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English and Communication Joint Major

Bachelor of Arts

The Joint Major in English and Communication will give students the opportunity to combine the study of literature, rhetoric and writing, and cultural criticism with inquiry into the history, methods, and social significance of communication. The goal of the program is to graduate students who are adept in the analysis of communication and media, versed in literary and print traditions, and proficient in the creative and rhetorical skills of effective communicative practice. The many natural intersections between these disciplines are well-expressed by the diversity of courses offered in both the English and Communication programs.

Students may complete their BA degree in either the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, or in the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology.

Program Requirements

Students complete 120 units, as specified below.

Lower Division English Requirements

Students complete the lower division requirement of the English major program, as follows.

Students complete at least 18 lower division units, including two of

ENGL 111W - Literary Classics in English (3) *

Examines literary “classics”, variously defined, apprehending them both on their own terms and within larger critical conversations. May incorporate the comparative study of work in related artistic fields and engage relevant media trends. Includes attention to writing skills. Students with credit for ENGL 101W may not take this course for further credit. Writing/Breadth-Humanities.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Leith Davis
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 3181, Burnaby
D101 Tu 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
AQ 5036, Burnaby
D102 Tu 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
AQ 5009, Burnaby
D103 Tu 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
SWH 10061, Burnaby
D104 Tu 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
BLU 10655, Burnaby
D105 Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5019, Burnaby
D106 Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5046, Burnaby
D107 Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 7105, Burnaby
D108 Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5026, Burnaby
D109 Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5026, Burnaby
D110 Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
RCB 8105, Burnaby
ENGL 112W - Literature Now (3) *

Introduces students to contemporary works of literature in English and/or contemporary approaches to interpreting literature. May focus on one or multiple genres. Includes attention to writing skills. Writing/Breadth-Humanities.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
C100 Distance Education
D100 Nicky Didicher
Mo, We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
SWH 10081, Burnaby
D101 Mo 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5004, Burnaby
D102 Mo 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5025, Burnaby
D103 Mo 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5050, Burnaby
D104 Mo 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5039, Burnaby
D105 Mo 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SWH 10075, Burnaby
D106 Mo 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 2122, Burnaby
D107 Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5046, Burnaby
D108 Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
RCB 8106, Burnaby
D109 Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 6122, Burnaby
D110 Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
TASC2 7201, Burnaby
D111 We 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
AQ 5036, Burnaby
D112 We 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
AQ 5009, Burnaby
D113 We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5046, Burnaby
D114 We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5047, Burnaby
D115 We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
RCB 6122, Burnaby
D116 We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5038, Burnaby
D117 We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 6100, Burnaby
ENGL 113W - Literature and Performance (3) *

Introduces students to plays and performance works created and adapted for the stage, and/or the performative dimensions of other literary forms. May be organized historically, generically or thematically. The course may also explore the links between literary and performance theory. Includes attention to writing skills. Students with credit for ENGL 103W may not take this course for further credit. Writing/Breadth-Humanities.

ENGL 114W - Language and Purpose (3) *

Introduces students to the relationships between writing and purpose, between the features of texts and their meaning and effects. May focus on one or more literary or non-literary genres, including (but not limited to) essays, oratory, autobiography, poetry, and journalism. Includes attention to writing skills. Students with credit for ENGL 104W may not take this course for further credit. Writing/Breadth-Humanities.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D900 Alys Avalos Rivera
Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SRYC 3170, Surrey
D901 Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SRYC 3120, Surrey
D902 Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SRYC 3150, Surrey
D903 Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SRYC 3150, Surrey
D904 Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SRYC 3150, Surrey
ENGL 115W - Literature and Culture (3) *

