Quick Info

  • Wyoming
  • Summer
  • : Study Away
  • : Economics, Environmental Science and Geology, Environmental Studies, History, Political Science, Urban Studies
  • : July 27 - August 10, 2019
  • : $2,999 In-State / $3,199 Out-of-State
  • : Sunday, March 24, 2019
  • : 2.75 GPA, Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, Clear Judicial Record


PS 1681 Environmental Policy Writing.

For this writing-focused course, students will be exposed to the variety of modes in which policy writing about environmental affairs is conducted, with an emphasis on training the students to write in those modes themselves. Students will end the class with a portfolio of public policy writing with an environmental issues focus, useful for students in the social sciences seeking careers in government and government relations, students in the humanities seeking careers in journalism or persuasive writing, and especially students in the natural sciences interested in careers linked to the making of science policy. The course will explore the methods of constructing policy statements, as well as the varied trajectory of how policy statements are put into law. The course provides hands-on training for the type of work that anyone interested in changing the environment will find necessary for success. In particular, it will work to introduce the two different areas of environmental policy that the course is uniquely positioned to explore in tandem: the American West and the Shale Oil Fields/Coal Mines of Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia. 

This course fulfills a W requirement in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences.

On-Site Faculty And Staff

Dr. Andrew Lotz

Andrew Lotz Ph.D. has a B.A. in Political Science and English Writing from Hope College (Holland, MI) and a Masters and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh. He currently serves as an Assistant Dean in Arts and Sciences, as well as a Lecturer and Advisor in the Department of Political Science. His work and teaching has focused on the intersection of pop culture and politics, with special attention to Manga comics and the Song of Ice and Fire series (Game of Thrones). His current interest focuses on propaganda and myth and their role in regime support. When not flipping through a Judge Dredd comic book or stacks of propaganda, Andrew enjoys hobby painting and exploring Pittsburgh. 


Laramie: You'll stay in double rooms at the residence halls at the University of Wyoming.  Two meals are provided each day.

Cheyenne:  You'll stay in double rooms in a local hotel.

Estes Park: You'll stay in double rooms in a lodge or similar accommodations. 

Pricing And Dates

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
$2,999 $3,199
Arrive in Denver* Depart Denver*
Saturday, July 27, 2019 Sunday, August 10, 2019


Students will fly in and out of Denver International Airport with pick-up and drop-off provided by the program.  More details on flights and logistics will be provided during orientation in the spring.

Keep in mind that dates change.  You shouldn't book airfare until given confirmation from your program manager.


Inclusions & Exclusions

As a part of your program fee, the following are included:

  • Tuition for 3 credits
  • Housing in double rooms for the duration of the program
  • Two meals per day while in Laramie (8 days of program)
  • All program related entrance fees and transportation

While your program fee will cover most of your expenses, keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Personal Expenses (~$500)
  • Round-Trip Airfare to Denver ($300-$500)
  • Study Abroad Administrative Fee ($300)
  • Program Deposit ($350, to be credited to your bill)

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.

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Program Staff

Brice Lynn

Walk-In Advising Hours: By Appointment Only

Hey there.  I'm Brice and I'm one of the Assistant Directors at Pitt Study Abroad.  I'm a born-and-raised Pittsburgher (and have the accent to prove it).  My own study abroad experience as a Pitt student took me to Granada, Spain.  Between my host family, the food, and all of the embarrassing language mistakes I made, it turned out to be some of the best months of my life. Now, I'm here to help you make your own study abroad experience a reality.  When I'm not in the office, you can usually find me falling out of yoga poses, riding my bike, and ruining all of these physical activities with a plate of pierogi (extra butter and onions, please).  Get in touch with me at bel18@pitt.edu or 412-383-1029.

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