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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
October 21, 2014
Canadian Excellence

Communication Studies

Communication Studies at Laurier 

Communication Studies explores theories of communication, the world of modern mass media, and the interactions of media and society. The program brings together courses from the social sciences, humanities, and other areas of interest.

This program is designed to give students marketable knowledge of mass media that can lead to careers in publishing, public relations and marketing or further study in journalism, business and other areas.

Program highlights  

  • Communication Studies is the fastest growing and most popular program of undergraduate study in the Faculty of Arts at Laurier.
  • Communication Studies is one of the biggest programs at Laurier with over 1,000 majors.

Courses offered 

First year 

  • Intro to Media History
  • Mass Communications in Canada

Popular courses

  • Media and Society
  • Media and Communication Ethics
  • Alternative Media

Admission requirements 

4U Requirements IB Requirements  Admission Range 
English at 60% HL or SL English at 4 

Mid 70s

IB Minimum Score: 28  


A degree in Communication Studies opens the door to a wealth of career opportunities. Our graduates have gone on to graduate programs across Canada, the United States and Europe. Most graduates, however do not pursue further education – they find their degree provides entry into professional programs such as law, teaching and journalism or serves as a good foundation for a career in a number of fields. 

Student experience 

000Aska.jpgAs an international student, Lenniecia Aska was drawn to Laurier’s sense of community. “I appreciate how diverse Laurier is,” she says, “and the amount of care and attention given to international students.” The supportive community she has found at Laurier has helped her work towards her degree in Communications Studies. 

A member of the Communications Student Association and the Association of Black Students, Aska’s experience outside of the classroom has allowed her to network with professionals and other Laurier students. “Not only have I learned history and theory,” she says, “but the practical experience of being able to analyze and look critically at the world around me has made my studies particularly interesting and relevant.” 

When she graduates, Aska plans to return home to Antigua to do an internship in retail where she hopes to practice her skills and eventually run her own business. 

Faculty experience 

000Nicholson.jpgCommunication technology isn’t just about staying in touch. Even before cellphones and email, what and how we communicate have been connected.

Dr. Judith Nicholson is interested in how racial, gender and class politics have intersected with mediated mobilities in North America over the last century or so. “This interest has lead me to study how photographs, postcards and the first portable cameras were used in the late nineteenth century to mediate lynching spectacles for a virtual community of spectators,” she explains, “and how cellphones and other mobile communication technologies are used now to mediate peripatetic trends such as flash mobbing.” 

Sharing her passion is what Nicholson likes best about teaching at Laurier. “I enjoy witnessing our students become inspired by some of the same concepts that first aroused my interest in how we humans use communication technologies to mediate our relationships with one another.”