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Communication Studies, B.A.

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    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #601 (ARWU) Chicago, IL, United States
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
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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.

Located in Chicago, one of the world's great communication centers, Loyola University Chicago provides an ideal setting for integrating study with practical application in the expanding field of communication.

Students benefit from a distinguished scholarly faculty working with experienced communication professionals in journalism, media studies, documentary film production, cultural communication and public advocacy.

SoC offers on-site production facilities as well as proximity to Chicago's vast production community; a 24-hour FM radio station, award-winning student newspaper and an extensive internship program.

The study of communication is one of the primary means for promoting the traditional goals of liberal education: understanding political rhetoric and social justice, participating in media advocacy and developing an ethical sensitivity so necessary in our time

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • SOC Seminar
  • Intro to Communication
  • Communication & New Media
  • Ethics & Communication
  • Media Theory and Criticism
  • Introduction to Rhetoric
  • Social Justice and Communication
  • Persuasion
  • Media, Culture and Communication
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Introduction to Cinema
  • Organizational Communication
  • Communication, Language and Gender

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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General Requirements

  • Submit your online application
  • Ask your high school to send us your official transcript
  • Arrange to have your SAT or ACT scores sent to us
  • Submit one letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor
  • Submit your standardized test scores
  •  If applicable, submit official information about transfer credit or AP/IB credit to Loyola electronically
  • Upon admission, pay your enrollment deposit by May 1 to reserve a place in the class.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    42720 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21360 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    42720 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21360 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    42720 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21360 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Chicago

  • 1297 - 2500 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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