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School of Communication


6135 Robert C. Brown Hall, (604) 291-3687 Tel, (604) 291-4024 Fax, www.sfu.ca/communication

Director

(to be announced)

Professors

R.S. Anderson BA (Br Col), MA, PhD (Chic)

R.S. Gruneau BA (Guelph), MA (Calg), PhD (Mass)

R.A. Hackett BA (S Fraser), MA, PhD (Qu)

L.M. Harasim BA, MA (Alta), PhD (Tor)

S. Kline BA (Tor), PhD (Lond)

B. Lewis BA (Hamilton Coll), MA, PhD (Iowa)

R.M. Lorimer BA, MA (Manit), PhD (Tor)

W.D. Richards, Jr. BA (Mich State), MA, PhD (Stan)

B.D. Truax BSc (Qu), MMus (Br Col)*

Associate Professors

P.S. Anderson BGS, MA (S Fraser)

E. Balka BA (Wash), MA, PhD (S Fraser)

A.C.M. Beale BA, MA, PhD (McG)

P.M. Howard BA, MA (Regina), PhD (S Fraser)

M. Laba BA (York), MA, PhD (Nfld)

C.A. Murray BA, MA (Wat), PhD (Qu)

Assistant Professors

G.W. Faurschou BA (Winn), MA, PhD (York)

R.K. Smith BA (Car), MA, PhD (S Fraser)

Y. Zhao BA (Beijing Broadcasting Institute), MA, PhD (S Fraser)

Senior Lecturer

D. Gutstein BArch, MArch (Br Col)

Advisors

Ms. L. Menkveld, 6137 Robert C. Brown Hall, 778.782 -3520 Tel, menkveld@sfu.ca

Dr. W. Richards, 6236 Robert C. Brown Hall, 778.782 -4119 Tel, richards@sfu.ca

Ms. M. Shimizu, 6139 Robert C. Brown Hall, 778.782 -3862 Tel, mshimizu@sfu.ca

Ms. E. Wah, 6145 Robert C. Brown Hall, 778.782 5542 Tel, ewah@sfu.ca

*joint appointment with contemporary arts

Faculty members are also available for student consultations.

Faculty and Areas of Research

The study of communication has recently emerged as an identified academic discipline. At the same time, a number of the traditional disciplines in the social sciences, the humanities, and the natural sciences employ communication approaches in various areas. Communication perspectives are also becoming prominent in the professions, notably in law, medicine, counselling, business, labour, education, trade, diplomacy, advertising, broadcasting, etc. As a social science, communication is distinctively trans-disciplinary.

The school has drawn on a number of perspectives, but is most readily distinguished by the fact that it treats communication as a humanistic social science, and is concerned with the contexts within which information in all its diverse forms is created, coded, communicated, and controlled. This approach provides students with wide opportunities to explore both communication theory and communication practice, as well as the relationship between the two. It encourages the concrete application of theory and research to modern society, its historical origins, its dominant values, its institutions and policies, its present structure, its current problems and its potential for change.

See "School of Communication". for faculty's areas of research.

Program of Studies

The school offers a specialized program leading to a bachelor of arts major or honors degree. It also offers a minor program and a variety of courses in communication for students in other degree programs in the University.

Students with a degree in communication can seek employment opportunities in the following.

The school is interdisciplinary in its approach. It offers a concentrated program of study in a variety of loosely-structured streams. Courses in each of the streams are listed below for the guidance of students, but students are encouraged to take courses from more than one stream in the School of Communication.

