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Department of Communication and Journalism

Ken Smith, Department Chair
428 Ross Hall
Phone: (307) 766-3122/6277, FAX: (307) 766-3812


MICHAEL R. BROWN, B.A. Wayne State College 1974; M.A. University of Wyoming 1984; Ph.D. University of Utah 1994; Professor of Communication and Journalism 2007, 1994.
GEORGE A. GLADNEY, B.A. Waynesburg College 1969; B.J. University of Missouri 1971; M.S. University of Oregon 1988; Ph.D. University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana 1991; Professor of Communication and Journalism 2005, 1995.
GRACIE LAWSON-BORDERS, B.A. Michigan State University 1982; M.A. Northwestern University 1995; Ph.D. Wayne State University 2001; Professor of African American and Diaspora Studies 2012.
FRANK E. MILLAR, B.A. Wabash College 1966; M.A. Michigan State University 1971; Ph.D. 1973; Professor of Communication and Journalism 1989, 1985.
TRACEY OWENS PATTON, B.A. Colorado State University 1993; M.A. 1996; Ph.D. University of Utah 2000; Professor of Communication and Journalism 2012.
CONRAD SMITH, B.S. Ohio State University 1969; M.A. 1971; Ph.D. Temple University 1981; Professor of Communication and Journalism 1996.
KENNETH L. SMITH, B.S. Iowa State University 1970; M.S. 1973; Ph.D. University of Utah 1991; Professor of Communication and Journalism 2005, 1991.

Associate Professors

CINDY J. PRICE, 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.

Assistant Professors

EILEEN S. GILCHRIST, B.A. University of Houston 1990; M.S. 1997; Ph.D. University of Oklahoma 2008; Assistant Professor of Communication and Journalism 2007.
CHIA FANG HSU, B.A. Chinese Culture University 1995; M.A. Washington State University 1997; Ph.D. Washington State University 2002; Assistant Professor of Communication and Journalism 2003.
LANDREVILLE, KRISTEN D., Assistant Professor 2012.

Senior Lecturers

REBECCA ROBERTS, B.S. University of Wyoming 1993; M.A. 1995; Senior Lecturer of Communication and Journalism 2005, 1999. MATTHEW J. STANNARD, B.S. Brigham Young University 1993; M.S. California State University, Long Beach 2000; Senior Lecturer of Communication and Journalism 2005, 1999.
CAROL L. TARANTOLA, B.A. University of Wyoming 1972; M.A. 1974; Senior Lecturer of Communication and Journalism 1996, 1990.
ERIC WILTSE, B.A. State University College at Buffalo 1974; M.A. University of Montana 1983; Ph.D. University of Wyoming 2000; Publisher of Laramie Online; Senior Lecturer of Communication and Journalism 2001, 1990.

Associate Lecturer

JUSTIN D. STEWART, Associate Lecturer 2012.

Assistant Lecturers

BEAU BINGHAM, B.S. Idaho State University 2000; M.A. New Mexico State University 2002; Assistant Lecturer of Communication and Journalism 2007.
TRAVIS J. CRAM, Assistant Lecturer 2012.

Visiting Lecturers

Bob Beck, Mike McElreath, Shalee Turner


B. Wayne Callaway, William C. Donaghy, John W. Ravage

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. These specialties include news-editorial, public information (public relations and advertising), communication studies and organizational communication. 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; and Laramie Online, an online newspaper.

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.

Wyoming Internet Student Radio (WISR). The department operates a web-based student radio station that offers a diversity of on-demand audio programs. Students learn desktop digital audio editing skills and the use of web-based audio.

Forensics. The department conducts a nationally recognized program of Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) and parliamentary debate, as well as eleven National Individual Events Tournament (NIET) events. Teams and individuals representing the university attend more than 20 national intercollegiate tournaments a 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 Laramie Online, and 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 published twice a year. Independently managed and produced by university students, it features poetry, short stories, essays, photography and artwork.

The Frontiers Magazine. Published twice a year, 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 four departmental core courses.

Required Courses


COJO 1000 Intro to Mass Media


COJO 2100 Reporting and Newswriting


COJO 3070 Intro to Communicaiton Research


STAT 2070 Intro to Statistics for the Social Sciences


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.

Required Courses


Departmental core courses


COJO 1010 Public Speaking


COJO 1040 Intro to Human Communication


COJO 3010 Business/Professional Communication


COJO 3040 Advanced Communication Theory


Departmental electives (at least 15 elective hours must be upper division)


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.

Required Courses


Departmental core courses


COJO 2400 Intro to Photography


COJO 3200 Graphics of Communication or COJO 3480 Internships


COJO 4120 News Editing


COJO 3530


COJO 4500 Mass Communication Law


Departmental electives


At least 12 elective hours must be upper-level and at least 6 hours must be from one of the following specialty areas:

COJO 3100 Government Reporting
COJO 4100 Investigative Reporting

COJO 3300 Advertising
COJO 4300 Advertising Campaigns

Public Relations
COJO 3310 Public Relations
COJO 4310 Public Relations Campaigns

COJO 4200 Visual Communication
COJO 4400 Photojournalism


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 graduate curriculum addresses six major areas of inquiry in human communication: 1) the structure and function of contemporary epistemological, ontological, theoretical, and methodological paradigms in the communication discipline; 2) theories of language and nonverbal symbolic interactions; 3) communication processes in small group and organizational settings; 4) communication as an agent of stability and change in diverse social systems; 5) the role assumed by communication processes in the formation, development, and coordination of intimate human relationships; and 6) the nature and function of argumentative discourse in democratic societies.

The master's program in the mass media addresses media issues and problems from a theoretical perspective. The program is designed to be flexible such that students can examine questions that relate to their specific interests in the media. Areas of interest include but are not limited to print media, broadcasting, advertising, public relations, visual communication, media law and regulation, media management, media effects, mass media and society, media history, or media ethics.

Program Specific Admission Requirements

A cumulative minimum grade point average of 3.0 (A=4.0) on previous coursework is required for full admission.

Composite score minimum of 900 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 (thesis)

31 hour program.

Students must complete an accepted master's thesis approved by the student's thesis committee.

Students must complete a minimum of 27 credit hours and 4 hours of thesis. A minimum of 21 hours must be within the department, with a maximum of 3 hours of independent study 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.

For courses taken outside the department, a student may be credited with no more than 3 hours of 4000-level coursework and 3 hours of independent study.

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

Plan B (non-thesis)

Students must complete an accepted Plan B paper(s) (or project(s) if something other than an actual paper, e.g., film script, film documentary), and this must be developed as part of a 3 hour independent study approved by the student's Plan B adviser and the department's director of graduate studies.

The non-thesis degree requires a minimum of 33 credit hours, of which a minimum of 21 hours must be within the department. The non-thesis student is limited to 6 4000-level credit hours and a maximum of 6 credit hours of independent study or internship.

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

Communication and Journalism (COJO) Courses

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