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The British Roots of American Journalism

 January Term, 2021
‌‌Program Highlights
  • Use London, England, as a “living laboratory” to explore the crucial roles that journalistic, advertising and entertainment media play in creating, reinforcing and disseminating cultural values about gender, class, race and ethnicity.

  • Prerequisites: None

  • Fulfills: COJO328, Communications & Journalism major/minor, Human Diversity core

Academic Overview

Course Description

This course explores the crucial roles that journalistic, advertising and entertainment media play in creating, reinforcing and disseminating cultural values about gender, race and ethnicity, and class.  We consider such questions as how media depictions may symbolically annihilate, stereotype and trivialize women and people of color, and how the decision-making status of women and people of color in media organizations may be connected to those depictions.  We also explore these issues in relation to class, which is often connected to race and ethnicity.  We question the ability of media organizations to recognize and reflect the changing nature of the populations they have a social responsibility to serve.  We also consider how international conglomerates use media messages to perpetuate a kind of one-size-fits-all global culture of commodification and materialism that may influence local cultural standards about identity.

Specifically, in this offering of the course, we will use the city of London as a kind of living laboratory to examine how the tensions of heritage and diversity are exacerbated or addressed by mass media content and public expressions of culture in an increasingly multicultural city.  We will systematically compare our own experiences with US media content and public culture to our newfound observations of media content and public culture in London.

Note for St. Thomas students: This course satisfies the diversity requirement of the core curriculum and is cross-listed with the Women’s Studies program. It also serves as a course in the theory/analysis category of the COJO, JOUR and DIMA majors.


Prof. Michael O'Donnell
Department of Emerging Media
University of St. Thomas 

Prof. John C. Keston
Department of Emerging Media
University of St. Thomas 

Hawai'i: Multi-Cultural Communication in Diverse Organizations

COMM/COJO 370, J-Term 2021

Program Highlights

  • This course examines the concepts, theories and realities of the way individuals and groups work and communicate in organizations in Hawaii, where culture and multiculturalism plays a primary or prominent role.

  • Students will visit sites in Oahu and Kaua’i

  • Prerequisites: Completion of 100-level Communication & Journalism course or permission of program director

  • COJO majors and minors: This class can fulfill a 300 level course in a major or can be your COJO elective. Fulfills the Human Diversity requirement, Communication & Journalism requirement for certain Business concentrations. It also meets the requirments for and American Culture & Difference, Sustainability and Service-Learning.

See the Study Abroad webpage for application materials. 

J-Term 2021 Priority Application Period 
Apply for priority for UST & UMAIE Programs April 1-10, 2020

J-Term 2021 Scholarships
Application deadline for all programs April 10, 2020

Course Description

In “Hawai‘i: Multi-Cultural Communication in Diverse Organizations,” we examine the theories and realities of the way individuals and groups communicate in organizations where culture and multiculturalism play a prominent role. We do so in Hawai‘i because our fiftieth state is a microcosm of multi-ethnic cultures and co-cultures, all interacting in a business, retail, non-profit and arts environment. We will pay particular attention to Hawaii’s environmental challenges and marketing strategies used to attract tourists. Hawai’i provides us with a living laboratory in which we can observe and experience multi-cultural communication. We will be challenged to examine our own cultural identities and assumptions, asking ourselves not only about the role that culture plays in the experiences and observations we will make as part of the class, but also as they translate to our daily lives and experiences on the mainland and beyond in our education, careers and personal lives.

About the ProfessorsProf. Debra Petersen and Prof. Bernard Armada

Dr. Debra Petersen, University of St. Thomas,

Professor Debra Petersen teaches Communication of Race, Class and Gender, Rhetorical Criticism, Political Communication, Public Speaking, and Hawai’i: Multi-Cultural Communication in Diverse Organizations. 2021 will be the eleventh year that Professor Petersen has taught this course. Professor Petersen received the UST Global Citizenship Faculty Award for her commitment to international and intercultural awareness and the UST Outstanding Faculty in Service-Learning Award for her dedication to service-learning partnerships. She prioritizes sustainability in her research and teaching.

Dr. Bernard Armada, University of St. Thomas,   

Professor Bernard Armada has taught at the University of St. Thomas for 22 years. His research areas are the rhetoric of race and the rhetorical construction of culture and public memorials. He is one of the founding members of UST’s American Cultural Studies minor. Dr. Armada has won local and national awards for his teaching and research, including UST’s Distinguished Educator Award. This will be Professor Armada’s third time teaching this course.