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Communication and Journalism, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months


We create effective messages with words, images and sounds that are presented as speeches, news stories, documentaries, websites and advertising or public relations campaigns. We study the processes by which messages are sent and received so that we understand the effects and meanings of communication. We teach students to think critically, to communicate clearly and accurately and to consider their personal and professional obligations to serve the common good. We emphasize excellence in communication and journalistic practices that reflect the professional and ethical development of the whole person.

Our students begin their studies with a core of courses that provide basic competence in writing, speaking and production from informative and persuasive perspectives. COJO majors then choose one of five tracks, that allow them to specialize in a particular area of communication. All COJO students end their major with a capstone seminar in Communication Ethics, ensuring that they understand how ethical principles and practice apply to all forms of communication.

Ultimately, courses in communication and journalism prepare students for a variety of careers in advertising and public relations agencies; in news organizations that publish newspapers, magazines or web sites; in broadcast and digital media operations; in corporate, government, political, advocacy and nonprofit organizations; or for graduate or law school.

Students will find media opportunities at and KUST Radio. TommieMedia, St. Thomas' web-based news organization, provides experience in news and advertising presented to the larger university community. A digital television studio and Mac-equipped lab support student work in audio, video and graphic design. Student organizations include chapters of the American Advertising Federation, the Lambda Pi Eta honor society and the Public Relations Student Society of America. The department also hosts an annual conference for undergraduate communication research.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Creative Multimedia Track
  • Interpersonal Communication Track
  • Journalism Track
  • Persuasion & Social Influence Track
  • Strategic Communication: Advertising & PR Track

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

General Requirements

  • The official undergraduate application for admission is available at and
  • The admissions committee considers each student’s academic record, writing sample and recommendations, if applicable. Depending on the Admission Type to which you applied - Early Action or Regular Decision - applications are reviewed by the Admissions Committee and decisions announced at the respective notification date
  • Each confirmed student is required to provide a final high school transcript after graduation prior to the first day of class in the fall semester of admission.
  • Undergraduate students enrolled in 12 or more credits each semester are required to demonstrate proof of health insurance coverage.
  • Tuition Fee

    • International

      41792 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 41792 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
    • National

      41792 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 41792 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
    • In-State

      41792 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 41792 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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    Living costs for Saint Paul

    • 1040 - 1760 USD/month
      Living Costs

    The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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