Communication Studies

Students in COMMST 325

In this exciting, highly interactive program, you’ll explore how our everyday forms of communication create meaning and shape our perspective of the world and you’ll gain skills to understand audiences and techniques to effectively communicate with them. This degree is unique within Canada for our experience-based study of verbal, non-verbal, visual, and digital communication practices.

As a Communication Studies student, learn to master interviewing skills, become adept at public speaking, and communicate effectively as a leader. By studying the dynamics of communication in your personal interactions, classrooms, and workspaces, as well as in your use of online and digital spaces, you will come to understand the importance of communication for how we understand and interpret every aspect of the world around us.

You’ll also examine the cultural, social and political impact of media technologies, communication practices and popular culture. You will explore how communication impacts identity and the importance of communication to representation (including race, ethnicity, gender, class, and sexuality) in media and politics, resisting oppression and promoting social justice, crisis management and conflict negotiation, and environmental activism and advocacy. 

Over the course of your degree, you’ll hone your written and oral communication skills while developing expertise in teamwork, research, visual and digital literacy, and critical analysis — just the kind of skills that employers are hungry for. Communication Studies graduates excel in law school and graduate school, as media and communication professionals in civic organizations and public institutions, and in private industry. Enrolling in the co-op stream will provide additional insights into possible careers and paid work experience along the way.