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Communication Studies (BA)


Communication Studies examines the forms and practices of communication through six areas of emphasis:

  • media and communication history
  • media and cultural theory
  • visual communication
  • global communication
  • cultural and creative industries
  • digital media studies

You’ll use a variety of approaches to analyze communication in its social, economic, political and cultural contexts. You’ll gain a critical perspective and a broad knowledge of communication and media, enabling you to become a reflective, engaged citizen in our contemporary world.

We’re known for our extraordinarily talented educators and researchers. Communication Studies faculty have won numerous research and teaching awards.

Graduates of this program have found careers in the arts, publishing, government, finance and public relations sectors, and have proceeded to graduate studies in humanities and social sciences and in professional programs such as journalism, business and law. 

Interested in transferring to Laurier? Review our admission requirements and other information on how to apply in our admissions toolkit.

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Program Highlights

  • We offer fourth-year courses that focus on key debates and issues in contemporary communication and media.
  • You’ll gain marketable knowledge of mass media that can lead to a career in publishing, public relations or marketing, or further study in communication, journalism, law or other areas.
  • Check out options to enhance your degree.

Sample Courses

  • Social Media and Social Life
  • Technology and Society
  • Public Communication
  • Television Studies
  • Critical Advertising Studies
  • Alternative Media


International Baccalaureate Requirements

  • HL or SL English at 3.
  • IB Minimum Score: 26.


Career examples of recent graduates include:

  • director, communications
  • national marketing assistant
  • promotion coordinator
  • photographer/reporter
  • advertising/public relations coordinator
  • marketing coordinator
  • social and digital media officer

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