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School of Communication | Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology Simon Fraser University Calendar | Fall 2019

Communication Second Degree

Bachelor of Arts

The School of Communication has a long-standing tradition of critical, interdisciplinary approaches to the study of media and technology, with a commitment to social theory and political economy. The school bridges the critical and the applied in its undergraduate programs, and is committed to offering students the opportunities and the means to explore, analyze and critically evaluate the complexities and interplay between the numerous and diverse dimensions of communication.

Admission Requirements

A student who already holds a bachelor’s degree(s) from an approved institution may complete a second or subsequent Bachelor of Arts in Communication.

Internal University transfer requires a 2.50 or better Communication (CMNS) GPA, upon completion of at least 2 CMNS lower division courses at SFU, each with minimum C- grade, and a minimum 2.00 CGPA.

Continuance Requirements

A minimum 2.25 CMNS GPA and 2.00 CGPA is required to remain in good standing in the program.

CMNS course enrollment requires a C- grade or better in each prerequisite course.

Program Requirements

Students complete 44 units of upper division work, as specified below.

Upper Division Requirements

Students may enroll in upper division only when prerequisites have been completed.

Students complete a minimum of 28 upper division Communication units, including at least one of

CMNS 304W - Communication in Everyday Life (4)

An examination of a range of theories of everyday language focused on specific forms of discursive practice, including gossip, humour, religion, and sarcasm. Prerequisite: 45 units, including one of CMNS 220, 221, 223, 223W, 235. Students with credit for CMNS 304 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Karrmen Crey
Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 3154, Burnaby
D101 Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SSCK 8652, Burnaby
D102 Th 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSCK 8652, Burnaby
D103 Th 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
SSCK 8652, Burnaby
D104 Th 6:30 PM – 7:20 PM
SSCK 8652, Burnaby
CMNS 323W - Cultural Dimensions in Advertising (4)

A cultural-historical examination of contemporary advertising practices as well as a critical exploration of their impact upon different aspects of the consumer society, such as children's culture, pharmaceutical marketing, globalization, political communication and new media. Prerequisite: 45 units including one of CMNS 223W or 253W. Writing.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Jody Baker
We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 3149, Burnaby
D102 Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
SSCK 8652, Burnaby
D103 Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
SSCK 8652, Burnaby
D104 Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SSCK 8652, Burnaby
D105 Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
TASC2 7460, Burnaby
D106 Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
TASC2 7460, Burnaby
D107 Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
TASC2 7460, Burnaby
D108 Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
TASC2 7460, Burnaby
CMNS 455W - Women and New Information Technologies (4)

Topics include the processes through which gendering of technologies takes place; information and communication technologies (ICTs), gender and public and private spheres; issues related to computerization of women's paid and unpaid work; and gender roles and the use of ICTs in relation to health; as well as the contributions which the study of gender and ICTs have made to theoretical debates within science, technology and society studies. Prerequisite: 60 units, including CMNS 253W. Students with credit for CMNS 455 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Nawal Musleh-Motut
Mo 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
BLU 9655, Burnaby

and at least two regularly scheduled CMNS 400-level courses.

Directed study and field placement courses may not be used to meet this requirement.

Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements

Students admitted to second degrees are exempt from all of the breadth requirements (designated and undesignated), three units of the Q requirements and the lower division W requirement. (The remaining W and Q courses must be a minimum of three units each. The W course must be upper division in the student's subject or field.) For more information, see Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements.

Residency Requirements and Transfer Credit

  • At least half of the program's total units must be earned through Simon Fraser University study.
  • At least two thirds of the program's total upper division units must be earned through Simon Fraser University study.

The School of Communication requires that a minimum of 16 upper division CMNS units (four CMNS upper division courses, including at least one 400 division CMNS course) must be taken at SFU. Directed study and field placement courses may not be used to meet this requirement.

Elective Courses

In addition to the courses listed above, students should consult an academic advisor to plan the remaining required elective courses.