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Communication & Journalism Department


Your Communication Career Starts Here

COJO knows that you want a solid education on which to base your communication or media career. You want engaging courses and faculty. You want confidence in your communication abilities and media skills. And, you want opportunities to start building your career now. Let us help you achieve your goals. 

Options include a communication majorjournalism major, as well as a master's degree in communication. We also offer a communication minorjournalism minorpublic relations minor, and marketing communication minor as well. 


Building Your Career

With a degree in COJO, your career opportunities include media production, public relations, journalism, advertising, photography, marketing communication, web design, human relations, consulting, higher education, sales, management, business promotion, law school, diversity training, and graduate school.

Your success is encouraged with internshipsstudy abroad opportunities, student educational opportunities (e.g., McNair Scholars ProgramStudent Success Services), Lambda Pi Eta membership in COJO, and research involvement with faculty. Please check out information about our Larsh Bristol Photojournalism Fellowship and our Bobby Model Photojournalism Professorship.

Our Mission and Vision

Our 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.


Our 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.