Regulations effective September 1, 2015.
The Bachelor of Professional Arts Communication Studies major is offered by Athabasca University’s Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies. The program encourages students to apply their professional knowledge within a national and international context of mass media and communication.
The BPA Communication Studies major is available to:
Coursework and credentials must have been obtained from a college, university, or institute of technology approved by Athabasca University. Individuals who have questions about the eligibility of their previous education for admission are strongly encouraged to contact the program coordinator.
Some students may qualify for
To learn more about PLAR opportunities within the Communication Studies program, please contact your program coordinator or the Centre for Learning Accreditation.
In addition to completing BPA Communication Studies major through online and distance learning, students may have the option to take courses in a classroom setting. Contact your program coordinator for a listing of grouped study courses.
The common core courses may be taken at any time; however, students are encouraged to complete the common core courses early in their program. The common core addresses skills and knowledge that will help students succeed with the remaining degree requirements.
Program Learning Outcomes
Athabasca University has developed program learning outcomes that describe the career options that may be available to you upon graduating. For more information regarding this major, contact the program coordinator.
Bachelor of Professional Arts program
|Common Core credits||12|
|Major Courses credits||30|
|Residency requirement. A minimum of 30 credits must be obtained through Athabasca University.||30|
|Graduation with Distinction or Great Distinction. At least 24 credits must be obtained through Athabasca University in order to be considered.||24|
|Maximum Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) credits||*see Prior Learning above|
Major Courses (30 credits)
Required Major Courses (9 credits)
|CMNS 301||Communication Theory and Analysis||(3)|
|CMNS 302||Communication in History||(3)|
|CMNS 401||Cultural Policy in Canada||(3)|
And 21 credits selected from the following list*
(minimum of 12 credits at the 400 level).
*Note: Students may use any CMNS course to meet the 21 credits required in this area.
|CMNS 201||Introduction to Mass Media||(3)|
|CMNS 202/POLI 291||Media and Power in Canadian Society||(3)|
|CMNS 308||Understanding Statistical Evidence||(3)|
|CMNS 311||Mass Media and the Law||(3)|
|CMNS 315||Understanding Media Literacy: Inside Plato’s Cave||(3)|
|CMNS 321||Computing in Everyday Life||(3)|
|CMNS 333||Research Methods in Communication Studies||(3)|
|CMNS 358||Popular Culture and the Media||(3)|
|CMNS 380||Corporate Communication||(3)|
|CMNS 385/SOCI 378||Social Problems and Social Movements||(3)|
|CMNS 402||Global Communication||(3)|
|CMNS 419||Digital Storytelling||(3)|
|CMNS 420||Topics in Communication: Children and Media||(3)|
|CMNS 421||Being Online||(3)|
|CMNS 423||The Television Age||(3)|
|CMNS 425||Film and Genre||(3)|
|CMNS 444||Media Relations||(3)|
|CMNS 445||Directed Readings in Communication Studies||(3)|
|CMNS 455||Media Ethics||(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)|
|A senior research methods course, e.g., SOSC 366 Research Methods in the Social Sciences||(3)|
Options (18 credits)
18 credits from any discipline (a maximum of three credits allowed at the junior (200) level).
Information effective Sept. 1, 2015 to Aug. 31, 2016.
Updated December 19 2018 by laurab
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