An Introduction to the study of literature within the wider cultural field, with a focus on contemporary issues across genres and media. Students with credit for ENGL 105W may not take this course for further credit. Writing/Breadth-Humanities.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 David Coley
Mo, We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SSCB 9200, Burnaby
D101 Mo 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
RCB 5125, Burnaby
D102 Mo 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
RCB 6100, Burnaby
D103 Mo 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5025, Burnaby
D104 Mo 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
WMC 3517, Burnaby
D105 Mo 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
RCB 5125, Burnaby
D106 Mo 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
WMC 3513, Burnaby
D107 Mo 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
TASC2 7201, Burnaby
D108 Mo 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5004, Burnaby
D109 We 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
BLU 10921, Burnaby
D110 Mo 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 2521, Burnaby
D111 We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
RCB 8106, Burnaby
D112 We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
RCB 7105, Burnaby
D113 We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
BLU 9655, Burnaby
D114 We 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
RCB 7105, Burnaby
D115 We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 3535, Burnaby
D116 We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 2122, Burnaby
ENGL 199W - Writing to Persuade (3) *

An introduction to reading and writing from a rhetorical perspective. The course treats reading and writing as activities that take place in particular circumstances and situations, in contrast to the traditional emphasis on decontextualized, formal features of texts. It prepares students for reading and writing challenges they are likely to encounter within and beyond the classroom. Prerequisite: 12 units. Students with credit for ENGL 199 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
C100 Distance Education
D100 Daniel Dunford
Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 2200, Burnaby
D101 Daniel Dunford
We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
WMC 3220, Burnaby

and any four of

ENGL 202 - The Environmental Imagination (3) **

Explores how literature and language imagine the natural world and engage with environmental and ecological crisis. Topics may include ecocriticism: eco-poetics; approaches to the natural world; local, imperial, and Indigenous ecologies. May be further organized by historical period or genre. Prerequisite: 12 units or one 100 division English course. Breadth-Humanities.

ENGL 204 - Reading Sexuality and Gender (3) **

Considers how sexuality and gender are articulated, understood, explored, and negotiated through literature and language. May be further organized by historical period, genre, or critical approach. Prerequisite: 12 units or one 100 division English course. Breadth-Humanities.

ENGL 209 - Race, Borders, Empire (3) **

Examines how literature and language work to reflect, perform, complicate, and critique constructions of race, ethnicity, and national and diasporic identities and spaces. May draw from post-colonial approaches, critical race theory, and Indigenous and decolonizing methodologies. May be further organized by historical period, genre, or critical approach. Prerequisite: 12 units or one 100 division English course. Breadth-Humanities.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Michael Everton
Mo, We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 3005, Burnaby
D101 Mo 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5017, Burnaby
D102 Mo 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5017, Burnaby
D103 We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5017, Burnaby
D104 Mo 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5019, Burnaby
D105 Mo 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 2122, Burnaby
D106 Mo 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 2122, Burnaby
ENGL 210 - Reading and Writing Identities (3) **

Considers how identity - construed psychologically, culturally, or socially - is performed and interrogated through literature and language. May be further organized by historical period, genre, or critical approach. Prerequisite: 12 units or one 100 division English course. Breadth-Humanities.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Jon Smith
We, Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 3005, Burnaby
D102 We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5038, Burnaby
D103 We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
TASC2 7201, Burnaby
D106 Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
WMC 3517, Burnaby
D107 Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 2522, Burnaby
ENGL 211 - The Place of the Past (3) **

Examines literature and language within specific social, cultural, geographical, and textual environments to explore the mutually informing relationship between history and text. May be further organized by historical period, genre, or critical approach. Prerequisite: 12 units or one 100 division English course. Breadth-Humanities.

ENGL 213 - Reading Across Media (3) **

Explores texts in relation to their different material forms, including oral, manuscript, print, film, and digital media. May be further organized by methodology (e.g. book history, textual scholarship, media studies, adaptation studies, digital humanities), historical period, or genre. Prerequisite: 12 units or one 100 division English course. Breadth-Humanities.

