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Communication and Cultural Studies (BA)

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Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Program type
Primary campus
Loyola (LOY)
3 to 4 years
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Experiential learning

Why study Communication and Cultural Studies?

Dive beneath the surface of the stories we hear and tell ourselves in our culture to discover the way meaning is made. Students will examine cultural messages with a critical eye that doesn't miss the nuances of a profoundly complex society. You'll learn to "read" and analyze the meaning manufactured by everything from what Justin Bieber's wearing to how the newscast is put together. Developing a cultural vocabulary will allow you to engage with the modern media environment critically, and interpret the political and ideological orientations of the messages we consume.

The Major in Communication and Cultural Studies is excellent preparation for graduate studies in either subject. Our students go on to careers in the media, advertising, and public relations or any field where superior analytic and rhetorical skills are valued.

Program highlights

  • Project-based learning with small groups of students
  • Students have two opportunities to take internships and the possibility of studying abroad for a semester.
  • dive into questions of culture, power and representation

Program structure

A Bachelor of Arts or Science degree takes a minimum of three or four years (90 – 120 credits) of full-time study, depending on your academic background.

Program option

  • Major in Communication and Cultural Studies (42 credits)


Learn to analyze and critique media and popular culture by integrating an interdisciplinary knowledge from the humanities, fine arts and social sciences.

United States students: A U.S. Federal Student Aid-eligible version of this program is offered. This version meets all U.S. regulations (such as no co-operative education or e-courses) for eligible programs.

Admission criteria

This program is available for Fall admission only.

Minimum cut-off averages and course requirements

Additional requirements for admission

  • Application Letter (Two parts uploaded as a single PDF).

BA Communication Studies (Major, Specialization)
BA Communication & Cultural Studies (Major)

Choose one of the following:

  1. If you are a new student applying to Concordia University, you must create an application online. You will also need to submit the Application Letter required by the Department of Communication Studies via the online application. Applicants must upload their Application Letter as one PDF File to the Student Centre. Further instructions below.
  2. If you are already a student in a BA program at Concordia University, you will need to submit the online Concentration Change Form. You will also need to submit the Application Letter  required by the Department of Communication Studies. Applicants must upload their Application letter as one PDF file to the Student Centre. Further instructions below. 
  3. If you are already a student at Concordia University but you are not in a BA program, you will need to apply for a Degree Transfer on the MyCU Account. Applicants must also upload their Application Letter as one PDF file to the Student Centre Further instructions below.


All applicants to the BA in Communication Studies and the BA in Communication and Cultural Studies must complete the Application Letter as a supporting document (see the Application Letter Instructions, below). The Application Letter contains 2 parts and must be saved as one PDF file. Please make sure you have followed all the technical guidelines, below, before submitting this supporting document.

When uploading your Application Letter, be sure to use the correct BA program name in the drop-down menu: Communication Studies Dossier or Communication & Cultural Studies Dossier. You can also upload your Application Letter (or any other requested documents for your application) by logging in to the Student Hub and going to My CU Account.

About PDFs: ‘PDF’ stands for Portable Document Format. These kinds of files are very widely used across all sectors of education, business and the arts, including at Concordia University. Adobe developed this file format to be used with their Acrobat software, but there are lots of free PDF editors for both Mac and PC. Many word-processing applications include a PDF option in their print dialogue box. See a list of recommended free readers. (N.B. We do not offer any warranties for third-party software.)


Your Application Letter provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate your readiness and your motivation to join one of our BA programs (either the BA in Communication Studies program or the BA in Communication & Cultural Studies program). Please ensure that you have followed all of the technical guidelines, below, when preparing your letter. As detailed below, your letter consists of two parts.

Part One
Please take some time to review the descriptions of the two BA programs offered in our department. Please also read through the descriptions of undergraduate courses we regularly offer. Then review the research interests, published work, and media projects of the faculty who teach in our department. Having conducted this survey, write a statement (maximum 4000 characters, spaces included) telling us why you want to study in your selected BA program (BA in Communication Studies or BA in Communication & Cultural Studies) and how you believe this program will help you achieve your learning goals.

  • What aspects of our program are attractive to you?
  • Are there any specific courses or areas of study that you find especially interesting?
  • Are there any professors whose research or areas of expertise overlap with your own interests and learning goals?

Part Two
Write a statement (maximum 3000 characters, spaces included) in which you tell us anything else that you would like us to know about you (background, experience, aspirations, special circumstances, etc.) when evaluating your candidacy for admission to our BA program.

Please be sure to indicate clearly in your letter which of our two BA programs you are applying to. If you wish to apply to both BA programs, you must submit a separate Application Letter for each application, and it should be made clear, in each letter, how that program relates to your learning goals.

