Majors and Minors

Major Requirements

All COJO majors take 11 courses totaling 44 credits, as follows:

1 = COJO 111: Intro to Communication and Journalism I (4 credits)

2 = COJO 112: Intro to Communication and Journalism II (4 credits)

3 = One theory and research course (4 credits) from these three choices:

  1. COJO 211 Communication Theories and Methods
  2. COJO 212 Rhetorical Criticism
  3. COJO 213 Mass Communication Research

4, 5 and 6 = Three theory and analysis courses (12 credits), with at least two numbered 300 or above, from the following:

  • COJO 211 Communication Theories and Methods (majors may count this course here only if they have not used it to fulfill the theory and research requirement)
  • COJO 212 Rhetorical Criticism (majors may count this course here only if they have not used it to fulfill the theory and research requirement)
  • COJO 213 Mass Communication Research (majors may count this course here only if they have not used it to fulfill the theory and research requirement)
  • COJO 220 Interpersonal Communication
  • COJO 230 Foundations in Media and Society
  • COJO 232 Visual Communication
  • COJO 234 Principles of Advertising and Public Relations
  • COJO 320 Organizational Communication  
  • COJO 326 Modern American Rhetoric
  • COJO 328 Communication of Race, Class, and Gender
  • COJO 330 Communication History
  • COJO 332 Documentary in American Culture
  • COJO 334 Literary Journalism
  • COJO 336 Media Law
  • COJO 338 Political Communication
  • COJO 340 Television Criticism
  • COJO 372 Environmental Communication
  • COJO 430 Society, Culture and the Media
  • COJO 432 Media Structure and Power

7, 8 and 9 = Three practice and application courses (12 credits), with at least one numbered 300 or above, from the following:

  • 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 260 Electronic Media Production
  • COJO 262 Radio Production
  • COJO 264 Media Communication Skills
  • COJO 268 Advertising Copywriting
  • COJO 270 Public Relations Writing
  • COJO 272 Advertising Media and Connections Planning
  • COJO 274 Small Group Communication
  • COJO 276 Argumentation and Advocacy
  • COJO 350 Magazine Writing
  • COJO 354 Advanced Photojournalism
  • COJO 360 Videography: TV Production in the Field
  • COJO 366 Persuasion
  • COJO 368 Advanced Advertising Copywriting
  • COJO 370 Intercultural Communication
  • COJO 372 Environmental Communication
  • COJO 451 Advanced Multimedia Reporting
  • COJO 456 Graphic Design Studio        
  • COJO 460 Advanced Video Production
  • COJO 470 Advertising and Public Relations Campaigns     
  • COJO 472 Family Communication

10 = One elective course (4 credits) from any category and level in COJO, including independent study, experiential learning (internship), study abroad or topics

11 = COJO 480 Communication Ethics (4 credits), the senior capstone seminar taken only in the final semester before graduation

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

Major Planning Sheet

Minor in Communication and Journalism

ALL COJO MINORS TAKE 5 COURSES TOTALING 20 CREDITS, AS FOLLOWS:

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 Theories and Methods
COJO 212 Rhetorical Criticism
COJO 213 Mass Communication Research
COJO 220 Interpersonal Communication
COJO 230 Foundations in Media and Society
COJO 232 Visual Communication
COJO 234 Principles of Advertising and Public Relations
COJO 320 Organizational Communication
COJO 326 Modern American Rhetoric
COJO 328 Communication of Race, Class, and Gender
COJO 330 Communication History
COJO 332 Documentary in American Culture
COJO 334 Literary Journalism
COJO 336 Media Law
COJO 338 Political Communication
COJO 340 Television Criticism
COJO 372 Environmental Communication
COJO 428 Social Media in Advertising and Public Relations
COJO 430 Society, Culture and the Media
COJO 432 Media Structure and Power

4 = One practice and application course (4 credits) from the following:
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 260 Electronic Media Production
COJO 262 Radio Production
COJO 264 Media Communication Skills
COJO 268 Advertising Copywriting
COJO 270 Public Relations Writing
COJO 272 Advertising Media and Connections Planning
COJO 274 Small Group Communication
COJO 276 Argumentation and Advocacy
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 451 Advanced Multimedia Reporting
COJO 456 Graphic Design Studio
COJO 460 Advanced Video Production
COJO 470 Advertising and Public Relations Campaigns
COJO 472 Family Communication

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.

Minor Planning 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 form (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 card (available in most academic department offices on campus and in the Academic Counseling office).
  3. Sign up for an appointment with the COJO department chair to have your plan approved. Bring the COJO form, your short essay and your declaration card to that appointment.

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