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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
September 2, 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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Martin Dowding, Communication Studies Dr. Martin Dowding has recently published "Interpreting Privacy on Campus: The Freedom of Information and Personal Privacy Act and Ontario Universities" in the Canadian Journal of Communication. Research for the article, funded by Wilfrid Laurier, was part of a project that led to the publication of a book with Scarecrow/Rowman & Littlefield Press, titled Privacy: Defending an Illusion, published in June, 2011. He is currently studying the legal and ethical impacts of surveillance cameras in the classroom.
Supervisory Areas
-Communication, ICT policy & legislation
-International/global communication issues (especially North America, Latin America, and Europe)
-Political Economy
-Universal Access/Universal Service
-Focus Group construction and analysis

Martin Dowding
Assistant Professor,
Communication Studies