Technical guidelines:

  • Both Part One and Part Two should be submitted together as a single PDF file. 
  • Your Application Letter should be formatted in 12pt Times New Roman font, double-spaced, with 1” margins.
  • Your letter must be written in your own words, without the assistance of Generative AI software, such as ChatGPT.
  • You are not required to cite any additional sources, but you are free to do so if you wish. In such cases, however, you are expected to use a standard academic citation method (e,g. MLA, APA, or Chicago), which includes providing a list of the references you cite at the end of your letter, with the full bibliographic details formatted according to your chosen citation method. This list of cited references will not be counted as part of your 4000 character limit.
  • Use a running header for the entire document using the same name as on your application (last name, first name), the submission date (MM/DD/YY), and consecutive page numbering (bottom right, including page 1).
  • Your PDF should be named: Lastname_Firstname_comsapp.pdf (for the BA in Communication Studies program) or Lastname_Firstname_comscultapp.pdf (for the BA in Communication & Cultural Studies program), using your own last and first name in the file name.

Applications must be completed and submitted online by March 1, 2024 at 11:59 p.m., including the Application Letter, uploaded as one PDF. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered for admission.

Please contact the Undergraduate Programs Assistant if you still have questions.

  1. What’s changed this year?
    We have made significant changes to our application process from previous years. Please read all the information available under the Additional Admission Requirements Details tab.
  2. Do you conduct interviews and/or examine student portfolios as part of the admissions process?
    No, we no longer examine portfolios and we no longer conduct interviews for admission to our BA programs. The only documents we will read to determine your admission are your transcripts and your Application Letter. Please read the application instructions under the Additional Admission Requirements Details tab.
  3. Do you require academic assessment forms or letters of reference?
    No, we no longer use assessment forms and we do not evaluate letters of reference as part of our admissions process. Please do not arrange to send unsolicited letters in support of your application; we will not be able to consider them when evaluating your candidacy. The only documents we will read to determine your admission are your transcripts and your Application Letter. Please read the application instructions under the Additional Admission Requirements Details tab.
  4. Where do I send my application package?
    All applications must be submitted via the University’s online application system. We cannot accept applications by any other means. Please look for the "Apply Now" button on the top right side of the website.
  5. What is the application deadline?
    March 1, 2024, at 11.59 p.m. Late applications cannot be considered under any circumstances. The department will not evaluate incomplete applications, so you must make sure your application is complete before the deadline.
  6. How (and when) will I learn whether my application was successful?
    In March, immediately after the deadline, the Department will begin reviewing all completed applications. Successful applicants will be recommended for admission to Concordia’s Admissions Team. That unit will further review your file to confirm your eligibility to study at Concordia, and then will send you an official notification of the university’s decision. Please know that our admissions decisions are taken very carefully, in consultation with multiple parties; several factors shape how quickly we will be able to communicate a final decision about your application. We thank you for your patience during this process.
  7. If I am a CEGEP student, what transcripts are required for my application?
    CEGEP applicants must provide their permanent code on the online application so that the University can obtain their official transcripts (in-progress and final) from the Conférence des recteurs et des principaux des universités du Québec (CRÉPUQ) as soon as they are available.
  8. If I am an out-of-province student, what transcripts are required for my application?
    Out of province students are required to submit a copy of their Grade 11 and 12 marks as a part of their online application.
  9. If I am a mature student, what transcripts are required for my application?
    Mature students are required to submit a copy of their most recent academic records.
  10. Can I defer my admission if I am accepted to study in the Department of Communication Studies?
    No, the Department of Communication Studies cannot defer your offer of admission. If you are unable to commence your studies in September, you will need to re-apply in order to be considered for admission in the following September. We do not offer January admission to our BA programs.
  11. Can I complete this degree if I am working full-time?
    All of the core courses (and most of the elective courses) in Communication Studies are offered only during the day. Applicants who have flexible work schedules may be able to complete this degree, but it will not be possible to only attend courses in the evening and complete this program.
  12. Is there a minor in BA Communication & Cultural Studies?
    No, we do not offer a minor in the BA Communication & Cultural Studies program. If you are taking the Major in Communication & Cultural Studies, it is possible to take a major or minor in another program (e.g., in Human Relations, Fine Arts, Languages, etc)., while pursuing your BA in our department.

Please contact the Undergraduate Programs Assistant if you still have questions.

Minimum cut-off averages should be used as indicators. The cut-off data may change depending on the applicant pool. Applicants who meet the stated minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission to these programs.

Application deadlines

Fall term


March 1 is the deadline to apply for fall term entry. International students are encouraged to apply by February 1 to allow sufficient time for CAQ and study permit application processing.

Late applications will be considered if places are still available. Please check program availability for the term, before you start your application.

Winter term


Admission to this program is available for the Fall Term only.

We reserve the right to close admission to a program at any time after the official deadline without prior notice.

After your degree

Our programs open up many career paths in the media arts and cultural industries, such as entry-level positions in:

  • Film, television, radio, animation, social media
  • Publishing and professional writing
  • Independent arts organizations (galleries, film co-ops, festivals, arts spaces, etc)
  • Media and communications policy consulting/analysis
  • Advertising, marketing, design and public relations
  • NGOs, eg humanitarian and environmental organizations
  • And – advanced studies at the graduate level

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