Office of the Registrar
Faculty of Arts (2014/2015)
11.5 Communication Studies

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Program Co-ordinator: Dr. E. Warkentin, Head, Department of German and Russian

The Major in Communication Studies is an interdisciplinary Arts 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 nationstate 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 Arts section under Course Descriptions, Communication Studies and are designated by CMST.

11.5.1 Advising

Due to the nature of interdisciplinary programming, students must carefully plan their course selection and regularly consult with the Program Co-ordinator. Questions about the delivery of a course should be directed to the appropriate academic unit.

11.5.2 Declaring the Interdisciplinary Major in Communication Studies

Students wishing to declare a Major in Communication Studies shall consult with the Program Co-ordinator to discuss the requirements of the program. Information about declaring a program of study in the Faculty of Arts is available at www.mun.ca/arts/programs/undergraduate/ideclare.php.

11.5.3 Regulations for the Interdisciplinary Major in Communication Studies
  1. A Major in Communication Studies consists of all of the requirements of the Bachelor of Arts program, including a minimum of 36 credit hours chosen from Tables 1 and 2 below in courses as follows:

    1. as per the General Regulations for Interdisciplinary Major and Minor Programs, courses from a minimum of any three Arts disciplines, and no more than 15 credit hours in any one Arts discipline other than Communication Studies;

    2. a minimum of 18 credit hours chosen from Table 1 Core Faculty of Arts Courses Approved for the Major in Communication Studies, ideally Communication Studies courses, which must include CMST 2000, 2001, 4000; and

    3. a minimum of 18 additional credit hours chosen from Table 1 Core Faculty of Arts Courses Approved for the Major in Communication Studies and/or Table 2 Other Faculty of Arts Courses Approved for the Major in Communication Studies, including a minimum of 15 credit hours at the 3000-level or above, including at least one 4000-level course. This may include up to 9 credit hours chosen from courses eligible for the Minor in Film Studies (see Table 1 Faculty of Arts Courses for the Minor in Film Studies).

  2. As per the General Regulations for Interdisciplinary Major and Minor Programs, students completing a Major in Communication Studies are ineligible for an interdisciplinary Minor in any program.

11.5.4 Course List
  1. Interdisciplinary programs provide exposure to courses in various disciplines within the Faculty of Arts. Table 1 courses are Faculty of Arts 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 focus 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 Arts Course Descriptions, may be deemed eligible towards the Major in Communication Studies. Undergraduate courses not delivered by the Faculty of Arts 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 Arts Courses Approved for the Major in Communication Studies

1000 and 2000 Level Courses

3000 Level Courses

4000 Level Courses

Table 2 Other Faculty of Arts Courses Approved for the Major in Communication Studies

1000 and 2000 Level Courses

3000 Level Courses

4000 Level Courses

11.5.5 Previous Calendar Regulations

In accordance with UNIVERSITY REGULATIONS - Degree and Departmental Regulations, Year of Degree and Departmental Regulations - Faculty of Arts 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 Program Co-ordinator for assistance with course selection.