Bachelor of Communication Studies Degree

Business & Professional Studies, School of Communication

Credential
Bachelor

Program Highlights

Capilano University's Bachelor of Communication Studies fuses theory and practice in a project-based curriculum in various areas of strategic communication.

Students develop expertise in:

  • public and media relations
  • publishing and cultural criticism
  • negotiation, mediation and crisis communication
  • communication policy and law
  • organisational, interpersonal and intercultural communication
  • visual communication and photojournalism.

Learn critical approaches to media, communication and culture, together with applied skills in writing, editing and public speaking.

  • Identify, evaluate and apply major theoretical traditions in communication studies
  • Assess and explain the development of communication media, practices and industries
  • Demonstrate critical media literacy as both producers and consumers of communication
  • Employ basic research methods for projects in communication and media studies
  • Analyse the perspectives from which diverse stakeholders engage in communication

Intakes

Campus Terms Full/Part Time
North Vancouver Fall Both
North Vancouver Spring Both

Tuition and Fees Per Year

Domestic Students
Year Tuition Fees Total
Year 1$3,908 $1,091 $4,999
Year 2$3,908 $1,091 $4,999
Year 3$4,768 $1,091 $5,860
Year 4$4,625 $1,091 $5,716
Total$17,209 $4,365 $21,573

Program Requirements and Outlines

First Year

Required:
CMNS 112 Intro Communication Studies 3.00 credits
CMNS 132 Explorations in Mass Media 3.00 credits
CMNS 185 Public Speaking 3.00 credits
CMNS 190 Article Writing 3.00 credits
ENGL 100 Academic Writing Strategies 3.00 credits

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Choose 15.00 credits of electives:

See Elective list below


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First Year Credits Required 30.00

Second Year

Required:
CMNS 220 Adv Business Writing & Editing 3.00 credits
Choose 3.00 credits from the following list:
CMNS 261 Interpreting CMNS Documents 3.00 credits
CMNS 262 Communications Research 3.00 credits
Choose 15.00 credits from the following list:
CMNS 209 History of Media 3.00 credits
CMNS 222 Communication and Ideology 3.00 credits
CMNS 231 Cultural Industries in Canada 3.00 credits
CMNS 235 Understanding News 3.00 credits
CMNS 236 Understanding Television 3.00 credits
CMNS 241 Software for Magazines 3.00 credits
CMNS 253 Society and Digital Media 3.00 credits
CMNS 255 Interpersonal Communication 3.00 credits
CMNS 270 Visual Communication 3.00 credits
CMNS 285 Advanced Presentation Skills 3.00 credits
CMNS 295 The Culture of Advertising 3.00 credits

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Second Year Credits Required 30.00

Third Year

Required:
BADM 318 Project Management 3.00 credits
CMNS 360 Corporate Communications 3.00 credits
Choose 3.00 credits from the following list:
CMNS 261 Interpreting CMNS Documents 3.00 credits
CMNS 262 Communications Research 3.00 credits
Choose 9.00 credits from the following list:
CMNS 322 Videogame Culture 3.00 credits
CMNS 330 Communication Ethics 3.00 credits
CMNS 331 Communication Policy and Law 3.00 credits
CMNS 333 Conflict and Communication 3.00 credits
CMNS 351 Editing for Popular Media 3.00 credits
CMNS 352 Organizational Communication 3.00 credits
CMNS 353 Technology and Everyday Life 3.00 credits
CMNS 355 Intercultural Communication 3.00 credits
CMNS 370 Photography as Communication 3.00 credits
CMNS 371 Design for Magazines 3.00 credits
CMNS 380 Applied Cultural Criticism 3.00 credits
CMNS 390 Publishing for the 21 Century 3.00 credits
CMNS 395 Public and Media Relations 3.00 credits
Choose 3.00 credits from the following list:
CMNS 412 Special Topics in CMNS 3.00 credits
CMNS 431 Project Group in CMNS Policy 3.00 credits
CMNS 433 Project Group in Crisis CMNS 3.00 credits
CMNS 453 Project Group in New Media 3.00 credits
CMNS 490 Project Group in Publishing 3.00 credits
CMNS 495 Media Campaigns 3.00 credits

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Third Year Credits Required 30.00

