Undergraduate Admissions


endless possibilities

bachelor of arts | co-op | study abroad

Our school 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. Successful graduates from our program are literate in media and information technologies with an understanding of social and ethical implications. Project and group work are used to apply theories of communication to promote social change and community engagement. Our faculty address the most pressing environmental, economic, technological and political issues in our society through the translation of theory and research into practice and action. 

What to Expect in Your First Year

SFU is the only University in BC with a three semester calendar, giving you the flexibility to select your courses based on availability, your work schedule, and to integrate other experiences like co-op work placements or global study exchange programs. With programs in both Downtown Vancouver and Burnaby, you can experience both campuses during your academic program.

A Typical First Year Schedule


First Semester Second Semester
CMNS 110 - Introduction to Communication Studies   CMNS 200 level
CMNS 130 - Communication and Social Change
CMNS 200 level
Elective Course (Soc, Hum, Sci)
Elective Course (Soc, Hum, Sci)
Elective Course
Elective Course

There are other requirements for your portfolio of study including FAN / FAL and WQB.

FAN/FAL: Foundations of Analytical and Quantitative Reasoning and Foundations of Academic Literacy are required courses in your first year if you do not meet the minimum grade requirement to enroll into W/Q courses. You will be notified during admissions if these courses are required for you.

WQB: Writing, Quantitative and Breadth courses are required electives of your choice. These courses are part of your degree planning across all SFU programs on campus. An example of mandatory W course is CMNS 253W - Introduction to Information Technology: A New Media

Customize Your Degree

Joint Major and Minor

At SFU School of Communication, we encourage students to expand their expertise and try different programs. We offer joint major and minor programs with the following programs:

  • SFU Beedie's Business Administration (Bachelor of Business Administration)
  • Interactive Arts and Technology (Bachelor of Science)
  • English (Bachelor of Arts)
  • Anthropology / Sociology (Bachelor of Arts)
  • and more

Co-operative Education

With a three semester schedule you have the option of taking on a 4, 8, 12 month co-op working term. These working terms are paid full-time opportunities with our portfolio of local and global companies including SAP, Microsoft, Electronic Arts, SFU, CBC Radio and more.

Community first

Mentorship and Student Clubs

We are all about community building and bridging connections. Before you start your classes, you will be partnered up with a 3rd/4th year student to welcome you to SFU. Your mentor will be there to support you in your first year, introduce you to the community and to give you advice on getting started.


The Communication Student Union represents the vibrant, trend setting young thinkers who will shape the future of how you connect to your world.

Become a member or one day become a board of director. Meet new friends and gain applied experience with event planning, financial planning, social media strategies and more.

Zed Chia

Undergraduate Advisor & Recruiter

T: 778-782-2098

E: cmns1@sfu.ca
Room: K9650 (next to BPK)