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Share your Passion

Environmental Communication students learn to teach others about nature

Environmental Communication and Heritage Interpretation (Minor)

Offered by: Parks and Conservation

If you want to effectively share your passion for the environment with others, this minor is for you. Environmental communication and heritage interpretation teaches students how to effectively use speech, images, and technology to communicate about natural resources and environmental issues. This minor draws from multiple perspectives including communication, interpretation, public relations, environmental education, environmental science, and history. This wide perspective, along with ample hands-on and applied experience allows students to not only learn, but to also use these communication skills.

Why Choose a Minor in Environmental Communication and Heritage Interpretation

Broad-scale societal changes, such as population growth and expansion, increasing levels of income and education, and urbanization have all affected how people interact with and learn about the natural world. These changes in society require both new and innovative ways to ensure that environmental communicators and interpreters are equipped to better engage with diverse audiences. Communicating with audiences now demands an understanding of new and emerging technologies such as photo sharing social media sites, video production, GPS/GIS. This minor equips students with the necessary tools and knowledge to apply these new technologies and tactics to better communicate with the public about the natural environment.

What Will You Learn?

Students will learn the following:

  • Basic theories of effective communication and interpretation
  • How to use tools, techniques, and new technologies for effectively communicating about the environment
  • Basic content about history and the environment

Completing the minor will also enable students to achieve a nationally recognized certification from the National Association of Interpretation.

Careers In Environmental Communication

This program will provide students with the knowledge and skills for careers as: Interpretive Rangers, Environmental Educators, Naturalists, Museum Docents, or Public Relations Officers. 

Learn More About the Minor in Environmental Communication and Heritage Interpretation

Slippery Rock University's minor in Environmental Communication and Heritage Interpretation gives students the tools they need to succeed in the evolving world. Interested in learning more? Request more information today!