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Communication, B.A. (Madrid)

In today's world of informational saturation, technological change and globalization, studying communication sharpens the skills needed to succeed in your academic, professional and personal life.

At Saint Louis University, we don’t think in terms of being flexible and adapting to the world as it is; we seek to educate students who will re-design the world for the better rather than accommodate to its current conditions.

Communication at SLU-Madrid

Major in Communication

Composing an email. Decoding someone's gestures over lunch. Talking on the phone (while discreetly watching YouTube). Reading the newspaper and wondering how and why it represents and distorts the world it covers. Pondering a photo. Deciding when and how to tell a secret. If these and other communication-related practices are what you regularly do and provoke endless fascination — then this is your degree. Our faculty is dedicated to deepening your understanding and capacities within a vigorously cross-disciplinary, socially conscious academic environment.

Our undergraduate major provides students with a comprehensive, internationally focused education in communication in an exceptionally diverse milieu. Faculty members enact a blended approach to theory and application that emphasizes intellectual curiosity for its own sake while cultivating useful skills.

We study human interaction and symbolic practices, educating students to be culturally competent and ethically responsible leaders in journalism and media, advertising, public relations and corporate, government and nonprofit settings.

The major requires completion of 40 hours of coursework with an international emphasis. You also have the option to study abroad at the St. Louis campus or at another international university such as Kansai University in Tokyo or one of our peer AAICU institutions. For a complete list, visit

Highlighted Courses

In order to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from SLU-Madrid, you’ll have to complete a minimum of 120 hours of coursework.

You’ll be required to complete the 16-credit hour communication core, which includes:

  • CMM 1000: Intro to Communication
  • CMM 1200: Public Speaking
  • CMM 2000: Communication Theory
  • CMM 2400: Media and Society
  • CMM 2500: Media and Society Lab
  • CMM 2800: Communication Research

You’ll also take CMM 2100: News Writing, and select one course from three of the following four areas:

Public Communication and Dialogue

  • CMM 3060: Political Communication
  • CMM 3930: Communication, Education and New Media

Leadership, Organizing and Relating

  • CMM 3000: Interpersonal Communication
  • CMM 4050: Theories of Persuasion

Communication, Culture and Community

  • CMM 4010: Language and Linguistics
  • CMM 3300: Intercultural Communication

Journalism and Media Studies

  • CMM 1400: Film Criticism
  • CMM 3110: Feature Writing
  • CMM 3460: International Cinema
  • CMM 3840: Analysis of Popular Culture
  • CMM 4460: Global Culture and Media

Additionally, one of the following courses is required to fulfill the production practices and application requirement:

  • CMM 2550: Photographic Imaging
  • CMM 2560: Graphic Design
  • CMM 3710: Advertising Writing
  • CMM 4100: Multiplatform Journalism

And finally, you’ll be required to complete one of the following to fulfill the advanced research requirement:

  • CMM 4800 Ethnography of Communication
  • CMM 3930 New Media and Cultural Industries
Internships and Careers

Our students are not exclusively bound to the classroom; they have regularly received credit for off-campus internships.


Quality teaching is the foundation of the department. In fact, we inaugurated a course-by-course system for formal recognition of excellence in teaching. We document excellence; we do not just talk about it.

Along with enacting day-by-day devotion to teaching and convening conferences, we are committed to being active scholars (producing, editing and reviewing scholarship) in a field where change occurs at head-spinning velocity. The department's per capita rate of scholarly output compares with far larger institutions in a striking synergism of teaching and research commitment.

Tuition and Fees

SLU-Madrid is committed to providing quality Jesuit education at an affordable price. Tuition rates at the Madrid Campus are approximately 40 percent lower than comparable private universities in the U.S.

If you have questions or would like to speak with a financial aid officer, email us at

2018-2019 Tuition and Fees
Scholarships and Financial Aid


To be admitted to the communication major, you must have at least a 2.0 cumulative average and complete a declaration of major form, available in the Office of the Registrar. Your application and the student record are then submitted to the Department of Communication. Upon acceptance to the program, you will be assigned a departmental advisor.

Minor in Communication

SLU-Madrid also offers a minor in communication, an option many students pursue to increase their versatility.

The communication minor is a 21 credit hour program comprised of six credit hours of required coursework and 15 credit hours of electives. At least six credit hours of elective coursework must be at the 3000- or 4000- level.

Required courses include CMM 1000: Introduction to Human Communication and one of the following:

  • CMM 2000: Communication Theory
  • CMM 2400: Media and Society
  • CMM 2800: Communication Research

Real-World Experience

Study New and Traditional Media

Our students are endowed with consistent practice in, and carefully fashioned feedback on their communicative productions in writing, images, and new media interventions. Our methodology prepares students for the “real world” communication activities — in media, publicity, journalism — as well as other demanding creative fields.