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Department of Communication and Journalism

Cindy Price Schultz, Department Chair
223 Ross Hall
Phone: (307) 766-3122, FAX: (307) 766-3812
Website: http://www.uwyo.edu/COJO

Professors

TRACEY OWENS PATTON, B.A. Colorado State University 1993; M.A. 1996; Ph.D. University of Utah 2000; Professor of Communication and Journalism 2012, 2003.

Associate Professors

CHIA FANG HSU, B.A. Chinese Culture University 1995; M.A. Washington State University 1997; Ph.D. Washington State University 2002; Associate Professor of Communication and Journalism 2009, 2003.
KRISTEN D. LANDREVILLE,
B.S. University of Florida 2004; M.A. 2006; Ph.D. Ohio State University 2010; Associate Professor of Communication and Journalism 2017, 2010.
CINDY J. PRICE SCHULTZ,
B.A. University of Sioux Falls 1989; M.S. South Dakota State University 1992; Ph.D. Southern Illinois University 2000; Associate Professor of Communication and Journalism 1999.

Senior Lecturers

BEAU BINGHAM, B.S. Idaho State University 2000; M.A. New Mexico State University 2002; Senior Lecturer of Communication and Journalism 2007, 2003.
JUSTIN STEWART, B.A. University of Wyoming 2003; M.A. 2005; Senior Lecturer of Communication and Journalism 2017, 2005.

Associate Lecturer

TRAVIS J. CRAM, B.A. University of Wyoming 2007; M.A. University of Kansas 2010; Ph.D. 2014; Associate Lecturer of Communication and Journalism 2017, 2012.

Assistant Lecturer

LI LI, B.A. Hebei Normal University 2001; M.A. China University of Mining and Technology 2004; M.A. Ohio University 2009; Ph.D. 2012; Assistant Lecturer of Communication and Journalism 2017, 2012.

Temporary Professional Lecturer

MITZI STEWART, B.A. University of Wyoming 2007; M.A. 2015; Temporary Profeesional Lecturer of Communication and Journalism 2017..

Emeriti

Michael R. Brown, B. Wayne Callaway, William C. Donaghy, George A. Gladney, John W. Ravage, Conrad Smith, Kenneth L. Smith

Communication and Journalism

The Department of Communication and Journalism provides a broad range of professional and research courses, offering a sound interdisciplinary academic program for students who plan careers in communication or mass media. Courses are comprised of writing, speaking and analyzing messages; forms of interpersonal communication; mass media effects and audiences' interpretations of media messages and images. Degrees are granted in communication and journalism with academic specialties in each of the degree areas. Students are given academic preparation in communication skills (media writing and public speaking), coupled with opportunities for professional experience in their majors. The department also offers minors in public relations, communication and journalism for non-majors.
Marketing, Facilities and Research Activities

Marketing, Facilities, and Research Activities

The department encourages majors to work actively in print media. The department offers unique professional opportunities for students with the student newspaper, The Branding Iron.

Oral Communication Laboratory, Ross Hall 442. A resource for the entire University Community. The lab is open for anyone required to present material orally. Lab instructors offer assistance at any stage in the process-from topic selection, purpose statements and gathering materials-to organizing, outlining and rehearsal. They can help alleviate speech anxiety that may prevent or inhibit some individuals from achieving their overall academic or career goals. Clients can have their presentations video-taped for critical input and evaluation as well as for portfolio or interview applications.

Forensics. The department conducts a nationally recognized program of Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA). Teams and individuals representing the university attend national intercollegiate tournaments each year. Participation in the forensics program is open to all University of Wyoming students on a credit (COJO 2060) or non-credit basis.

Laboratories. The department has computer and research laboratories that support the professional, academic and research programs. These include a computer lab, electronic newspaper lab, photojournalism studio, and digital (audio and video) production lab.

Research. The department encourages undergraduate and graduate research. Faculty and students participate in research projects in social, cultural and political aspects related to mass media, interpersonal and organizational processes.

