Communication Studies

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Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
BA, iBA
Full-Time, Part-Time
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First-year
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About Communication Studies

Welcome to the Department of Communication Studies at York University. Our program is ranked as one of the top 6 in Canada according to QS World University Ranking system.

In today’s media-centric and technologically saturated environment, knowledge of communication is essential for both professional and everyday life. We teach students to question, analyze and creatively reflect on the wide range of media systems and communication technologies that permeate our lives.

This includes:

  • How communication processes and information technologies can be used to profoundly shape and transform societies, from strengthening local communities to establishing global networks.
  • How culture and media are intrinsically intertwined, from the expression of identities and social relations to the circulation of ideas and the shaping of social and political values.
  • How struggles to create, define and regulate public, not-for-profit and for-profit communication systems are implicated in broader issues around citizenship, corporate power, and public accountability.

We offer an interdisciplinary and innovative approach to teaching and learning, and we provide a comprehensive curriculum that encompasses theoretical, applied and experiential learning. Our students become critical, independent, and creative thinkers able to engage with the various dimensions and complexities of communication, whether this involves creating or evaluating media content and information technologies, or addressing significant issues arising out of their production and use. Our graduates work in the communication and cultural industries sector, in the not-for-profit and advocacy sector, and in the public sector. 

Questions?

Contact us at goyork@yorku.ca 

Sample Schedule (First-year)

  • Introduction to Communications
  • Humanities or Social Science general education course
  • introductory course in a second major or minor or a course outside the major
  • Natural Science general education course
  • elective courses outside the major

Possible Career Paths

Explore what you can do with your degree
  • media creator
  • media researcher
  • social media manager
  • communications policy analyst

Internationalize your degree

The iBA degree program(s) reflect York's commitment to internationalization and requires you to acquire an international language and to gain international experience on exchange at one of York University's partner institutions abroad. You will benefit from enhanced interdisciplinary and cross-cultural knowledge, which are important components of the department's academic focus. Visit the International program page for more information.

BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

Requirements for admission:
  • Alberta High School Diploma
  • ELA30-1 or English 30
  • And four additional academic courses numbered 30 or 31
    • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

      iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

      Requirements for admission:
    • Alberta High School Diploma
    • ELA30-1 or English 30
    • And four additional academic courses numbered 30 or 31
      • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

        BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

        Requirements for admission:
      • British Columbia Secondary School Graduation Diploma
      • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
      • And four additional Grade 12 Academic subjects
        • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

          iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

          Requirements for admission:
        • British Columbia Secondary School Graduation Diploma
        • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
        • And four additional Grade 12 Academic subjects
          • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

            BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

            Requirements for admission:
          • Baccalauréat Général
              • A maximum of 30 possible transferable credits may be granted for successful completion of the Baccalauréat Général. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.

              iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

              Requirements for admission:
            • Baccalauréat Général
                • A maximum of 30 possible transferable credits may be granted for successful completion of the Baccalauréat Général. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.

                BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                Requirements for admission:
              • Successful completion of the final year of senior studies
                • Minimum overall result of “Bien/Buena/Bueno/Good” on all academic courses.
                • Some programs require a higher GPA.
                • iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                  Requirements for admission:
                • Successful completion of the final year of senior studies
                  • Minimum overall result of “Bien/Buena/Bueno/Good” on all academic courses.
                  • Some programs require a higher GPA.
                  • BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                    Requirements for admission:
                  • Diploma with a total of at least six units, including prerequisites, and grades of 1, 2 or 3 in each unit.
                    • A minimum overall average of 3 out of 7 is required. Higher grades required for certain programs.
                      • CAPE 2-unit courses, with results of 3 or better, are eligible for transfer credit, up to a maximum of 18 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.

                      iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                      Requirements for admission:
                    • Diploma with a total of at least six units, including prerequisites, and grades of 1, 2 or 3 in each unit.
                      • A minimum overall average of 3 out of 7 is required. Higher grades required for certain programs.
                        • CAPE 2-unit courses, with results of 3 or better, are eligible for transfer credit, up to a maximum of 18 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.

                        BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                        Requirements for admission:
                      • One year of CEGEP
                      • 2 semesters of English/anglais
                      • And ten additional academic courses (high-school equivalent courses not accepted)
                          • Extra courses will be assessed for transfer credit. Applicants with the DEC may be awarded up to one full year of transfer credit.
                          To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                          iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                          Requirements for admission:
                        • One year of CEGEP
                        • 2 semesters of English/anglais
                        • And ten additional academic courses (high-school equivalent courses not accepted)
                            • Extra courses will be assessed for transfer credit. Applicants with the DEC may be awarded up to one full year of transfer credit.
                            To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                            BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                            Requirements for admission:
                          • Senior Secondary School Graduation Certificate
                            • iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                              Requirements for admission:
                            • Senior Secondary School Graduation Certificate
                              • BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                Requirements for admission:
                              • Lise Diplomasi
                                • iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                  Requirements for admission:
                                • Lise Diplomasi
                                  • BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                    Requirements for admission:
                                  • General Certificate of Education (GCE) Examinations
                                      • GCE A2 examinations with results of "C" or better, are eligible for transfer credit, up to a maximum of 18 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.
                                      To gain admission to this program, minimum average of C is required.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of C.

