Office of the Registrar
Faculty of Arts (2010/2011)
8.7 Communication Studies

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

This inter-disciplinary Major program is offered to candidates for the Degree of Bachelor of Arts. It is offered in conjunction with a major or a minor in a single discipline.

The Communication Studies program 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.

8.7.1 Program and Regulations
  1. Students who major in Communication Studies shall complete a minimum of 36 credit hours in courses which shall include the following:

    • Core Courses:
    • Communication Studies 2000
    • Communication Studies 2001
    • Communication Studies 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 addition to Communication Studies 2000 and Communication Studies 2001;

    • A minimum of 9 credit hours at the 3000 level; and

    • A minimum of 3 credit hours at the 4000 level in addition to Communication Studies 4000.

    • Elective Courses:
    • Courses may be selected from the following two lists and/or as approved by the Program Coordinator.
  • List A

  • English 2700: Writing and Gender I
  • 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 Art
  • 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
  • Sociology/Anthropology 2210: Communication and Culture
  • Sociology/Anthropology 3630: New Media Methods in Social Research
  • Religious Studies 2812: Religion and Popular Culture
  • Women's Studies 2005: Identities and Difference
  • Women's Studies 3005: Feminist Texts, Theories and Histories
  • Women's Studies 4107: Women and Technological Change
  • Any Special Topics courses approved for inclusion in this list by the Committee on Undergraduate Studies, Faculty of Arts, upon the recommendation of the Program Co-ordinator.
  • 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: US 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
  • Religious Studies 1022: Jesus in Film
  • Russian 3023: Post-Soviet Russia: Media and Film
  • Any Special Topics courses approved for inclusion in this list by the Committee on Undergraduate Studies, Faculty of Arts, upon the recommendation of the Program Co-ordinator.

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

8.7.2 Course Descriptions

In accordance with Senate's Policy Regarding Inactive Courses, the course descriptions for courses which have not been offered in the previous three academic years and which are not scheduled to be offered in the current academic year have been removed from the following listing. For information about any of these inactive courses, please contact the Head of the Department.

Communication Studies courses are designated by CMST.


Critical Approaches to Popular Culture

considers critical issues and approaches in the study of popular culture. It will explore the ways in which everyone is both a user of and is used by popular culture. A variety of critical approaches to studying popular culture will be examined: Production, Texts, Audience, and History.


Introduction to Communication Theory

provides an introduction to theoretical approaches to organization, use and manipulation of language, including semiotics, performativity, mass and group communications, sociolinguistics and interpersonal communication. We will examine notions of influence, rhetoric, social judgment, deception, subject formation, globalization and cultural hybridity within the field of communications.

Prerequisite: CMST 2000


Advanced Communications Theory

engages communication theories, such as interpersonal, organizational, intercultural, or international communication, seeking to understand how and why mediated communication works have found their explanatory power to be useful. The course will aim to analyze various communication theories, apply communication theories to everyday life, write a theoretical literature review, and form sound hypotheses or focused research questions to advance theory.

Prerequisites: CMST 2000 and 2001 and 9 additional credit hours chosen from Program and Regulations, Elective Courses, List A or B.