Undergraduate Programs
Bachelor of Professional Arts
Communication Studies Major
Regulations effective September 1, 2003
The Bachelor of Professional Arts Communication Studies Major is offered by Athabasca University's Centre for State and Legal Studies.

The program allows students to apply their knowledge within a national and international context of mass media and communication. The Bachelor of Professional Arts (Communication Studies) is available to students who have completed an approved 2-year communications-related diploma (e.g., public relations, advertising, journalism, multi-media, broadcasting, library and information studies, legal assistant, and marketing) or equivalent. Students may either apply for prior learning assessment credits in this program or discuss an academic assessment with the program coordinator.

For general information regarding the Communication Studies major, contact the program advisor.

The common core courses may be taken at any time. Students are encouraged to complete the common core courses early in their program. The common core address skills and knowledge that will help students succeed with the remaining degree requirements.

A maximum of 60 credits may be awarded towards the admission requirements for this program through portfolio assessment by the Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) office. A maximum of 30 PLAR credits may be awarded towards the remaining credits in the program.

Students must complete the following degree requirements:

  Degree Requirements  
  Total credits in the program 120
  College diploma transfer (enrolment requirement) 60
  Minimum Credits Required beyond the College Diploma  
  Core courses 12
  Major and elective courses 48
  Total 60
  Within the Degree Students are Required to Earn for Degree Completion  
  Senior (300 or 400) level 48
  400 level 18
  Through AU (residency) 30
  Maximum Credits Allowed  
  At the junior (200) level 12
  Communication Studies Major Requirements  
  Common core 12
  Major courses 27
  Electives 21
  Max. Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) credits 30
  Major Courses (27 credits)
  Required Major Courses (6 credits)  
CMNS 301 Communication Theory and Analysis (3)
CMNS 302 Communication in History (3)

And 21 credits from the following
(minimum of 12 at the 400 level)

All courses labelled CMNS

POEC 302 Introduction to Political Economy (3)
POEC 393 Canada and the Global Political Economy (3)
POLI 309 Canadian Government and Politics (3)
SOCI 435 Theories of Social Change (3)
SOSC 366 Research Methods in the Social Sciences (3)



Elective Major Courses (21 credits)

21 credits from any discipline (a maximum of 3 credits allowed at the junior (200) level).


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