ENGL 214 - History and Principles of Rhetoric (3) **

Introduction to the history and principles of rhetoric, and their application to the creation and analysis of written, visual, and other forms of persuasion. Prerequisite: 12 units or one 100 division English course.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Peter Cramer
Tu 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5007, Burnaby
ENGL 216 - History and Principles of Literary Criticism (3) ***

The study of selected works in the history of literary criticism, up to and including modern and contemporary movements in criticism. Prerequisite: 12 units or one 100 division English course.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 JD Fleming
Mo 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 4130, Burnaby
D101 We 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5020, Burnaby
ENGL 234 - Metrics and Prosody (3) **

A study of different historical methods of measuring poetry in English, with practice in scanning and analyzing poems using different methods of quantitative analysis (e.g. Syllabic, rhythmic, alliterative). Prerequisite: 12 units or one 100 division English course. Students with credit for ENGL 212 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

ENGL 272 - Creative Reading (3)

An introduction to the art of reading for creative writers, focusing on the linguistic, literary, and conceptual tools writers use to manipulate language to create different experiences for those encountering it, and exposing new writers to innovative literature. Prerequisite: ENGL 111W, 112W, 113W, 114W, or 115W; or WL 105W; or PUB 101. Breadth-Humanities.

Students who have completed a flexible pre-major with 18 lower division English transfer units have met the lower division requirements for an English major and should contact the Department of English advisor.

Students wishing to major in English are strongly advised to submit a formal declaration to this effect to the undergraduate advisor upon completing all lower division requirements.

* any one, but not more than one, of these courses may be replaced by any three unspecified transfer units in English or in ENGL-Writing

** any one, but not more than one, of these courses may be replaced by any three unspecified 200 division transfer units in English

*** recommended and any one, but not more than one, of these courses may be replaced by any three unspecified 200 division transfer units in English

Lower Division Communication Requirements

Students complete both of

CMNS 110 - Introduction to Communication Studies (3)

An introduction to selected theories about human communication. This course is required for a major, honours or minor in communication. Breadth-Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Daniel Ahadi
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D101 Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D102 Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D103 Tu 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D104 Tu 6:30 PM – 7:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D105 Tu 7:30 PM – 8:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D106 We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D107 We 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D108 We 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D109 We 6:30 PM – 7:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D110 We 7:30 PM – 8:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D111 Th 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D112 Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D113 Th 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D114 Th 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D115 Th 6:30 PM – 7:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D116 Th 7:30 PM – 8:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
OL01 TBD TBD
Vincci Li
TBD
CMNS 130 - Communication and Social Change (3)

An introduction to the forms, theories and institutions of communication as they relate to broader social change, with a focus on the political, economic and regulatory shifts characterizing Canadian and transnational media systems. This course is required for a major, honours or minor in communication.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
C100 Distance Education
D100 Svitlana Matviyenko
Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D101 Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D102 We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D103 We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D104 Tu 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D105 Tu 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D106 Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D107 Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D108 Tu 6:30 PM – 7:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D109 Tu 7:30 PM – 8:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D110 Tu 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D111 Tu 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D112 Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

and at least six 200 level CMNS courses, including

CMNS 201W - Empirical Communication Research Methods (4) *

An introduction to empirical research methods in diverse traditions of communication enquiry. Some methods recognize communication as everyday interactions; others analyze communication as a process; still others blend traditional scientific empiricism with analytical and critical methods derived from the arts and humanities. Topics include: ethics, paradigms, conceptualizing and operationalizing research, sampling, interviews, surveys, unobtrusive observation, content analysis, and the role of statistics in communication research. Prerequisite: 24 units, and CMNS 110 and 130, with a minimum grade of C-. Students with credit for CMNS 201 or CMNS 260 may not take this course for further credit. Writing/Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Ahmed Al-Rawi
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D101 We 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D102 We 1:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D103 We 3:30 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D104 We 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D105 We 11:30 AM – 1:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D106 We 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D107 Tu 1:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D108 Tu 3:30 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D109 Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
or CMNS 201 - Empirical Communication Research Methods (4) *

