COMMUNICATION AND JOURNALISM (COJO)

College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Communication and Journalism
O’Shaughnessy Education Center (OEC) 460, (651) 962-5250
Wyatt (chair), Anderson, Armada, Bruess, Bryan, Connery, Gavrilos, Guan, Neuzil, O’Donnell, Petersen, Purdy, Sauter, Scully, Vandegrift 

Department Web Site: http://www.stthomas.edu/cj/

In the Department of Communication & Journalism, we focus on the theory and practice of communication in all its forms – interpersonal, organizational, intercultural, and mass-mediated through advertising, journalism and public relations. We create effective messages with words, images and sounds that are presented as speeches, news stories, documentaries, web sites, and advertising or public relations campaigns. We study the processes by which messages are sent and received so that we understand the effects and meanings of communication. We teach students to think critically, to communicate clearly and accurately, and to consider their personal and professional obligations to serve the common good. We emphasize excellence in communication and journalistic practices that reflect the professional and ethical development of the whole person.

Our students take a core of courses that give them basic competence in writing, speaking, and production, and then work with faculty advisers to select courses that help them specialize in a particular area of communication. All our students end their major with a capstone seminar in Communication Ethics, which ensures they understand how ethical principles apply to all forms of communication and are ready as professionals to work toward the common good. Ultimately, courses in communication and journalism prepare students for a variety of careers in advertising and public relations agencies, in news organizations that publish newspapers, magazines or web sites, in broadcast and digital media operations, in corporate, government, political, advocacy and non-profit organizations, or for graduate or law school.

Student media opportunities can be found on the TommieMedia.com web-based news organization, which provides news and advertising for UST students and the larger university community. A digital television studio, Mac-equipped graphics labs and an Avid video-editing lab support student work. Student organizations include chapters of the American Advertising Federation, Communication Club, the Lambda Pi Eta honor society and the Public Relations Student Society of America.

COJO majors must complete six of their 11 courses in COJO at UST. COJO minors must complete three of their five courses in COJO at UST.

Major in Communication and Journalism

Communication & Journalism - Major Field Guide

All Communication and Journalism majors must take 11 courses totaling 44 credits.

  • COJO 111 Intro to COJO-1 (4 credits) (formerly Communication and Citizenship)
  • COJO 112 Intro to COJO-11 (4 credits) (formerly Public Communication: Speaking and Writing)

Note: COJO 111 and/or 112 are the prerequisite courses for many other courses in the department.  They may be waived by the department chair for students majoring in departments outside COJO.   They will not be waived for COJO majors.

Note: COJO majors are strongly encouraged to complete COJO 111 and 112 before enrolling in any 300- or 400-level COJO courses. 

Plus one theory and research course (4 credits) from the following:

  • COJO 211 Communication Theories and Methods (4 credits)
  • COJO 212 Rhetorical Criticism (4 credits)
  • COJO 213 Mass Communication Research (4 credits)

Plus three theory and analysis courses (12 credits), with at least two numbered 300 or above, from the following:

  • COJO 211 Communication Theories and Methods (4 credits)
  • COJO 212 Rhetorical Criticism (4 credits)
  • COJO 213 Mass Communication Research (4 credits)

Note: Majors may count these courses in this category only if they have not used them to fulfill the above theory and research requirement

  • COJO 220 Interpersonal Communication (4 credits)
  • COJO 230 Foundations in Media and Society (4 credits)
  • COJO 232 Visual Communication (4 credits)
  • COJO 234 Principles of Advertising and Public Relations (4 credits)
  • COJO 320 Organizational Communication (4 credits)
  • COJO 326 Modern American Rhetoric (4 credits)
  • COJO 328 Communication of Race, Class, and Gender (4 credits)
  • COJO 330 Communication History (4 credits)
  • COJO 332 Documentary in American Culture (4 credits)
  • COJO 334 Literary Journalism (4 credits)
  • COJO 336 Media Law (4 credits)
  • COJO 338 Political Communication (4 credits)
  • COJO 340 Television Criticism (4 credits)
  • COJO 372 Environmental Communication (4 credits)
  • COJO 428 Social Media in Advertising and Public Relations (4 credits)
  • COJO 430 Society, Culture and the Media (4 credits)
  • COJO 432 Media Structure and Power (4 credits)

Plus three practice and application courses (12 credits), with at least one numbered 300 or above, from the following:

