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Overview of Courses

In addition to six core courses, journalism majors choose from discipline-specific electives to personalize the program. Following a sequence for print, online, or electronic journalism, the program can truly be tailored to your interests and goals. Here’s a sample of what you can expect to learn and do:

  • Sports Communication
    Students learn the fundamentals of communicating in a sports environment. Learn how to tell compelling sports stories for print and TV. You will hear from professionals in the industry about their experiences and get hands-on experience.

  • Videography
    Videography builds skills in visual storytelling. Students work with digital video cameras to shoot, write and edit video news stories including several video news packages, one of which must focus on a social justice topic.

  • Digital Communication
    In this course students use tools like Snapchat, Instagram, Wordpress, Avid, Facebook Live, and more to create campaigns and tell stories. Students learn critical thinking skills about the technology used to produce mass media messages in modern American society. They are introduced to visual theories as well as elements and principles of design. The digital communication student leaves this course versed in current media technologies with a critical understanding of its use in creating memorable and meaningful communication materials.

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Journalism sequence curriculum

Required courses:

  • CMMN A250 Journalism 
  • CMMN A265 Photography
  • CMMN A266 Videography
  • CMMN A350 Advanced Journalism
  • CMMN A490 Journalism Capstone

Choose three major electives:

  • CMMN A225 AP Style
  • CMMN A251 News Editing
  • CMMN A260 Intro to Layout and Design
  • CMMN A316 Public Relations
  • CMMN A335 Strategic Event Planning and Promotions
  • CMMN A351 Advanced Editing
  • CMMN A360 Advanced Layout & Design
  • CMMN A354 Feature Writing
  • CMMN A356 Sports Communication
  • CMMN A357 Sports Promotion
  • CMMN A359 Advanced Journalism Lab
  • CMMN A368 Photojournalism
  • CMMN A369 Documentary Photography
  • CMMN A371 Covering the Environmental Beat
  • CMMN A382 Social Media Strategies
  • CMMN A410 Nonprofit Communications
  • CMMN A455 Media & Gender
  • CMMN A400 Theories of Mass Communication
  • CMMN A475 Environmental Communication
  • CMMN A486 Brand Lab
  • CMMN X202 Game as Art
  • CMMN X237 Media Play

Contact the department chair, Prof. Michael Giusti, at for more information.

Mass Communication Course Information

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Professional Organizations


The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is an organization of journalists, students and media-related professionals that provides quality programs and services to and advocates on behalf of black journalists worldwide.

As part of its commitment to student members and aspiring journalists, NABJ provides the special services as part of its Student Education Enrichment and Development (SEED) Program, including short courses, mentoring, internships and scholarships. The Loyola chapter's faculty adviser is Dr. Sonya Duhé.



Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) is the world’s largest professional organization for broadcast and digital journalists. Members include local and network news executives, news directors, producers, reporters, photographers, editors, multimedia journalists and digital news professionals in broadcasting, cable and digital media, journalism educators and students.  The Loyola chapter's faculty adviser is Prof. Lisa Collins.



The 7,500 members of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), the nation’s most broad-based journalism organization, are dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior. SPJ mission is “the perpetuation of a free press as the cornerstone of our nation and our liberty.” The Loyola chapter's faculty adviser is Prof. Michael Giusti.