Communication and Media Studies

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The Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies (BCoMS) gives you the knowledge and tools you need to understand the media environment and make your voice heard.

Program Details

Media and communications are essential to organizations, workplaces and social movements today. The Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies (B.CoMS) features an academic curriculum focused on pressing social issues.

Foundations for Success

Core classes provide a strong understanding of media institutions, technologies and policies. As a BCoMS student, you will develop the critical thinking, research and communication skills to be an informed and effective user of media in your professional life and as a citizen. You’ll develop transferable knowledge and skills to launch your career through experiential learning, community-engaged courses and hands-on media practice workshops like digital media production, social media analytics, speechwriting, public engagement and event management.

Tailor Your Program

We offer a broad range of courses on topics ranging from urgent social issues like public health, climate change and digital disinformation to the past, present and future of the media technologies you encounter every day. You can further customize your Honours degree by adding the Certificate in Science Communication or a minor.

Work Experience

A Co-op option is available. Co-op is the opportunity to get a head start on a career. Co-op work terms allow for the development of key employability skills, exploration of career options and graduation with tangible, workplace experience. You might also consider the opportunity to work closely with a faculty member on an independent research project, or go on an international exchange.

Exceptional Resources and Student Life
The BCoMS program is a vibrant community for you to develop personally, academically and professionally. Join the student-led Carleton Communications Society to make friends and connect with future colleagues. Take advantage of opportunities across campus and in the community. Our prime location in the nation’s capital puts you at the centre of decision-making about Canada’s communications and media landscape.

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Career Outcomes

Explore your passions, refine new skills and discover the career that’s right for you.

Communication and Media Studies graduates thrive in careers as communication strategists and advisors in government, NGOs and corporations; market researchers; media industry policy analysts; entrepreneurs and more!

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Sample Courses

COMS 1001 - Foundations in Communication and Media Studies

An exploration of past and present media, patterns of change, and key approaches to their study.

COMS 4001 - Sport and/as Media

A critical exploration of the culture and political economy of sport including cultural norms and questions of representation in and around sports across an array of media.

Visit the Undergraduate Calendar to view a comprehensive list of course offerings for this program and discover the exciting things Carleton students are learning in the classroom!

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In Communication and Media Studies, you have so many choices to combine your personal interests with things that you’ve never even heard of or thought you’d be interested in before. It’s really cool to get that bigger perspective. Like science for example — I knew I always had a knack for biology and environmental sustainability, but I never thought I'd be able to add it to my university studies, especially through a communications and media framework.

Imani, Communication and Media Studies student
Communication and Media Studies student