Forge Your Own Path
With a century-long legacy of academic excellence and an entrepreneurial faculty known for innovative work in emerging communication fields, the SOJC is a launching pad for the top minds in advertising, journalism, media research, and public relations. It’s also home away from home for a collaborative community of nearly 4,000 students who are learning new skills and putting them into practice. In and out of the classroom, we’ll foster the critical thinking and creativity you’ll need to succeed in your future career—no matter what path you choose.
Your journey starts as a pre-SOJC major. In your first year in Allen Hall on the Eugene campus, you’ll take Media Professions, where you’ll discover the abundance of careers in today’s thriving creative and media economy. You’ll learn the basics of digital storytelling in the innovative Gateway to Media course. And you’ll become an integral part of the tight-knit SOJC community. Then you’ll be ready to choose a concentration to fit your unique passions and goals. Can’t pick just one? Many of our students choose to double major.
In a competitive and rapidly evolving field, an advanced degree will help you stand out. The first step is deciding which of our immersive graduate programs is best for you. We offer a fully funded PhD in media studies and five professional master’s programs. No matter which path you take, you’ll get to work alongside some of the best faculty and researchers in the field.
Academic Support and Career Advising
Need some guidance? Our academic advisors are here for you. The SOJC Student Services Center is your one-stop shop for undergraduate academic advice and career-building tips. All undergrad SOJC students are welcome—even if you haven’t enrolled yet. Drop in to Student Services on the ground floor of Allen Hall or make an appointment to get on track to meet your goals.
Looking for graduate services or advising? Visit the Graduate Programs Office webpage to find the contacts for your program.
Deb Morrison holds many titles—SOJC advertising area director, co-founder of Science & Memory, two-time winner of the Marshall Award for Innovative Teaching, NYC Experience trip leader, grandmaster of the global Art Director’s Club. But the title she loves most is “industry change agent.” Watch her video to learn how advertising can change the world for the better.
Resources to Help You Succeed
We’re here to help! As a student, you’ll get access to the latest media-making gear in the Allen Hall J-Cage and the gear closet at SOJC Portland. Expert peer writing coaches are standing by at Writing Central to offer one-on-one help with your papers, articles, and news releases. And soon, you’ll get access to state-of-the-art production equipment in our future Experience Hub and Oregon Reality Lab. It’s all part of the SOJC student experience.
"The SOJC gave me so much solid training in academics and hands-on preparation for a career, and much of it has come into play in my post-graduation life. It’s sometimes funny to me what seemingly random moments from class or tidbits of knowledge from a professor pop into my mind and help me with a task at work."
—Paige Landsem ’12, Publicity Manager, The Rachael Ray Show
Learn and Live Together
Want to harness the power of media for good? If you’re a first-year student passionate about using your communication skills to change the world, join like-minded friends in our new Media and Social Action Academic Residential Community (ARC). You’ll live together, attend classes together, and take meaningful, real-world action together. You can also explore communication-related themes in a first-year interest group.
Build your skills, and try on the SOJC for size before you apply at our NextGen Media events.
Next Generation Storytelling