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Communication Second Degree

Bachelor of Arts

The School of Communication 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. The school bridges the critical and the applied in its undergraduate programs, and 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.

Admission Requirements

A student who already holds a bachelor’s degree(s) from an approved institution may complete a second or subsequent bachelor of arts in communication.

Internal university transfer requires a 2.50 or better Communication (CMNS) GPA, upon completion of at least three CMNS lower division courses at SFU, each with minimum C- grade, and a minimum 2.00 CGPA.

Continuance Requirements

A minimum 2.25 CMNS GPA and 2.00 CGPA is required to remain in good standing in the program.

CMNS course enrollment requires a C- grade or better in each prerequisite course.

Program Requirements

Students complete 44 units of upper division work, as specified below.

Upper Division Requirements

Students may enroll in upper division only when prerequisites have been completed.

Students complete a minimum of 28 upper division communication units, including at least one upper division CMNS "W" course

and at least two regularly scheduled CMNS 400-level courses.

Directed study and field placement courses may not be used to meet this requirement.

Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements

Students admitted to second degrees are exempt from all of the breadth requirements (designated and undesignated), three units of the Q requirements and the lower division W requirement. (The remaining W and Q courses must be a minimum of three units each. The W course must be upper division in the student's subject or field.) For more information, see Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements.

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.

The School of Communication requires that a minimum of 20 upper division CMNS units (five CMNS upper division courses, including at least one 400 division CMNS course) must be taken at SFU. Directed study and field placement courses may not be used to meet this requirement.

Elective Courses

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