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Communication Studies

Seek to understand how we people gather, share, understand and use information in our ever-evolving society

While studying Communications Studies, students use a variety of approaches to understand how knowledge and culture are produced and reflected in speech, writing, television, film, radio, digital media and interactive entertainment, the internet, and wireless networks.

The Communication Studies program is particularly strong in media and culture studies where we take a critical approach to the topic, as well as the study of information and communication technology (ICTs) and their related issues.

Academic Advisor

Dr. Janis Goldie

Telephone: 705.673.4126 x 213

Email: jgoldie@huntingtonu.ca

Office: Secretary: Dawn Noel de Tilly, 705.673.4126 x 201

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Delivery Method: On campus
Program Language: English

Communication Studies is a four-year program leading to a Bachelor of Arts. Students have the option to pursue a specialization, a major, or a minor in Communication Studies. Within these options, students enjoy a great deal of flexibility in their course selections and are able to pursue study paths that are appealing to their unique interests. Communication Studies students also have a number of options in their learning path. They may choose to pursue a course-based curriculum, include a research focus or follow a path of specialization in Public Relations.

A unique feature of our program in Communication Studies is the many academic and career options it offers students. Combining theoretical knowledge of communication theories with practical skills, this program is designed to allow students to customize their educational paths based on personal interests and career goals. Graduates of various college programs in journalism, public relations, advertising and graphic design may also take advantage of our program in Communication Studies. Students who enroll through this pathway will complete a set of core communications courses, offering academic breadth and depth that complement the professional formation received at college.

The department of Communication Studies prides itself on its personable and collaborative approach to both teaching and learning. Our faculty truly enjoys teaching, and being in the classroom is a passion. Much of the learning in our courses comes from participation in class discussion, exercises and activities, and the use of various media culture for illustrative purposes. The overall learning environment is contingent on students’ active engagement.

Graduates of the program are flexible and articulate communicators, communication analysts and communication researchers in a wide variety of academic, public and professional contexts. Graduates have acquired a deep understanding of the complex world of communication, its dynamics and its impact on contemporary societies and cultures. They have gained the tools to explore, evaluate, and critically analyze various aspects and intersections of communication systems, skills in communication analysis and the ability to communicate ideas effectively and clearly.

Ontario High School Applicants

1 grade 12 English U/M course

5 other grade 12 U/M courses 

A minimum overall average of 70% in the 6 best grade 12 U/M courses


Additional information for applicants who have completed Advanced Placement courses.

Additional information for applicants who have completed the International Baccalaureate.

 

Applicants from outside an Ontario High School 

International Students

Canadian High School Applicants from outside Ontario

Applicants from Colleges

Applicants from other Universities

Mature Students

For Current Students

The degree options listed below are for the upcoming academic year, not the current academic year. If you are a current student looking for which courses to take in order to complete your degree options from a previous academic year's curriculum, please consult with an academic advisor.


Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Communication Studies

Students must follow these regulations in order to meet graduation requirements for the BA or B.Sc.

 

Specialization in Communication Studies

All students entering a BA program as of September 2017 are required to take 6 credits each of linguistic awareness, scientific literacy and indigenous content as per the regulations.

Although the requirements have been slotted in first year in the description below, students may fulfill them at any time during their studies.

Eligible courses are available at the 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000 levels and students should take them at the appropriate time in their studies.

Courses fulfilling these requirements may be taken as electives or as part of a minor, concentration, major or specialization. 

First Year

COST 1116E     Introduction to Mass Media
COST 1117E     Introduction to Communication Theory and Semiotics 
6 elective credits of linguistic awareness (see regulations)
6 elective credits in the Sciences
6 elective credits in Indigenous content (starting 2017)
6 elective credits

 

Second Year

COST 2446E     The Dynamics of Interpersonal Communication I

COST 2447E     The Dynamics of Interpersonal Communication II

COST 2506E     Digital Media and Culture 

12 credits from the COST pool of courses

9 elective credits

 

Third Year*

COST 3006E     Technology and the Individual Experience 

COST 3007E     Technology and the Social Experience

COST 3127E     Communication Research 

12 credits from the COST pool of courses

9 elective credits

* Students admitted for the 2012-13 academic year and beyond may choose to spend their third year of study at Cambrian College in the Public Relations program. Please see program checklist for students studying PR in their third year.

 

Fourth Year

12 credits in Communication Studies 4000 level courses

18 elective credits

Note:    Students may not exceed 42 credits at the 1000 or 9100 level in their degree program.

