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Your First Year
What to Expect
SFU is the only University in British Columbia 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)|
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
At SFU School of Communication, we offer joint major and minor programs with other faculties and departments:
- SFU Beedie's Business Administration (Bachelor of Business Administration)
- Interactive Arts and Technology (Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts)
- English (Bachelor of Arts)
- Anthropology / Sociology (Bachelor of Arts)
- and more
First Year Experience Peer Leader Program
The School of Communication First Year Experience Peer Leader program aims to provide a positive experience for incoming students transitioning into their first year at SFU.
Peer Leaders help welcome new students, connect them to people and resources, and make their first year experience a great one! All incoming Communications students from the Fall 2019 term are welcome to contact a current student volunteer mentor to:
- Support | Get support & your questions answered from a fellow student who’s been through it before
- Connections | Make friends and connect with other students, staff, and professors
- Community | Be part of a community of other first year students and attend events together
Peer Leaders 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.
Get involved or one day become a member of the board of directors. Meet new friends and gain applied experience with event planning, financial planning, social media strategies and more.