Bachelor of Communication Studies Program Requirements

  • Intakes: Campus Terms Full/Part Time
      North Vancouver Fall Both
      North Vancouver Spring Both

    Students starting in their baccalaureate degree on or after Fall 2018 and graduating on or after June 2022 must meet Cap Core graduation requirements in addition to their program requirements.

    First Year   Course Credits Required Credits
    Credits 30.00
    Required: 15.00
    CMNS 112 Introduction to Communication Studies 3.00  
    CMNS 132 Explorations in Mass Media 3.00  
    CMNS 185 Presentation Skills for Public Speaking 3.00  
    CMNS 190 Writing for Popular Media 3.00  
    ENGL 100 University Writing Strategies 3.00  
    Choose 15.00 credits of electives: 15.00
    See Elective list below 15.00  
    Second Year   Course Credits Required Credits
    Credits 30.00
    Required: 3.00
    CMNS 220 Advanced Business Writing and Editing 3.00  
    Choose 3.00 credits from the following list: 3.00
    CMNS 261 Interpreting Communication Documents 3.00  
    CMNS 262 Qualitative Research Methods in Communication Studies 3.00  
    Choose 15.00 credits from the following list: 15.00
    CMNS 209 History of Media 3.00  
    CMNS 222 Communication and Ideology 3.00  
    CMNS 231 Cultural Industries in Canada 3.00  
    CMNS 235 Understanding News 3.00  
    CMNS 236 Understanding Television 3.00  
    CMNS 241 Software for Magazine Publishing 3.00  
    CMNS 253 Society and Digital Media 3.00  
    CMNS 255 Interpersonal Communication 3.00  
    CMNS 270 Visual Communication 3.00  
    CMNS 285 Advanced Presentation Skills 3.00  
    CMNS 295 The Culture of Advertising 3.00  
    Choose 9.00 credits of electives: 9.00
    See Elective list below 9.00  
    Third Year   Course Credits Required Credits
    Credits 30.00
    Required: 6.00
    BADM 318 Project Management 3.00  
    CMNS 360 Strategic Communication 3.00  
    Choose 3.00 credits from the following list: 3.00
    CMNS 261 Interpreting Communication Documents 3.00  
    CMNS 262 Qualitative Research Methods in Communication Studies 3.00  
    Choose 9.00 credits from the following list: 9.00
    CMNS 322 Videogames: Culture, Theory and Criticism 3.00  
    CMNS 330 Communication Ethics 3.00  
    CMNS 331 Communication Policy and Law 3.00  
    CMNS 333 Conflict and Communication 3.00  
    CMNS 351 Editing for Popular Media 3.00  
    CMNS 352 Organizational Communication 3.00  
    CMNS 353 Technology and Everyday Life 3.00  
    CMNS 355 Intercultural Communication 3.00  
    CMNS 370 Photography as Communication: Fact and Fiction 3.00  
    CMNS 371 Foundations of Design, Layout and Production for Magazines 3.00  
    CMNS 380 Applied Cultural Criticism 3.00  
    CMNS 390 Publishing for the 21st Century 3.00  
    CMNS 395 Public and Media Relations 3.00  
    Choose 3.00 credits from the following list: 3.00
    CMNS 412 Special Topics in Communication Studies 3.00  
    CMNS 431 Project Group Communication Policy and Law 3.00  
    CMNS 433 Project Group in Risk and Crisis Communication 3.00  
    CMNS 453 Project Group in Communication and New Media 3.00  
    CMNS 490 Project Group in Publishing 3.00  
    CMNS 495 Project Group in Media Campaigns 3.00  
    Choose 9.00 credits of electives: 9.00
    See Elective list below 9.00  
    Fourth Year   Course Credits Required Credits
    Credits 30.00
    Choose 3.00 credits from the following list: 3.00
    CMNS 322 Videogames: Culture, Theory and Criticism 3.00  
    CMNS 330 Communication Ethics 3.00  
    CMNS 331 Communication Policy and Law 3.00  
    CMNS 333 Conflict and Communication 3.00  
    CMNS 351 Editing for Popular Media 3.00  
    CMNS 352 Organizational Communication 3.00  
    CMNS 353 Technology and Everyday Life 3.00  
    CMNS 355 Intercultural Communication 3.00  
    CMNS 370 Photography as Communication: Fact and Fiction 3.00  
    CMNS 371 Foundations of Design, Layout and Production for Magazines 3.00  
    CMNS 380 Applied Cultural Criticism 3.00  
    CMNS 390 Publishing for the 21st Century 3.00  
    CMNS 395 Public and Media Relations 3.00  
    Choose 6.00 credits from the following list: 6.00
    Note: CMNS 462 is the prerequisite for CMNS 499.
    CMNS 412 Special Topics in Communication Studies 3.00  
    CMNS 431 Project Group Communication Policy and Law 3.00  
    CMNS 433 Project Group in Risk and Crisis Communication 3.00  
    CMNS 453 Project Group in Communication and New Media 3.00  
    CMNS 462 Advanced Communication Research Practice 3.00  
    CMNS 490 Project Group in Publishing 3.00  
    CMNS 495 Project Group in Media Campaigns 3.00  
    CMNS 499 Undergraduate Thesis 3.00  
    Choose 6.00 credits from the following list: 6.00
    Note: Students choosing to take CMNS 499 must have completed CMNS 462 as a prerequisite and are required to complete one additional 400-level CMNS elective course from the above list to meet the total program credit requirements.
    CMNS 462 Advanced Communication Research Practice 3.00  
    CMNS 498 Communication Practicum 6.00  
    CMNS 499 Undergraduate Thesis 3.00  
    Choose 15.00 credits of electives: 15.00
    See Elective list below 15.00  
    Electives   Course Credits Required Credits
    Credits 0.00
    Total Program Credits 120.00
    Choose from the following list: 0.00
    42 elective credits, no more than 18 of which are to come from any single subject area and at least 12 of which must be upper level credits. Students must take a minimum of 3 credits designated as Quantitative/Analytical.
    6 credits of a single foreign language
    Note: The language requirement can be satisfied in a number of ways:
    1. Successful completion of a grade 12 course with a minimum B grade in an approved language other than English while at secondary school; or
    2. Successful completion of a secondary immersion program or secondary school at an institution at which the primary language of instruction is not English; or
    3. Successful completion of a post-secondary credential awarded by an institution at which the primary language of instruction is not English; or
    4. Successful completion of 6.00 credits of post-secondary language courses in a single language other than English; or
    5. Successful completion of EAP 100 or EAP 101 and 3.00 credits of lower level Arts & Science courses
    Note: Only one of EAP 100 or EAP 101 to a maximum of 3.00 credits can be used as credit towards the Bachelor of Communication Studies.
    Note: Students who fulfill the language requirement with options 1, 2 or 3 will be required to take 6.00 credits of 100- or 200-level courses in place of the language requirement credits.

    For the official publication of programs, course descriptions and admission requirements please view the Capilano University Calendar.