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Track III: Environmental Communication

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.

ATTENTION: Students graduating in or before 2020 can choose to complete the previous track model.

Example track paths, based on students' interests:

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

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Students focusing on the Environmental Communication Track must take the following track courses in addition to other general requirements:

Applied Environmental Studies Stand-alone Majors:

  • Four elective courses

Environmental Studies Co-Majors:

  • Five courses as follows:
    • One Introductory course
    • One Methods/Research course
    • Three elective courses:
      • One Communication Practice
      • Two Environmental Applications
ENV 150 Environment, Communication and Culture Spring

ENV 120 Intro to Environmental Fieldwork: From Class to Community Fall, Spring
ENV 170 Environmental Data Visualization Fall

ELS 105 Entrepreneurial Marketing Fall, Spring
ENG 7 Creative Writing: Journalism Fall, Spring
ENG 11 Intermediate Journalism Fall, Spring
FMS 22 Media Literacy Spring
FMS 30 Film and Media Production I Spring
FMS 31 Making the Short Film Spring
FMS 43 Public Relations and Marketing: Unraveling the Spin Fall
FMS 44 Social Marketing: Theory and Practice Variable
FMS 138 Advanced Filmmaking Spring
NUTR 220 Introduction to Writing about Nutrition and Health Fall
PHTM 64 Photography Foundations Fall, Spring
PHTM 65 Photography and Computer Fall, Spring
TPS 58 Public Speaking Fall, Spring
ANTH 20 Global Cities Spring
ANTH 24 Anthropology of the Environment Fall
ANTH 138 The Anthropocene and the End of Nature Variable
ANTH 148 Medical Anthropology Variable
ANTH 164 Media, the State, and the Senses Spring
BIO 51/ENV 51 Experiments in Ecology Fall
BIO 144 Principles of Conservation Biology Fall
BIO 164/ENV164 Marine Biology Spring
BIO 180 Seminar in Conservation Biology Spring (even years)
BIO 181/ENV 181 Tropical Ecology and Conservation Fall (odd years)
BIO 185 Food for All: Ecology, Biotechnology and Sustainability Fall (even years), Summer
CEE 158 Occupational and Environmental Health Spring
CEE 189 Introduction to Remote Sensing Spring
ENG 160/ENV 160 Environmental Justice and World Literature Spring
ENG 176 Seminar in English: Earth Matters Fall
ENV 34 Children as Earth Stewards Spring
ENV 91 Environmental Preservation and Improvement Fall
ENV 100 Sustainability in Action Spring
ENV 107/GIS 101 Intro to Geographic Information Systems Fall, Spring
ENV 127 The Art of Making an Impact in Environmental Science * Spring
ENV 152/PS 188-20 Seminar in Environmental Negotiations Variable
ENV 190 Practicing in Food Systems Spring
ENV 197/GIS 102 Advanced GIS Spring
EOS 104 Geological Applications of Geographic Information Systems Spring
FAH 048 Nature into Art Spring
NUTR 226 Food from Production to Market Spring
PHIL 25 Food Ethics Spring
PHIL 191 Climate Change Ethics Fall
SOC 40 Media and Society Spring
SOC 135 Social Movements Fall
SOC 185 Seminar in Mass Media Studies Spring
SOC 188-04 Consumers and Consumerism Fall
UEP 101 Land Use Planning II Spring
UEP 200/ENV 200 Land Use Planning I Fall
UEP 232/ENV193 Intro to GIS Fall, Spring
UEP 265/ENV 265 Corporate Management of Environmental Issues Fall

Unlisted courses that are environmentally-themed might be requested 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. In order to have an unlisted course added to a track, you must complete a Course Petition form and submit it to environmentalstudies@tufts.edu.

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 SIS.