Courses

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

Spring 2023

Course Title Instructor Day/Time
CMNS 110 D100 Introduction to Communication Studies Daniel Ahadi
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
CMNS 110 OL01 Introduction to Communication Studies Darren Fleet
TBA
CMNS 120W E100 Creativity and Communication Across Media Jennesia Pedri
Mo 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
CMNS 130 D100 Communication and Social Change Byron Hauck
Th 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
CMNS 130 OL01 Communication and Social Change Darren Fleet
TBA
CMNS 201W D100 Empirical Communication Research Methods Christopher Jeschelnik
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
CMNS 202 D100 Design and Method in Qualitative Communication Research Daniel Ahadi
Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
CMNS 221 E100 Media and Popular Cultures Jennesia Pedri
Tu 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
CMNS 235 D100 Digital Democracies Fr 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
CMNS 240 D100 The Political Economy of Communication Siyuan Yin
Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
CMNS 253W D100 Introduction to Information Technology: The New Media Mo 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
CMNS 253W OL01 Introduction to Information Technology: The New Media Layla Cameron
TBA
CMNS 258 D100 History of Sound in Media Milena Droumeva
Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
CMNS 286 E100 Selected Topics (Media & Identity) Victoria Thomas
We 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
CMNS 304W D100 Communication in Everyday Life Nawal Motut
Mo 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
CMNS 322 E100 Documentary Media Zoe Druick
Tu 4:30 PM – 8:20 PM
CMNS 325 D100 Visualization and Visual Culture in Communication Janet Marontate
Mo 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
CMNS 326 D100 Applied Media Workshop: On the Hill Christopher Jeschelnik
Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
CMNS 332 E100 Communication and Rhetoric Th 4:30 PM – 7:20 PM
CMNS 348 D100 Globalization and Media Byron Hauck
We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
CMNS 349 D100 Environment, Media and Communication Shane Gunster
Mo 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
CMNS 353 D100 Topics in Technology and Society (Disruptive Tech. & Culture) Peter Chow-White
Mo 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
CMNS 353 D200 Topics in Technology and Society (AI/Algorithms & Power) Sun Ha Hong
Tu 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM
CMNS 355 D100 Technologies of Gender and Sexuality Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
CMNS 357 D100 Audio Media Analysis David Murphy
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
CMNS 362 D100 Evaluation Methods for Applied Communication Research Benjamin Anderson
We 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
CMNS 388 D100 Special Topics in Communication (Indigenous Media) Karrmen Crey
Th 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM
CMNS 395 D100 Communication Practicum I Liesl Jurock
TBA
CMNS 395 D200 Communication Practicum I Liesl Jurock
TBA
CMNS 396 D100 Communication Practicum II Liesl Jurock
TBA
CMNS 396 D200 Communication Practicum II Liesl Jurock
TBA
CMNS 408 D100 Communication Network Project Group TBA
CMNS 408 D200 Communication Network Project Group TBA
CMNS 423 D100 Globalization: Cultural Issues Tu 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM
CMNS 426 D100 Video Design for Social Communication David Murphy
Mo 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
CMNS 428 D100 Media Analysis Project Group TBA
CMNS 428 D200 Media Analysis Project Group TBA
CMNS 440 D100 Labour, Communication and the Media Enda Brophy
Fr 12:30 PM – 4:20 PM
CMNS 443 D100 Comparative Asian Media Systems DAL JIN
Mo 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
CMNS 445 D100 Media and Popular Culture in China Byron Hauck
Fr 12:30 PM – 4:20 PM
CMNS 446 OL01 Communication, Science and Technology Svitlana Matviyenko
TBA
CMNS 448 D100 International Communication Project Group TBA
CMNS 448 D200 International Communication Project Group TBA
CMNS 452 E100 Race and the Media Victoria Thomas
Tu 4:30 PM – 7:20 PM
CMNS 453 D100 Issues in the Information Society (Blockchain & Digital Culture) Peter Chow-White
Mo 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
CMNS 453 OL01 Issues in the Information Society (Mobile Information Society) Layla Cameron
TBA
CMNS 455W D100 Women and New Information Technologies Fr 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
CMNS 458 D100 Information Technology Project Group TBA
CMNS 458 D200 Information Technology Project Group TBA
CMNS 461 D100 Field Placement in Dialogue TBA
CMNS 461 D200 Field Placement in Dialogue TBA
CMNS 486 D100 Special Topics in Communication (Asian/Cdn Cultural Politics) Kirsten McAllister
We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
CMNS 487 D100 Special Topics in Communication (Migration and Media) Siyuan Yin
We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
CMNS 487 E100 Special Topics in Communication (Technofutures:Or,Where Are The Flying Cars?) Sun Ha Hong
Tu 4:30 PM – 7:20 PM
CMNS 488 D100 Selected Topics in Communication (Art Worlds) Janet Marontate
Mo 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
CMNS 489 D100 Field Placement in Communication TBA
CMNS 489 D200 Field Placement in Communication TBA
CMNS 494 D100 Communication Practicum III Liesl Jurock
TBA
CMNS 494 D200 Communication Practicum III Liesl Jurock
TBA
CMNS 495 D100 Communication Practicum IV Liesl Jurock
TBA
CMNS 495 D200 Communication Practicum IV Liesl Jurock
TBA
CMNS 496 D100 Communication Practicum V Liesl Jurock
TBA
CMNS 496 D200 Communication Practicum V Liesl Jurock
TBA
CMNS 497 D100 Honours Research Proposal TBA
CMNS 497 D200 Honours Research Proposal TBA
CMNS 498 D100 Honours Research Project TBA
CMNS 498 D200 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