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Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Journalism

Communication is paramount to every personal and professional interaction we have on a daily basis. Communication and journalism at the University of St. Thomas examines all forms of communication, including the creation, distribution and consumption of media messages.

Why Study Communication and Journalism at St. Thomas?

Communication and journalism (or COJO, as we so affectionately call it) prepares you for a broad range of careers in a numerous industries. From working in a public relations agency to pursuing graduate studies after graduation, our program equips you with the skills to communicate clearly and think critically to serve the common good. Our graduates have gone on to become digital media strategists, editors, reporters, speechwriters and much more.

Well-Rounded and Flexible

  • Course Requirements
  • Four-Year Plan
  • Degrees Awarded
  • Internship Opportunities
  • You have options. There are five tracks within the major focusing on strategic communication, creative multimedia, persuasion and social influence, journalism and interpersonal communication. These tracks span the discipline and possible career fields, ranging from broadcast media to corporate communications. The COJO minor complements a variety of other academic programs at the university as well. No matter what your path is, you leave St. Thomas ready to make a difference in the workplace and your community.
    Your four-year plan will vary because we want you to pursue what interests you the most. No matter, what, all students are required to complete COJO 111, 112 and 480 in addition to eight other courses to complete the major.
    • Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Journalism
    • Minor in Communication and Journalism
    Practical experience is key to standing out on your job applications. We encourage our students to complete at least one internship during their time at St. Thomas, and our data shows most students typically complete two internships during their undergradaute career.

    Course Requirements

    You have options. There are five tracks within the major focusing on strategic communication, creative multimedia, persuasion and social influence, journalism and interpersonal communication. These tracks span the discipline and possible career fields, ranging from broadcast media to corporate communications. The COJO minor complements a variety of other academic programs at the university as well. No matter what your path is, you leave St. Thomas ready to make a difference in the workplace and your community.

    Four-Year Plan

    Your four-year plan will vary because we want you to pursue what interests you the most. No matter, what, all students are required to complete COJO 111, 112 and 480 in addition to eight other courses to complete the major.

    Degrees Awarded

    • Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Journalism
    • Minor in Communication and Journalism

    Internship Opportunities

    Practical experience is key to standing out on your job applications. We encourage our students to complete at least one internship during their time at St. Thomas, and our data shows most students typically complete two internships during their undergradaute career.
    A student looks at the viewfinder of a video camera during a video production class (Communications and Journalism) in O'Shaughnessy Educational Center.

    Career Paths

    We give you the tools and knowledge you need to work in a variety of different industries after graduation.
    • Persuasion – speechwriter, spokesperson, lobbyist
    • Journalism – reporter, anchor, photographer, videographer
    • Interpersonal communication – admissions counselor, development officer, mediator
    • Creative multimedia – web producer, film producer, sound designer, television studio manager
    • Strategic communication – account manager, digital media strategist, brand manager, public relations specialist

    Scholarships

    We award scholarships for current students with a declared COJO major and incoming first-year students.

    Father James Whalen Endowed Scholarship

    This $2,000 scholarship is for incoming first-year students who plan to major in COJO at St. Thomas. We award this based on their commitment to community service and career-related activities, academic merit and the promise of success in a communication career.

    ThreeSixty Journalism Scholarship

    The university awards one renewable, full-tuition scholarship each year to a first-year student who completed a ThreeSixty Journalism summer camp and intends to study communication and journalism. Candidates who will contribute diversity to St. Thomas and the department are given preference as well.

    Whalen, Leyden, Vachon and Minnesota Journalist Abroad Scholarships

    These scholarships are for current majors who have completed eight communication and journalism credits by the end of the spring semester. The annual award typically ranges from $600 to $3,000 and is typically awarded to 15 to 20 students.

    TommieMedia

    TommieMedia is the student-run news outlet for the university. It is a national leader in all-digital college journalism and winner of a National Online Pacemaker Award from the Associated Collegiate Press.

    Pulitzer Prize Winners

    We have two alumni who have won the Pulitzer Prize in the last five years: Jeremy Olson ’94 and Art Cullen ’79.

    1959

    COJO 480 – Communication Ethics began in 1959, and is the second-oldest required ethics course in the nation.

    Over 85%

    Over 85% of all our majors complete at least one internship before graduation.

    Preparing You for the Future

    Our program strives to give you the knowledge and the tools you will need to be successful in an ever-changing and globalized world.
    COJO hosts an online job and internship site for current students and alumni.
    TommieMedia is a nationally-recognized online student website employing over 40 students each semester to cover stories on-campus and in the community.
    St. Thomas is home to ThreeSixty Journalism, a program for high school students from diverse backgrounds who wish to pursue a career in the field.

    Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

    You have access to a wide variety of opportunities throughout your time at St. Thomas. Whether it is getting involved on-campus or studying abroad we have resources here for you to pursue your passions.
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    Skills for the Real World

    Communication and journalism gives students the knowledge and skills they need to be successful in our rapidly changing society. Whether they are learning communication theory in the classroom or getting practical experience in their internships, our students are ready for what’s next.