Environmental problems have never been more pressing. You can read it in the news and see it in the changing local weather. How should we understand these problems? How can they be communicated? How can we take action to make positive change? Students in this pathway will explore these questions and prepare for careers that address the environmental problems of our time.

The Environmental Communication & Action Pathway will help students explore several ways to effect change: through communication (including artistic communication), political and social activism, and technological or institutional innovation. The pathway includes coursework on environmental problems and on strategies for communication or change, experiential learning opportunities in environmental communication and action, and reflection. Although clearly related to the environmental studies major, it draws on tools from several other disciplines and emphasizes the application of knowledge and experience after graduation.

Students who pursue this pathway will develop a better understanding of possible careers addressing environmental problems and of the skill sets that can help them to pursue a career in this area. Career opportunities include (but are not limited to) work in fields of:

• environmental communication

• environmental education

• sustainability coordinators with businesses or universities

• work with conservation organizations

• work with governmental agencies

• renewable energy

• “green” technologies


Susan Clayton

Susan Clayton

Whitmore-Williams Professor of Psychology


Mareike Herrmann

Mareike Herrmann

Professor of German and Russian Studies


Niklas Manz

Niklas Manz

Associate Professor of Physics, Department Chair of Physics; Liaison to the Environmental Communication & Action Pathway


Matthew Mariola

Matthew Mariola

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies


Greg Wiles

Gregory Wiles

Schoolroy Chair of Natural Resources; Professor of Earth Sciences; Archaeology


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