Streams
Applied Media Studies

CMNS 200, 226, 247, 258, 320, 326, 342, 345, 347, 358, 363, 375, 408, 425, 426, 428, 431, 446, 447, 456, 458, 473

Cultural Industries, Public Information and Policy

CMNS 223, 224, 230, 235, 240, 323, 333, 334, 335, 353, 362, 363, 371, 372, 433, 435, 436, 438, 444, 472, 474, 478

History, Theory and Critical Media Studies

CMNS 205, 210, 220, 221, 235, 240, 259, 304, 310, 321, 331, 359, 422, 428

Information Technology and Society

CMNS 253, 342, 353, 354, 362, 408, 435, 436, 446, 453, 454, 455, 456, 458

International Communication

CMNS 210, 240, 247, 253, 342, 345, 347, 353, 362, 408, 425, 444, 446, 447, 448, 453, 454, 456, 458

Political Economy

CMNS 235, 240, 333, 334, 335, 342, 345, 353, 362, 422, 433, 435, 436, 438, 444, 446, 448, 453, 454, 458

Enrolment Limitations

Admission to the upper division of the major, minor, honors and related joint programs is limited. Space in upper division communication courses is mostly reserved for students who have been formally accepted into such a program; only such students will be able to obtain the upper division courses necessary to complete the program. Exceptions to this rule may be made by instructors in consultation with the director of the school.

With approval of the Dean of Applied Sciences Office, the school will establish a yearly quota - the number of students that can be accommodated in the major/honors, joint major or minor programs. This quota will be established on the basis of projected available course space and school resources.

The school admits a limited number into its programs each semester, consistent with the overall quota, on the basis of minimum CGPA announced two semesters in advance of the Fall semester each year. The school will determine this annual minimum requirement for entry on the basis of the number of places available. Every applicant for a major, minor or joint major program whose CGPA is greater than, or equal to, the annually announced requirement will be admitted; under normal circumstances admission to a program will not be granted to any applicant who has a CGPA which is less than the admission CGPA set by the school.

These requirements apply equally to a transfer or second degree student.

Transfer Credit and Residency Requirements

Transfer students are advised that residency requirements apply to all programs offered or jointly offered by the School of Communication. See "Residency Requirements"..

Major Program

Entry Requirements

Admission to the School of Communication is highly competitive.

Entry to the communication major program is possible via direct admission from high school, via college or university transfer or via internal transfer if admitted to another department or program at Simon Fraser University.

In the fall of 2000, entry to the School of Communication was offered to applicants who had secondary school averages of 85% and better, to college or university transfer applicants who had grade point averages of B or better, and to internal transfer applicants who had a minimum 2.25 CGPA upon completion of the lower division requirements below.

Continuation Requirement

Once approved for a major in communication, a student will be required to maintain a minimum CGPA of 2.25 to remain in good standing in the program (that is, to retain eligibility to continue in the program).

Lower Division Requirements

Students must complete the following core courses.

CMNS 110-3 Introduction to Communication Studies

CMNS 130-3 Explorations in Mass Communication

CMNS 260-3 Introduction to Empirical Communication Research Methods

CMNS 261-3 Documentary Research in Communication

Students must also complete nine credits of additional CMNS course work at the 200 level, for a total of 21 lower division credit hours in communication.

A grade of C- or better is required in each of the required lower division CMNS courses.

In addition, students must complete a course in social science research methods, chosen from the following.

BUEC 232-3 Elementary Economic and Business Statistics I

CRIM 220-3 Research Methods in Criminology

EDUC 222-3 Research Methods in Educational Psychology

GEOG 251-3 Methods in Spatial Analysis

PHIL 244-3 Introduction to the Philosophy of Natural and Social Science

POL 201-3 Research Methods in Political Science

PSYC 201-4 Research Methods in Psychology

PSYC 210-4 Data Analysis in Psychology

SA 255-4 Introduction to Social Research (SA)

SA 355-4 Quantitative Methods (SA)

SA 356-4 Ethnography and Qualitative Methods (SA)

SA 358-4 The Philosophy of the Social Sciences (SA)

STAT 101-3 Introduction to Statistics

STAT 301-3 Statistics for the Life Sciences

Upper Division Requirements

Seven upper division (normally four credit) courses in communication must be completed. At least two of these shall be 400 level courses. Directed study and field placement courses may not be used to meet this requirement.

