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Curriculum

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):

INTRODUCTORY
One
of the following courses:
ENV 196-01 Selected Topics: Environment, Communication and Culture Spring
METHODS/RESEARCH
One
of the following courses:
BIO 051/ENV 051 Experiments in Ecology Fall
BIO 181/ENV 181 Tropical Ecology and Conservation Fall (odd years)
CD 140 Problems of Research: Statistics Spring
CD 144 Qualitative And Ethnographic Methods In Applied Social Science Research Spring
CD 146 Applied Data Analysis Fall
CEE 267/UEP 267 Methods of Environmental Impact Assessment Variable
CEE-194-C/ENV 195-01 Selected Topics: Environmental Informatics Fall
CH 030 Community Health Methods Variable
CH 031 Introduction to Statistics for Health Applications Fall
EC 107 Econometric Analysis Fall/Spring
ELS 105-01 and 02 Entrepreneurial Marketing Fall/Spring
ENV 107/GIS 101 Intro to Geographic Information Systems Fall/Spring
ENV 196-02/UEP 194 Selected Topics: Environmental Action Spring
ENV 196-0R/CEE 194 Selected Topics: Introduction to Remote Sensing Spring
ENV 197/GIS 102 Advanced GIS Spring
ENV 199 Senior Honors Thesis Fall/Spring
PS 103 Political Science Research Methods Spring
PS 115 Public Opinion and Public Survey Variable
PSY 031 Statistics for Behavioral Science Fall/Spring
PSY 032 Experimental Psychology Fall/Spring
PSY 036 Experimental Social Psychology Spring
SOC 101 Quantitative Research Methods Fall
SOC 102 Qualitative Research Methods Spring
UEP 232/ENV193 Intro to GIS Spring
ELECTIVES
Three
courses from the arts and humanities, media practice, natural sciences, or social sciences. Courses must come from at least two different departments and include one seminar (*)
ARTS & HUMANITIES
DR 027 Public Speaking Fall/Spring
ENG 154 American Indian Writers Fall
ENG 160/ENV 160 Environmental Justice and World Literature Spring
ENG 191-03 Seminar in English: Earth Matters Fall
EXP 051 Narrative and Documentary Practice Fall
NUTR 220 Introduction to Writing about Nutrition and Health Fall
PHIL 024 Introduction to Ethics Fall
PHIL 038 Rational Choice Fall
PHIL 091 Climate Change Ethics Fall
PHIL 124 Bioethics Spring
MEDIA PRACTICE  
EXP 050 Topics in Media Literacy Variable
EXP 053 Producing Films for Social Change Fall
EXP 101 Advanced Filmmaking Fall
EXP 101 Advanced Filmmaking Spring
FAM 064 Photography Foundations Fall/Spring
FAM 065 Photography and Computer Fall/Spring
PS 188-20 International Environmental Negotiations Spring
NATURAL SCIENCES  
ANTH 040 Biological Anthropology Spring
BIO 002 Biology and the American Social Contract Spring (odd years)
BIO 010/ENV 010 Plants and Humanity Spring
BIO 118 Plant Physiology Spring (even years)
BIO 144 Principles of Conservation Biology Spring (even years)
BIO 164/ENV164 Marine Biology Spring
BIO 180 Seminar in Conservation Biology - Climate Change and Extinction Risk * Spring (odd years)
BIO 181/ENV 181 Tropical Ecology and Conservation * Fall (odd years)
CEE 158 Occupational and Environmental Health Spring
SOCIAL SCIENCES  
ANTH 020 Global Cities Spring
ANTH 121 The Politics of Knowledge Variable
ANTH 148 Medical Anthropology Spring
EC 030/ENV 030 Environmental Economics Fall/Spring
ED 164 Education for Peace and Justice Fall
PS 188-20 International Environmental Negotiations Spring
EXP 052 Public Relations and Marketing: Unraveling the Spin Fall
EXP 058 Social Marketing Spring
PSY 013 Social Psychology Fall/Spring
PSY 032 Experimental Psychology Fall/Spring
PSY 036 Experimental Social Psychology Spring
SOC 040 Media and Society Spring
SOC 135 Social Movements Fall
SOC 185 Seminar in Mass Media Studies Variable
SOC 188-04 Consumers and Consumerism Fall
UEP 101 Land Use Planning Spring
UEP 200/ENV 200 Land Use Planning Fall
UEP 207 Environmental Law Fall
INTERDISCIPLINARY  
BIO 185 Food for All: Ecology, Biotechnology and Sustainability * Spring (odd years)
ENV 091 Environmental Preservation and Improvement * Fall

Unlisted courses that are environmentally-themed AND approved by the Director of Environmental Studies might be taken to count toward specific requirements (introductory, research/methods and advanced courses/seminars). Examples might include Experimental College classes or Advanced Independent Research courses offered by different departments.

Attention: This list is a general guide. Some courses might not be taught every year. Please double-check the current semester course listing and/or iSIS.