Communication and Media Studies is an exciting and ever-expanding field that builds from your daily experience with media to ask some of the most vital questions about public life. At Carleton, our courses are designed to give students an immersive knowledge and experience.

  • In an age of rapid change and information overload, how do you cut through the clutter and decipher facts from spin? Our core curriculum gives students a strong foundation of critical-thinking, research, and problem-solving skills. Required classes in theory and research methods help students develop the tools they need to think carefully and deeply about media’s role in public life.
  • We also offer a wide range of electives, drawing on the expertise of our internationally recognized faculty. You will learn how government, industry and technology shape the communications environment and how media, in turn, impact culture and society at all levels – from the games we play to how we govern ourselves, from global climate change to the buildings we live in.
  • Students in the B.CoMS Honours program have some additional options. In their fourth year they have access to one of our practice-focused workshop courses. These courses supplement their academic training with a suite of carefully selected, in-demand skills. Students can also choose to pursue an Honours Research Essay, an opportunity to work one-on-one with a faculty supervisor to develop your interests into a year-long research project.

Program requirements and a full list of courses can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar. (Not all listed courses are offered every year.)