About the SOJC

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About the SOJC

With a century-long history, the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication is one of the first professional journalism schools in the country, the only accredited comprehensive journalism program to include advertising and public relations in the Pacific Northwest, and one of only 112 accredited programs worldwide.

Our Mission

The UO School of Journalism and Communication is a community dedicated to excellence in learning, research, and creative projects. We study issues that champion freedom of expression, diversity and equity, and democracy in service to current and future generations.

By integrating theory and practice, we advance scholarship and prepare students to become professional communicators, critical thinkers, and responsible citizens in a global society.

 
105+
years of excellence
 
 
17,000+
alumni (and growing)
 
 
2,200+
undergraduate students in 4 majors
 
 
150+
graduate students in 6 programs
 
 
70+
instructional faculty members
 
 
35+
staff members
 
 
14
pulitzer prizes won by faculty and alumni
 
 
20+
student groups
 

Strategic Plan and Priorities

Much has changed in the world and in the media and communication professions over the past several years. To ensure we continue providing education and contributions to the field that are relevant and impactful, in March 2021 SOJC faculty and staff approved a new three-year strategic plan that will guide our actions through 2024.

Accreditation and Public Accountability

In 1948, the SOJC became one of the first schools of journalism and communication accredited by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC, formerly the American Association for Schools and Departments of Journalism). Every six years, the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Communications (ACEJMC) visits the SOJC and measures its performance against national standards. The ACEJMC most recently renewed the school’s accreditation in 2018.

In accordance with the ACEJMC’s public accountability guidelines, the SOJC publishes its undergraduate retention and graduation rates.

Two Pacific Northwest University Locations

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At the heart of the UO’s tree-filled campus in Eugene, Allen Hall houses the SOJC’s four undergraduate programs, three of its master’s programs, and a doctoral program in communication and media studies. It’s also home base for the Center for Science Communication Research, where students and faculty work to improve the public’s understanding of science.

Portland Oregon sign on top of the White Stag Block

Located on the historic White Stag Block—a landmark in the middle of the biggest media market in Oregon—SOJC Portland is home to the industry-facing Agora Journalism Center, two professional master’s programs, and our new Oregon Reality (OR) Lab.

Visit Us

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SOJC Publications

Wonder what it’s like to learn and work at the SOJC? Sign up for our quarterly email newsletter or flip through the digital versions of our annual yearbook, viewbooks, and program brochures.

History of the SOJC

Founded in 1916 by renowned newspaper journalist Eric W. Allen, the SOJC is built on a legacy of ethics, innovation, action, and excellence that’s over a century in the making. Browse the interactive timeline below commemorating our 100th anniversary to see the milestones that have shaped the school’s development and its contributions to students and the field.