A word from the Chair

Welcome to the Department of Communication!

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Department of Communication!

Communication is at the heart of our lives. Without communication, there would be no group, no society, no organization. Communication is what makes life in society possible. But at the same time, communication remains something very complex. This is what brings us together, professors, researchers and students of all levels of study, in the Department of Communication. We form a community passionate about all forms of communication, and focused on the complex challenges of globalization, living together, technological innovations, etc. Our French and English-speaking programs of study echo the challenges that underlie the transformations of today's world.

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).

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 (with CO-OP internship or not).  The graduate level training offers more in-depth knowledge and explores research topics related to media studies, organizational communication, government communication, health communication, and 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!

Luc Bonneville, Ph.D.

Professeur titulaire

Interim Director

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 – 2015-2018

Jenepher LENNOX TERRION (Interim 2017)

Jenepher LENNOX TERRION (2018-2020)

Luc BONNEVILLE (Present)


"Un département de communication a-t-il encore une raison d'être?" Text from Paul Marcel Lemaire, pioneer of the Department, for the celebrations of the 30th anniversary. (In French)

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