Communication Studies BA

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Communication Studies BA

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    Key Information

    • Study Level:

      Bachelor

    • Duration:

      4 Years

    • Study Mode:

      Full Time

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    Course Summary

    Communication Studies is a flexible and surprisingly wide-ranging field. Businesses all over Canada (as well as the rest of the world) need skilled advertisers, public relations specialists and business communicators to get their messages out to their customers. Likewise, public and not for profit sector organisations need to engage with the populations they serve, and often need to be even more convincing. 

    A BA in Communication Studies from Laurentian University combines the abstract, academic and critical theory skills you’ll need to really understand the discipline with the hands on, work based experience you’ll need to apply what you’ve learned in a public-facing capacity.  

    You’ll study communications in terms of ethics, policy and media theory. You’ll learn how to apply that to various media including digital media and the internet, radio, film, television, writing and public speaking. In the later years of the program, you can specialise in either public relations or research.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    Course Outline

    This degree program is typically delivered over 4 years of full time study. It is delivered on campus, though distance learning options may be available for some individual courses.

    Year One Core Modules Include:

    • Introduction to Communication Theory and Semiotics
    • Introduction to Mass Media

    Year Two Core Modules Include:

    • Broadcast Journalism and Production
    • Information Technology I: Theory
    • Information Technology Ii: Practice
    • News Culture
    • Representations of Technology
    • Semiotics and Senses
    • The Decorated Body As Communication
    • The Dynamics of Interpersonal Communication I
    • The Dynamics of Interpersonal Communication II

    Year Three Core Modules Include:

    • Communication Research
    • Culture, Media and Childhood
    • Media and Popular Culture
    • Sports, Communication and Culture
    • Tech & Individual Experience (Technology and the Individual Experience)
    • Technology and the Social Experience

    Year Four Core Modules Include:

    • Current Issues in Communication Studies
    • Directed Studies
    • Food, Communication and Culture
    • Honours Thesis
    • Mass Media and Democracy
    • Media Spectacle
    • New Media Policy

    Learning And Teaching

    Laurentian University is dedicated to providing a close, intimate yet professional learning environment for all of their students. Their BA programs are delivered primarily through lectures and seminars, though you will also participate in skills workshops and a wide range of working skills based events.

    Many of Laurentian’s degree programs also feature distance learning options – in fact, Laurentian is one of the largest providers of distance learning opportunities in the Province of Ontario.

    Career Possibilities

    This degree will prepare you equally well for a wide range of graduate degree programs as it will for a business, not for profit or public sector career. You’ll have access to an extensive list of optional modules, which will allow you to customise your degree for your chosen career.

    Recent graduates of this program have become Account Executive Managers, Advertising Specialists, Corporate Public Affairs Specialists, Corporate Representatives, Copy Writers and more.

    Entry & Credit

    Successful completion will result in a 4 year BA degree.

    Students must have already completed a secondary education, International Baccalaureate or an equivalent certification to apply to any of Laurentian’s BA programs.

     All classes are taught in English or French, and all international students will be required to show proficiency in English by scoring well on an approved test.

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