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Welcome to the Department of Communication Studies at York University. Our program is ranked as one of the top 10 in Canada according to the global standards of the QS World University Ranking system.  


In today’s media-centric and technologically saturated environment, knowledge of communication is essential for both professional and everyday life. We teach students to question, analyze and creatively reflect on the wide range of media systems and communication technologies that permeate our lives. This includes:


  • How communication processes and information technologies can be used to profoundly shape and transform societies, from strengthening local communities to establishing global networks.
  • How culture and media are intrinsically intertwined, from the expression of identities and social relations to the circulation of ideas and the shaping of social and political values.
  • How struggles to create, define and regulate public, not-for-profit and for-profit communication systems are implicated in broader issues around citizenship, corporate power, and public accountability.


We offer an interdisciplinary and innovative approach to teaching and learning, and we provide a comprehensive curriculum that encompasses theoretical, applied and experiential learning. Our students become critical, independent, and creative thinkers able to engage with the various dimensions and complexities of communication, whether this involves creating or evaluating media content and information technologies, or addressing significant issues arising out of their production and use. Our graduates work in the communication and cultural industries sector, in the not-for-profit and advocacy sector, and in the public sector.


Important Information

  1. Advising


Academic Advising


Please call 416-736-5057 to book an appointment with an advisor. 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!

Prof. Mary- Lousie Craven
Tuesday October 6th  1:00pm - 3:00pm
Thursday October 8th   11:30am - 3:30pm
Thursday October 15th       11:30am - 3:00pm
Sushma Kanhai-Dupuis
Tuesday October 6th   10:00am - 12:30pm
Wednesday October 7th  2:00pm - 4:00pm
Friday October 9th      10:00am - 12:30pm
Tuesday October 13th    2:00pm - 4:00pm
Wednesday October 14th  10:00am - 12:45pm
Friday October 16th      10:00am - 12:45pm


  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. 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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