Communication Studies Minor

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 reflecting our faculty interests in critical, anti-oppressive, and interpretive traditions in communication studies 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.

Note: The Communications Minor is an academic, not a professional program. Thus, we do not offer courses designed to prepare students to work in the radio, television, film, or telecommunications industries. Nor do we offer courses or credits for internships in media-related professions such as journalism, public relations, or advertising, for example.  Instead, internship credits need to be pursued through students' Major areas of study, drawing on these internships resources. McGill also has a Career Placement Service that helps students plan their futures. For additional information to guide your choices, please see the below section on Internship and Job Resources.


Here is a list of COMS courses and eligible courses in other departments.


For admissions and applications information, follow this link.

Program Brochure

Download a PD F of the Communication Minor program brochure. 

Program Requirements

The Minor in Communication Studies at McGill requires completion of 18 credits. Students must complete COMS 210 in addition to five other complementary courses (all with a grade of C or higher) selected from the list of offerings each semester. Download this checklist (pdf) for more information and also as a way to track your progress in the program. Most have prerequisites and all classes have limited enrolment. 

Study Away

Further information about the Study Away program may be found here. Students considering studying abroad and/or taking courses outside McGill must refer to the Study Abroad Policies (pdf).

To learn about online courses outside of McGill, please visit here. Information on transferring credits from other institutions is available here. Course approval forms for transfer credits are available here (regular courses) and here (summer courses).

When selecting courses to take while studying away from McGill University, please consider the following guidelines:
  • Courses must have academic content (studies, surveys, theories, or principles) and be comparable in method of evaluation (written or oral assignments, exams)  to McGill courses.
  • Courses must be applicable towards the fulfillment of the host university’s own (day) bachelor degree.
  • Courses cannot be practical (“how to”)  and/or skill-based such as public speaking, media designing, journalism, photography, sports, etc.
  • Courses cannot be applicable toward the fulfillment of the host university’s certificates and/or diplomas, including personal and professional development programs.
  • Courses must meet the Faculty of Arts Transfer Credit Policy.


Note re Online Courses: online courses can only be approved as electives, and only 6 elective credits are allowed for online courses in the Faculty of Arts. For a proposed online course, students must get the course evaluated and approved for McGill equivalencies by a corresponding McGill department on the "Minerva Course Approval and Transfer Credit Form" concurrently with the "Minerva Study Away" application. If a department determines that the course does not meet a correspondence, the student should then consult directly with their Faculty office, who will review and if approved, assign generic equivalencies and transfer credits in consultation with the Associate Dean. If the department does deem the proposed course appropriate for transfer credit based on its academic content, then the student must request final approval from the Associate Dean in the Faculty of Arts for online courses. (IUT: Inter-University Transfer process is only for Quebec universities)


How to get involved on and off campus

Art History & Communications Studies Student Association (AHCSSA)

To meet other COMS minors and get involved, please visit the AHCS Undergraduate Students Association.

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 e-mail account. Or, visit the Student's Associations' Facebook page.

Join the McGill Campus Chapter of

OpenMedia McGill strives to engage, educate, and empower students to preserve an open and affordable internet. As a chapter of 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.


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 newspaper

The McGill Tribune - weekly independent student newspaper

Le Délit - weekly French-language independent student newspaper

What is Communication Studies?

Here are some resources to help you find out more:

Articles (online):

Communication as the Discipline of the 21st Century
Larry Gross

Communication as Social Science (and More)
Craig Calhoun

If Everything is Mediated, What is Distinctive About the Field of Communication?
Sonia Livingstone

Mapping Communication and Media Studies in Canada
Mahmoud Eid and Daniel Paré


Mediascapes 3: New Patterns in Canadian Communication
Edited by Leslie Regan Shade

Formations: a 21st century media studies textbook
Edited by Dan Fleming

American Communication Research: The Remembered History
Everette E. Dennis, Ellen Wartella

McQuail's Mass Communication Theory
Denis McQuail  


Communication Studies-related Internship and Job Resources

For Canadians:

For US citizens:

Other resources:


Feel free to contact the william.straw [at] (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.