See what you can learn in SOJC required courses, and explore a few options for electives. See the UO Class Schedule to find out which courses are offered in the coming terms.
J100 Media Professions (2 credits)
Get an introduction to the SOJC majors and a range of dynamic media and communication professions, opportunities, and issues. The course has its own hashtag: #MPATUO. Check out what current students are saying.
J211 Gateway to Media Sequence (3 courses, 8 credits)
Integrate critical thinking, creative thinking, and basic skills for nonfiction storytelling through words, photos, audio, and video. This is a sequence of three required courses.
J320 Gender, Media, and Diversity, prereq: J201 (4 credits)
Take a critical study of the media’s representation of gender, race, ethnicity, and other social divisions. The course explores ramifications and possible mechanisms of change.
J385 Communication Law, prereq: J201 (4 credits)
Explore legal aspects of the media, including constitutional freedom of expression, news gathering, access to public records, libel, privacy, copyright, and advertising.
J396 International Communication, prereq: J201 (4 credits)
Address national and cultural differences in media, global news and information flow, implications of technological change, and communication and information policies.
J397 Media Ethics, prereq: J201 (4 credits)
Address ethical problems in the media, including privacy, violence, pornography, truth-telling, objectivity, media codes, public interest, and media accountability.
Some internship sponsors require that you receive credit (be sure to ask if this is the case!), or you might be interested in earning credit for your own reasons. Read our internship credit FAQ and talk to your academic advisor about how internship credit will impact your degree requirements.
J408 Confidence (2 credits)
This workshop will tease you out of your comfort zone and give you a competitive advantage professionally—and in life. We use many experiences that allow you the chance to stare fear in the eye and conquer it.
J409 Practicum: Allen Hall Studio
J410 Reporting the Science (4 credits)
This year-long course takes a deep dive into researching and reporting stories that help us understand the Willamette River Valley’s cultural and ecological past while looking toward the future.
J412 Issues in Communications Studies: Topic (4 credits)
Use a variety of theories and methods to examine specific aspects of media content, processes, and audiences. Repeatable when topic changes. Topics change each term. Here are some recent examples:
- J412 Top Studying Games (4 credits)
Explore the game industry, its history, and video game culture. Examine critical topics, from industrial labor and globalization to gender and race representations.
- J412 Black American Media (4 credits)
You’ll explore the ways Black Americans use media to address social injustices, build political consciousness, and strengthen belonging by examining scholarly research and analyzing media texts.
J436 Media Design: Topic (4 credits)
Explore issues and techniques related to editing, typography, and work-picture composition for long-form visual storytelling across legacy and emerging media platforms. Topics change each term.
J463 Specialized Reporting: Topic (1–4 credits)
Report on special topics, including the environment, business and economics, politics, medicine, science, and the arts. Includes digital and multiplatform journalism. Topics change each term.
J466 Advanced Photojournalism: Topic (4 credits)
Practice intensive visual reporting techniques, with emphasis on digital production, color, lighting, in-depth storytelling, documentary, and portfolio. Topics change each term.
J475 FLUX Production
Participate in the planning and production of Flux magazine, the SOJC’s student-produced annual publication. Students write and edit stories, take photos, shoot video, sell ads, and design the magazine.
J483 Journalistic Interview (4 credits)
Explore the literature and research findings on techniques for listening, nonverbal communication, and psychological dynamics of the interview relationship in journalistic situations.
J494 Strategic Communication Research Methods. prereq: J201, J350, and JPR major status (4 credits)
Get an introduction to how and why research is conducted and used by public relations and advertising professionals to formulate strategic campaigns and evaluate their effectiveness.
J495 Research Methods: Topic (4 credits)
Uses a variety of quantitative and qualitative methods to examine concepts and processes of research used in such areas as advertising, journalism, and strategic communication.
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 undergrad academic advice and career-building tips. All undergraduate 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 and get on track to meet your goals.