Environmental Communication (Minor)

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This minor provides a foundation in the communication skills that help shape and influence environmental attitudes, values, practices and policy. Students will learn about the more formal aspects of environmental communication (federal, state, and local policy) as well as the less formal (representations of nature in mediated contexts, environmental journalism, social movement rhetoric, and corporate communication about the environment). They will develop a heightened critical sensibility about the ways in which communication and discourse not only shapes our understanding of the environment but also influences political and personal action. On a more practical level, students will enhance their public speaking, writing, interpersonal, and leadership skills in environmental advocacy contexts. Students will gain skills in in-depth multimedia reporting on science and environmental issues, as well as the role of socially responsible journalism in facilitating public understanding of environmental issues and participation in environmental governance. 

​Course Requirements

A minor in Environmental Communication requires students to complete a total of 24 credit hours (six courses). To complete the minor, students must take:  ​​​

Course Title Quarter Hours
CMNS 325PROMOTING SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES4
Select one of the following:4
ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS AND RHETORIC
CLIMATE CHANGE COMMUNICATION
CLIMATE CHANGE COMMUNICATION
FOUNDATIONS OF ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
INTRODUCTION TO SUSTAINABILITY
Select three of the following:12
SOCIAL MOVEMENTS
CULTURE OF CONSUMPTION
CONFLICT MANAGEMENT
CLIMATE CHANGE COMMUNICATION
CLIMATE CHANGE COMMUNICATION
ARGUMENTATION, ADVOCACY, AND DELIBERATION
FOUNDATIONS OF ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
INTRODUCTION TO SUSTAINABILITY
RACE, JUSTICE, AND THE URBAN ENVIRONMENT
ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS I: DIGITAL MAPPING
REMOTE SENSING
INTRODUCTION TO JOURNALISM
NEWS REPORTING
FEATURE WRITING
POLITICAL COMMUNICATION
INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING
INTERNATIONAL REPORTING
COMMUNITY JOURNALISM
MEDIA AND CULTURAL STUDIES
ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION
COMMUNICATION AND GROUP DECISION-MAKING
DIVERSITY, LEADERSHIP, & TEAM BUILDING
PUBLIC RELATIONS
WRITING FOR PUBLIC RELATIONS AND ADVERTISING
MEDIA RELATIONS
CRISIS COMMUNICATION MANAGEMENT
NON-PROFIT PUBLIC RELATIONS
ENVIRONMENTAL WRITING