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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
August 4, 2015
Canadian Excellence

Communication Studies is an interdisciplinary program that draws from and combines an array of disciplinary backgrounds such as English, Film Studies, Anthropology, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology. This interdisciplinarity allows students and faculty alike to draw on a variety of approaches, theories, methods and other resources for analyzing communication in social, economic, political and cultural environments that are rapidly changing and becoming increasingly complex.

The program at Laurier offers a four year Honours degree, and a four-year Combined Honours degree in which Communication Studies is combined with another Honours major. There is also a co-op option that allows eligible students to work in communications-related summer jobs.

Students in the program take courses from the Communication Studies Core, as well as Elective courses, including courses from other disciplines, such as psychology, English, business, philosophy, and geography. The program is designed to allow students to customize their education to match personal interests and career plans, permitting them to keep pace with rapid changes in the field.

The department offers a Master of Arts in Communication Studies, for further information see our Master of Arts link.


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Ghislain Thibault, Communication Studies Ghislain Thibault received his PhD in Com-munication Studies from Université de Montréal in 2010. Before coming to Wilfrid Laurier University, he finished a one-year postdoc in the History of Science Department at Harvard University. Dr. Thibault’s research interests include media archaeology, communication theory, digital culture and history of science and technology. His most recent research was published in Intermédialités: Histoire et théorie des arts, des lettres et des techniques and in the Canadian Journal of Communication. His current research project explores a genealogy of nineteenth-century wireless technologies.
Supervisory Areas
- Media History and Media Archaeology
- Communication Theory
- Cyberculture and Digital Media Culture
- Epistemology and Political Philosophy

Ghislain Thibault
Assistant Professor,
Communication Studies