The mission of the department of communication is to train ethical leaders well versed in the communication arts. The program offers a broad understanding of the role of the media in contemporary society with pre-professional training that enables students to enter media industries. Student who major or minor in communication will develop critical thinking and analytical skills; learn to ask intelligent and relevant questions, and have the skills necessary to produce and publish appropriate content for the media. Loyola communication graduates have a strong placement record in entry-level jobs in business, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and media, as well as in graduate school and law school.
Communication majors choose from specializations in advertising/public relations, digital media, or journalism, while also taking courses in publishing, popular culture, media and society, free speech, public speaking, or research. Small classes enable students to interact closely with the faculty. Most classes are taught in cutting-edge media technology labs.
The classroom experience is enhanced by internships in Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and New York City, as well as campus cocurricular activities, including the Greyhound student newspaper, WLOY radio station, GreyComm Television Studios, the Loyolapound.com online magazine, Apprentice House student-run book publishing company, Advertising Club, Public Relations Student Society of America, and Speech and Debate Team.