Review the courses being offered this semester and plan your degree. Take a look at WQB and FAN/FAL requirements to stay on track.

Fall 2021

Course Title Instructor Day/Time
CMNS 110 D100 Introduction to Communication Studies Daniel Ahadi
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
CMNS 130 D100 Communication and Social Change Svitlana Matviyenko
Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
CMNS 201W D100 Empirical Communication Research Methods Ahmed Al-Rawi
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
CMNS 202 D100 Design and Method in Qualitative Communication Research Byron Hauck
Taeyoung Kim
Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
CMNS 210 D100 Media History Caitlin McKinney
Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
CMNS 221 D100 Media and Popular Cultures Martin Laba
Benjamin Anderson
Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
CMNS 226 D100 Digital Media Communication Techniques David Murphy
Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
CMNS 230 D100 The Cultural Industries in Canada: Global Context Taeyoung Kim
Matthew Greaves
Fr 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
CMNS 235 D100 News Media, the Public, and Democracy Adel Farag
Mo 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
CMNS 240 D100 The Political Economy of Communication Taeyoung Kim
Matthew Greaves
Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
CMNS 253W D100 Introduction to Information Technology: The New Media Sun-ha Hong
Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
CMNS 286 D100 Selected Topics (Media & Identity) Karrmen Crey
Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
CMNS 304W D100 Communication in Everyday Life Andrew Hillan
Fr 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
CMNS 310 E100 Media and Modernity Siyuan Yin
Th 4:30 PM – 7:20 PM
CMNS 332 E100 Communication and Rhetoric Gary McCarron
Tu 5:30 PM – 8:20 PM
CMNS 333 D100 Digital Policies in a Global Context: Current Issues, Concepts and Analysis Katherine Reilly
Fr 12:30 PM – 4:20 PM
CMNS 346 E100 Development Communication Katherine Reilly
We 4:30 PM – 8:20 PM
CMNS 349 D100 Environment, Media and Communication Svitlana Matviyenko
Fr 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
CMNS 353 D100 Topics in Technology and Society (Disruptive Tech. & Culture) Peter Chow-White
Mo 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
CMNS 353 E100 Topics in Technology and Society (Tech & Social Justice) Stephanie Dick
Stephanie Dick
Mo 5:30 PM – 9:20 PM
CMNS 355 D100 Technologies of Gender and Sexuality Alicia Massie
Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
CMNS 358 D100 Sound Recording: Theory and Design David Murphy
Mo 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
CMNS 362 D100 Evaluation Methods for Applied Communication Research Byron Hauck
Taeyoung Kim
We 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
CMNS 395 D100 Communication Practicum I Liesl Jurock
CMNS 396 D100 Communication Practicum II Liesl Jurock
CMNS 408 D100 Communication Network Project Group TBA
CMNS 410 E100 Media and Ideology Alberto Toscano
Th 4:30 PM – 8:20 PM
CMNS 425 D100 Applied Communication for Social Issues Martin Laba
Th 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
CMNS 426 D100 Video Design for Social Communication David Murphy
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
CMNS 428 D100 Media Analysis Project Group TBA
CMNS 431 E100 News Research and Analysis Ahmed Al-Rawi
Th 4:30 PM – 8:20 PM
CMNS 432 E100 Political Communication, Public Opinion and Political Marketing Daniel Ahadi
Mo 4:30 PM – 8:20 PM
CMNS 446 D100 Communication, Science and Technology Peter Chow-White
Mo 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
CMNS 448 D100 International Communication Project Group TBA
CMNS 452 D100 Race and the Media Tahmina Inoyatova
We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
CMNS 455W D100 Women and New Information Technologies TBD TBD
Layla Cameron
Fr 12:30 PM – 4:20 PM
CMNS 458 D100 Information Technology Project Group TBA
CMNS 461 D100 Field Placement in Dialogue TBA
CMNS 487 E100 Special Topics in Communication (Surveillance Society) Sun Ha Hong
Th 5:30 PM – 8:20 PM
CMNS 488 D100 Selected Topics in Communication (Art Worlds) Janet Marontate
Mo 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
CMNS 488 E100 Selected Topics in Communication (Living with Algorithms) Stephanie Dick
Stephanie Dick
Tu 4:30 PM – 7:20 PM
CMNS 489 D100 Field Placement in Communication TBA
CMNS 494 D100 Communication Practicum III Liesl Jurock
CMNS 495 D100 Communication Practicum IV Liesl Jurock
CMNS 496 D100 Communication Practicum V Liesl Jurock
CMNS 497 D100 Honours Research Proposal TBA
CMNS 498 D100 Honours Research Project TBA

My Schedule

Visualize your class schedule, search for courses, add to course cart and more.

mySchedule arranges selected courses into conflict-free timetable options and displays them in an easy-to-read weekly schedule.

You can check whether you meet prerequisites for courses ahead of enrollment by adding classes to your course cart, and then selecting "Validate Course Cart." Please view the video above for more information on how to use mySchedule to search for classes, add them to your course cart, and enroll.

Writing, Quantitative and Breadth Requirements

All students admitted to an undergraduate degree at SFU as of Fall 2006 must complete a minimum of 36 units of courses designated as Writing, Quantitative, or Breadth, with a grade of C- or better to receive the WQB credits.

Students transferring from a BC college with 60 units should consider completing some transferable W, Q and B courses prior to admission to SFU.

WQB Checklist for 2nd Degree

WQB Checklist for rest

Writing Requirements - Courses with "W" designated.