                                      iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                      Requirements for admission:
                                    • General Certificate of Education (GCE) Examinations
                                        • GCE A2 examinations with results of "C" or better, are eligible for transfer credit, up to a maximum of 18 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.
                                        To gain admission to this program, minimum average of C is required.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of C.

                                        BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                        Requirements for admission:
                                      • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)
                                        • To gain admission to this program, successful completion of the Twelfth Year of senior studies with a minimum overall average of %cutoff.hk%/5.0 required.

                                          iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                          Requirements for admission:
                                        • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)
                                          • To gain admission to this program, successful completion of the Twelfth Year of senior studies with a minimum overall average of %cutoff.hk%/5.0 required.

                                            BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                            Requirements for admission:
                                          • International Baccalaureate Diploma
                                            • IB Diploma with passes in six subjects: three passes at the Standard-level and three passes at the Higher-level, or two passes at the Standard-level and four passes at the Higher-level
                                              • Transfer credit is granted for IB courses with Higher-level final grades of 5 or better, to a maximum of 30 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.
                                              To gain admission to this program, minimum IB diploma point scores of 28 is required.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires minimum IB diploma point scores of 28.

                                              iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                              Requirements for admission:
                                            • International Baccalaureate Diploma
                                              • IB Diploma with passes in six subjects: three passes at the Standard-level and three passes at the Higher-level, or two passes at the Standard-level and four passes at the Higher-level
                                                • Transfer credit is granted for IB courses with Higher-level final grades of 5 or better, to a maximum of 30 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.
                                                To gain admission to this program, minimum IB diploma point scores of 28 is required.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires minimum IB diploma point scores of 28.

                                                BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                Requirements for admission:
                                              • Completion of one of the following:
                                                • All-India Senior School Certificate (AISSCE)
                                                • Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC)
                                                • Indian School Certificate (ISC)
                                                • Intermediate Examination Certificate
                                                • Pre-University Examination Certificate
                                                • iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                  Requirements for admission:
                                                • Completion of one of the following:
                                                  • All-India Senior School Certificate (AISSCE)
                                                  • Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC)
                                                  • Indian School Certificate (ISC)
                                                  • Intermediate Examination Certificate
                                                  • Pre-University Examination Certificate
                                                  • BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                    Requirements for admission:
                                                  • Manitoba High School Diploma
                                                  • English 40S
                                                  • And four additional 40S level academic subjects (no more than one at the 40G level)
                                                    • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                                                      iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                      Requirements for admission:
                                                    • Manitoba High School Diploma
                                                    • English 40S
                                                    • And four additional 40S level academic subjects (no more than one at the 40G level)
                                                      • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                                                        BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                        Requirements for admission:
                                                      • New Brunswick High School Graduation Diploma
                                                      • English 120, 121 or 122
                                                      • And five additional Grade 12 academic subjects (college preparatory 120, 121 or 122)
                                                        • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                                                          iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                          Requirements for admission:
                                                        • New Brunswick High School Graduation Diploma
                                                        • English 120, 121 or 122
                                                        • And five additional Grade 12 academic subjects (college preparatory 120, 121 or 122)
                                                          • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                                                            BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                            Requirements for admission:
                                                          • Newfoundland and Labrador High School Graduation Diploma
                                                          • English 3201
                                                          • And nine additional credits at the 3000 level
                                                            • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                                                              iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                              Requirements for admission:
                                                            • Newfoundland and Labrador High School Graduation Diploma
                                                            • English 3201
                                                            • And nine additional credits at the 3000 level
                                                              • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                                                                BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                Requirements for admission:
                                                              • Nova Scotia High School Graduation Diploma
                                                              • English 12
                                                              • And four additional Grade 12 academic subjects (university preparatory academic or advanced)
                                                                • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                                                                  iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                  Requirements for admission:
                                                                • Nova Scotia High School Graduation Diploma
                                                                • English 12
                                                                • And four additional Grade 12 academic subjects (university preparatory academic or advanced)
                                                                  • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                                                                    BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                    Requirements for admission:
                                                                  • Nunavut High School Graduation Diploma
                                                                  • ELA30-1 or English 30
                                                                  • And four additional academic courses numbered 30 or 31
                                                                    • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                                                                      iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                      Requirements for admission:
                                                                    • Nunavut High School Graduation Diploma
                                                                    • ELA30-1 or English 30
                                                                    • And four additional academic courses numbered 30 or 31
                                                                      • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                                                                        BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                        Requirements for admission:
                                                                      • Northwest Territories High School Graduation Diploma
                                                                      • ELA30-1 or English 30
                                                                      • And four additional academic courses numbered 30 or 31
                                                                        • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                                                                          iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                          Requirements for admission:
                                                                        • Northwest Territories High School Graduation Diploma
                                                                        • ELA30-1 or English 30
                                                                        • And four additional academic courses numbered 30 or 31
                                                                          • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                                                                            BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                            Requirements for admission:
                                                                          • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
                                                                          • ENG4U
                                                                          • And five additional 4U or M courses
                                                                            • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.
                                                                              OUAC code YFF

