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School of Communication | Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology Simon Fraser University Calendar | Fall 2022

Communication Major

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

Applicants will have a minimum 2.50 communication grade point average (CMNS GPA) upon completion of at least three 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 120 units, as specified below.

Lower Division Requirements

Students complete all of

CMNS 110 - Introduction to Communication Studies (3)

An introduction to selected theories about human communication. This course is required for a major, honours or minor in communication. Breadth-Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Gary McCarron
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
HCC 1900, Vancouver
D101 Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
HCC 1500, Vancouver
D102 Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
HCC 1500, Vancouver
D103 Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
HCC 1535, Vancouver
D104 Tu 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
HCC 1535, Vancouver
D105 We 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
HCC 1505, Vancouver
D106 We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
HCC 1505, Vancouver
D107 We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
HCC 1505, Vancouver
D108 We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
HCC 2205, Vancouver
D109 We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
HCC 1505, Vancouver
D110 We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
HCC 200, Vancouver
D111 We 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
HCC 200, Vancouver
D112 We 6:30 PM – 7:20 PM
HCC 200, Vancouver
OL01 Darren Fleet
TBD
CMNS 120W - Creativity and Communication Across Media (3)

Introduces students to the creative practice of multimodal writing and content creation for communication and media studies. Topics may include: creativity and idea generation; media literacy in digital environments; writing conventions for various platforms and genres; analytical writing and scholarly argumentation; audio-visual production for popular audiences. Writing.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Jennesia Pedri
Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
HCC 1900, Vancouver
D101 Tu 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
HCC 2260, Vancouver
D102 Tu 6:30 PM – 7:20 PM
HCC 2260, Vancouver
D103 Tu 7:30 PM – 8:20 PM
HCC 2260, Vancouver
D104 We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
HCC 1530, Vancouver
D105 We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
HCC 1530, Vancouver
D106 We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
HCC 1530, Vancouver
D107 We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
HCC 1530, Vancouver
D108 We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
HCC 1530, Vancouver
D109 We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
HCC 1530, Vancouver
D110 We 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
HCC 1530, Vancouver
D111 We 6:30 PM – 7:20 PM
HCC 1530, Vancouver
D112 We 7:30 PM – 8:20 PM
HCC 200, Vancouver
CMNS 130 - Communication and Social Change (3)

An introduction to the forms, theories and institutions of communication as they relate to broader social change, with a focus on the political, economic and regulatory shifts characterizing Canadian and transnational media systems. This course is required for a major, honours or minor in communication.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Darren Fleet
Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 3181, Burnaby
D101 Mo 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
SSCK 8660, Burnaby
D102 Mo 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
SSCK 8660, Burnaby
D103 Mo 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SSCK 8660, Burnaby
D104 Mo 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SSCK 8660, Burnaby
D105 Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SSCK 8660, Burnaby
D106 Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SSCK 8660, Burnaby
D107 Mo 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
SSCK 8660, Burnaby
D108 Mo 6:30 PM – 7:20 PM
SSCK 8660, Burnaby
D109 Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SSCK 8660, Burnaby
D110 Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SSCK 8660, Burnaby
D111 Th 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSCK 8660, Burnaby
D112 Th 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
SSCK 8660, Burnaby
OL01 Svitlana Matviyenko
TBD

and at least five 200 level CMNS courses, including

CMNS 201W - Empirical Communication Research Methods (4) *

An introduction to empirical research methods in diverse traditions of communication enquiry. Some methods recognize communication as everyday interactions; others analyze communication as a process; still others blend traditional scientific empiricism with analytical and critical methods derived from the arts and humanities. Topics include: ethics, paradigms, conceptualizing and operationalizing research, sampling, interviews, surveys, unobtrusive observation, content analysis, and the role of statistics in communication research. Prerequisite: Nine CMNS units with a minimum grade of C-. Students with credit for CMNS 201 or CMNS 260 may not take this course for further credit. Writing/Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Christopher Jeschelnik
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
EDB 7618, Burnaby
D101 We 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SSCK 7652, Burnaby
D102 We 1:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SSCK 7652, Burnaby
D103 We 3:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSCK 7652, Burnaby
D104 We 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM
SSCK 7655, Burnaby
D105 We 11:30 AM – 1:20 PM
SSCK 7655, Burnaby
D106 We 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SSCK 7655, Burnaby
D107 Tu 1:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SSCK 7652, Burnaby
D108 Tu 3:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSCK 7652, Burnaby
D109 Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SSCK 7655, Burnaby
or CMNS 201 - Empirical Communication Research Methods (4) *

An introduction to empirical research methods in diverse traditions of communication enquiry. Some methods recognize communication as everyday interactions; others analyze communication as a process; still others blend traditional scientific empiricism with analytical and critical methods derived from the arts and humanities. Topics include: ethics, paradigms, conceptualizing and operationalizing research, sampling, interviews, surveys, unobtrusive observation, content analysis, and the role of statistics in communication research. Prerequisite: Nine CMNS units with a minimum grade of C-. Students with credit for CMNS 201W or CMNS 260 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

CMNS 202 - Design and Method in Qualitative Communication Research (4)

An introduction to interpretive approaches in communication inquiry. Topics include ethics, paradigms, conceptualizing the research process, documentary research, historical methods, discourse or textual analysis, ethnographic research, and performative research. Prerequisite: Nine CMNS units with a minimum grade of C-. Students with credit for CMNS 262 may not take CMNS 202 for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Benjamin Anderson
Th 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 3159, Burnaby
D101 Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SSCK 7652, Burnaby
D102 Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SSCK 7652, Burnaby
D103 Th 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
SSCK 7652, Burnaby
D105 Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SSCK 7655, Burnaby
D109 Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SSCK 7655, Burnaby

* completion of this quantitative (Q) course satisfies part of the university's Q requirement.

Upper Division Requirements

A minimum total of 44 upper division units are required, to include the following:

  • Seven upper division CMNS courses, at least five must be taken at SFU.
  • Minimum total of 28 upper division units in CMNS.
  • Including a minimum of two 400 level CMNS courses, at least one must be taken at SFU.
  • Including one upper division CMNS "W" course

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

Elective Courses

Unless completing another program outside communication (e.g., minor, major, joint major, honours, extended minor), it is strongly recommended that students complete two upper division courses (minimum three units each) outside of communication, with a minimum C- grade in each.

Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements

Students admitted to Simon Fraser University beginning in the fall 2006 term must meet writing, quantitative and breadth requirements as part of any degree program they may undertake. See Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements for university-wide information.

WQB Graduation Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required to earn W, Q or B credit

Requirement

Units

Notes
W - Writing

6

Must include at least one upper division course, taken at Simon Fraser University within the student’s major subject
Q - Quantitative

6

Q courses may be lower or upper division
B - Breadth

18

Designated Breadth Must be outside the student’s major subject, and may be lower or upper division
6 units Social Sciences: B-Soc
6 units Humanities: B-Hum
6 units Sciences: B-Sci

6

Additional Breadth 6 units outside the student’s major subject (may or may not be B-designated courses, and will likely help fulfil individual degree program requirements)

Students choosing to complete a joint major, joint honours, double major, two extended minors, an extended minor and a minor, or two minors may satisfy the breadth requirements (designated or not designated) with courses completed in either one or both program areas.

 

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.