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2019-2020 Catalog 
2019-2020 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Environmental Studies/Journalism, BA

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Combined major offered by the Department of Journalism, College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Department of Environmental Studies, Huxley College of the Environment.

113-117 credits


Students wishing to complete an Environmental Studies major in four years should complete all GUR requirements in their first two years. Prospective environmental science majors are strongly advised to take additional preparatory course work that provides a strong background in chemistry, biology and mathematics. The preparatory courses listed below may be used to fulfill both Huxley College and GUR requirements.

Environmental Journalism offers the opportunity to explore the intersection between the natural world and politics, science, economics and culture. It combines rigorous research with creative storytelling. It provides the tools necessary to communicate to th e public about vital issues, at a time when the goals of journalism are more important than ever: uncovering the facts, holding the powerful accountable and telling the stories of people and issues that are hidden, misunderstood or marginalized.

Why Consider an Environmental Studies/Journalism Major?


 Contact Information

Department Chair

Jennifer Keller
Communications Facility 253

Environmental Studies
Department Chair

Grace Wang
Arntzen Hall 212

Huxley College
Professional Advisor

Kathryn Patrick
Environmental Studies 539

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How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):

Grade Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required for a student’s major or minor courses, and supporting courses for majors and minors. All preparatory courses required for admission should be completed on a lettered or numeric grading scale, not P/NP, and must be completed with a grade of C- or better.


Environmental Journalism Foundations (32 credits)

MATH 112 or suitable math placement score is necessary for some foundations courses, but higher-level math courses are recommended. Students are strongly encouraged to take chemistry, biology, and MATH 114 as part of their GUR courses to access upper division Environmental Science courses.

Environmental Journalism Major Core Courses (68-70 credits)

Environmental Journalism Depth and Specialization (minimum 10 credits)

❑ The following courses are pre-approved. Others across campus may fulfill this requirement, under ENVS faculty advisement.

Culminating Courses - Capstone and Experiential (3-5 credits)

Huxley Capstone

Students are required to take one ENVS approved course with a capstone “CPST” attribute during their senior year. A capstone class is a field or project based class that can be taken by students from both Huxley departments (ENVS/ESCI). This class is meant to be a culminating experience for the students bringing all the varied disciplines together as applied work on a real-world issue. Several capstone options are open to all Huxley College students; others have prerequisites.

Environmental Journalism majors are encouraged to select ENVS 417 as their capstone.

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