Loyola University Chicago

School of Communication

Journalism Major (Before Fall 2010)

Communication Core (9 credit hours)

  • COMM 150. Communication Processes
  • COMM 160. Communication Practices
  • COMM 215. Ethics in Communication

Research Methods Courses (3 credit hours)

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

Journalism Core Courses (12 credit hours)

  • COMM 205. Reporting and Writing
  • COMM 234. Interviewing for Communication -or- COMM 332. Investigative Reporting
  • COMM 256. Broadcast News
  • COMM 279. Historical and Critical Issues in Journalism

Journalism Electives (9 credit hours)

  • COMM 135. Introduction to Video Production
  • COMM 130. Introduction to Audio Production
  • COMM 206. Writing for the Web
  • COMM 207. Photojournalism
  • COMM 234. Interviewing (if not taken as a required core course; see above)
  • COMM 257. Radio/TV Writing
  • COMM 259. News Editing
  • COMM 262. Feature and Opinion Writing
  • COMM 263. Layout and Editing
  • COMM 266. Writing and Marketing Articles
  • COMM 267. Business Reporting 
  • COMM 282. Media Law 
  • COMM 298. Themes in Journalism COMM 315. Advanced Reporting and Writing
  • COMM 332. Investigative Reporting (if not taken as a required core course; see above)
  • COMM 333. Radio Documentary
  • COMM 339. Video Documentary  
  • COMM 340. Politics and the Press
  • COMM 372. Special Topics Journalism

Field Education (3 credit hours)

Students must complete a placement for one semester, preferably one that can move smoothly in the following semester into the integration course described below.

  • COMM 392. Journalism Internship

Integration Course (3 credit hours)

As a final course, preferably in the final semester, students must take a journalism practicum that adheres to a specific plan for reporting and writing in one of the following areas: business, religion, education, science and health, public service or government.

  • COMM 382. Journalism Practicum or COMM 335. City News Bureau


The ethical responsibilities of journalism challenge the practitioner to cultivate the broad areas of knowledge that will allow for informed reporting and investigation, so journalism majors must complete a minor in another university department where the potential exists to develop knowledge as context for journalistic practice.