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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
April 28, 2016

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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Jonathan Finn, Communication Studies Dr. Jonathan Finnís academic background is in Art History and Visual and Cultural Studies. His research interests include visual communication, visual culture, surveillance studies, and sport. He is the author of Capturing the Criminal Image: From Mug Shot to Surveillance Society (Minnesota 2009) and Visual Communication and Culture: Images in Action (Oxford - forthcoming), as well as numerous essays on visual communication and visual culture. Dr. Finnís current research project is an examination of the intersection of visual communication technologies and sport.
Supervisory Areas
-visual communication
-visual culture
-visual literacy
-history and theory of photography

Jonathan Finn
Associate Professor,
Communication Studies