western (Montana Western or UMW), an institution that prides itself on serving students, achieving academic excellence, and promoting experiential education. The University’s differentiating characteristics are expressed in its mission and core themes as well as its signature program, Experience One. Montana Western is the first and only public, four-year university in the United States that offers Experience One—a program designed to enhance student success and support experiential learning.

Experience One

Experience One comprises a unique scheduling model and teaching philosophy. The scheduling model allows students to enroll in one course at a time. Classes typically meet three hours daily over a 3.5 week period. Each 3.5 week period is referred to as a block and there are four blocks in every semester. The longer class periods and concentrated schedule discourage lecture-based teaching, encourage project-based student learning, and allow for extended field experience. Students learn by engaging in authentic practices appropriate to each discipline. Students also form strong relationships with their faculty and student peers.

Most students exposed to Experience One strongly support this learning model. As a first time to college freshman or transfer student, we are confident that you will enjoy Experience One and find it a highly rewarding educational experience.


As a leader and innovator in experiential education, the University of Montana Western educates undergraduate students through immersive practices in their field of study, strives for continous improvement, and achieves evidence-supported student learning and achievement outcomes.

Core Themes

Montana Western’s academic and administrative planning efforts are guided by three core themes:

  • Continuously improve undergraduate education and experiential learning.
  • Maximize campus-wide support for student success and completion.
  • Foster responsible campus efficiency and stewardship of resources.



The 2020-21 catalog is currently a working draft.  Changes, preparations, and edits are continuing through Wednesday October 14th when it will be finalized.