South Dakota’s 1862 Morrill Act land-grant institution, South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive university with more than 200 programs and an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students.

Formed in July 2018 through combining previously independent academic units, the School of Communication and Journalism (COJO) offers undergraduate majors in advertising, communication studies, journalism, and public relations, and minors in advertising, communication studies, health communication, journalism, public relations, and digital and social media. The undergraduate MCOM programs have been accredited continuously since accreditation began in 1948. In addition, the School offers two master’s programs: the on-campus M.A. in Communication & Media Studies and the completely online, ACEJMC-accredited Master of Mass Communication (M.M.C.).

The School’s mission is to foster the development of exemplary communicators as industry leaders, scholars, professionals, and educators through innovative curricular, research, practice, and opportunities. 

Pulitzer Center grantee and veteran journalist Reese Erlich launched the SDSU-Pulitzer Center Campus Consortium partnership with a September 2012 visit exploring the "Arab Spring from Syria to Egypt and Gaza."