                                                                              iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                              Requirements for admission:
                                                                            • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
                                                                            • ENG4U
                                                                            • And five additional 4U or M courses
                                                                              • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.
                                                                                OUAC code YFF

                                                                                BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                Requirements for admission:
                                                                              • Completion of a diploma program or at least two full semesters or one year of full-time academic study at an accredited college
                                                                              • Overall average of 3.0 or better on a 4-point scale (or equivalent)
                                                                              • iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                Requirements for admission:
                                                                              • Completion of a diploma program or at least two full semesters or one year of full-time academic study at an accredited college
                                                                              • Overall average of 3.0 or better on a 4-point scale (or equivalent)
                                                                              • BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                To be considered a mature student, you must:
                                                                              • Be at least 20 years old by the end of the calendar year of admission to the University
                                                                              • Have been out of full-time high school studies for at least two years or have returned to upgrade after a two year absence
                                                                              • Have attempted less than one full year of studies at an accredited university or college
                                                                              • Have demonstrated potential for success through academic, professional or volunteer activities and other accomplishments
                                                                              • iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                To be considered a mature student, you must:
                                                                              • Be at least 20 years old by the end of the calendar year of admission to the University
                                                                              • Have been out of full-time high school studies for at least two years or have returned to upgrade after a two year absence
                                                                              • Have attempted less than one full year of studies at an accredited university or college
                                                                              • Have demonstrated potential for success through academic, professional or volunteer activities and other accomplishments
                                                                              • BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                Requirements for admission:
                                                                              • Completion of at least four full-year courses or one year of full-time degree studies at an accredited university
                                                                              • Overall average of 2.3 or better on a 4-point scale (or equivalent)
                                                                              • iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                Requirements for admission:
                                                                              • Completion of at least four full-year courses or one year of full-time degree studies at an accredited university
                                                                              • Overall average of 2.3 or better on a 4-point scale (or equivalent)
                                                                              • BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                Requirements for admission:
                                                                              • Prince Edward Island Senior Secondary School Diploma
                                                                              • English 621
                                                                              • And four additional Grade 12 academic subjects (numbered 611 or 621)
                                                                                • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                                                                                  iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                  Requirements for admission:
                                                                                • Prince Edward Island Senior Secondary School Diploma
                                                                                • English 621
                                                                                • And four additional Grade 12 academic subjects (numbered 611 or 621)
                                                                                  • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                                                                                    BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                    Requirements for admission:
                                                                                  • Quebec Grade 12 Certificate of Graduation
                                                                                  • Grade 12 English
                                                                                  • And five additional academic (university preparation level) subjects
                                                                                    • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                                                                                      iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                      Requirements for admission:
                                                                                    • Quebec Grade 12 Certificate of Graduation
                                                                                    • Grade 12 English
                                                                                    • And five additional academic (university preparation level) subjects
                                                                                      • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                                                                                        BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                        Requirements for admission:
                                                                                      • Transcript of Secondary Level Achievement
                                                                                      • English A30 and English B30
                                                                                      • And three additional Grade 12 academic subjects numbered 30
                                                                                        • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                                                                                          iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                          Requirements for admission:
                                                                                        • Transcript of Secondary Level Achievement
                                                                                        • English A30 and English B30
                                                                                        • And three additional Grade 12 academic subjects numbered 30
                                                                                          • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                                                                                            BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                            Requirements for admission:
                                                                                          • General Secondary Education Certificate
                                                                                            • iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                              Requirements for admission:
                                                                                            • General Secondary Education Certificate
                                                                                              • BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                                Requirements for admission:
                                                                                              • High School Diploma
                                                                                                  • AP College Board examinations are eligible for transfer credit, for results of 4 or 5, up to a maximum of 30 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.

                                                                                                  iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                                  Requirements for admission:
                                                                                                • High School Diploma
                                                                                                    • AP College Board examinations are eligible for transfer credit, for results of 4 or 5, up to a maximum of 30 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.

                                                                                                    BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                                    Requirements for admission:
                                                                                                  • West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) or National Examinations Council (NECO)
                                                                                                    • iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                                      Requirements for admission:
                                                                                                    • West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) or National Examinations Council (NECO)
                                                                                                      • BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                                        Requirements for admission:
                                                                                                      • Yukon High School Diploma
                                                                                                      • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
                                                                                                      • And three additional Grade 12 Academic subjects
                                                                                                        • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                                                                                                          iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                                          Requirements for admission:
                                                                                                        • Yukon High School Diploma
                                                                                                        • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
                                                                                                        • And three additional Grade 12 Academic subjects
                                                                                                          • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.