College of Communication > Academics > Minors and Concentrations > Environmental Communication (Minor)

Environmental Communication (Minor)

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
CMNS 326
ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS AND RHETORIC
JOUR 311
CLIMATE CHANGE COMMUNICATION
CMNS 363
CLIMATE CHANGE COMMUNICATION
ENV 150
FOUNDATIONS OF ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
or ENV 151
INTRODUCTION TO SUSTAINABILITY
Select three of the following:12
CMNS 323
SOCIAL MOVEMENTS
CMNS 324
CULTURE OF CONSUMPTION
CMNS 355
CONFLICT MANAGEMENT
CMNS 363
CLIMATE CHANGE COMMUNICATION
or JOUR 311
CLIMATE CHANGE COMMUNICATION
CMNS 365
ARGUMENTATION, ADVOCACY, AND DELIBERATION
ENV 150
FOUNDATIONS OF ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
ENV 151
INTRODUCTION TO SUSTAINABILITY
GEO 205
RACE, JUSTICE, AND THE URBAN ENVIRONMENT
GEO 210
ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
GEO 141
GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS I: DIGITAL MAPPING
GEO 243
REMOTE SENSING
JOUR 275
INTRODUCTION TO JOURNALISM
JOUR 278
NEWS REPORTING
JOUR 279
FEATURE WRITING
JOUR 360
POLITICAL COMMUNICATION
JOUR 364
INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING
JOUR 367
INTERNATIONAL REPORTING
JOUR 374
COMMUNITY JOURNALISM
MCS 271
MEDIA AND CULTURAL STUDIES
ORGC 251
ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION
ORGC 316
COMMUNICATION AND GROUP DECISION-MAKING
ORGC 358
DIVERSITY, LEADERSHIP, & TEAM BUILDING
PRAD 255
PUBLIC RELATIONS
PRAD 256
WRITING FOR PUBLIC RELATIONS AND ADVERTISING
PRAD 374
MEDIA RELATIONS
PRAD 376
CRISIS COMMUNICATION MANAGEMENT
PRAD 382
NON-PROFIT PUBLIC RELATIONS
WRD 283
ENVIRONMENTAL WRITING

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