Outdoor/Environmental Journalism


School of Communications/Communications and Journalism Department

The certificate program in Outdoor/Environmental Journalism provides students with a basic understanding of outdoor and environmental issues and how to communicate about those issues. Students obtaining a certificate will study the history and the best writing in the areas of outdoor and the environmental journalism, and they will be required to develop their own portfolio of writing projects in this area.

For information on general requirements for the certificate, see Certificate Program Policies and Procedures.


Prerequisite for Certificate: JOUR 1030 or WRIT 2072 or equivalent.
18-19 hours (core courses)
21-22 hours (with prerequisite of journalism or writing course)

Required Courses

Prerequisite Coursework: 3 hours

  • JOUR 1030 or WRIT 2072 or equivalent writing course (3 hours)

Journalism Coursework: 9 hours

  • JOUR 2350 Outdoor/Nature Journalism (3 hours)
  • JOUR 2750 Reporting Disaster Stories (3 hours)
  • JOUR 3750 Environmental Journalism  and Communications (3 hours)

Environmental Studies Coursework: 9-10 hours

  • GNST 1300 Technology, Science and Society (3 hours)
  • ISTL 2600/BIO1318 Natural Systems  & Sustainable Ecology (3 hours)
    -OR-SCIN 1520 & 1521Environment and Environmental Lab (3 hours)
  • PHIL 2360 Environmental Journalism  and Communications (3 hours)
    -OR-HRTS 3400 Human Rights and the Environment (3 hours)

Total: 21-22 hours

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