Majors and Minors

Major Requirements

ALL COJO MAJORS TAKE 11 COURSES TOTALING 44 CREDITS: 

COJO CORE 

COJO 111 Intro to Communication and Journalism I
COJO 112 Intro to Communication and Journalism II
COJO 480 Communication Ethics, the senior capstone seminar taken only in the final semester before graduation

CREATIVE MULTIMEDIA

Track Core 
COJO 232 Visual  Communication
COJO 240 Digital Imagery & Sound
COJO 256 Design Concepts of Communication
COJO 258 Writing & Designing  for the Web or COJO 360 Videography
COJO 342 Media, Culture & Society

COJO Electives 
Choose THREE additional courses from the COJO curriculum including independent study, experiential learning, study abroad or topics with at least TWO at the 300-level or above.

INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION

Track Core 
COJO 211 Communication Inquiry
COJO 220 Interpersonal Communication
COJO 274 Small Group Communication or COJO 320 Organizational Communication 
COJO 370 Intercultural Communication 
COJO 374 Family & Couple Communication

COJO Electives 
Choose THREE additional courses from the COJO curriculum including independent study, experiential learning, study abroad or topics with at least ONE at the 300-level or above.

JOURNALISM

Track Core 
COJO 240 Digital Imagery & Sound 
COJO 251 Multimedia Reporting 
COJO 252 Editing 
COJO 342 Media, Culture  & Society 
COJO 451 Advanced Multimedia Reporting

COJO Electives 
Choose THREE additional courses from the COJO curriculum including independent study, experiential learning, study abroad or topics with at least ONE at the 300-level or above.

PERSUASION & SOCIAL INFLUENCE

Track Core 
COJO 212 Rhetorical Criticism 
COJO 326 Communication in Popular Culture or COJO 328 Communication of Race, Class  & Gender 
COJO 342 Media, Culture & Society 
COJO 366 Persuasion or COJO 376 Argumentation & Advocacy

COJO Electives 
Choose FOUR additional courses from the COJO curriculum including independent study, experiential learning, study abroad or topics with at least ONE at the 300-level or above.

STRATEGIC COMMUNICATION

Track Core 
COJO 211 Communication Inquiry 
COJO 212 Rhetorical Criticism 
COJO 234 Principles of Strategic Communication 
COJO 344 Writing for Strategic Communication 
COJO 470 Strategic Communication Campaigns

COJO Electives 
Choose THREE additional courses from the COJO curriculum including independent study, experiential learning, study abroad or topics with at least ONE at the 300-level or above.

NOTE: Majors may not take COJO 100 Public Speaking or COJO 105 Communication in the Workplace. 

COJO Major Sheet

Minor in Communication and Journalism

ALL COJO MINORS TAKE 5 COURSES TOTALING 20 CREDITS:

1. COJO 111 Introduction to Communication and Journalism I (4 credits)

2. One lower-level foundations course (4 credits), from these three choices:

  • COJO 100 Public Speaking
  • COJO 105 Communication in the Workplace
  • COJO 112 Introduction to Communication and Journalism II

3. One theory and analysis course (4 credits) from the following:

  • COJO 211 Communication Inquiry
  • COJO 212 Rhetorical Criticism
  • COJO 220 Interpersonal Communication
  • COJO 232 Visual Communication
  • COJO 234 Principles of Strategic Communication
  • COJO 320 Organizational Communication
  • COJO 326 Communication in Popular Culture
  • COJO 328 Communication of Race, Class, and Gender
  • COJO 330 Communication History
  • COJO 332 Documentary in American Culture
  • COJO 334 Literary Journalism
  • COJO 336 Communication Law
  • COJO 338 Political Communication
  • COJO 340 Television Criticism
  • COJO 342 Media, Culture and Society
  • COJO 346 Social Media in Advertising and Public Relations 
  • COJO 352 Media Structure and Power
  • COJO 372 Environmental Communication

4. One practice and application course (4 credits) from the following:

  • COJO 240 Digital Imagery and Sound 
  • COJO 251 Multimedia Reporting 
  • COJO 252 Editing 
  • COJO 254 Photojournalism
  • COJO 256 Design Concepts of Communication
  • COJO 258 Writing and Designing for the Web
  • COJO 262 Radio Production
  • COJO 272 Advertising Media and Connections Planning
  • COJO 274 Small Group Communication
  • COJO 344 Writing for Strategic Communication
  • COJO 350 Magazine Writing
  • COJO 360 Videography: TV Production in the Field
  • COJO 366 Persuasion
  • COJO 368 Advanced Advertising Copywriting
  • COJO 370 Intercultural Communication
  • COJO 374 Family and Couple Communication
  • COJO 376 Argumentation and Advocacy
  • COJO 451 Advanced Multimedia Reporting
  • COJO 456 Graphic Design Studio
  • COJO 460 Advanced Video Production 
  • COJO 470 Advertising and Public Relations Campaigns

5. One course (4 credits) numbered 300 or higher from any category in COJO

NOTE: In selecting upper-level courses, you are responsible for reading the university course catalog and ensuring that you have completed required prerequisite courses.

COJO Minor Sheet 

The COJO major and minor allow students flexibility to tailor their program to their professional interests and educational goals. Therefore, to declare a COJO major or minor, students must do the following:

  1. Obtain and complete a COJO major or minor planning sheet (available by clicking on the links to the right).  Be sure to read all of the instructions down the left side of the form. The form requires that you pick from a menu of courses and write a short essay about your chosen emphasis. 
  2. Obtain and complete a UST major or minor field declaration form (available in most academic department offices on campus and in the Academic Counseling office).
  3. Schedule an appointment with the COJO department chair to have your plan approved. Bring the COJO major (or minor) planning sheet, your short essay and your declaration form to that appointment. To make an appointment with COJO department chair, call 651-962-5250, email cojo@stthomas.edu or stop in the COJO office, OEC 119. 

As you plan your major or minor, you may want to read this additional information: