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Communication Studies


Are you fascinated by the rapidly changing and increasingly complex world of global communications? Do you want to understand the impact of media on society, culture and the economy? Are you interested in developing the practical and theoretical skills necessary to pursue a career in the field of communications?

The recent approval of a major in Communications Studies is a telling example of the Faculty of Arts’ strong commitment to offer innovative and attractive programs to students.

Student editing video footageIn the global landscape where information is a prime currency, communications has emerged as the central tenet of all disciplines. The study of communications addresses questions such as: Who controls the media and why? What shape does communication take in today’s global world? What are the different media technologies and at whom are they targeted? The major in Communication Studies will address these questions and others as it critically examines the role and development of communication in modern society.

This interdisciplinary Major program is offered in conjunction with a major or a minor in a single discipline.

The Communications Studies program aims to provide explanatory frameworks and critical methodologies – drawn from a variety of disciplines – for understanding how communications and media are integral to the changing relationships between a variety of agendas and agencies, from the individual to the nation state and from personal interactions to international relations.


1. Students who major in Communications Studies shall complete a minimum of 36 credit hours which shall include the following:

Core Courses:

  • Communications 2000
  • Communications 2001
  • Communications 4000

2. Students are required to complete an additional 27 credit hours in at least 3 different disciplines and chosen from the lists below including:

  • A maximum of 12 credit hours from List B
  • A maximum of 12 credit hours at the 2000 level in additional to COMM 2000 and COMM 2001
  • A minimum of 9 credit hours at the 3000 level
  • A minimum of 3 credit hours at the 4000 level in addition to COMM 4000

Elective Courses

Courses may be selected from the following two lists and/or as approved by the Program Coordinator:

List A

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  • Computer Science 2000: Collective and Emergent Behaviour
  • English 2700: Writing and gender
  • Folklore 1060: Folklore and culture
  • Folklore 3850: Material culture
  • Folklore 3930: Folklore and popular culture
  • Linguistics 2100: Language and communication
  • Philosophy 2571: Technology
  • Philosophy 3600: Philosophy of the Humanities
  • Philosophy 3620: Philosophy of Arts
  • Philosophy 4250: Seminar in Metaphysics and Epistemology
  • Philosophy 4300: Seminar in Ethics
  • Political Science 3350: Public Opinion and voting
  • Political Science 3860: Media and politics in Canada
  • Religious Studies 2812: Religion and Popular Culture
  • Sociology 2120: Technology and Society
  • Sociology/Anthropology 2210: Communication and culture
  • Sociology/Anthropology 3630: New Media Methods in Social Research
  • Women’s Studies 2005: Identities and Difference
  • Women’s Studies 3005: Feminist Texts, Theories and Histories
  • Women’s Studies 4107: Women and Technological Change

List B

  • English 2850: What is Film?
  • English 2851: Introduction to Film Form and Film Theory
  • English 3813: Theories of National Cinema
  • German 3000: German Film I
  • German 3001: German Film II
  • German 3002: Post-Wall Cinema
  • German 3003: DEFA – The Cinema of East Germany
  • History 3748: History of Film: The American Cinema
  • History 3790: Reel American History: USA History through its Films, 1895-1945
  • History 3795: Reel American History: US History through its Films since WWII
  • History 4695: The Middle Ages on Film
  • Philosophy 2581: Philosophy of Film
  • Religious Studies 1022: Jesus in Film
  • Russian 3023: Post-Soviet Russia: Media and Film

The normal departmental prerequisites are applicable, but Department Heads may waive course prerequisites in cases where alternative preparation can be demonstrated.

For further information please contact Dr. Erwin Warkentin, Coordinator, or 864-4767.