An introduction to empirical research methods in diverse traditions of communication enquiry. Some methods recognize communication as everyday interactions; others analyze communication as a process; still others blend traditional scientific empiricism with analytical and critical methods derived from the arts and humanities. Topics include: ethics, paradigms, conceptualizing and operationalizing research, sampling, interviews, surveys, unobtrusive observation, content analysis, and the role of statistics in communication research. Prerequisite: 24 units, and CMNS 110 and 130, with a minimum grade of C-. Students with credit for CMNS 201W or CMNS 260 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

CMNS 202 - Design and Method in Qualitative Communication Research (4)

An introduction to interpretive approaches in communication inquiry. Topics include ethics, paradigms, conceptualizing the research process, documentary research, historical methods, discourse or textual analysis, ethnographic research, and performative research. Prerequisite: 24 units, and CMNS 110 and 130, with a minimum grade of C-. Students with credit for CMNS 262 may not take CMNS 202 for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Byron Hauck
Taeyoung Kim
Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D101 Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D102 Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D103 Th 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D104 Th 6:30 PM – 8:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D105 Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D106 Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D107 Th 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D108 Th 6:30 PM – 8:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D109 Th 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
CMNS 253W - Introduction to Information Technology: The New Media (3)

An introduction to new communication/information technologies, seen as new media of communication: the technologies, their uses, and the social issues arising from them. Prerequisite: CMNS 110 or 130, with a minimum grade of C-. Students with credit for CMNS 253 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
C100 Distance Education
C200 Distance Education
D100 Sun-ha Hong
Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
HCC 1900, Vancouver
D101 Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
HCC 2540, Vancouver
D102 Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
HCC 2540, Vancouver
D103 Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
HCC 2540, Vancouver
D104 Th 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
HCC 2260, Vancouver
D105 Th 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
HCC 2260, Vancouver
D106 Th 6:30 PM – 7:20 PM
HCC 2260, Vancouver

and one of

CMNS 220 - Understanding Television (3)

This course examines television, both as a medium of communication and an element of culture. Prerequisite: CMNS 110 and 130, with a minimum grade of C-.

CMNS 221 - Media and Popular Cultures (3)

Focuses on communication for social change; historical and contemporary perspectives in consumer culture; technology, media and popular culture; media and identity; and communication as public education. Prerequisite: CMNS 110 and 130, with a minimum grade of C-.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Martin Laba
Benjamin Anderson
Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
HCC 1900, Vancouver
D101 Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
HCC 2540, Vancouver
D102 Tu 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
HCC 2540, Vancouver
D103 Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
HCC 2540, Vancouver
D104 Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
HCC 2540, Vancouver
D105 Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
HCC 200, Vancouver
D106 Tu 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
HCC 200, Vancouver
D107 Tu 6:30 PM – 7:20 PM
HCC 200, Vancouver
D108 Tu 7:30 PM – 8:20 PM
HCC 200, Vancouver
CMNS 223W - Advertising as Social Communication (3)

An interdisciplinary examination of the significance of advertising as a social message system in our consumer society. The course proposes an analytical method for appreciating the changing styles and functions of advertising in the 20th century. Prerequisite: CMNS 110 and 130, with a minimum grade of C-. Students with credit for CMNS 223 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.

CMNS 235 - News Media, the Public, and Democracy (3)

Introduces students to the study of the relationship between public communication, information media practices and structures, and democracy. Examines the role of media and communication in existing and emerging democratic contexts, including print and electronic journalism, alternative media, public spheres, and the challenges of constructing and maintaining a democratic media and communication environment in Canadian and global contexts. Prerequisite: CMNS 130 with a minimum grade of C-.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Adel Farag
Mo 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
HCC 1800, Vancouver
D101 Mo 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
HCC 1505, Vancouver
D102 Mo 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
HCC 1505, Vancouver
D103 Mo 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
HCC 1535, Vancouver
D104 Mo 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
HCC 1535, Vancouver

and one of

CMNS 230 - The Cultural Industries in Canada: Global Context (3)