Internships. Journalism majors are required to complete internships in their field. Communication majors are encouraged to complete internships in their field. In addition to working with the Branding Iron, students complete internships with state, regional, and national weekly and daily newspapers; advertising and public relations agencies; non-profit organizations; businesses, professional and university sports organizations; and governmental agencies. Note: a maximum of 6 hours in COJO 3480 and 4990 count as fulfillment of the requirements for a major. All remaining hours will count toward graduation as upper-division hours.

Student Organizations

Professional Organizations. The department has chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists and Delta Sigma Rho, the national forensics honorary.

Student Activity. Within the department, student representatives participate on faculty committees where they assist in forming policies of the department.

The Branding Iron. The daily campus newspaper is independently managed by students at UW. It provides professional experiences for reporting, editorial, photojournalism, publication design and advertising.

The Owen Wister Review. The literary and arts magazine is independently managed and produced by university students, it features poetry, short stories, essays, photography and artwork.

Frontiers Magazine. The magazine is independently managed by UW students. Containing general interest content, the publication offers students opportunities to improve their professional skills in feature writing, in-depth reporting, photography, layout, design, advertising and marketing. Like the Branding Iron and Owen Wister Review, Frontiers is published under the auspices of UW Student Publications.

Scholarships and Awards

The department has several scholarships available to qualified students. Check the Communication and Journalism website for additional information.

Undergraduate Programs

The department offers courses leading to baccalaureate degrees in communication and journalism.

Students majoring in the department are required to earn a grade of C or better in departmental required courses. Students may not take a course for S/U credit to satisfy requirements of the major.

Departmental Core Courses

In addition to the university studies requirements listed in this bulletin, all students majoring in communication and journalism must take the following required courses:

Required Courses Hours
COJO 1000 Intro to Mass Media 3
COJO 2010 Public Speaking 3
COJO 2100 Media Writing 3
STAT 2070 Intro to Statistics for the Social Sciences
(this course is a prerequisite for COJO 3070)
4
COJO 3070 Intro to Communication Research 3
Language 1010 4
Language 1020 4
College of Arts and Sciences U.S. Diversity (ASD) 3
College of Arts and Sciences Global Awareness (ASG) 3

Communication Major

Communication is a liberal arts degree relevant to a variety of careers in community relations, public relations, politics, administration, law, sales management and human resource management.

Bachelor of Arts in Communication

Required Courses Hours
Departmental core courses 30
COJO 1040 Intro to Human Communication 3
COJO 3010 Business/Professional Communication 3
COJO 3040 Advanced Communication Theory 3
Departmental electives (at least 12 elective hours must be at the 3000-level or higher) 15
Additional Program Requirements Hours
Human Culture (H) 6

Bachelor of Science in Communication

Required Courses Hours
Departmental core courses 30
COJO 1040 Intro to Human Communication 3
COJO 3010 Business/Professional Communication 3
COJO 3040 Advanced Communication Theory 3
Departmental electives (at least 12 elective hours must be at the 3000-level or higher) 15
Additional Program Requirements Hours
Physical and Natural World (PN) or Quantitative Reasoning (Q) 6-8

Journalism Major

The journalism major is designed to prepare students for careers as reporters, editors and writers with urban newspapers, community newspapers, news services, magazines, public information, public relations and advertising.

Bachelor of Arts in Journalism

Required Courses Hours
Departmental core courses 30
COJO 3530 Multimedia Messaging 3
COJO 4500 Mass Communication Law 3
COJO 3480 Internship 3
Departmental electives (Includes 9 elective hours at the 3000-level or higher in journalism, plus 3 elective hours at the 3000-level or higher outside the department.) 15
Additional Program Requirements Hours
Human Culture (H) 6

Bachelor of Science in Journalism

Required Courses Hours
Departmental core courses 30
COJO 3530 Online Journalism 3
COJO 4500 Mass Communication Law 3
COJO 3480 Internship 3
Departmental electives (Includes 9 elective hours at the 3000-level or higher in journalism, plus 3 elective hours at the 3000-level or higher outside the department.) 15
Additional Program Requirements Hours
Physical and Natural World (PN) or Quantitative Reasnoning (Q) 6-8

