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The Bachelor of Arts in environmental journalism program trains a new generation of storytellers who will be well-positioned to enter the workforce to report on critical environmental issues in the public eye.

The program - made possible through a grant from The Heinz Endowments - provides the core foundation of journalism and environmental science training and hands-on experience via a partnership with Point Park's School of Communication and Department of Natural Sciences and Engineering Technology.

Additionally, this distinctive new program seeks to lead and engage the broader community in discussions about the need for reliable reporting on environmental issues, and stimulate quality work from existing journalists by serving as a resource and driver for change.

Photo by Christopher Rolinson

Course Offerings

Students in the 125-credit environmental journalism program will thrive in a supportive environment of challenging courses, experienced faculty and small class sizes. Courses include:

  • Data Journalism & Visualization
  • Case Studies in Environmental Science
  • General Chemistry I
  • Graphic Design I
  • Photography for Non-Majors
  • Environmental Science
  • General Biology II
  • Ecology

Faculty bring industry experience to the classroom

School of Communication faculty members are proven professionals with connections to top media and communication organizations.

Meet the faculty
Pictured is Chris Rolinson.
  • Coordinator, environmental journalism program
  • Teaches photojournalism and environmental journalism classes
  • Worked professionally as a photojournalist at the Herald-Star, Steubenville, Ohio

Careers in Environmental Journalism

Graduates will be equipped with the core skills essential to any career in journalism - television, radio, print, web, etc. - and prepared to handle the environmental beat or any other beat upon graduation.

Student-Run Media Provides Real-World Experience

In addition to the campus radio and TV stations, environmental journalism majors will gain real-world experience through student-run media, including:

Check out a collection of our students' work in the environmental report.

Access to Pittsburgh Media Outlets

Students will have access to some of the region's leading media outlets in Pittsburgh that provide opportunities for internships, networking and real-world experience, some of which include: