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Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies (Honours) Carleton University




Course info


The Communication and Media Studies program at Carleton (previously the BA in Communication Studies) is offered as a four-year Honours program.


All students in the program are required to take the Introduction to Communication and Media Studies course in first year, which is designed to orient you to the questions and issues that are the central concerns of the program and which become fully elaborated in your upper years.


In second year, every student will take Introduction to Communication Research. This course provides you with a strong foundation in methodological literacy: what are the common approaches to research that have shaped the field of communication and media studies? How do you design an original research project? What are the common ethical dilemmas that face communication and media researchers today?

Students will also take Theoretical Foundations in Communication and Media Studies. This course builds on the foundational concepts introduced in first year, and focuses on the field’s major “schools of thought.” It also provides students with a theoretical foundation for understanding the development of communication and media practices, institutions, technologies and regulations, which will prepare them for upper-year courses.


In third year, you will take a small number of required fundamentals courses that cement your expertise and knowledge of the field. Current Issues in Communication and Media Theory explores major theoretical issues with which the field is grappling today. You will also take Quantitative Research in Communication and Qualitative Research in Communication, which builds on the second year “methodological literacy” course.

Your remaining credits will be selected from a wide variety of exciting third-year courses. The choice of courses varies from year to year but will typically explore key issues such as the impact of advertising, marketing and public relations on politics and public life, visual media and communication, globalization, digital technologies, political communication, and media industries, policies and infrastructures.


In fourth year, you will select one course from a menu of hands-on professional workshops that will prepare you for the job market today. Options include workshops in digital media practice, for example in podcasting or digital photography; data mining and analytics; professional writing and public speaking; public engagement and consultation; and event management and community partnerships. Other courses address a range of topics that reflect current and cutting edge debates in communication and media studies.

Combined Honours

You can combine Sociology, Political Science or most other BA disciplines with Communication and Media Studies for a Combined Honours degree. Students in the Bachelor of Journalism program can combine their studies for a Bachelor of Journalism Combined Honours with Communication and Media Studies.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies (Honours).

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees

CAD$27,282.00 (14,75,572) per year

CAN $14,064.54 for Fall semester; CAN $13,217.14 for Winter semester

*Price shown is for indicative purpose, please check with institution




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D391, Loeb Building,

1125 Colonel By Drive,


Ontario (ON),

K1S 5B6, Canada

Entry requirement for international students

High school graduation is the normal minimum level of study to be considered for admission to the first year of an undergraduate program at Carleton University. Academic performance in previous studies is the main determining factor for admission to undergraduate degree program.

Entry requirements vary country by country.

Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL) - Minimum score of 70 overall with a minimum score of 60 on each band; Internet Based (iBT) TOEFL - 86 (22 in writing and speaking, 20 reading and listening); IELTS (Academic) - 6.5 IELTS (min 6.0 each band); Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic - 60 (min 60 in each Communicative Skill); Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) - 85 (min. score of 80 on each section).

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