WRIT 375

Environmental Communication

4 Undergraduate credits
Effective May 7, 2017 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

This course focuses on environmental communication which encompasses a multidisciplinary viewpoint. The course helps students understand how environmental issues and conflicts develop, the values underlying the perspectives on these issues, how these values are presented, and the scientific and technical information involved in understanding environmental communication.

Special information

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Goal 1 Communication. Note: Formerly known as WRIT 575 Environmental Communication.

Learning outcomes


  • Able to analyze the underlying values that propel disagreements in-depth.
  • Advanced skills in writing about environmental issues for a specific audience, purpose, and situation.
  • Advanced understanding of the role of scientific and technical writing in environmental issues.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills at an advanced level.
  • Establish guidelines for effective environmental communication.
  • Understand the complexities of environmental issues.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 10: People and the Environment

  • Explain the basic structure and function of various natural ecosystems and of human adaptive strategies within those systems.
  • Discern patterns and interrelationships of bio-physical and socio-cultural systems.
  • Describe the basic institutional arrangements (social, legal, political, economic, religious) that are evolving to deal with environmental and natural resource challenges.
  • Evaluate critically environmental and natural resource issues in light of understandings about interrelationships, ecosystems, and institutions.
  • Propose and assess alternative solutions to environmental problems.
  • Articulate and defend the actions they would take on various environmental issues.