Communication Studies

The Major in Communications is administered by the Department of English. It is an interdisciplinary Humanities and Social Sciences program that aims to provide explanatory frameworks and critical methodologies, drawn from a variety of disciplines, for understanding how communication and media are integral to the changing relationships between a variety of agents and agencies, from the individual to the nation-state and from personal interactions to international relations. Core courses in Communication Studies are intended to integrate the material and provide a common focus at the beginning and the end of the program.

Communication Studies course descriptions are found at the end of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences section under Course Descriptions, English, Communication Studies and are designated by CMST.


Due to the nature of interdisciplinary programming, students must carefully plan their course selection. Students are encouraged to regularly consult with the Undergraduate Liaison for the program (Dr. Jamie Skidmore) or with  the Manager of Academic Programs for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (Ms. Renée Shute).

Declaring the Interdisciplinary Major in Communication Studies

Students wishing to declare a Major in Communication Studies shall consult with the Program Liaison to discuss the requirements of the program. Information about declaring a program of study in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is available at

Regulations for the Interdisciplinary Major in Communication Studies

See regulations in the relevant section of University Calendar.

Course List

  1. Interdisciplinary programs provide exposure to courses in various disciplines within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Table 1 courses are Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences courses that are fundamental to the program of study. Subject to the program regulations, they may be supplemented with  Table 2 courses whose Calendar entry establishes an emphasis on the questioning and analysis of media and technology, prioritize how communication relates to social and cultural practices, and/or focu on the mass circulation of ideas and values about culture. Not all courses are necessarily offered each year. Students must be careful not to register for different designations of the same course that is crosslisted with different departments. Normal departmental prerequisites for courses are applicable.

  2. As per the General Regulations for Interdisciplinary Major and Minor Programs, up to 6 credit hours obtained in undergraduate courses at Memorial University of Newfoundland that are not listed in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences  Course Descriptions, may be deemed eligible towards the Major in Communication Studies. Undergraduate courses not delivered by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences that have been approved as Table 1 electives include Computer Science 2000 and as Table 2 electives include Music 2011, 3019.


Table 1 Core Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Courses Approved for the Major in Communication Studies

1000 and 2000 Level Courses

3000 Level Courses

4000 Level Courses

  • CMST 2000, 2001

  • Linguistics 1100 or 2100

  • Philosophy 2582

  • Sociology 2120, 2210

  • Anthropology 3630 or Sociology 3630

  • CMST 3010-3020

  • Philosophy 3620

  • Political Science 3350, 3860

  • CMST 4000, 4001, 4010-4020

  • Political Science 4860

  • Sociology 4107

Table 2 Other Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Courses Approved for the Major in Communication Studies

1000 and 2000 Level Courses

3000 Level Courses

4000 Level Courses

  • Anthropology 2413, 2416

  • English 2010, 2700, 2813, 2850, 2851

  • Geography 2001, 2195

  • Gender Studies 2005

  • Linguistics 2300 or Philosophy 2300

  • Philosophy 2571, 2581

  • Religious Studies 1022, 2812, 2830

  • Anthropology 3404

  • Archaeology 3001 or Folklore 3001 or Medieval Studies 3001 or History 3020

  • Archaeology 3710 or Folklore 3700

  • Archaeology 3850 or Folklore 3850

  • Classics 3700

  • English 3350, 3351, 3813, 3816, 3912

  • English 3460 or Folklore 3460

  • Folklore 3360, 3612, 3930

  • French 3506

  • Gender Studies 3005

  • German 3000, 3001, 3002, 3003

  • History 3790, 3795

  • Linguistics 3212

  • Religious Studies 3812, 3820

  • Russian 3003, 3023

  • Sociology 3140, 3731

  • Spanish 3300

  • Anthropology 4417

  • English 4400, 4402

  • Folklore 4100 or History 4100

  • Folklore 4440

  • History 4200, 4216, 4695

  • Political Science 4360

  • Russian 4002

11.5.5 Previous Calendar Regulations

In accordance with UNIVERSITY REGULATIONS - Degree and Departmental Regulations, Year of Degree and Departmental Regulations - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and Faculty of Science, candidates for a Major in Communication Studies who had completed a 2000-level course or above in Communication Studies prior to September 2014 will normally follow the program regulations in effect at that time. Such students may instead elect to follow the Communication Studies program regulations outlined in this version of the Calendar. These "grandparented" students are encouraged to consult the Undergraduate Advisor for the program for assistance with course selection.

Program Academic Advisor

Students are invited to contact the Undergraduate Liaison. Please see for current contact information.


Department of English

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