  • COJO 251 Multimedia Reporting (4 credits)
  • COJO 252 Editing (4 credits)
  • COJO 254 Photojournalism (4 credits)
  • COJO 256 Design Concepts of Communication (4 credits)
  • COJO 258 Writing and Designing for the Web (4 credits)
  • COJO 260 Electronic Media Production (4 credits)
  • COJO 262 Radio Production (4 credits)
  • COJO 264 Media Communication Skills (4 credits)
  • COJO 268 Advertising Copywriting (4 credits)
  • COJO 270 Public Relations Writing (4 credits)
  • COJO 272 Advertising Media and Connections Planning (4 credits)
  • COJO 274 Small Group Communication (4 credits)
  • COJO 276 Argumentation and Advocacy (4 credits)
  • COJO 350 Magazine Writing (4 credits)
  • COJO 360 Videography: TV Production in the Field (4 credits)
  • COJO 366 Persuasion (4 credits)
  • COJO 368 Advanced Advertising Copywriting (4 credits)
  • COJO 370 Intercultural Communication (4 credits)
  • COJO 451 Advanced Multimedia Reporting (4 credits)
  • COJO 456 Graphic Design Studio (4 credits)
  • COJO 460 Advanced Video Production (4 credits)
  • COJO 470 Advertising and Public Relations Campaigns (4 credits)
  • COJO 472 Family Communication (4 credits)

Note: To develop a coherent area of emphasis in these six courses, students must meet with the department chair and obtain the chair's signature on a COJO major planning form. 

Plus:

  • One elective course (4 credits) taken from any category and level in COJO, which may include independent study, experiential learning (internship) credit, a study abroad course or a topics course.

Plus a senior capstone seminar:

  • COJO 480 Communication Ethics (4 credits) 

Majors may take these two courses only with the permission of the department chair:

  • COJO 100 Public Speaking (4 credits)
  • COJO 105 Communication and the Workplace (4 credits)

Teacher Licensure

  • Elementary Education with a Specialty in Communication Arts and Literature (5-8)
  • Co-major in Communication Arts and Literature (5-12) and a Co-major in Secondary Education

See Education

Minor in Communication and Journalism

All Communication and Journalism minors must take five courses totaling 20 credits, as follows:

  • COJO 111 Intro to COJO-1 (4 credits) (formerly Communication and Citizenship)

Plus one of the following:

  • COJO 100 Public Speaking or 
  • COJO 105 Communication in the Workplace or
  • COJO 112 Intro to COJO-II (4 credits) (formerly Public Communication: Speaking and Writing)

Plus

  • Three other COJO courses (12 credits):
  • one course from the Theory and Analysis category
  • and one course from the Practice and Application category
  • and one course numbered 300 or higher
Course Number Title Credits
COJO  100 Public Speaking 4
COJO  105 Communication in the Workplace 4
COJO  111 Intro to COJO-I 4
COJO  112 Intro to COJO-II 4
COJO  211 Comm Theories & Methods 4
COJO  212 Rhetorical Criticism 4
COJO  213 Mass Communication Research 4
COJO  220 Interpersonal Communication 4
COJO  230 Foundations in Media & Society 4
COJO  232 Visual Communication 4
COJO  234 Principles of Ad and PR 4
COJO  243 Individual Study 2 OR 4
COJO  251 Multimedia Reporting 4
COJO  252 Editing 4
COJO  254 Photojournalism 4
COJO  256 Design Concepts-Communication 4
COJO  258 Writing/Designing for the Web 4
COJO  260 Electronic Media Production 4
COJO  262 Radio Production 4
COJO  264 Media Communication Skills 4
COJO  268 Advertising Copywriting 4
COJO  269 Research 2 OR 4
COJO  270 Public Relations Writing 4
COJO  272 Ad. Media&Connections Planning 4
COJO  274 Small Group Communication 4
COJO  276 Argumentation and Advocacy 4
COJO  295 Topics 2
COJO  296 Topics 2
COJO  297 Topics 4
COJO  298 Topics 4
COJO  320 Organizational Communication 4
COJO  326 Modern American Rhetoric 4
COJO  328 Comm of Race, Class & Gender 4
COJO  330 Communication History 4
COJO  332 Documentary - American Culture 4
COJO  334 Literary Journalism 4
COJO  336 Media Law 4
COJO  338 Political Communication 4
COJO  340 Television Criticism 4
COJO  350 Magazine Writing 4
COJO  360 Videography: TV Prod in Field 4
COJO  366 Persuasion 4
COJO  368 Adv. Advertising Copywriting 4
COJO  370 Intercultural Communication 4
COJO  372 Environmental Communication 4
COJO  389 Research 2 OR 4
COJO  393 Individual Study 2 OR 4
COJO  428 Social Media in Ad & PR 4
COJO  430 Society, Culture and the Media 4
COJO  432 Media Structure and Power 4
COJO  451 Advanced Multimedia 4
COJO  456 Graphic Design Studio 4
COJO  460 Advanced Video Production 4
COJO  470 Advertising and PR Campaigns 4
COJO  472 Family Communication 4
COJO  475 Experiential Learning 2
COJO  476 Experiential Learning 2
COJO  477 Experiential Learning 4
COJO  478 Experiential Learning 4
COJO  480 Communication Ethics 4
COJO  483 Seminar 2
COJO  484 Seminar 2
COJO  485 Seminar 4
COJO  486 Seminar 4
COJO  487 Topics 2
COJO  488 Topics 2
COJO  489 Topics 4
COJO  490 Topics 4
COJO  491 Research 2 OR 4
COJO  495 Individual Study 2 OR 4