COMMUNICATION AND JOURNALISM (COJO)

College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Communication and Journalism
O’Shaughnessy Education Center (OEC) 119, (651) 962-5250
O'Donnell (chair), Armada, Bruess, Bryan, Gavrilos, Gregg, Guan, Keston, Moorhouse, Neuzil, Petersen, Sauter, Vandegrift, Wyatt.  Emeritus faculty: Connery, Craig, Scully.

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 and 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, websites 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 begin their studies with a core of courses that provide basic competence in writing, speaking and production from informative and persuasive perspectives. COJO majors then choose one of five tracks, that allow them to specialize in a particular area of communication. All COJO students end their major with a capstone seminar in Communication Ethics, ensuring that they understand how ethical principles and practice apply to all forms of communication.

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 nonprofit organizations; or for graduate or law school.

Students will find media opportunities at TommieMedia.com and KUST Radio. TommieMedia, St. Thomas' web-based news organization, provides experience in news and advertising presented to the larger university community. A digital television studio and Mac-equipped lab support student work in audio, video and graphic design. Student organizations include chapters of the American Advertising Federation, the Lambda Pi Eta honor society and the Public Relations Student Society of America. The department also hosts an annual conference for undergraduate communication research.

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

Major in Communication and Journalism

Communication & Journalism - Major Field Guide

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

All COJO majors must complete the following core and elective requirements in addition to one of the specified COJO tracks.

COJO 111 Intro to COJO I
COJO 112 Intro to COJO II
COJO 480 Communication Ethics

Note: COJO 111 and/or 112 are the prerequisite courses for many other courses in the department.  The department chair may waive these prerequisites for students majoring in departments outside COJO.   The prerequisites 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.  Students who have taken COJO 111 are eligible for most 200-level COJO courses.

COJO Electives:
Students must complete three or four additional courses from the COJO curriculum.  See each track below for its elective requirement.

Tracks - choose one track from the five listed below:

Creative Multimedia Track

All students in the Creative Multimedia track must complete these courses:

COJO 232 Visual Communication
COJO 240 Digital Imagery and 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 (3) additional courses from the COJO curriculum with at least two (2) at the 300-level or above.  These electives can include individual study, experiential learning, study abroad or topics courses.

Interpersonal Communication Track

All Interpersonal Communication track students must complete these courses:

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 (3) additional courses from the COJO curriculum with at least one (1) at the 300-level or above.  These electives can include individual study, experiential learning, study abroad or topics courses.

Journalism Track

All students in the Journalism Track must complete these courses:

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 (3) additional courses from the COJO curriculum with at least one (1) at the 300-level or above.  These electives can include individual study, experiential learning, study abroad or topics courses.

Persuasion & Social Influence Track

All students in the Persuasion & Social Influence track must complete these courses:

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 (4) additional courses from the COJO curriculum with at least one (1) at the 300-level or above.  These electives can include individual study, experiential learning, study abroad or topics courses.

Strategic Communication: Advertising & PR Track

All students in the Strategic Communication track must complete the following:

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 (3) additional courses from the COJO curriculum with at least one (1) at the 300-level or above.  These electives can include individual study, experiential learning, study abroad or topics courses.

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 Core

  • COJO 111 Intro to COJO-I
  • COJO 112 Intro to COJO-II

COJO Electives

Choose three (3) additional courses from the COJO curriculum.  These courses can include individual study, experiential learning, study abroad or topics courses.  At least one of these courses must be at the 200-level or above.  At least one of these courses must be at the 300-level or above.

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 Communication Inquiry 4
COJO  212 Rhetorical Criticism 4
COJO  220 Interpersonal Communication 4
COJO  232 Visual Communication 4
COJO  234 Principles of Strategic Comm 4
COJO  240 Digital Imagery and Sound 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  262 Audio Production 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  295 Topics 2
COJO  296 Topics 2
COJO  297 Topics 4
COJO  298 Topics 4
COJO  320 Organizational Communication 4
COJO  326 Communication in Pop Culture 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 Communication Law 4
COJO  338 Political Communication 4
COJO  340 Television Criticism 4
COJO  342 Media, Culture and Society 4
COJO  344 Writing for Strategic Comm 4
COJO  346 Social Media in Strategic Comm 4
COJO  350 Magazine Writing 4
COJO  352 Media, Structure and Power 4
COJO  360 Videography: TV Prod in Field 4
COJO  366 Persuasion 4
COJO  368 Advertising Portfolio 4
COJO  370 Intercultural Communication 4
COJO  372 Environmental Communication 4
COJO  374 Family & Couple Communication 4
COJO  376 Argumentation and Advocacy 4
COJO  389 Research 2 OR 4
COJO  393 Individual Study 2 OR 4
COJO  451 Advanced Multimedia 4
COJO  456 Graphic Design Studio 4
COJO  460 Advanced Video Production 4
COJO  470 Strategic Comm Campaigns 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