The B.A in Environmental Writing and Media Studies at Unity College empowers students to advocate for the environment through a variety of compelling and persuasive media.
B.A. in Environmental Writing and Media Studies
As you engage in Unity’s distinctive sustainability science curriculum, you will learn to address complex environmental issues and advocate for food and farms, climate change, biodiversity, sustainable societies, wildlife management, and more. Our hands-on and integrative approach to learning also gives you the opportunity for creative exploration and discovery. So ask yourself: Where do I want to go?
If you’re passionate about the environment and aspire to address global sustainability issues with a keen perspective, we want to hear your story—and help you learn how to share it effectively.
The field of environmental communication crosses the boundaries of environmental studies, environmental science, communications, and social science. As an environmental writing and media studies major, you’ll learn to produce effective websites, powerful documentary films, and strategic social media, among other forms of traditional and new communications.
By emphasizing experiential learning, writing and editing as a process, and the development of a unique voice, our program provides you with the skills necessary for a variety of rewarding environmental communication careers.
Define Your Area of Study
In addition to liberal arts foundation courses from our Environmental Citizen Curriculum, the Environmental Writing and Media Studies program includes exploring and specializing in digital media production, documentary film, environmental advocacy, new media, environmental communications, and writing for publication.
As part of your final project, you’ll develop a portfolio suitable for publication, which may include editorial work on Unity College’s critically acclaimed "Hawk & Handsaw: The Journal of Creative Sustainability".
You’ll also gain real world experience and skills interning with land trusts, local businesses and associations such as the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) [link], and world-class film festivals such as the Camden International Film Festival (CIFF) and the Maine International Film Festival (MIFF).
Additionally, our small class sizes and low student-to-teacher ratio provide a more personalized environment for self-exploration.
Careers in Environmental Writing and Media Studies
Strong communication skills are in high demand by employers and are the most-valued skill set according to a survey of Unity College alumni. Graduates of our Environmental Writing and Media Studies program are well prepared to serve in various positions that require strong communication skills, including:
- Environmental communications officers
- Environmental journalists
- Professional writers for nonprofit organizations
- Media and web content developers
- Independent filmmakers
The B.A. in Environmental Writing and Media Studies at Unity also serves as excellent preparation for law school, graduate programs, film and media school, and advanced creative writing programs.
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Our Expert Faculty
Our accomplished faculty are dedicated to helping you drive real change through leading-edge knowledge and expertise.
Here are just a few of the ways students in our Environmental Writing and Media Studies program have shaped their environmental communication careers:
Sara Trunzo ’08 is farm viability project manager and the director of Veggies For All at Maine Farmland Trust, an organization that works to protect farmland and keep farming in Maine viable and vital.
Holli Cedarholm ’07 is owner of Proud Peasant Farm, an organic vegetable and culinary herb farm in Washington, Maine, and is also general manager for the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association. She represented the United States as a delegate to the Slow Food Conference in Turin, Italy, in fall 2012.