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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
February 14, 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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Penelope Ironstone, Communication Studies Dr. Penelope Ironstone-Catterall is an inter-disciplinary scholar with a doctorate in Social & Political Thought. Her SSHRC funded research project, "From Seasonal Flu to Pandemic Influenza: The Cultural Life of a Virus," includes a digital Influenza Media Monitoring and Analysis Unit. In addition to teaching in Communication Studies at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, she is also a member of the M. A. in Cultural Analysis and Social Theory. Her research interests include contemporary social, political and cultural theory, risk and health communication, cultural studies, queer media studies, and governmentality and the politics of anxiety.
Supervisory Areas
-Risk Communication
-Health Communication
-Cultural/Communication Theory
-Cultural Studies
-Queer Media Studies

Penelope Ironstone
Associate Professor,
Communication Studies