Undergraduate programs of study
The different degree programs at the department English and French-oriented, are designed to reflect the challenges and opportunities in the changing and exiting world of communication. They 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, an option that allows students to complete four paid internships in the private or public sector. The department also offers a bachelor's degree in journalism and a bachelor's degree in public relations; both are in conjunction with La Cité (French section) and Algonquin College (English section). The department also offers 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 background in communication research as part of its graduate programs. Students can select, among other things, a master's degree - with thesis or dissertation, or courses only - or opt for a graduate diploma offered for a period of one year full-time. The graduate 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.
Graduate programs of study
The Department of Communication offers two types of masters:
- Master's with thesis - (4 courses + proposal + thesis research and defence)
- Master's with research paper - (6 courses + proposal + research paper)
- Master of Arts in Communication with Specialization in Science, Society and Policy (NEW!)
Master in Communication (MC) (10 courses)
New! Master in Communication (MC) with CO-OP option
Our graduate programs in communication offer two fields of specialization—media studies and organizational communication. Media studies allows students to examine the content and modes of operation of traditional and emerging media in their social, cultural, economical, political and regulatory contexts. This specialization focuses on the complex dynamic that transforms facts and imagination into a vast, evolving media universe and places a particular emphasis on analyzing media content within an increasingly diverse mediated landscape. Representations of the world are produced and reproduced via film, TV, radio, newspapers, musical recordings, the Internet and social networks, delivering reality to society as a multitudinous audience. In other words, research in media studies involves examining the ways this array of content designed to inform or entertain (and often both) can affect human identity.
The field of organizational communication explores the processes underlying human communication in different contexts—from labour to leisure. This specialization involves analyzing the realm of human interactions, how human beings engage all modes of communication and the processes shaping these modes. Students can conduct research on internal and external communication as well as on the dynamic of interpersonal and group relations within private and public organizations. These fascinating topics raise questions such as, What happens with the management of risks in an age where information circulates at very high speeds? How does the virtual revolution affect the workforce? How do interpersonal and group communication shape personal and social identity?
Graduate research in either media studies or organizational communication allows students to develop a critical understanding of problems related to communication studies and assess to what extent individuals and organizations or media representations shape each other.
In collaboration with the University of Ottawa’s CO-OP Office, a co-operative education option is being offered to a limited number of students in the Master of Communication. This option gives selected students the opportunity to acquire practical work experience in their field of study by completing two one-session (four months) paid work terms. These work terms facilitate job searching after graduation - by helping students establish a network of valuable contacts, and gain a better understanding of the workplace.
The master’s programs are offered in the two official languages of Canada, French and English. For more information, consult the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and the programs of study page.
The PhD in Communication program focuses on two fields of research: media studies and organizational communication. The program is bilingual (French-English) and is offered full time. The first cohort of students will start classes in fall 2016.