Fourth Year

Choose 3.00 credits from the following list:
CMNS 322 Videogame Culture 3.00 credits
CMNS 330 Communication Ethics 3.00 credits
CMNS 331 Communication Policy and Law 3.00 credits
CMNS 333 Conflict and Communication 3.00 credits
CMNS 351 Editing for Popular Media 3.00 credits
CMNS 352 Organizational Communication 3.00 credits
CMNS 353 Technology and Everyday Life 3.00 credits
CMNS 355 Intercultural Communication 3.00 credits
CMNS 370 Photography as Communication 3.00 credits
CMNS 371 Design for Magazines 3.00 credits
CMNS 380 Applied Cultural Criticism 3.00 credits
CMNS 390 Publishing for the 21 Century 3.00 credits
CMNS 395 Public and Media Relations 3.00 credits
Choose 6.00 credits from the following list:

Note: CMNS 462 is the prerequisite for CMNS 499.

CMNS 412 Special Topics in CMNS 3.00 credits
CMNS 431 Project Group in CMNS Policy 3.00 credits
CMNS 433 Project Group in Crisis CMNS 3.00 credits
CMNS 453 Project Group in New Media 3.00 credits
CMNS 462 Adv. Communication Research 3.00 credits
CMNS 490 Project Group in Publishing 3.00 credits
CMNS 495 Media Campaigns 3.00 credits
CMNS 499 Undergraduate Thesis 3.00 credits
Choose 6.00 credits from the following list:

Note: Students choosing to take CMNS 499 must have completed CMNS 462 as a prerequisite and are required to complete one additional 400-level CMNS elective course from the above list to meet the total program credit requirements.

CMNS 462 Adv. Communication Research 3.00 credits
CMNS 498 Communication Internship 6.00 credits
CMNS 499 Undergraduate Thesis 3.00 credits

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Fourth Year Credits Required 30.00

Electives


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42 elective credits, no more than 18 of which are to come from any single subject area and at least 12 of which must be upper level credits. Students must take a minimum of 3 credits designated as Quantitative/Analytical.

 

6 credits of a single foreign language

 

Note: The language requirement can be satisfied in a number of ways:

 

1. Successful completion of a grade 12 course with a minimum B grade in an approved language other than English while at secondary school; or

 

2. Successful completion of a secondary immersion program or secondary school at an institution at which the primary language of instruction is not English; or

 

3. Successful completion of a post-secondary credential awarded by an institution at which the primary language of instruction is not English; or

 

4. Successful completion of 6.00 credits of post-secondary language courses in a single language other than English; or

 

5. Successful completion of EAP 100 or EAP 101 and 3.00 credits of lower level Arts & Science courses

 

 

Note: Only one of EAP 100 or EAP 101 to a maximum of 3.00 credits can be used as credit towards the Bachelor of Communication Studies.

 

Note: Students who fulfill the language requirement with options 1, 2 or 3 will be required to take 6.00 credits of 100- or 200-level courses in place of the language requirement credits.


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Program Notes

Students starting in their baccalaureate degree on or after Fall 2018 and graduating on or after June 2022 must meet Cap Core graduation requirements in addition to their program requirements.

Important Dates

Term

Fall 2018

Application & Document Deadline

August 7

Course Registration & Waitlisting

July 9-20

Fee Payment Deadline

August 27

NOTE: Dates are subject to change.

Admission Requirements

  • BC Secondary School graduation (Grade 12) or equivalent; or Mature Student status
  • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples or equivalent with a minimum grade of "B"
  • For students with previous post-secondary experience, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 (on a scale of 4.33) or equivalent.
  • Capilano English Language Requirement for students whose primary language is not English: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): paper=560, internet=83, or English Language Assessment (ELA)=145, or International English Language Testing System (Academic IELTS)=6.5 overall, and no one score less than 6, or Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL)=70, or Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic)=56 or Capilano University EAP 100 and 101 with a minimum B+ grade in each course.
  • A letter of intent and resume must be submitted by all students with previous post-secondary experience, and may be requested of other applicants.

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Contact

Have questions about this program? Get in touch with an admissions advisor.

Student Information Services

Admissions Advisor
604 984 4900
604 984 1798 (fax)
Birch Building, room BR230
capuinfo@capilanou.ca

School of Communication


604 990 7939
cmns@capilanou.ca