Outdoor/Environmental Journalism | Webster University

Outdoor/Environmental Journalism


Effective 1 June 2020 through 31 May 2021

Please see the Temporary Adjustments to Policy on Grading for Undergraduate Courses for Spring 2020

Please see the Undergraduate Catalog Archives for PDF versions of past catalogs.

21-22 Credit Hours

This program is offered by the School of Communications/Communications and Journalism Department and is only available at the St. Louis home campus.

For information on the general requirements for a certificate, see Certificate under the Academic Policies and Information section of this catalog.

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.


  • 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 Natural Disaster (3 hours)
  • JOUR 3750 Environmental Journalism and Communications (3 hours)

Environmental Studies coursework: 9-10 hours

  • SUST 1000 Introduction to Sustainability Studies (3 hours)
  • SCIN 2530 Global Ecologies and Sustainable Living (3 hours)
    or SCIN 1520 Environment (3 hours)
    and SCIN 1521 Environment: Lab (1 hour)
  • PHIL 2360 Environmental Ethics (3 hours)
    or HRTS 3400 Human Rights and the Environment (3 hours)