Loyola University Chicago

School of Communication

Communication Studies Major (Before 2010)

The communication studies major requires 39 credit hours which include three introductory courses; two theory/critical analysis courses; two applied courses; one research methods course; and 15 credit hours of electives.

INTRODUCTORY COURSES (All required)

  • COMM 101. Public Speaking and Critical Thinking
  • COMM 150. Communication Processes
  • COMM 160. Communication Practices

THEORY/CRITICAL ANALYSIS (6 credit hours)

  • COMM 215. Ethics and Communication
  • COMM 220. Introduction to Rhetoric
  • COMM 227. Social Justice and Communication
  • COMM 268. Persuasion
  • COMM 271. Media Culture and Communication
  • COMM 272. Intercultural Communication
  • COMM 273. Interpersonal Communication
  • COMM 274. Introduction to Cinema
  • COMM 277. Organizational Communication

APPLIED (6 credit hours)

  • COMM 130. Introduction to Audio Production*
  • COMM 135. Introduction to Video Production
  • COMM 205. Reporting and Writing
  • COMM 230. Argumentation and Advocacy
  • COMM 231. Conflict Management and Communication
  • COMM 232. Film Production
  • COMM 234. Interviewing for Communication
  • COMM 236. Persuasive Presentations
  • COMM 237. Small Group Communication

RESEARCH METHODS* (3 credit hours)

  • COMM 364. Naturalistic Methods of Communication Research
  • COMM 365. Observing and Measuring Communication Behavior
  • COMM 366. Rhetorical Criticism
  • COMM 367. Critical Ethnography in Communication
  • COMM 368 Communication Research Methods Topics

           *Prerequisite COMM 150 and COMM 160 

ELECTIVES (15 credit hours)

Electives can be selected from any of the above courses, not taken to fulfill a requirement or any COMM courses offered.


In addition to fulfilling major requirements to earn an undergraduate degree (usually 128 credit hours, 120 credit hours starting Fall 2011), students are required to complete Loyola’s Core Curriculum, which teaches them important skills and values, and develops their own interests by taking general electives.