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New Track III: Environmental Communication

Beginning in the Fall 2012 semester, all students declaring for ENVS to complete the Track III will be required to choose from these courses. This list will periodically be updated as new courses present themselves. Please make sure to check Course Offerings for the most up-to-date semester based course listings.

Environmental Communication is an interdisciplinary field that examines how individuals, groups, and cultures perceive information, and how they craft and disseminate environmental messages to enhance our understanding of environmental change and/or degradation. Despite extensive data, getting public engagement on environmental issues has proven elusive. Effective communication of environmental issues is a critical need.

At Tufts University, the goal of the Environmental Communication Track is to provide students with an interdisciplinary background that will enable them to evaluate environmental information carefully and critically, and to be able to create messages in ways that are scientifically sound and effective in reaching multiple audiences through various platforms.

The requirements below will give students an understanding of how written, spoken and visual messages are communicated and perceived, and the social and cultural contexts in which environmental information is communicated.

Minimum Required Courses (n=5):

  • The following introductory course:
     
    • ENV 196/EXP 59 CS Environment, Communication & Culture
       
  • One Methods/Research course:
     
    • BIO 51/ENV 51 Experiments in Ecology
    • BIO 181 Tropical Ecology and Conservation*
    • CD 140 Research Statistics
    • CD 144 Qualitative and Ethnographic Methods
    • CD 146 Applied Data Analysis
    • CMH 31 Statistics
    • CEE 267 Methods of Environmental Impact Assessment
    • CH 30 Inquiry in the Social World
    • CH51 Introduction to Statistics for Health Application
    • EC 107 Econometric Analysis
    • ELS 105 Entrepreneurial Marketing
    • ENV 51/BIO 51 Experiments in Ecology
    • ENV 107/GIS 101 Introduction to GIS
    • ENV 193/GIS 101 Introduction to GIS
    • ENV 196-5 Introduction to Remote Sensing
    • EXP 0046 Environmental Action: Shifting from Saying to Doing
    • PS 103 Political Science Research Methods
    • PS 115 Public Opinion and Survey Research
    • PSYCH 31 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
    • PSYCH 32 Experimental Psychology
    • PSYCH 36 Experimental Social Psychology
    • SOC 101 Quantitative Research Methods
    • SOC 102 Qualitative Research Methods (for Sociology majors only)
       
  • Three additional elective courses from the arts and humanities, media practice, natural sciences, or social sciences. At least one of the three courses below must be an advanced seminar or research-intensive experience*, and the courses should represent at least two different departments.
     
    • Arts & Humanities
       
      • DR 27 Public Speaking
      • ENG 154 Native American Writers
      • ENG 160 Environmental Justice and US Literature
      • ENV 191/ENG 191 Earth Matters
      • EXP 0051 Narrative and Documentary Practice
      • FAH 104 Greening of Art: Ecology, Sustainability, and Sculpture Since 1970
      • NUTR 220 Introductory Writing about Nutrition and Health
      • PHIL 24 Introduction to Ethics
      • PHIL 38 Rational Choice
      • PHIL 91 Climate Change Ethics
      • PHIL 124 Bioethics
      • Experimental College and SMFA courses as approved by the ENVS Director
         
    • Media Practice
       
      • EXP 53 Producing Films for Social Change
      • EXP 55 Multimedia Journalism for the 21st Century
      • EXP 101 Advanced Filmmaking*
      • FAM 64 Photography Foundations
      • FAM 65 Photography and Computer
      • PS 118 Seminar on New Media, New Politics*
      • PS 188-20 International Environmental Negotiations*
      • SMFA courses as approved by the ENVS Director
         
    • Natural Science Courses
       
      • ANTH 40 Biological Anthropology
      • BIO 2 Biology and the American Social Contract
      • BIO 10 Plants and Humanity
      • BIO 118 Plant Physiology
      • BIO 144 Conservation Biology
      • BIO 164 Marine Biology
      • BIO 180 Seminar in Conservation Biology*
      • BIO 181 Tropical Ecology and Conservation*
      • CHEM 8 Environmental Chemistry
      • CEE 158 Occupational and Environmental Health
      • CHEM, EOS, PHY courses as approved by the ENVS Director
         
    • Social Science Courses
       
      • ANTH 15 Native Peoples and Indigenous Rights in South America
      • ANTH 20 Global Cities
      • ANTH 121 The Politics of Knowledge
      • ANTH 148 Medical Anthropology
      • EC 30 Environmental Economics
      • ED 164 Education for Peace and Justice
      • ELS 105 Entrepreneurial Marketing
      • EXP 50 Media Literacy
      • EXP 0052 Public Relations and Marketing: Unraveling the Spin
      • EXP 57 Media, Law and Ethics
      • EXP 58 Social Marketing
      • PJS 135/SOC 135 Social Movements
      • PS 118 Seminar on New Media, New Politics*
      • PS 188-20 International Environmental Negotiation*
      • PSY 13 Social Psychology
      • PSY 32 Experimental Psychology
      • PSY 36 Experimental Social Psychology
      • SOC 40 Media and Society
      • SOC 135/PJS 135 Social Movements
      • SOC 149 Consumers and Consumerism
      • SOC 185 Mass Media Studies
      • UEP 194-02 Policy Implementation & Innovation*
      • UEP 207 Environmental Law*
      • UEP 200 Land Use Planning*
         
    • Interdisciplinary Courses
       
      • ENV 91 Environmental Preservation and Improvement*
      • University Seminars as appropriate*
         

*Note: Other seminars may be accepted if environmentally themed and approval by the Director of Environmental Studies. They might be taught on the Medford Campus or at one of the other campuses (Friedman School of Nutrition, Science and Policy, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, SMFA, etc.)