Program Overview

Environmental communication is a growing career field. The environmental communication minor provides an understanding of environmental communication trends, policies and practices to equip students in a variety of majors with the necessary knowledge and skills to become effective managers and leaders in business, and in public and nonprofit organizations. Environmental issues are complex, and every sector of society has a stake in clearly and effectively relating their messages or concerns to the public.

The courses include both theory and practice and focus on the achievement of effective environmental communication skills to assist with the ever-changing problems and issues in environmental studies. Graduates with an environmental communication minor will be able to analyze the various environmental issues, the values and assumptions behind those issues, and the communication tools available for persuasion and public policy decisions.

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At least 12 of the 20 credits required for the environmental communication minor must be completed at Metropolitan State.

Transfer courses may be applicable to minor requirements. The university's degree audit (DARS) will specify transfer courses that are directly equivalent to minor requirements; other transfer courses must be approved by the coordinator of the environmental communication minor.

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Requirements ( 20 total credits)

Environmental Communication Required courses (20 credits)

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  • HIST 363 World Environmental History
    4 credits

    This course surveys the key themes and developments in world environmental history; that is, the history of how human societies have changed their environments and how the environment has influenced the courses of societies. It examines pre-modern cultures' intellectual, economic, and technological approaches to the environment, the role of epidemic and environmental transformation in the colonial age, and the revolutionary changes introduced to the environment in the modern period of industrialization and population growth and the rapid consumption of resources that has involved. The course places contemporary environmental issues in their deep historical contexts.

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  • ETHS 304 Environmental Justice and Public Policy
    4 credits

    This class focuses on the history and background of the social and environmental issues confronting racial and ethnic communities in the United States. Students learn about the practice and politics of ecological inequality, community initiatives which have developed to combat such inequality, and how environmental justice has emerged as a viable and powerful political movement. This course is useful to students interested in environment and public policy as well as racial and ethnic studies.

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  • NSCI 204 Environmental Science
    4 credits

    An introduction to environmental science and the range of environmental issues that affect people on a global, local and personal level. Topics include drinking water supply, wastewater treatment, solid and hazardous waste management, air pollution, acid rain, global warming and home environmental audits. Includes lab. Intended for general education students.

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  • LIT 349 American Nature Writers
    4 credits

    This course familiarizes students with characteristic works of nature writing by U.S. authors. While the course touches on fiction and poetry, emphasis is on major authors, themes and issues in creative nonfiction about the natural world from the beginnings of European settlement to the present. Topics covered include changes over time in American thinking and writing about nature; primitivism and the pastoral; the aesthetics of nature and nature writing; nature writing and spirituality, Romanticism, Modernism, and the natural world; anthrocentrism and biocentrism; ecofeminism; creation of point of view in description and nonfiction narrative; authorial tone and credibility; and the "prophetic tradition" in American nature writing.

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