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What will I learn?

In this program — the only one of its kind in Canada — you’ll explore the complexities of communication, discover how it creates meaning in our world, and study what makes verbal and non-verbal communication effective.

You’ll learn to master interviewing skills, become adept at public speaking, and communicate effectively as a leader.

Study the dynamics of communication in four areas of concentration: intercultural communication, interpersonal and organizational communication, performance studies, and public and digital communication.

Over the course of your degree, you’ll hone your written and oral communication abilities while developing skills in teamwork, research, and analysis — just the kind of skills that employers are hungry for. Enrolling in the co-op stream can also help you gain some work experience along the way.

Honours Arts and Business is where the things you’re passionate about intersect with business. Choose the regular system of study and finish in four years, or add 20 months of serious work experience to your résumé through co-op.

Co-op

By alternating school terms and paid co-op work terms throughout your degree, you can explore new career areas and types of employers as your career interests evolve. Co-op is available if you study Speech Communication through Honours Arts and Business.

Sample co-op positions

Marketing communications associate
Media and publications associate
Research analyst
Business analyst
Human resources co-op
Media relations specialist
Logistics assistant

Recent graduates

Marketing Coordinator – Deloitte
Junior Integrated Marketing Communications Manager – Microsoft Canada
English Teacher – EF Education First
Strategic Planning Officer - Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Enterprise Account Executive – Shopify Plus
Customer Experience Specialist – Tesla Canada

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts

Study options

Full Time (5 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$34,200.00 (US$ 26,874) per year
Co-op fee: CAN $729/term
Start date

Expected September 2021

Venue

Faculty of Arts

PAS building, room 2401,

WATERLOO,

Ontario (ON),

N2L 3G1, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English language requirements: MELAB - Michigan English Language Assessment Battery: 85,80 per section For co-op programs: speaking 3; CAEL - Canadian Academic English Language Assessment: 70, 60 per band, Writing 70,Speaking 70; PTE Academic - Pearson Test of English: 63, Writing 65, Speaking 65; EFAS - English for Academic Success: 75% overall in 400 level with 75% in each of academic, oral, and writing.

For international students

Applicants have to complete ontario high school.

English language requirements:

  • Internet - based TOEFL (iBT) - 90 overall; 25 writing, 25 speaking.
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall; 6.5 writing, 6.5 speaking, 6.0 reading, 6.0 listening.
  • MELAB: 85 overall; 80 per section; if you're applying to a co-op program: 3 speaking.
  • CAEL: 70 overall; 60 per band; 70 writing, 70 speaking.
  • PTE Academic: 63 overall; 65 writing, 65 speaking.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Canadore College
  • Fleming College
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