Course Sequence - Honours BA with major in Communication

Ours is the Information Age. Analyzing how information is gathered, produced and distributed today helps students understand the communication processes that operate in a variety of settings: social, organizational, cultural, political, economic and legal.

The Department of Communication offers courses in two main areas: traditional and new media (press, video production, multimedia, etc.) and organizational communication (communication in public and private organizations, health communication, public relations, etc.). Combining theory and practice, these programs develop critical and analytical skills and prepare students for a professional career or advanced studies.

UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES

The Communication program at the University of Ottawa leads to an honours bachelor’s degree, which requires the equivalent of four years of university studies and 120 credits (40 courses).

Bachelor’s degree

  • Honours BA with Major in Communication C, FI

Minor

  • Minor in Communication

C Co-operative Education Program available 

FI French Immersion stream available.

Language of instruction

Programs are offered in English and in French, except for the Joint Honours BA in Communications and Lettres françaises, which is only offered in French.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

  • Communications consultant
  • Media relations officer
  • Political analyst
  • Publicity writer
  • Internal and external communications officer

What can I do with my studies?
 (www.sass.uottawa.ca/en) is a tool that provides information on career opportunities in communication.

 

HONOURS BA WITH MAJOR IN COMMUNICATION - 120 CREDITS (4 YEARS) 

3 credits = 1 course
  Total 1st year 2nd year 3rd year 4th year
Total

120 credits 

(40 courses)

30 credits

(10 courses)

30 credits

(10 courses)

30 credits

(10 courses)

30 credits

(10 courses)

Core courses

12 credits

(4 courses)

ENG1100  Workshop in Essay Writing

 

3 credits from:

PHI1101 Reasoning and Critical Thinking

PHI1301 Philosophy: Ideas and Arguments

 

3 credits from:

AHL1100 Introduction to  interdisciplinary study in the Arts1

AHL1900 Initiation aux études interdisciplinaires en Arts / Introduction to interdisciplinary study in the Arts1

ENG1120  Literature and Composition I: Prose Fiction

ENG1121  Literature and Composition II: Drama and Poetry 

3 credits from:

AHL1100 Introduction to  interdisciplinary study in the Arts1

AHL1900 Initiation aux études interdisciplinaires en Arts / Introduction to interdisciplinary study in the Arts1

PHI1102 Moral reasoning

PHI1103 Fundamental Philosophical Questions

PHI1104 Great Philosophers

PHI1302 Philosophy: Themes and Texts

 

 

 

 

Communication

42 credits

(14 courses)

CMN1148 Introduction to Organizational Communication

 

CMN1160 Introduction to Media Studies

CMN2101 Research Methods in Communication

CMN2148 Organizational Communication

 

CMN2160 Theories of the Media

CMN3102 Quantitative Methods

CMN3103 Qualitative Methods

CMN3105 Media Ethics

CMN3109 Theories of Communication

 

CMN3130 Communication Planning

6 optional CMN credits at the 4000 level

6 optional course credits in CMN from the chosen profile (Media or Organizational)

Minor or major

42 credits (14 courses)


30 credits (10 courses)

Mandatory major or minor added after first year.

Students must add a second program, either a 42-credit major or a 30-credit minor, selected from any of a number of disciplines offered at the Telfer School of Management or at the faculties of Arts, Engineering, Science, Health Sciences or Social Sciences. The faculties of Science and Engineering also offer many majors and minors. However, these majors require 51 to 60 credits.

 

Note that secondary school prerequisite courses may be required for the second program.

Electives

24 or 36 credits 

(8 or 12 courses)

The number of elective courses varies according to the second program:

  • In the major option, students must take 24 electives (8 courses).
 
  • In the minor option, students must take 36 electives (12 classes).
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