What do we mean when we talk about the 'cultural industries' today? This course explores the business structure and economics of the cultural sectors, the regulatory and policy frameworks, and their social and cultural contexts. Students are encouraged to develop, compare and contrast at least two sectors from the audio, print or visual industries. While the primary focus is on the Canadian case, students will be encouraged to look at other countries. Overriding themes explore the following: relationships between public and private sectors; independent and commercial creators; rights of creators versus distributors; specialty and general media; indigenous and global contents. Prerequisite: CMNS 130 with a minimum grade of C-.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Taeyoung Kim
Matthew Greaves
Fr 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 3003, Burnaby
D101 We 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
SSCK 8669, Burnaby
D102 We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
SSCK 8669, Burnaby
D103 We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
SSCK 8669, Burnaby
D104 We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SSCK 8669, Burnaby
D105 We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SSCK 8669, Burnaby
CMNS 240 - The Political Economy of Communication (3)

Examination of the political and economic processes that have generated the policies and structures of mass media, telecommunications and related industries; the relationship between the dichotomies of state and market, citizen and consumer, capitalism and democracy, global and local, and sovereignty and globalization in media industries and policies; overview of influences on State and international policies towards the media. Prerequisite: CMNS 110 and 130, with a minimum grade of C-.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Taeyoung Kim
Matthew Greaves
Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 3150, Burnaby
D101 We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SSCK 8660, Burnaby
D102 We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SSCK 8660, Burnaby
D103 We 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSCK 8660, Burnaby
D104 We 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
SSCK 8660, Burnaby
D105 We 6:30 PM – 7:20 PM
SSCK 8660, Burnaby

and one of

any 200 level CMNS course.

Students wishing to Joint Major in English and Communication are strongly advised to submit a formal declaration to this effect to the undergraduate advisors (in English and in Communication) upon completing all lower division requirements in both units.

* completion of this quantitative (Q) course satisfies part of the University's Q requirement.

Upper Division English Requirements

Students complete 20 units of upper division English courses. A minimum of four of these units must be at the 400-level, excluding directed studies courses (ENGL 490, 491); a minimum of four units must be from the following group of courses, focused on Canadian and/or Indigenous Literatures:

ENGL 355 - Canadian Literatures (4)

Study of selected works of Canadian literature, including Indigenous, diasporic, and settler texts. May draw from a variety of methods, critical debates, regions, and historical periods. This course may be repeated for credit if a different topic is taught. Prerequisite: 30 units or two 200 division English courses.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
C100 Distance Education
E100 Sophie McCall
Tu 4:30 PM – 8:20 PM
WMC 3535, Burnaby
ENGL 360 - Popular Writing by Indigenous Authors (4)

Examines works of popular fiction by Indigenous authors, and their use of specific genres (e.g. the mystery novel, vampire thriller, sci fi, comic book). This course may be repeated for credit if a different topic is taught. Prerequisite: 30 units or two 200 division English courses. Students who have taken FNST 322 under this topic, or FNST 360 may not take this course for further credit.

ENGL 431W - Seminar in Indigenous Literatures (4)

Advanced seminar on selected works by Indigenous writers. May be organized by author, genre, or critical approach. This course may be repeated for credit if a different topic is taught. Prerequisite: 45 units or two 300 division English courses. Strongly recommended: At least one Indigenous Studies course. Writing.

ENGL 432W - Seminar in Canadian Literature (4)

Advanced seminar in Canadian literature. May be organized by author, genre, or critical approach. This course may be repeated for credit if a different topic is taught. Prerequisite: 45 units or two 300 division English courses. Writing.

With permission of the department, other English courses of equivalent content may be substituted for those required in this group.

