Environmental Communication

Environmental communication is an interdisciplinary field that refers to the study of the techniques, roles, and influences communications have on environmental topics. It is the study of the way humans craft, distribute, interpret, and use messages about the environment. This field can include a wide range of possible interactions from interpersonal communication to virtual communication, participatory decision making, and media coverage.

Recommended Minors

  • Communication – focuses on how people use messages to generate meanings within and across various contexts, cultures, channels, and media.
  • Sociology – studies groups, the ways people behave in groups and how an individual’s attitudes and actions are influenced by them.
  • History – analyzes human experience in context as it changes over time.

Areas of Study and Practice

  • Environmental rhetoric and discourse
  • Media and environmental journalism
  • Public participation in environmental decision making
  • Social marketing and advocacy campaigns
  • Environmental collaboration and conflict resolution
  • Risk communication
  • Representation of nature in popular culture and green marketing

Environmental Studies Graduates’ Positions

  • Senior Manager or Development and Communications, Environmental Initiative
  • Assistant Editor, Solar Today Magazine
  • Environmental Health Specialist, Mason City (Sophia Walsh)
  • Video Editor, Patagonia, Ventura, CA (Nate Ptacek)
  • Community Planner, National Park Service

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