Loyola University Chicago

School of Communication

Bachelor's in Communication Studies


You get a text message on your phone that's three letters, but tells you everything you need to know. You see an image on a billboard that makes you smile. You watch a one-minute video on YouTube that makes your heart ache. How can so little communicate so much? Our communication studies majors learn how and why communication works.

The communication studies major proudly places itself at the intersection of theory and practice. Its students are led to understand and to use, to critique and to appreciate, to embrace communication as it is presently practiced in society and to hone it for more effective service to the human community. Our communication studies majors benefit from our unparalleled location within the scholarly Loyola community and in the midst of the Chicago media hub.

Communication studies courses help students understand how communication can persuade, comfort, or alienate. Our new advocacy and social change major helps students understand everything from community organizing to lobbying to political campaigns, preparing students for a number of possible career paths. Recent graduates have found employment with media literacy groups, international service organizations, Internet start-ups, and a U.S. Senator’s office.

Advocacy and Social Change concentration

The goal of this Communication Studies concentration is:

  • To develop the ability to understand and use various communication strategies (including persuasion, argumentation, conflict management, negotiation, and mediation) that lead to positive social change;
  • To develop the tools to define, analyze, invent, and interpret messages; and
  • To develop the skills to become an effective speaker, critic, and decision maker.

*Students majoring in Advertising & Public Relations, Communication Studies (including Advocacy and Social Change), International Film and Media Studies (Production), Film and Digital Media or Journalism cannot major (or minor) in another program within the School of Communication.