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Degree Options & Requirements

Beyond choosing to study Communications, you’ve got the option to customize how you study. You can choose the length and depth of specialization within your degree — whether it’s a four-year honours bachelor’s program or if you’re weighing two subjects of interest but can’t make a decision, you’re able to declare a major, which would be your primary area of study, as well as a minor, or secondary subject. Or give them equal billing and go for a double major. Whatever path you envision, you’ll have choices to accommodate you along the way. We do NOT offer a BA degree (90 credit degree), nor do we offer a minor.

Not sure which courses you need to enrol in to complete your degree requirements? The checklists below are intended as guides to help you select which courses you need to take.

NOTE:

Choose the checklist for the year you began your study, as they are updated every year.  These checklists do not provide official confirmation of your eligibility to graduate. To find out which courses you have already completed toward your degree, use the Degree Progress Report. For more help, contact your academic advisor.

Year LevelTotal Earned CreditsMinimum Cumulative
GPA
Year 1Less than 24 earned credits4.00
Year 224-53 earned credits4.25
Year 354-83 earned credits4.80
Year 484 earned credits or greater5.00

Honours Bachelor's (BA)

Students must pass at least 120 credits including:

  • 48 credits in Communication & Media Studies: 6.0 at 1000 level; 18.0 at 2000 level; 12.0 at 3000 level; and 12.0 at 4000 level
  • 21 General Education credits
  • 18 credits outside Communication & Media Studies
  • 33 free choice credits (can be in Communication & Media Studies)

Checklists:


Honours Double Major BA

Students must pass at least 120 credits including:

  • 48 credits in Communication & Media Studies: 6.0 at 1000 level; 18.0 at 2000 level; 12.0 at 3000 level; and 12.0 at 4000 level
  • 21 General Education credits
  • up to 48 credits in other major
  • 3 free choice credits

Honours Major/Minor BA

Students must pass at least 120 credits including:

  • 48 credits in Communication & Media Studies: 6.0 at 1000 level; 18.0 at 2000 level; 12.0 at 3000 level; and 12.0 at 4000 level
  • 21 General Education credits
  • 30 credits in minor
  • 21 free choice credits

Honours International Bachelor's (iBA)

Students must pass at least 120 credits including:

  • 48 credits in Communication & Media Studies: 6.0 at 1000 level; 18.0 at 2000 level; 12.0 at 3000 level; and 12.0 at 4000 level
  • 21 General Education credits
  • 18 Language Study Credits
  • 12 Internationally-Oriented Credits including ANTH 2300 3.0
  • International Exchange
  • 21 free choice credits

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Residency and Graduation Requirements

These apply to all programs.

Residency requirement: A minimum of 30 credits and at least 50% of the credits required in each major/minor must be taken at York University.

Graduation requirement: Students must successfully pass at least 120 credits which meet the Faculty’s degree and program requirements with a cumulative grade point average of at least 5.0. As students progress through their Honours BA degree, they must meet the minimum overall GPA, as defined by the number of credits earned or they will be removed from the BA Honours degree.