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The School of Communication emphasizes critical thinking, reading, analysis and production in the field of communication. Students will study the cultures, histories, technologies, and ideologies of the media and communication infrastructures in our society. Students work in groups to apply theories of commnunication to promote social change and community engagement while professors address the most pressing environmental, economic, technological and political issues in our society through the translation of theory and research into practice and action. Through co-op work placements, students gain hands-on experience to take their studies from the classroom to the real world. Successful communication graduates are literate in media and information technologies with an understanding of social and ethical implications.
What do our CMNS Alumni say?
Our alumni can be found working in a variety of sectors from non-profit organizations to entrepreneurial start-ups and media outlets. Their versatile skills and critical thinking give them an advantage as they navigate the ever-changing field of communication.
MADISON GALTS BA, Digital Communications Specialist
Communication opened my eyes to the power of media. While working in the industry, I have a much greater sense of responsibility by understanding the impact of both traditional and social media. I loved studying communication because the classes focus on a diverse spectrum of real-world problems including colonialism, the portrayal of women and people of colour in media, and the framing of climate change.
I connected with like-minded classmates who turned into life-long friends. My degree helped me hone my writing skills, learn to think more critically, and expose and challenge my own bias.
I now use critical thinking all the time while developing communications strategies and creative content.
KEVIN CHAN BA, Communications Manager
The Communication program taught me to think critically about media, judge the credibility of information, and feel comfortable doing my own research while being aware of biases. It also taught me how to create my own powerful messaging that I use to empower communities as a non-profit communicator.
Communication at SFU is a unique program because many of the courses are constantly updated to keep up with the ways technology is changing how we communicate.
The SFU communication co-op program opened my eyes to future opportunities which gave me added motivation to work towards my goals.
Jao Dantes, Communications and Engagement Manager
One of the most memorable experiences during my time at the School of Communication was volunteering for the student union. The biggest takeaways from school are all the lasting connections, networks, and friends that have proved to be invaluable for me during and after my studies. Don't hesitate to put yourself out there both inside and outside of class and make sure to learn from all the mistakes and challenges along the way.
Kelsey Dech, Assistant Manager of Marketing
If I had one word of advice for anyone in the Communication program at SFU it would be to get involved! I went out of my comfort zone and applied for a Sponsorship Coordinator/Faculty Rep role with CMNSU (Communication Student Union) in my second year at SFU and I've never regretted it. Not only did I learn so much about myself and the career paths one could take within Communications but I fostered some amazing friendships as well. These friendships and connections have given me some great opportunities so if you are hesitant about getting involved, don't be! You really have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
Ronil Desai, Traffic Anchor, CTV Vancouver
As I reflect on my academic career, I can confidently say that one of the best decisions I've made was to pursue my degree in Communication at SFU. Not only did it prepare me for the media landscape in Canada, but I was able to complete the Cooperative Education program, providing me with an excellent glimpse into the industry.
The communication program fostered and enhanced my critical thinking skills, while covering a variety of topics and current issues. This is one of the most valuable traits I took with me to the work-force and I am so glad that communications program encourages every student to have an open mind and to look at things in multiple angles before making a decision. Thank you to the CMNS staff for guiding me along the path and sharing their words of wisdom throughout the journey.