Loyola’s online Associate of Arts in Communication consists of 60 credit hours, which includes:

  • 24 hours of Major courses
  • 36 hours of Loyola Core courses

You can also download the degree program course listing (DPCL) to view program requirements in a helpful worksheet format.

Major Courses (24 credits)

Major Core Courses (15 credits)

CMMN A100: Introduction to Mass Communication (3 crs.)

This course is a survey of the various fields of Mass Communication taught at Loyola and specific preparation for courses taught in the school. Consideration is given to philosophical foundations, historical development, current trends and status, organizational structure, and career opportunities.

CMMN A101: Communication/Media Writing (3 crs.)

This course discusses the basic kinds of writing used most frequently in the media: informative and persuasive writing.
Prerequisites: ENGL T122 or A205

CMMN A201: Digital Communication (3 crs.)

This is a hands-on course designed to introduce mass communication majors to the field of digital communications. 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 for several key media: video, print, and the web. 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.

CMMN A260: Introduction to Layout and Design (3 crs.)

This course involves the creative use of two-dimensional space, using visual perceptions, principles of graphic design and their application, use of type in design, graphic interpretation, basic formats of advertising and public relations layout.
$75 fee for non-majors and part-time students.
Prerequisites: CMMN A201

CMMN A382: Social Media Strategies (3 crs.)

This course is an exploration of current and common social media platforms with an emphasis on practical application. This is a results- and production-oriented class focused on communication strategies, content creation, and successful outcomes.

Major Elective Courses (9 credits)

The online Associate of Arts in Communication program requires 9 credits of communication electives. Elective course options include:

  • Journalism
  • Elements in AP Style
  • Game as Art
  • Law of Mass Communication
  • Feature Writing

Loyola Core Courses (36 Credits)

The goal of the Loyola Core is to foster students’ competency in five key areas:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Effective Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Information Literacy
  • Ethical Reasoning

To help students develop these competencies, the Loyola Core embraces an interdisciplinary approach to learning with an emphasis on balance: the spiritual and intellectual, the moral and ethical, the natural and scientific, the humanistic and artistic.

Foundation Courses

Foundation courses should be taken in your first three online sessions at Loyola and include:

  • First-year Seminar
  • English – Critical Reading & Writing
  • Math Models, Finite Math, or Calculus
  • Science Process – Investigating Nature

Knowledge & Values Courses

Students complete courses in the following categories:

  • Creative Arts & Cultures
  • History I
  • History II
  • Philosophy I: Introduction to the Philosophy of Reasoning
  • Philosophy II: Philosophy of Knowledge & Morality
  • Religious Studies I: Christian Traditions
  • Religious Studies II: World Religions
  • Writing About Literature