Suggested Specialty Areas in Journalism

Reporting & Editing (Hrs.)
COJO 3100 Public Affairs Reporting (3)
COJO 4100 Investigative Reporting (3)
COJO 4110 Feature Writing Seminar (3)
COJO 4120 News Editing (3)

Advertising & Public Relations (Hrs.)
COJO 3300 Advertising in the Media (3)
COJO 3310 Public Relations (3)
COJO 4300 Advertising Campaigns (3)
COJO 4310 Public Relations Techniques (3)

Media & Society (Hrs.)
COJO 3000 History of American Journalism (3)
COJO 3470 History of Documentary Film (3)
COJO 3520 Communication Technology & Society (3)
COJO 3550 Political Communication (3)
COJO 4000 News Making Processes (3)
COJO 4020 Mass Media & Society (3)
COJO 4230 Special Topics in Mass Media (3)
COJO 4233 Race, Gender, Ethnicity in the Media (3)
COJO 4600 Mass Media Ethics (3)
COJO 4800 Media Management (3)

Visual & Multimedia (Hrs.)
COJO 2400 Introduction to Photography (3)
COJO 3170 Broadcast Journalism (3)
COJO Graphics of Communication (3)
COJO 4200 Visual Communication (3)
COJO 4270 Advanced Television  Production (3)
COJO 4280 Advanced Radio Production (3)
COJO 4400 Photojournalism (3)
COJO 4530 Web Design (3)

Minors

The department offers minors in public relations, journalism, communication, and marketing communication for non-majors. For further information, contact the Department of Communication and Journalism.

Graduate Study

The Department of Communication and Journalism offers graduate work leading to the master of arts degree in communication (either Plan A or Plan B) with emphasis on human communication or mass communication.

The program offers coursework and study in rhetorical, critical/cultural, and social scientific perspectives and methodologies. The program is designed to be flexible such that students can examine questions that relate to their specific interests in human communication and/or mass communication. Areas of interest include but are not limited to 1) communication processes in mass media (e.g., journalism, social media, advertising, public relations) about various issues such as politics, race and ethnicity, science, health, law and ethics, and international relations; 2) communication processes in juman relationships (e.g., in interpersonal, small group, and organizational settings) about various issues such as culture, diversity, education, technology, science, and politics; and 3) communication as an agent of stability and change in diverse social systems.

Program Specific Admission Requirements

A cumulative minimum grade point average of 3.000 (A=4.000) on previous coursework is required for full admission.

Composite score minimum of 291 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

For international students the university requires a minimum total score of 540 on the written exam or 76 on the Internet-based exam. The university will also accept a minimum score of 6.0 on the IELTS exam or certification of level 112 ELS completion in lieu of the TOEFL requirement.

Program Specific Degree Requirements

Administered by the Director of Graduate Studies, the programs are structured to facilitate completion of requirements for the M.A. degree in two years. Deficiency makeups may be required.

Master of Arts Plan A (research thesis)

31 hour program.

Students must complete an accepted research thesis approved by the student’s thesis committee.

Students must complete a minimum of 27 credit hours and 4 hours of thesis credit. A minimum of 25 hours must be within the department, with a maximum of 6 hours of independent study, 3 hours of internship credit hours, and 3 hours of 4000-level coursework. A student also must take 3 hours of a 5000-level statistics course approved by the department’s director of graduate studies.

Students must complete COJO 5070, 5080, and 5800, as well as one of the following theory courses: COJO 5061, 5310, or 5540.

Master of Arts Plan B (project thesis)

33 hour program.

Students must complete an accepted Plan B project (e.g., documentary film, public relations and marketing plan, website) approved by the student’s thesis committee. Students who chose a Plan B will be required to take 30 credit hours pus 3 hours of Graduate Project credits (for a total of 33 credit hours). A minimum of 27 hours must be taken within the department, with a maximum of 6 hours of independent study, 3 hours of internship credit hours, and 6 hours of 4000-level coursework.

Students must complete COJO 5070, 5080, and 5800, as well as one of the following theory courses: COJO 5061, 5310, or 5540.

Communication and Journalism (COJO) Courses


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