Students will take a minimum of:

  • one lower-division W course (at least 3 units)
  • one upper-division W course (at least 3 units), in the student's major subject. The upper-division W course must be taken at SFU.

Q and B-sci courses for Arts

Quantitative Requirements - Courses with "Q" designated.

Students will take a minimum of:

  • two Q courses, lower or upper division (at least 6 units).

Breadth Requirements - Courses with "B" designated.

Students may complete breadth courses throughout their degree programs, taking courses at the lower or upper division. Only courses outside of the student's major subject may count as a B.

Students will take a minimum of:

  • two courses labelled as Breadth-Humanities (B-Hum, 6 units)
  • two courses labelled as Breadth-Science (B-Sci, 6 units)
  • two courses labelled as Breadth-Social Sciences (B-Soc, 6 units)
  • two additional courses outside the student's major subject (6 units). These additional courses may or may not be designated as breadth, and in most cases will fulfill the particular Faculty or Program breadth requirements.


Multiple W,Q,B Requirements

Some courses may fulfill more than one requirement

  • A course may count as Q and B, or W and B, or W and Q, or W, Q and B. Students will receive all designation credits, unless the B is from their own major. Such students may satisfy their WQB requirements with fewer than 36 units because they can "double count".
  • Some courses may have multiple B designations:
  • A course may be designated as B-Soc and B-Hum, or B-Hum and B-Sci, or B-Soc and B-Sci, or all three B designations (B-Soc, B-Hum and B-Sci), but only one B type will be counted towards requirements. Students must consider which B type they wish such a course to meet in order to fulfill their B requirements.
  • Special Circumstances
  • Joint or Double Majors, Extended Minors, Double Minors
  • Students taking joint or double majors and honors, extended minors, or double minors are not required to take double W, Q and B requirements. W, Q and B designated courses in either one or both disciplines of the majors or honors or minor programs may be used to satisfy the writing, quantitative and breadth requirements. For example, a student taking a double major in English and Physics may count:
  • B-Hum designated ENGL courses for B-Hum credit (unlike English-only majors, who cannot count ENGL B-Hum courses towards their B requirements)
  • B-Sci designated PHYS courses for B-Sci credit (unlike Physics-only majors, who cannot count PHYS B-Sci courses towards their B requirements)
  • W designated ENGL for the lower- and upper-division W requirements
  • Q designated PHYS courses toward the Q requirements
  • Students in double minor programs should select an upper division W from one of the two discipline areas in which they are taking their double minors.

Second Degrees

Students admitted to a second degree program are exempted from all of the breadth requirements (designated and additional), three units of the Q requirements, and the lower division W requirement. The remaining W and Q courses must be three units each. Second degree students must meet the FAL and FAN prerequisites in order to enrol in W and Q courses. The W course must be upper division in the student's major. Second degree students who have met WQB requirements in a first degree at Simon Fraser University are required to meet this W and Q requirement for the second degree.

Prerequisite Waiver Form

If you can, please prefill the forms prior to your advising appointment unless otherwise stated

Enrollment FAQ

Getting into your class

I see a space in the lecture, but I can't enroll

There may be several reasons:

A.    The course has tutorials, and the tutorial you selected is already full.

Solution: Look for another tutorial that works for your schedule and still has space. If it still has space, you will be able to enroll through that tutorial. Otherwise, please add yourself to the wait list. If the wait list is full, please monitor the number closely and try again when a space becomes available.

Important note:

When a course has both a lecture and tutorials, you need to have a spot in both the lecture and in one of the tutorials to be enrolled in the course. If you are on the wait list for a tutorial, you are NOT enrolled in the course, even if there is still space in the lecture.

B.    There is a reserve on that course, and you don’t meet the reserve requirement.

For example, All J100 courses are NOW courses, and are served 100% for NOW students until Open Enrollment. The NOW program is open for student working 30 or more hours per week to apply. If you are not part of the NOW program, please add yourself to the wait list and wait. When the NOW reserve gets lifted (at Open Enrollment), and space permitting, a CMNS advisor will enroll in the wait listed CMNS students first, before opening up the course to all other students.

A few other CMNS courses have a small amount of seats reserved for students from another program. It may, for example, has 5 seats reserved for faculty of ENV students, and 20 seats for CMNS students. If 20 CMNS have already enrolled in the that course, no more CMNS student can still enroll, even if there is still space in that course.   


The class starts tomorrow but I am on the waitlist. What should I do?

The last day to drop a course with 100% tuition refund is on the 7th day of the semester. Because of this, most course drops happen during the first week of classes. If your wait list position is within the top 10% of the class capacity, we encourage you to go the first lecture and talk to your prof.

If any drops occur, priority will be given to students who haven’t missed any lecture content.

Another student who was initially wait listed behind me got enrolled, but I’m still waiting. What would be the reason?

The wait list engine runs several times a day. When a drop occurs and a space becomes available in a course, under normal conditions, the #1 student waiting will get automatically rolled into the course from the wait list.

However, if any of the following conditions applies, the wait list engine will skip the student and roll in the next student on the list. Unfortunately, the system does NOT notify the skipped student.

  • The student’s chosen tutorial is still full – if there are tutorials. It is therefore better to wait in for a tutorial with less students
  • There is a schedule conflict

Students enrolled in Distance Education courses, please pay special attention to the exam times

  • Credit Load Override – FCAT students are allowed a maximum of 18 credits per semester.

Therefore, students waiting for a 3-credit course can only be enrolled in 15 credits or less. And students waiting for a 4-credit course can only be enrolled in 14 credits or less.

  • The student has fees owing