COJO Matters . . .

  • Because communication is fundamental to the human experience. It shapes who we are as human beings, and it constructs the world as we know it.
  • Because we’re undergoing a communication revolution that’s having profound implications for our personal and professional lives.
  • Because effective communication skills top the list of things employers are looking for in employees.
  • Because our majors and minors develop skills that can be applied to countless professions.
  • Because making the world a better place depends on better communication.
  • Because our graduates are doing important work.
  • Because our faculty are gifted teachers, accomplished scholars and experienced professionals. 

13 Full-Time Faculty With Expertise In:

  • Advertising
  • Communication Ethics
  • Communication History
  • Communication Theories and Methods
  • Documentary & Video Production
  • Environmental Communication
  • Family Communication
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Interpersonal, Group and Organizational Communication
  • Journalism (Print, Broadcast, Multimedia, Web)
  • Literary Journalism
  • Public Relations
  • Rhetoric
  • Visual Communication 

More Than 350 Majors and Minors

Student Clubs and Organizations


  • A staff of more than 50 students working with six faculty advisors
  • Students working (and getting paid) as multi-media journalists and advertising/PR practitioners
  • Awards from the Associated Collegiate Press, Society of Professional Journalists, and Minnesota Newspaper Association (11 MNA awards in 2013 alone)

Study Abroad and Study Away

  • January-term or June-term
  • London 
  • Hawaii
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • South Africa
  • Plus many other semester-long programs

Department Scholarships

  • Each year, 15-20 students receive awards ranging from $600 to $3000. Applications due the third week of February each year.

Countless Job and Internship Opportunities

  • TV and Radio Stations
  • Newspapers
  • Advertising and PR Agencies
  • Corporations
  • Health Care Organizations and Hospitals
  • Non-profits
  • Political Campaigns and Offices
  • Universities