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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.
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.
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.
This program is available for Fall admission only.
Choose one of the following:
For Fall 2023 admissions to both BA programs in the Department of Communication Studies, all the supporting documents (essay and academic assessments) for your application must be submitted online. Upload your short essay as one PDF file. You can also upload important documents for your applicartion by logging in to the Student Hub and going to My CU Account.
When uploading, be sure to use the correct BA program name in the drop-down menu: Communication Studies Dossier or Communication & Cultural Studies Dossier.
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.)
BA Communication Studies and BA Communication & Cultural Studies applications should comprise the following supporting documents:
SHORT ESSAY (as one PDF)
This year’s essay question is in two parts. Your response must of course be your own original work. Each part is designed to give you the opportunity to demonstrate your critical thinking skills, your ability to express your ideas clearly, and your particular motivation for joining either the BA Communication Studies program or the BA Communication & Cultural Studies program. (If you're not sure of the differences between them, please read up before going any further!). Take careful note of all the guidelines in terms of formatting, file type, and file naming. Good luck!
Write a response to TWO of the following THREE questions. Each response must be no longer than 4000 characters, spaces included. We suggest reviewing the links provided for all three questions before deciding which two you will answer.
If you haven’t already done so, please review the undergraduate courses we offer in the department and some of the research interests of our professors and explore.concordia.ca. Then write a short statement (maximum 4000 characters, spaces included) telling us why you believe one of our two programs (BA Communication Studies or BA Communication & Cultural Studies) would be a particularly good fit for you personally.
This statement is also your opportunity to mention any aspects of your background (academic and/or non-academic) that you would like us to take into consideration when evaluating your candidacy.
Short Essay both parts and any references you want to add; 12pt Times New Roman font, double-spaced; any recognized citation style (eg MLA, APA, Chicago); list of references at the end, using same citation style.
Use a running head for the entire document using the same name as on your application (last name, first name), the date (MM/DD/YY), and consecutive page numbering (bottom right, including page 1).
Export as a PDF named: Lastname_Firstname_comsapp.pdf
(using your own last and first name)
NB If you’re applying to both programs you may submit the same essay for both. However, since the BA Communication Studies is the only one of the two programs that includes production courses, you might want to reflect that in your essay. In other words, if you state that you are especially interested in making media, you'll need to make it clear why you also wish to be considered for the BA Communication & Cultural Studies.
ACADEMIC ASSESSMENT FORMS
To supplement the essay, two Academic Assessment forms must be completed and successfully submitted. Former or current teachers should complete this form and email it as an attachment from their work email account directly to email@example.com. The subject line must be just the last name and first name of the applicant.
It is up to the applicant to ensure that both of their referees have sent their Academic Assessment forms by email to the correct address by the deadline. The Department of Communication Studies will not be contacting applicants if these documents are missing. Academic Assessment forms correctly submitted and received via email will be visible to the applicant (but not readable) usually within 24 hours of receipt. If both Academic Assessment forms are missing from the application at 11:59 p.m. on March 1, 2023, the applicant will be automatically disqualified from consideration for both BA programs in the Department of Communication Studies. (If only one Academic Assessment form has been received, the maximum possible score for this factor will be halved.)
Academic Assessment forms must be sent to the email address above. The Department of Communication Studies no longer accepts these forms by mail and, if received via mail, they will not be forwarded to Admissions or evaluated directly.
The Academic Assessment form is available in English and en Français.
Applications must be completed and submitted online by March 1, 2023 at 11:59 p.m., including receipt of all supporting documents: Short Essay in three parts uploaded as one PDF, plus two emailed Academic Assessment Forms.
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.
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.
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.
Our programs open up many career paths in the media arts and cultural industries, such as entry-level positions in:
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