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Welcome to the Department of Communication Studies, one of the most quickly growing departments at York University. Our approach to communication emphasizes the questioning and analysing of media and technology in their relationship to social and cultural practices and the circulation of ideas and values.

We offer an interdisciplinary program that seeks to create professionals and thinkers who can critically engage with the various dimensions of communication. Our faculty possesses diverse research interests that span an array of fields: policy, politics, international development, mass media, new media, gender and identity; and a curriculum that provides students with the theoretical and applied, as well as critical and analytical, skills necessary to engage with past and current complex communications phenomena and technologies.

Important Information

  1. Advising


Academic Advising for August 2015


August 5 :10:00 am - 12:00 pm

August 6 : 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

August 11 and 12:   10:00 am - 3:00 pm

August 19 and 20:   10:00 am - 3:00 pm

September 3 and 4:   10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Please call 416-736-5057 for an appointment during these hours. Alternatively, send an email to with your name, student number and nature of the advising that you require, and we will contact you via email. We also ask you to prepare by reading the 2015/16 COMN Calendar before you request a meeting; your question(s) may be answered there!


  1. Information about the Field Experience Course (AP/COMN 4140 6.0)

    This course is specifically designed to help students entering into their fourth year of study to gain experience in the workplace. Students have the opportunity to work in a variety of organizations including not-for-profit, for-profit, charity and community organizations. The course meets in class approximately one third of the time (in September, December, January and March), and the rest of the time work in individual placements in the GTA (8 hours/week as supervised on site). The course combines course readings with group discussions and workplace application of communication all in a collaborative and supportive learning environment. This may include media design, production, distribution and evaluation, with no previous experience necessary! Read More +-

  1. FALL 2015 - WINTER 2016 WAITLISTS

We are no longer accepting additions to our waitlists. If your name was on a waitlist for COMN Studies and you have not yet received any information regarding your status, please do not call or email the Department. Someone from the Department will contact you shortly.


Enrolment is BY APPLICATION ONLY.   This application does not guarantee admission to the course. YOU WILL BE NOTIFIED BY EMAIL OF YOUR STATUS in July. 

  1. The 2015/16 COMN Calendar is now available!

Students admitted under the old criteria (FW 2009- Summer 2012) please refer to this mini-calendar 2015/16 COMN Calendar (FORMER RULES)

IMPORTANT NOTE - Hard-copies of the current academic calender are no longer available.

  1. Students who enrolled in FALL 2014 can download new Degree Checklist by following this link:

    2014/15 Degree Checklist


    (Please note that for all students enrolled as of Fall 2012, the requirements for the major are the same, but for those who entered in FALL 2014, the Gen Eds requirements are now 21 credits instead of 24).

  1. York Exchange Possibilities
    Why not consider taking part of your degree at a university outside of Canada on a York Exchange? Please go to for details.




With a room full of family, friends, staff and faculty in attendance, a group of outstanding students in the Departments of Social Science and Communication Studies received a total of 40 awards at a ceremony held on November 19, 2014 in the Underground Restaurant.

The awards in the Department of Communication Studies were given to the following students:  the Eric Koch Award to Elizabeth Vrantsidis, the Jerry Durlak Award to Esteban Sabbatasso, the Dalton Kehoe Award to Nicole Otieno, the Riva Orlicky Award to Olivia Chandler, the Arthur Siegel Award to Sage Smith and the Penny Joliffe Award to Hassam Munir.


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