Environmental Communication, Minor
You choose a minor with your advisor guidance to complement your major and your personal academic goals. You may be required to complete a minor in a field different than your major.
You may use the same course or courses to meet both liberal studies and minor requirements as long as you meet all requirements for the minor.
This minor is designed to provide students with: knowledge and skills related to environmental journalism; environmental advocacy; environmental decision-making, collaboration and conflict resolution; rhetorics of environmentalism; and representations of nature.
Requirements Accordion Open
A minor is earned in conjunction with a bachelor's degree.
To receive a minor (18 to 24 units) at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject matter areas with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0. At least 12 units of the minor must be unique to that minor and not applied to any other minor.
Overview Accordion Closed
In addition to University Requirements:
- Complete individual plan requirements.
Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.
No more than 50% of the units used to satisfy minor requirements may be used to satisfy major requirements.
The minor in Environmental Communication is designed to introduce students to the range of subfields in environmental communication and provide them with the necessary background in environmental history, ideologies, issues, and ethics for engaging in the production, analysis, and evaluation of environmental messages. One emphasis is developing capacities to think critically about environmental messages pertaining to human relationships with the natural world that are communicated through artistic, advocacy, and journalistic venues both verbal and audio-visual. Equally important, a second emphasis is on the production of messages in a variety of media, genres, and contexts, actively engaging in multiple forms of environmental communication. The minor in Environmental Communication is a useful supplement for those majoring and/or preparing for careers in environmental journalism, documentary production, environmental art, public relations, environmental advocacy, community organizing, environmental education, environmental law, politics, parks and recreation, and public agency service.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students completing the minor in Environmental Communication will be able to:
- relate a broad understanding of Western environmental history, ideologies, issues, and ethics
- describe how environmental information and advocacy is articulated in various communication genres and media
- analyze how environmental information and advocacy is articulated in various communication genres and media
- evaluate how environmental information and advocacy is articulated in various communication genres and media
- demonstrate research and communication skills in the area of environmental communication, including the production of environmental messages in a variety of media, genres, and contexts
- demonstrate a working knowledge of environmental activism and how advocacy, nonprofit, and governmental organizations function in relation to environmental campaigns and causes
- demonstrate an understanding of the inherently interdisciplinary nature of environmental issues
Details Accordion Closed
Take the following 21 units:
Select one environmentally-related course outside of the School of Communication from (3 units):
Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.