Communication Studies

General Information

The University of New Brunswick at Saint John offers a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies (COMS), a Double Major in COMS, and a Minor in COMS. The COMS program seeks to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the social, political, economic and cultural impact of information and communication technologies and practices. As an interdisciplinary Arts program based in the tradition of the social sciences and humanities, the COMS approach combines theoretical, historical, empirical, and practical study, with an emphasis on emerging media of communication, information gathering and distribution. Course offerings are grouped into three primary areas: Media and Culture; Technology and Communication Practices; and Information Gathering, Governance and Policy. These areas of concentration, combined with the interdisciplinary organization of the program, provide students with broad exposure to a variety of perspectives in communication studies.

Major

Students are eligible to declare an COMS Major during the session in which they will complete 20 term-courses towards a Bachelor of Arts degree. To graduate with a Major in COMS, students must complete 15 term-courses (6 lower level/9 upper level) comprised of the following courses:

Lower Level: 6 term-courses
COMS 1001   History of Communication
COMS 1002   Foundations of Communication Studies
COMS 2001   Transformations in Media
SOCI 2251 Film and Society
COMS 2102   Media Living: Media in Everyday Life
AND
One term-course selected from the following:
COMS 2101 Popular Music, Culture and Communication
COMS 2103 Understanding Comics and Manga

Upper Level: 9 term-courses
COMS 3001 Theories of Communication
COMS 3003 Electronic Research
OR an upper-level research methods course approved by the COMS co-ordinator
AND
1 term-course selected from the following:
SOCI 4503 Research Seminar in Popular Culture, OR
COMS 4001 Research Seminar in Communications Studies, OR 
COMS 4101 Advanced Topics in Communications Studies
AND
2 term-courses at the- 3000/4000 level in COMS from the “COMS-eligible” list
4 term-courses of 3000/4000 electives from the “COMS-eligible” list [See Notes 1 & 2]
No grade lower than a C in an COMS course or an COMS eligible elective will count for credit towards a Majors degree in COMS.

NOTES:

  1. The list of current COMS-eligible courses is updated annually, and is posted each spring on the COMS website:http://www.unb.ca/academics/programs/arts/information-and-communication-studies.html. Students seeking credit for courses not on this list must have written approval from the COMS Coordinator prior to enrolling in the course.
  2. COMS students are responsible for ensuring they have completed appropriate pre-requisites for their COMS-eligible electives.

Double Major

Students are eligible to declare an COMS Double Major during the session in which they will complete 20 term-courses towards a Bachelor of Arts degree. To graduate with a Double Major in COMS, students must complete 12 term-courses (5 lower level/7 upper level) comprised of the following courses:

Lower Level: 5 term-courses
COMS 1002 Foundations of Communication Studies
COMS 2001 Transformations in Media
SOCI 2251 Film and Society
COMS 2102 Media Living: Media in Everyday Life
AND
One term-course selected from the following:
COMS 2101 Popular Music, Culture and Communication
COMS 2103 Understanding Comics and Manga

Upper Level: 7 term-courses
COMS 3001 Theories of Communication
COMS 3003 Electronic Research
OR an upper-level research methods course approved by the COMS co-ordinator
AND
1 term-course selected from the following:
SOCI 4503 Research Seminar in Popular Culture, OR
COMS 4001 Research Seminar in Communications Studies; OR
COMS 4101 Advanced Topics in Communications Studies
AND
4 term-courses of 3000/4000 electives from the “COMS-eligible” list [See Notes 1 & 2]
No grade lower than a C in an COMScourse or an COMSeligible elective will count for credit towards a Majors degree in COMS.

NOTES:

  1. The list of current COMS-eligible courses is updated annually, and is posted each spring on the COMSwebsite: http://www.unbsj.ca/arts/ICS. Students seeking credit for courses not on this list must have written approval from the COMSCoordinator prior to enrolling in the course.
  2. ICS students are responsible for ensuring they have completed appropriate pre-requisites for their COMS-eligible electives.

NOTE: Upper division courses count for credit in ONE major field only (e.g., SOCI 4503 credit assigned to an COMS Double Major will not be counted for credit towards a Sociology Major or Double Major, or vice-versa)

Minor

Students are eligible to declare an COMS Minor during the session in which they will complete 20 term-courses towards a Bachelor of Arts degree. To graduate with a Minor in COMS, students must complete 8 term-courses (5 lower level/3 upper level) comprised of the following courses:

Lower Level: 5 term-courses
COMS 1002 Foundations of Communication Studies
COMS 2001 Transformations in Media
SOCI 2251 Film and Society
COMS 2102 Media Living: Media in Everyday Life
AND
One term-course selected from the following:
COMS 2101 Popular Music, Culture and Communication
COMS 2103 Understanding Comics and Manga

Upper Level: 3 term-courses
COMS 3001 Theories of Communication
COMS 3003 Electronic Research
OR an upper-level research methods course approved by the COMS co-ordinator
AND
1 term-course of a 3000/4000 elective from the “COMS-eligible” list [See Notes 1 & 2]
No grade lower than a C in an COMS course or an COMS eligible elective will count for credit towards a Minor in COMS.

NOTES:

  1. The list of current COMS-eligible courses is updated annually, and is posted each spring on the COMS website: http://www.unb.ca/academics/programs/arts/information-and-communication-studies.htmlStudents seeking credit for courses not on this list must have written approval from the COMS Coordinator prior to enrolling in the course.
  2. COMS students are responsible for ensuring they have completed appropriate pre-requisites for their COMS-eligible electives.