 

Major in Communication Studies

COST 1116E     Introduction to Mass Media

COST 1117E     Introduction to Communication Theory and Semiotics 

COST 2446E     The Dynamics of Interpersonal Communication I

COST 2447E     The Dynamics of Interpersonal Communication II

COST 2506E     Digital Media and Culture  

COST 2507E     Representations of Technology

COST 2526E     News Culture

COST 2606E     The Decorated Body as Communication

COST 3006E     Technology and the Individual Experience 

COST 3007E     Technology and the Social Experience

COST 3127E     Communication Research

COST 4506E     New Media Policy

COST 4507E     Mass Media and Democracy

3 credits from the COST pool of courses

78 elective credits*

Notes:

  • Students must include 6 credits in linguistic awareness, 6 credits of Indigenous content, and 6 credits in the Sciences if not part of the other minor or second major. Eligible courses are available at the 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000 levels and students should take them at the appropriate time in their studies.

  • Students must complete a minimum of a minor (24 credits) or a second major (42 credits) from among their elective credits.

  •  Students may not exceed 42 credits at the 1000 or 9100 level in their degree program.

 

Minor in Communication Studies 

COST 1116E     Introduction to Mass Media 

COST 1117E     Introduction to Communication Theory and Semiotics

18 additional credits of COST courses, of which at least 6 credits must be at the 3000 or 4000 level 

 

COST Pool of Courses

   COST Pool of Electives January 2016

 

Sport Communication Minor (for COST major/specialization students)

Required: (9 cr)

INTE 1206E     Perspectives in Sports

ENGL 1561E     Business Communication

COST-3606E     Sports, Communication and Culture

 

Elective courses - Take 15 credits from the following list*:

     ANCS 2046E     Sport in the Ancient World

     COST 2006E     Semiotics and Senses

     COST 2106E     Organizational Communication

     COST 2526E     News Culture

     COST 3016E     Culture, Media and Childhood

     COST 3206E     Media and Popular Culture

     COST 4527E     Media Spectacle

     ECON 2206E     Sports Economics

     GERO 2236E     Fit for Life: Physical Activity and Aging

     INTE 4216E     Sport Psychology

     INTE 4516E     Stress Management

     LBST 2206E     Labour Relations and Professional Sports

     PHED 4217E     Sports in Society

     PHIL 2536E     Ethical Issues in Contemporary Sport

     RLST 3356E     Sport as Spiritual Practice

     WGSX 2506E     Rethinking Masculinities

* Courses cannot count towards a student's major/specialization requirement and their minor.

 

Sport Communication Minor (Students who are not majoring or specializing in COST)

Required: (9 cr)

COST 1116E     Introduction to Mass Media

COST 1117E     Introduction to Communication Theory and Semiotics
COST-3606E     Sports, Communication and Culture
 

Elective courses - Take 15 credits from the following list* (3cr must be 3rd or 4th year level):

     ANCS 2046E     Sport in the Ancient World

     COST 2006E     Semiotics and Senses

     COST 2106E     Organizational Communication

     COST 2526E     News Culture

     COST 3016E     Culture, Media and Childhood

     COST 3206E     Media and Popular Culture

     COST 4527E     Media Spectacle

     ECON 2206E     Sports Economics

     GERO 2236E     Fit for Life: Physical Activity and Aging

     INTE 4216E     Sport Psychology

     INTE 4516E     Stress Management

     LBST 2206E     Labour Relations and Professional Sports

     PHED 4217E     Sports in Society

     PHIL 2536E     Ethical Issues in Contemporary Sport

     RLST 3356E     Sport as Spiritual Practice

     WGSX 2506E     Rethinking Masculinities

* Courses cannot count towards a student's major/specialization requirement and their minor.

 

COST-1116EL - Introduction to Mass Media COST-1117EL - Introduction to Communication Theory and Semiotics COST-2006EL - Semiotics and Senses COST-2106EL - Organizational Communication COST-2446EL - The Dynamics of Interpersonal Communication I COST-2447EL - The Dynamics of Interpersonal Communication II COST-2506EL - Information Technology I: Theory COST-2507EL - Information Technology Ii: Practice COST-2507EL - Representations of Technology COST-2526EL - Broadcast Journalism and Production COST-2526EL - News Culture COST-2606EL - The Decorated Body As Communication COST-3006EL - Tech.& Individual Experience Technology and the Individual Experience COST-3007EL - Technology and the Social Experience
COST-3016EL - Culture, Media and Childhood COST-3127EL - Communication Research COST-3206EL - Media and Popular Culture COST-3505EL - Applied Communications COST-3606EL - Sports, Communication and Culture COST-4006EL - Food, Communication and Culture COST-4506EL - New Media Policy COST-4507EL - Mass Media and Democracy COST-4526EL - Current Issues in Communication Studies COST-4527EL - Media Spectacle COST-4595EL - Honours Thesis COST-4596EL - Directed Studies COST-4906EL - Internship

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