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About Communication and Media Studies

Some say the tragedy of our times is that we are more connected than ever and yet we have never felt more alone. We share, trade and collaborate, and yet our lives are increasingly mediated by machines and experienced through screens. Others argue that technology doesn’t create loneliness it merely reveals it.

We can all agree that the media transforms our lives in profound ways. It is only by asking the right questions that we can start to understand and regain control over the technologies that are shaping us.

A degree in Communication and Media Studies will help you gain critical insight into the engine that powers 21st century life. By looking at the world through this lens, we gain an important advantage. We learn to analyze how the media reflects, represents and influences our world. We also develop the critical tools for living in a heavily digitized culture and discover the pitfalls as well as the possibilities for connection and understanding.

What is Communication?

Touching on everything from cave paintings to conversations, and from smoke signals to drones, the field of communication refers knowledge that deals with one important issue: how humans connect with one another.

To study communication is to study connection.

Communication matters because connection matters. It involves the study of the production, distribution and reception of messages, and this reveals more about human connection than many of us realize. Nearly everything we do today — from how we learn, to how we work, to how we bank, shop, date and drive — is being transformed by media technologies.

When we discuss the principles of communication we are talking about the way we live. The study of communication deals with the power of messages. It enables us to understand civic engagement and consumer behaviour, it prepares us to be future leaders and problem-solvers; and it challenges us to be curious and passionate critical thinkers.

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Getting Involved

With more than 1,000 students in Communication, there are many opportunities to meet your fellow classmates and get involved in the academic community. Here are a few ways to keep in touch:


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Undergraduate Student Society

The Communication Undergraduate Student Society organizes social events and networking opportunities. You can stay up to date by liking them on Facebook or visiting their website.

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In addition to important administrative updates, we’ll send out job and volunteer opportunities, and invitations to conferences and panels by e-mail throughout your degree.

University Events

You’ll be invited to hundreds of events across campus, including lectures, job fairs, concerts and more. Be sure to check the events page often.

Getting Help

Undergraduate Supervisor

Mary Francoli
(613) 520-2600 x 2609

Undergraduate Advisor

Melanie Leblanc
(613) 520-2600 x 7408
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