Minor in Communication Studies
The Minor in Communication Studies provides undergraduate students with a critical understanding of the role that communication media and communication technologies play in society. Specifically, it presents students with intellectually challenging and innovative instruction in key traditions of Communication and Media Studies and new theoretical and methodical approaches to the social life of communication technologies and the historical development and transformation of media and communication forms. Our courses are organized around three primary themes that address in a variety of ways media institutions, practices, and the representation and mobilization of social difference: History and Theory of Media; Media, Communication and Culture; and Power, Difference and Justice.
The Communications Minor is an academic program; that is, it does not offer professionally oriented courses designed specifically to prepare students to work in the radio, television, film, or telecommunications industries. Nor does it offer courses in journalism, public relations, or advertising, for example. However, some opportunities to gain useful experiences in these and other industries or careers are available by taking on internships: http://www.mcgill.ca/internships/. McGill also has a Career Placement Service (http://www.mcgill.ca/caps/) that helps students plan their futures.
For admissions and applications information, follow this link.
The Minor in Communication Studies at McGill requires completion of 18 credits. Students must complete COMS 210 in addition to five other complementary courses selected from the list of offerings each semester. Download this program checklist for more information. Most have prerequisites and all classes have limited enrolment.
Finally, students considering going on an exchange should be sure to refer to McGill's Arts Faculty Residency Policy (http://www.mcgill.ca/study/2010-2011/faculties/arts/undergraduate/ug_arts_residency). Further information about the Study Away program may be found here: http://www.mcgill.ca/oasis/away. Course approval forms for transfer credits are available here and here (for summer courses)
Art History & Communications Studies Student Association (AHCSSA)
To meet other COMS minors and get involved, please visit the AHCS Undergraduate Students Association.
Join the McGill Campus Chapter of Openmedia.ca
OpenMedia McGill strives to engage, educate, and empower students to preserve an open and affordable internet. As a chapter of OpenMedia.ca we will help raise the profile of pro-Internet issues on campus, and in the wider community, by raising awareness online and off. Campus club activities include publishing regular online content and hosting events—speaking events, educational workshops, film screenings, etc. We also aim to unite the media-related groups across the McGill campus, such as but not limited to TVMcGill, CKUT, and the McGill Daily, to promote the importance of informed and participatory digital policy. OpenMedia McGill Chapter would also like to act as a resource for students seeking to know more about media governance related internships or experiences outside the classroom.
Faculty Liaison: Dr. Becky Lentz
Get involved with other McGill media organizations
CKUT - Montreal/McGill campus-community radio station
TV McGill - McGill student television
The McGill Daily - weekly independent student newpaper
The McGill Tribune - weekly independent student newspaper
Le Délit - weekly French-language independent student newspaper
Feel free to contact the Undergraduate Program Director for more detail about the overall academic program of courses and course selections, the field of communication studies, graduate study and academic career planning, or inquiries regarding course equivalencies and inter-university transfer credits.
|Undergraduate Program Director for Communication Studies:
Professor B. Lentz
Office: Arts W-265
Phone: (514) 398-4995
CSadvisor [dot] ahcs [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email).
If you would like to join the electronic mailing list for the COMS Minor, please contact ahcs [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Ms. Susana Machado) with the subject line: "Subscribe to CS Minor listserv".
The Communications Studies Representative for the AHCSSA is responsible for acting as a liaison between undergraduate COMS minors and their department. The representative also helps to coordinate events for the Art History and Communications Studies department including wine and cheeses, discussions about graduate school, and speaker panels. Feel free to contact the COMS rep with any questions about the department. Send your message to the AHCSSA ahcssamcgill [at] gmail [dot] com (email) account. Or, visit the Student's Associations' Facebook page and tumblr page.
Here are some resources to help you find out more:
Mediascapes 3: New Patterns in Canadian Communication
edited by Leslie Regan Shade
Mapping Communication and Media Studies in Canada
by Mahmoud Eid and Daniel Paré
Formations: a 21st century media studies textbook
edited by Dan Fleming
American Communication Research: The Remembered History
by Everette E. Dennis, Ellen Wartella
McQuail's Mass Communication Theory
by Denis McQuail