U​niversity of Wisconsin - Stevens Point

Guide to Academic Programs & Careers


 

​Environmental Communication

College of Natural Resources
Sue Kissinger, Coordinator of Advising and Recruitment
Room 180, College of Natural Resources
UW - Stevens Point, Stevens Point, WI 54481
(715) 346-4081
 
 

Introduction

The minor in Environmental Communication develops communication skills so that resource managers can interpret technical information to the public. The courses in the minor provide practical experiences in writing, speaking and communications.
 

Why Study Environmental Communication at UWSP?

Program strengths include an integrated resource management curriculum, the intern program, field-oriented instruction, small upper-level class size, intensive academic advising, summer field camp and optional field study in Germany, Australia, Costa Rica and Africa.
 

High School Preparation

To prepare for a minor in Environmental Communication, high school students should focus on courses in biology, environmental sciences, computer science, journalism and communication.
 
 

Department Features

The Human Dimensions of Natural Resources discipline has 12 faculty members with Ph.D.s in various resource management disciplines, including Environmental Education, Environmental Communication and Public Relations, Land Use Planning, Youth Camp Management, Resource Policy and Law, and Integrated Resource Management. Other courses are taught by faculty from the Forestry, Wildlife, Water Resources, Soil Science and Biology disciplines.
 

Employment Opportunity

The Environmental Communication minor is designed to develop communication skills for resource managers employed in such areas as wildlife management, forestry, water resources, soil conservation, etc. This additional skill will certainly improve the vita of an individual seeking employment in those professions. There are limited employment opportunities in environmental communication as a profession. These opportunities are usually within the communication offices of natural resources and other public offices plus working with private, non-profit organizations.
 
 

​Sample Program of Study

Required courses for the Environmental Communication minor: 26 credits
  • NR 320 - Natural Resources and Public Relations, 3 credits
  • NR 368 - Oral Interpretation Methods, 3 credits
  • NR369 - Interpretive Methods, 5 credits
  • Three to six credits from:
    • Comm 240 - Introduction to Organizational Communication
    • Comm 280 - Introduction to Interpersonal Communication
  • Nine to twelve credits from:
    • Comm 252 - Audio Production 1
    • Comm 322 - Communication Graphic Laboratory
    • Comm 342 - Organizational Communication Laboratory
    • Comm 361 - Film History, 1940 to Present
    • Comm 365 - Writing for the Media
    • Comm 394 - Speech-Making Laboratory
    • Eng 354 - Advanced Scientific and Technical Writing
    • IR 331 - Audiovisual Media
    • IR 332 - Introduction to Library Resources

Graduates at Work

Public Information Officer
Consolidated Papers

Outdoor Writer
Wisconsin DNR magazine and Sports Afield

Recycling Coordinator
Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources

Information Specialist
National Wildlife Federation