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.
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 annual undergraduate retention and graduation rates as well as its ongoing assessment plan.
Two Pacific Northwest University Locations
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 (SCR), where students and faculty work to improve the public’s understanding of science.
Located in the heart of Oregon's biggest media market, SOJC Portland is home to the industry-facing Agora Journalism Center, two professional master’s programs, and the state-of-the-art Oregon Reality (OR) Lab. All SOJC Portland programs will be moving to our new campus in the Concordia neighborhood of Northeast Portland by fall 2023.
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.