Loyola University Chicago

School of Communication

New and Digital Media Studies Concentration

This concentration focuses on the history and development of new and digital media, implementation of digital media research skills, games studies, usability, effective program design and how to curate and archive digitized histories.  Students will develop an essential understanding of new media while also learning essential internet skills for current job markets.

Total Credit Hours 40

School of Communication Core (10 credit hours)

  • COMM 100 SOC Seminar
  • COMM 175 Intro to Communication
  • COMM 200 Communication & New Media
  • COMM 215 Ethics & Communication

Theory/History/Law (6 credit hours)

  • COMM 361 New Media Criticism (required) and
  • COMM 280 History of Communication Technology,
  • COMM 282 Media Law, or
  • COMM 285 Contemporary Media Industries and Policy.

Applied (6 credit hours)

  • COMM 275 Web Design & Usability (required) and
  • COMM 130 Intro to Audio Production, or
  • COMM 135 Intro to Video Production.

Ethics (3 credit hours)

  •  COMM 360 Digital Media Ethics

Research Methods (3 hrs)

  • COMM 364 Research Methods (Topics)
  • COMM 365 Naturalistic Methods of Comm Research
  • COMM 366 Observing & Measuring Comm Behavior
  • COMM 367 Rhetorical Criticism
  • COMM 368 Critical Ethnography in Communication

Engaged Learning

  • COMM 379 New Media Practicum
  • COMM 387 New and Digital Media Capstone
  • COMM 393 Communication Internship
  • COMM 398 Directed Study

Electives (9 credit hours)

 Electives can be selected from any of the above courses, not taken to fulfill a requirement or any of the courses below:

  • COMM 130 Intro to Audio Production
  • COMM 135 Intro to Video Production
  • COMM 258 Game Studies
  • COMM 261 Sociable Media
  • COMM 271 Contemporary Culture and Communication
  • COMM 280 History of Communication Technology
  • COMM 282  Media Law
  • COMM 285 Contemporary Media Industries and Policy
  • COMM 297 Themes in Communication (approved)
  • COMM 303 Media, Politics, & Propaganda
  • COMM 322 Guerrilla Media
  • COMM 323 Remix(ing) Culture
  • COMM 359 Advanced Post-Production
  • COMM 364 Research Methods (Topics)
  • COMM 365 Naturalistic Methods of Communication Research
  • COMM 366 Observing & Measuring Comm Behavior
  • COMM 367 Rhetorical Criticism
  • COMM 368 Critical Ethnography in Communication
  • COMM 371 Special Topics in Communication (New Media approved)
  • COMM 379 New Media Practicum
  • COMM 387 New & Digital Media Capstone
  • COMM 393 Communication Internship
  • COMM 398 Directed Study