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Bachelor of Professional Arts
Communication Studies Major
Regulations effective September 1, 2004
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 two-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 or a maximum of 30 PLAR credits may be awarded towards the remaining credits in the program.

Athabasca University has developed program learning outcomes that describe the career options that may be available to you upon graduating.

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)

*Note: Students may use any CMNS course to meet the 21 credits required in this area. (Added Nov/09, retroactive to Sept. 1, 2004)

CMNS 308 Understanding Statistical Evidence (3)
CMNS 311 Mass Media and the Law (3)
CMNS 321 Computers and Human Experience (3)
CMNS 358 Popular Culture and the Media (3)
CMNS 370/371 Individual / Group Projects (3)
CMNS 380 Corporate Communication (3)
CMNS 385 Media Construction of Social Movements and Issues (3)
CMNS 401 Cultural Policy in Canada (3)
CMNS 402 International Media Systems I —The Americas (3)
CMNS 410 Audience Effects Research (3)
CMNS 419 Digital Storytelling (3)
CMNS 420 Children and Media (3)
CMNS 421 Personal Implications of the Internet (3)
CMNS 423 The Television Age (3)
CMNS 425 Film and Genre (3)
CMNS 445 Directed Readings in Communication Studies (3)
CMNS 450/451 Individual / Group Projects (3)
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 three credits allowed at the junior (200) level).


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