Communication and Media Studies
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies (BCMS)
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What you will learn in this program
Communication and Media Studies scholars ask questions such as: Can Facebook ignite civic engagement? How did the invention of the printing press change everyday life? Are female athletes accurately represented in the media?
Communication and Media Studies explores the complex world of communications, its dynamics, and its impact on contemporary societies and cultures. During the course of your studies, you'll gain the knowledge to communicate ideas effectively to a variety of audiences and to investigate communication in and across a variety of media.
As a Communication and Media Studies graduate, you'll be prepared for career opportunities in areas such as the civil service, the non-profit sector, and the business world. A degree in Communication and Media Studies can also be used as a stepping-stone to graduate studies or another professional degree such as law, medicine, veterinary medicine, or education.
Note: The Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies degree option is in partnership with the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT).
Courses you'll take:
Communication Research Methods, New Media, Professional and Technical Communication, Rhetorical Communication, Introduction to Communications Studies
Admission requirements and information
Co-operative work placement - Gain valuable full-time paid work experience that alternates with your academic studies.
Study abroad opportunities - Cultural and academic experiences at destinations around the world.
Honours Degree - In-depth study of a specific topic completed under the supervision of a faculty member.
As a young and rapidly growing department in a young and vibrant university, we are on the cutting edge of communication and media studies. My major focus at the university is teaching, learning, and student engagement – inside and outside the classroom. I also co-teach a group study abroad program in Spain bi-annually, exploring food culture and communication in an international context.
Dawn Johnston, PhD — Associate Dean; Senior Instructor
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Being in the communication and media program at UCalgary has been one of the most profound experiences of my academic career. It’s a unique and fun faculty. I’ve gained valuable knowledge and skills and forged lasting relationships with fellow students and professors. Faculty members are caring and passionate academics, vested in the success of their students. One of my best experiences-to-date is taking part in the amazing "Food Culture in Spain" study abroad program.
Leo P., communications studies student
Join our community in fall 2019
We'll be accepting applications to attend the University of Calgary in fall 2019 starting on Monday, Oct. 1, 2018. You'll be able to submit an application until Friday, March 1, 2019. Check out our student experience page to find out more about what life is like on campus or consider visiting campus for a tour led by one of our current students.
Christina has her own communications consulting company and has previously executed communications strategies for the Alberta Government and the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.