Normally, upper division courses may not be taken unless lower division course work has been completed, and normally, 75 credit hours must be taken prior to enrolment in 400 level courses.

External Requirements

In addition to CMNS courses, at least 60 credit hours must be chosen from disciplines other than communication. These 60 credit hours may include a course in social science research methods, identified in Lower Division Requirements above, and must also include the following additional course work.

A minimum total of 45 upper division credit hours is required for the degree. This includes the required upper division CMNS courses, any additional upper division CMNS courses taken, and any upper division courses taken to fulfil the required 60 credit hours outside CMNS.

Communication Minor Program

Entry Requirements

Acceptance into the minor program is subject to enrolment limitations. In the fall of 2000, applicants were accepted who had a minimum CGPA or transfer GPA of 2.25, upon completion of the lower division requirements.

Lower Division Requirements

Students must earn a grade of C- or better in each of the following courses.

CMNS 110-3 Introduction to Communication Studies

CMNS 130-3 Explorations in Mass Communication

Continuation Requirement

Once approved for a minor in communication, a student must maintain a minimum CGPA of 2.25 to remain in good standing.

Upper Division Requirements

Four upper division courses in communication must be completed (together with lower division prerequisites, if any). Directed study and field placement courses may not be used to meet this requirement.

Publishing Minor Program

Entry Requirements

Acceptance into the publishing minor program is subject to enrolment limitations. In the fall of 2000, applicants were accepted who had a minimum CGPA or transfer GPA of 2.25, upon completion of the lower division requirements.

Lower Division Requirements

Four of the following courses must be completed, each with a grade of C- or better. No more than two courses from each discipline can be counted.

CMNS 110-3 Introduction to Communication Studies

CMNS 130-3 Explorations in Mass Communication

CMNS 230-3 Introduction to Communication Media

CMNS 240-3 The Political Economy of Communication

ECON 101-3 The Canadian Economy

ECON 103-3 Principles of Microeconomics

ECON 105-3 Principles of Macroeconomics

ENGL 210-3 Advanced University Writing

LING 100-3 Communication and Language

LING 110-3 The Wonder of Words

LING 260-3 Language, Culture, and Society

Continuation Requirement

Once approved for the publishing minor program, a student must maintain a minimum CGPA of 2.25 to remain in good standing.

Upper Division Requirements

Four courses must be chosen from the following.

CMNS 335-4 The Newspaper Industry and Press Policy in Canada

CMNS 371-4 The Structure of the Book Publishing Industry in Canada

CMNS 372-4 The Publishing Process

CMNS 375-4 Magazine Publishing

CMNS 472-4 Books, Markets and Readers

CMNS 473-4 Publication Design and Print Production

CMNS 474-4 The Business of Publishing

CMNS 478-4 Publishing Project Group

Note: upper division CMNS courses taken for credit toward the publishing minor may not be counted as part of CMNS credit hours needed for an honors, joint major, major, extended minor or minor in communication.

Communication Extended Minor Program

A communication extended minor program may be part of a BA degree in the Faculty of Arts, which includes two extended minors. Consult the Faculty of Arts section for specific details about this option.

Entry Requirements

Acceptance into the extended minor program is subject to enrolment limitations. In the fall of 2000, applicants were accepted who had a minimum CGPA or transfer GPA of 2.25, upon completion of the lower division requirements.

Lower Division Requirements

Students must complete the following courses.

CMNS 110-3 Introduction to Communication Studies

CMNS 130-3 Explorations in Mass Communication

CMNS 260-3 Introduction to Empirical Communication Research Methods

CMNS 261-3 Documentary Research in Communication

Students must also complete nine credit hours of additional CMNS course work at the 200 level (for a total of 21 lower division credit hours in Communication).

A grade of C- or better is required in each of the required lower level CMNS courses.