Upper Division Communication Requirements

Students complete six upper division CMNS courses (minimum of 24 upper division units) including one of

CMNS 304W - Communication in Everyday Life (4)

An examination of a range of theories of everyday language focused on specific forms of discursive practice, including gossip, humour, religion, and sarcasm. Prerequisite: 45 units, including one of CMNS 220, 221, 223, 223W, 235, with a minimum grade of C-. Students with credit for CMNS 304 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Andrew Hillan
Fr 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D101 Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D102 Tu 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D103 Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D104 Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D105 Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D106 Tu 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D108 Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D109 Tu 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D110 Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
CMNS 331 - News Discourse as Political Communication (4)

An examination of journalism and the news media as a set of institutions with important political and ideological roles. The course overviews theoretical perspectives and applies selected theoretical concepts to such topics as: influences on media content, how news generates meaning, ideological aspects of media frames, and the evaluation of journalism's performance in relation to normative expectations of democratic political communication. Prerequisite: At least one of CMNS 235 or 240, with a minimum grade of C-.

CMNS 332 - Communication and Rhetoric (4)

An examination of rhetoric and persuasion in the context of communication studies. Several classical accounts of persuasion and rhetoric are examined in order to develop a fuller understanding of the promotional ethos of the modern age. How different institutional modes of persuasive discourse have been shaped by a variety of research agendas and underlying theories about human nature is also studied. Prerequisite: 45 units including one of CMNS 220, 221, 223W, or 235, with a minimum grade of C-.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
E100 Gary McCarron
Tu 5:30 PM – 8:20 PM
HCC 1700, Vancouver
E101 Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
HCC 2510, Vancouver
E102 Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
HCC 2280, Vancouver
E103 Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
HCC 2280, Vancouver
E104 Tu 8:30 PM – 9:20 PM
HCC 2280, Vancouver
E105 Tu 9:30 PM – 10:20 PM
HCC 2280, Vancouver

and one of

any 400 level CMNS course.

CMNS Directed Study, Field Placement, and Project Group courses may not be used to meet this requirement.

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Degree Requirements

For all bachelor of arts (BA) programs, students complete 120 units, which includes

  • at least 60 units that must be completed at Simon Fraser University
  • at least 45 upper division units, of which at least 30 upper division units must be completed at Simon Fraser University
  • at least 60 units (including 21 upper division units) in Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences courses
  • satisfaction of the writing, quantitative, and breadth requirements
  • an overall cumulative grade point average (CGPA) and upper division CGPA of at least 2.0, and minimum CGPA and upper division CGPA of at least 2.0 across all units attempted in each subject that is a major, a joint major, a minor, or an extended minor. FASS Departments may define specific requirements for their respective programs.

Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology Degree Requirements

For more information, please refer to the SFU Degree Requirements.

Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements

Students admitted to Simon Fraser University beginning in the fall 2006 term must meet writing, quantitative and breadth requirements as part of any degree program they may undertake. See Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements for university-wide information.

WQB Graduation Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required to earn W, Q or B credit

Requirement

Units

Notes
W - Writing

6

Must include at least one upper division course, taken at Simon Fraser University within the student’s major subject
Q - Quantitative

6

Q courses may be lower or upper division
B - Breadth

18

Designated Breadth Must be outside the student’s major subject, and may be lower or upper division
6 units Social Sciences: B-Soc
6 units Humanities: B-Hum
6 units Sciences: B-Sci

6

Additional Breadth 6 units outside the student’s major subject (may or may not be B-designated courses, and will likely help fulfil individual degree program requirements)

Students choosing to complete a joint major, joint honours, double major, two extended minors, an extended minor and a minor, or two minors may satisfy the breadth requirements (designated or not designated) with courses completed in either one or both program areas.

 

Residency Requirements and Transfer Credit

  • At least half of the program's total units must be earned through Simon Fraser University study.
  • At least two thirds of the program's total upper division units must be earned through Simon Fraser University study.

Elective Courses

In addition to the courses listed above, students should consult an academic advisor to plan the remaining required elective courses.