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Communication & Media Studies

Bachelor of Arts (BA), International Bachelor of Arts (iBA)

Get an edge in today’s media-centric and technologically evolving world. You’ll learn to question, analyze and reflect on a wide range of media systems and communication technologies that influence our lives.

In our program you will gain sound analytical skills, so that you can apply a critical lens to mass media and communication. You will work with award-winning professors and innovative researchers.

Check out our new Communication, Social Media & Public Relations (BA) stream offered exclusively at the new Markham Campus!

What you’ll learn

  • Gain valuable professional skills, such as formulating arguments, articulating ideas, evaluating information and creating content for different media platforms and communication environments.
  • Learn how to analyze and explain the social, cultural, historical, and political implications of media technology, the outcomes of communications policies and the impacts of media on greater society. 
  • Get a solid understanding of communication as a complex social process, focusing on both traditional forms of mass communication and new media.

Hands-on experiences

  • Earn course credit while working for a local employer or community organization as part of the fourth-year Field Experience Course.
  • Use real-world examples to understand how media and communication processes work. Many projects involve creative, critical, and hands-on engagement that allows students to gain experience working with and in media. 
  • Take advantage of study abroad opportunities, including International Exchange, Global Internships and Summer Programs.

QS University Rankings

In the 2024 Quacquerelli Symonds (QS) University Rankings by Subject report, Communications & Media Studies ranked in the top 150 in the world and tied for #5 in Canada.

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Isabella Akaliza

"My time at York has been really wonderful. My Communication Studies professors were hilarious and lively, and I looked forward to my lectures. I made some lifelong friendships, with whom I share amazing memories. York will always be a big part of my life."

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Career Options

Communication applies to all areas of life, so you’ll develop many career options and a strong platform to apply for an advanced degree.

Our grads go on to work in:

  • Brand management
  • Copywriting
  • Corporate communications
  • Event planning
  • Journalism
  • Policy
  • Social justice
  • Social media
  • and more!
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