In addition, students must complete a course in social science research methods, chosen from the following.

BUEC 232-3 Elementary Economic and Business Statistics I

CRIM 220-3 Research Methods in Criminology

EDUC 222-3 Research Methods in Educational Psychology

GEOG 251-3 Methods in Spatial Analysis

PHIL 244-3 Introduction to the Philosophy of Natural and Social Science

POL 201-3 Research Methods in Political Science

PSYC 201-4 Research Methods in Psychology

PSYC 210-4 Data Analysis in Psychology

SA 255-4 Introduction to Social Research (SA)

SA 355-4 Quantitative Methods (SA)

SA 356-4 Ethnography and Qualitative Methods (SA)

SA 358-4 The Philosophy of the Social Sciences (SA)

STAT 101-3 Introduction to Statistics

STAT 301-3 Statistics for the Life Sciences

Continuation Requirement

Once approved for an extended minor in communication, a student must maintain a minimum CGPA of 2.25 to remain in good standing.

Upper Division Requirements

Four upper division courses in communication must be completed (together with lower division prerequisites, if any). Directed study and field placement courses may not be used to meet this requirement.

Joint Major in Communication and Business Administration

See "Joint Major in Business Administration and Communication". for requirements.

Joint Major in Communication and Latin American Studies

See "Communication". for requirements.

Joint Major in Communication and Sociology/Anthropology

See "Joint Major in Sociology or Anthropology and Communication". for requirements.

Honors Program

Entry Requirements

Communication majors wishing to apply to the honors program should obtain the appropriate application form from the general office. The deadlines for application submission are March 15, July 15 and November 15 each year. The main difference between the regular communication program and the honors program is that honors students complete an honors project (described below). The application form requires the student to describe the proposed honors project and obtain approval signatures: a communication faculty member who agrees to supervise the execution of the project, one other faculty member who agrees to be on the student's supervisory committee, and the honors coordinator.

The school reserves the right to limit the number of honors students if faculty resources are not available for supervision. In such cases, priority for registration in the honors program will be given to the students with a higher CGPA.

Students who have difficulty finding an honors supervisor should contact the school's honors coordinator.

Other admission requirements are as follows:

Continuation

To remain in this program, students must maintain a minimum CGPA of 3.0 or higher for all courses (including communication courses) taken in each semester. Students who do not meet this requirement may be dropped from the program but may apply for readmission at a later date.

Graduation Requirements

To receive an honors in communication, students must

Honors Project

Students must have completed at least 90 credit hours of university work with at least 20 credit hours in upper division communication courses before enrolling in the honors project. A plan must be approved by the faculty supervisors and by the honors coordinator before work is begun. A pamphlet describing the requirements for the honors project can be obtained from the School of Communication general office.

The honors project is carried out in two stages: CMNS 497 and 498. CMNS 497 is offered every semester. Students may enrol in CMNS 498 in any semester subsequent to the one in which they complete CMNS 497.

Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Communication

This program is available for students who have already completed a degree.

Requirements

Successful completion of an approved program comprised of 30-32 credit hours of upper division or graduate level courses (normally eight 4-credit courses numbered 300 or above). Courses must be selected in consultation with a program advisor. At least five of the upper division courses (20 credits) must be in communication; the remaining 10-12 credits could be in related disciplines, such as sociology, Canadian studies, history, English, women's studies, etc.

Students may also be required to take some background lower division courses in preparation for the advanced courses. For example, a student who has a BA in an area not related to communication would be encouraged to take at least CMNS 110 and 130 before enrolling in any of the 300 and 400 level courses.

For further information, see "Continuing Studies"..

Cooperative Education Program

Cooperative education is a system which combines work experience with academic studies. The student spends alternate semesters on campus and in paid, study-related jobs.

Arrangements for the work experiences are made through the school's coop coordinators and the University's Office of Cooperative Education. For further details, students should see "Continuing Studies"..



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