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Communication & Journalism Department


Students interested in careers in communication and media will find that our department offers a broad range of professional and research courses in an interdisciplinary academic program. 

Students can earn an undergraduate degree in communication. Within this degree area, students may take courses in human communication theory, media writing, multimedia production, web design and management, public relations, advertising, cross-cultural communication, rhetoric, interpersonal communication, small group communication, magazine and feature writing, communication research, and photography.

Career opportunities include media production, public relations, journalism, advertising, photography, marketing communication, human relations, consulting, education, sales, management, business promotion, and diversity training. The department encourages students to pursue internships, study abroad opportunities, student educational opportunities (e.g., McNair program, Student Success Services), Lambda Pi Eta membership, and research involvement with faculty in order to increase student success.

The COJO Mission

COJO educates students and the broader UW community about the importance of communication in any career or life path. COJO offers guidance and instruction on successful interpersonal, intercultural, diversity, global, public, and media communication. COJO strives to expose and instruct students to the cutting edge media production technologies and media research. COJO strives to engage students to critical, analytical, and challenging thinking and reasoning in communication such that they are thoughtful and deliberative citizens. COJO’s goals are to empower students to listen to and critique their communicative environments (private and public) and to empower students to create and produce their own successful communication messages.

The COJO Vision

The Communication and Journalism Department aspires to be an academic leader in various communication contexts, media teaching, research, and creative projects, recognized for empowering students through intellectual inquiry to meet the communication challenges of a globally connected society.

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