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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
November 29, 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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Jeremy Hunsinger, Communication Studies Jeremy Hunsinger received his Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies from Virginia Tech in 2009. His background is in ethics, political theory, and critical internet studies with an emphasis on questions of globalization, technological governance/policy, ICTS as infrastructure, and the politics of knowledge. His research agenda analyzes the transformations of knowledge in the modes of production in the information age. He recently co-edited a special issue on Learning and Research in Virtual Worlds for Learning, Media, & Technology. He co-edited the International Handbook of Virtual Learning Environments and the International Handbook of Internet Research and has edited or contributed to several other volumes. Currently, he is working on the Routledge Handbook of Social Media, a special issue on cultures in virtual worlds, and an edited volume on virtual worlds.
Supervisory Areas
-critical internet studies
-social media, virtual worlds
-internet politics/policy
-internet research methods
-interpretive methods

Jeremy Hunsinger
Assistant Professor,
Communication Studies