A word from the Chair
Welcome to the Department of Communication!
It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Department of Communication!
The study of communication is essential in the heart of a changing society that is, global, diversified and “on-line”. Our curriculum, English and French-oriented, is designed to reflect the challenges that are shaping these social transformations.
Our degree programs are geared towards the acquisition of theoretical knowledge and practical expertise in two key areas of communication: media studies and the study of organizational communication. Note that the degree programs with specialization as well as the communication degree offer a cooperative education option which allows students to complete four paid internships in the private or public sector.
We also offer a bachelor's degree in journalism and a bachelor's degree in public relations. Both of these are in conjunction with La Cité collégiale (French section) and Algonquin College (English section).
We also offer the option of a minor in Film studies, consisting of courses from various departments of the Faculty of Arts and the Social Communications program of Saint Paul University.
In addition to undergraduate programs, the Department offers a strong program in communication research as part of its graduate programs. Students can select, among other things, graduate degree programs at the doctoral and master’s level. The graduate level training offers more in-depth knowledge and explores research topics related to media studies, organizational communication, government communication, communication and health and the identity and diversity in communication.
I invite you to visit our website to discover the many learning opportunities available to you. We look forward to welcoming you!
History of the Department of Communication
In 1967, Dr. André Ruszkowski, then a professor in Lima, was invited by St. Paul University to establish a program in social communications.
The Institute of Social Communications at St. Paul University was founded the following year; and in 1969, an agreement between St. Paul University and the University of Ottawa provided for a joint program in communication and committed the Institute to opening both a three-year and four-year undergraduate stream leading respectively to a BA with concentration and an honours BA in communication.
In a short time, the program became very popular, attracting more than 400 students. However, this popularity created a strain on St Paul’s facilities. Moreover, the curriculum evolved beyond St. Paul’s mandate, leaving the institution no choice but to withdraw it from its offerings. As a result, in May 1978, the University of Ottawa picked up where St. Paul left off, formally incorporating the Department of Communication into the Faculty of Arts.
The Department has evolved over time, certainly, but its original focus on the study of media and on organizational communication has endured, from both the scientific and humanistic perspectives.
Directors of the Department
The following is a list of directors of the Department of Communication since it was founded in 1978.
David ELY – 1978-1981
Jacques BENJAMIN – 1981-1983
Douglas WALKER – 1983-1984
Hilary HORAN – 1984-1989
Denis BACHAND – 1989-1997
Sherry FERGUSON – 1997-2000
Patrick BRUNET – 2000-2005
Denis BACHAND – 2005-2010
Daniel PARÉ (Interim) – 2010-2011
Martine LAGACÉ – 2011-2013
Isaac NAHON-SERFATY (Interim) 2013
Sylvie GROSJEAN (Interim) – 2013–2015
Isaac NAHON-SERFATY – current
"Un département de communication a-t-il encore une raison d'être?" Text from Paul Marcel Lemaire, pionneer of the Department, for the celebrations of the 30th anniversary. (In French)