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Why earn a Communications and Journalism (COJO) degree?

Timely and timeless... studying communication in all its varied forms invites us to think systematically and critically about questions that in some ways have never changed (the principles of public speaking today are not vastly theoretically different than they were 2500 years ago when Aristotle was writing about it, and the principles of good narrative development share much in common across cultures and across history). In other ways, the questions in communication are among the most current and cutting-edge, such as the ways in which social media and other information technologies influence how we interact, how we think, and how we get work done.

A degree in COJO blends theory and practice, helping students develop skills useful in the professions today, and for tomorrow.




  • Lois Parshley

    Lois Parshley serves as Snedden Chair for academic year 2019-2020


    UAFCOJO is excited that Lois Parshley has joined our faculty for the academic year.

    Lois Parshley is an award-winning investigative longform writer and photographer. She began her career in Washington, D.C., where she worked at the Atlantic and Foreign Policy, and then in New York, as an editor in the features well at Popular Science. As an independent reporter, she has traveled the world covering the intersection of science and geopolitics. A National Geographic Young Explorer and a former Knight-Wallace Fellow, her reporting is wide-ranging, from covering Ebola in West Africa to social unrest in Venezuela. Her work has been published at the New Yorker, Harper's, The Atlantic, National Geographic, Granta, Newsweek, Outside, Wired, The Washington Post, and NPR, among others. She was awarded a Mirror Award and the Bricker Award for Science Writing in Medicine in 2018. See more of her work at, or on Twitter and Instagram @loisparshley. 

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