About Us

Communication - Dynamic, Relevant and Innovative

 

Communication is the foundation of contemporary life. To study communication is to learn about new and emerging digital media, worldwide current events, fast-paced social and cultural change, innovative problem solving, and public engagement.

The study of communication is many things: dynamic, diverse, critical, applied, focused, broad, and vital to understanding and making change in our modern world. 

Communication students explore the complexities and interplay of media, culture, technology, society, politics and policy. They are involved in front-line research and learning that focuses on the past, present and future of communication and media.                                                                                                                  

The School of Communication, part of the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology at SFU, has a long-standing tradition of critical, interdisciplinary approaches to the study of media and technology with a commitment to social theory and political economy. Areas of study and research include:

  • cultural policy and politics
  • globalization
  • social change
  • social justice
  • history and theory of communication
  • media and cultural studies
  • political theory
  • technology and society

Dynamic and innovative, the School of Communication is a national leader in the discipline, and its research and teaching programs are internationally renowned and influential.  

The School of Communication boasts some of the finest faculty at Simon Fraser University, with numerous Excellence in Teaching Award winners — professors who are dedicated to teaching, deeply committed to the interests of students, and uniquely creative in their teaching approaches.

The School has earned an international reputation for its outstanding curriculum, and it is at the vanguard of new and emerging interdisciplinary approaches in research and teaching.

The School bridges the critical and the applied in its programs. It is committed to offering students the opportunities and the means to explore, analyze, and critically evaluate the complexities and interplay between the numerous and diverse dimensions of communication — critical analysis of media; the impacts and assessment of new technology; the nature of information and media in local, national and global environments; telecommunications; communication and cultural policy; the political and economic dimensions of communication media; international media systems; culture and communication; international communication; hands-on production and analysis of media; applied communication research and design; and more — all are key components of the programs in the School of Communication.

The School’s undergraduate program has been designed, expanded, and honed by its commitments to relevance, responsiveness, innovation, and the highest academic standards. The graduate program attracts students from around the globe for M.A. and Ph.D. studies in media and culture, technology and society, political economy and policy, international and global communication, applied communication, and other key and critical issues in the field.