Loyola University Chicago

School of Communication

Bachelor's in Journalism


Journalism is going through tremendous changes. Our journalism major is keeping pace with a new state-of-the-art curriculum, a new convergence studies program, and labs with the latest technology so students can be prepared for what's ahead. Our faculty include national award winners who have many years of experience in newspaper, broadcast, and online journalism.

Loyola's journalism students routinely secure internships at the Chicago Tribune, Sun-Times, WLS, WMAQ, and other Chicago news outlets. Students also can contribute to an online news portal or work for the University's radio station.

Loyola’s journalism major provides students with a comprehensive education focusing on both the traditional and advanced skills needed for various media outlets. The curriculum combines hands-on learning with a focus on ethics, values, and social concerns. The major:

  • Develops professionals with a commitment to social justice who excel in interviewing, researching, reporting, writing, publishing, and broadcasting.
  • Incorporates 39 credit hours, including a communication core, a journalism core and electives, and two integration experiences, giving students essential coursework complemented with real-world knowledge.
  • Offers areas of specialty in radio broadcasting, public broadcasting, and documentary studies.
  • Requires another area of study to ensure students are knowledgeable about the subjects of their reporting—for example, history, political science, or religion.
  • Reflects the university’s emphasis on linking intellectual exploration and professional development with an awareness of community and social commitment.

*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.