Academic Catalog 2023-2024

Slippery Rock University

Environmental Communication and Heritage Interpretation, Minor

This minor will provide students with an interdisciplinary understanding of cultural and natural resource communication and interpretation. Students will apply concepts from the fields of history, ecology, human dimensions of natural resources (including psychological, sociological, political, cultural and economic aspects), environmental education, environmental communication, adventure-based outdoor pursuits, interpretation and land management. Completing the minor will also enable students to achieve a nationally recognized certification as a Certified Interpretive Guide. 

To access Minor Requirements, please view the Curriculum Guide tab.


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Minor GPA: 2.0 or higher


  • Students must complete at least 6 credit hours in their minor from SRU
  • A minimum of 6 credit hours must be upper division (courses numbered 300 and above)
  • A minor shall be no fewer than 18 credits.
Required Core Courses
COMM 231Principles of Integrated Marketing Communication & Public Relations3
COMM 204Environmental Communication3
or PCRM 204 Environmental Communication
PCRM 347Interpretive Methods and Programming3
Strategies Electives
Select two of the following, one must be COMM:6
Interactive Multimedia 1
Video Production
Social Media
Resources for Outdoor Programming
Public History
Digital History
Content Electives
Select two of the following:6
Cultural Resources Management
Natural History of Ecosystems I
Environmental Biology
Environmental Geology
Introduction to Environmental Problems
The Natural Environment
Earth's Changing Climate
African American History to 1876
African American History Since 1876
The Long Civil Rights Movement
Twentieth Century British Culture
The American Civil War
History of Jews
Americans and the Environment
Native American History
Total Hours21

Some courses may require pre-requisites. Please see course descriptions to determine if there are any pre-requisites for that specific course.

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

Minor in Environmental Communication and Heritage Interpretation (71D)
This program is effective as of Fall 2018.
Revised 10.28.2021