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Track III: Environmental Communication

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Example Track Paths

What do Environmental Communication track students take for classes? These are a few examples representing possible routes through the Environmental Communication track based on a student's interests. Many other paths are possible.

Environmental Communication in Conservation
Environmental Film-making
Communicating Environmental Injustices
Environmental Communication in Business (or NGOs)
Public Relations and Greenwashing
Communicating Environmental Health

Environmental Communication in Conservation

Paulo is a senior interested in Environmental Communication in Tropical Environments. He plans to go work for a government or a conservation-NGO in Latin America or perhaps Sub-Saharan Africa when he graduates.

Intro: ENV 150 Environment, Communication and Culture
Methods: ENV 120 Intro to Environmental Fieldwork
Communication Practice: EXP 051 Advanced Documentary Practice
Environmental Applications Electives:
BIO 180 Seminar in Conservation Biology
BIO 181/ENV 181 Tropical Ecology and Conservation

Environmental Film-making

Sadie fell in love with Josh Fox's documentary "How to Let Go of the World and Love All of the Things Climate Can't Change" and decided to become an environmental filmmaker to help communicate important stories. As one of her electives, Sadie took Film and Media Production II toward her Communication Practice as she had already taken Film and Media Production I toward her Film and Media Studies co-major.

Intro: ENV 150 Environment, Communication and Culture
Methods: ENV 120 Intro to Environmental Fieldwork
Communication Practice:
FMS 031 Film and Media Production II
Environmental Applications Electives:
SOC 185 Seminar in Mass Media Studies
PHIL 191 Climate Change Ethics

Communicating Environmental Injustices

Inspired by events in Flint, Michigan and working with the Center For Environment Health and Justice (CHEJ) materials in the Tufts Archives, Hanan's focus is on communicating environmental injustices. Hanan is applying for communication internships at the EPA and organizations like CHEJ after graduation.

Intro: ENV 150 Environment, Communication and Culture
Methods: ENV 120 Intro to Environmental Fieldwork
Communication Practice:
ENG 11 Intermediate Journalism
Environmental Applications Electives:
ENG 160/ENV 160 Environmental Justice and World Literature
SOC 135 Social Movements

Environmental Communications in Business (or NGOs)

Dorceta is interested in how businesses can make substantial changes in their environmental practices and communicate these changes without greenwashing. She is applying for positions as an assistant sustainability officer at several corporations for next year.

Intro: ENV 150 Environment, Communication and Culture
Methods: ENV 120 Intro to Environmental Fieldwork
Communication Practice:
ELS 105 Entrepreneurial Marketing
Environmental Applications Electives:
UEP 265 Corporate Management of Environmental Issues
SOC 40 Media and Society

Public Relations and Greenwashing

Alejandro read the book "Merchants of Doubt" and became fascinated by the roles of public relations people and corporate greenwashing. After graduation, he hopes to work at a counter-think tank focusing on undoing the damages caused by the "Merchants of Doubt."

Intro: ENV 150 Environment, Communication and Culture
Methods: ENV 120 Intro to Environmental Fieldwork
Communication Practice:
DR 27 Public Speaking
Environmental Applications Electives:
SOC 188-04 Consumers and Consumerism
ANTH 24 Anthropology of the Environment

Communicating Environmental Health

Following the news on the Ebola and Zika epidemics drew Marcus into focusing on more effective communication surrounding environmental health issues. He plans to attend graduate school after graduation and is deciding between programs in public health, communication, or medical anthropology.

Intro: ENV 150 Environment, Communication and Culture
Methods: ENV 120 Intro to Environmental Fieldwork
Communication Practice: NUTR 220 Introduction to Writing about Nutrition and Health
Environmental Applications Electives:
ANTH 148 Medical Anthropology
CEE 158 Occupational and Environmental Health