2018 - 2019
COMMUNICATION STUDIES   

The major in communication studies is an interdisciplinary Humanities and Social Sciences program that aims to provide explanatory frameworks and critical methodologies, drawn from a variety of disciplines, for understanding how communication and media are integral to the changing relationships between a variety of agents and agencies, from the individual to the nation-state and from personal interactions to international relations. Core courses in communication studies are intended to integrate the material and provide a common focus at the beginning and the end of the program.



 Year One   Year Two   Year Three  Year Four and Beyond
STUDIES

To earn a Bachelor of Arts you must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours including the following degree components: core requirements, major or honours program, minor or second major, and electives.

In your first 30 credit hours, take your first CMST major courses CMST 2000 and CMST 2001 

There are additional responsibilities associated with interdisciplinary programs and seeking academic advice early on is crucial. CMST majors should complete disciplinary prerequisites for future CMST electives.

Consult the University Calendar for program descriptions, degree regulations, course descriptions, important dates, and everything else academic. Work towards the completion of the core requirements for the BA Record your progress in the degree tracker. 

Learn about declaring your program by visiting iDeclare or by emailing reghelp@mun.ca.

In your next 30 to 60 credit hours, take two CMST courses, two CMST Table 1 courses.

Note: In completing the CMST major, students may include up to six credit hours from those eligible for the certificate in film studies (see Table 1 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences courses from the Certificate in film studies and regulation 11.6.5.3.1.c)

Finalize the BA core requirements (CRW, LS, and QR). Declare your minor or double major. Consult  departmental liaisons and the University Calendar, including the general undergraduate academic regulations and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences regulations.

Note: students pursuing an interdisciplinary major must pursue a single-discipline minor or second major. 

As part of your 60 to 90 credit hours, take CMST 3000, one CMST Table 1 course, two CMST Table 1 courses at the 3000 level or above. 

Cross-check your degree advice with the University Calendar regulations.

In your final 90 to 120 credit hours, take CMST 4000, one CMST Table 1 course at the 4000 level.

Ensure that your Breadth of Knowledge requirement of the BA core requirements has been fulfilled. Submit your application by January 15 for spring graduation or July 15 for fall graduation through Memorial Self-Service under Graduation menu options.

 

STUDY TIPS

 

 

 

 

  • Request a final official degree audit after winter semester to ensure you are on track for graduation by emailing audit_arts@mun.ca 
  • Have follow up questions about your official degree audit? Follow up with the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Assistant Registrar at arts_registrar@mun.ca
  • Seek advice from instructors about graduate or professional schools
  • Consider grants for graduate or professional studies in the fall 
  • Be mindful of application deadlines for professional and graduate schools everywhere and apply early
  • Approach your instructors for academic references for future academic and professional endeavors

CAREER

Pondering your future career interest?

Take action. Register for Artsworks, a free career development program designed for Humanities and Social Sciences students.

Explore career interests related to your major(s). Seek opportunities to network in your community.

Prepare for life after graduation.

INVOLVEMENT

Go to program welcome event and Communication Studies society mixer.

Attend Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences speaker series and other Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences events.

Seek opportunities to attend academic conferences through the program.

Think globally about your academic involvement.

GO ABROAD

Consider Going Abroad and develop a plan with the go abroad coordinator.

Review your plan with the go abroad coordinator.

  • Meet with department advisor to ensure you are academically on track to study abroad
  • Know application deadlines and apply early

Prepare for departure with the go abroad coordinator.

  • Attend pre-departure orientation
  • Complete pre-departure checklist and reflection
  • Make the most of your travel experience and become an ambassador

Unpack your go abroad experience.

  • Attend go abroad debrief and participate in a reflection
  • Add international experience to your resume/CV at CDEL
  • Seek more opportunities to work, volunteer and/or study abroad
WELL BEING

Well-being is integral to long-term student success. At Memorial we offer resources designed to maintain your health and equilibrium, and promote academic success.

 If you're in Distress or Crisis reach out for help • Become aware of supports available through the MUN Safe app - it is your direct line to a safer Memorial University. If you need a doctor, go to Student Health • Health and Dental insurance is offered through MUNSU • Foster well-being through online and in-person supports • Open the conversation about sexual harassment • Be a money smart student - know your finances, if you are in need, emergency loans and the campus food bank are available • The Works offers scheduled fitness programs and workout facilities • Check out Memorial Meditates • Living on-campus? Check out residence events • Be safe with Walksafe • Living off-campus? Check out the Off-Campus office • Be safe with safedrive • Visit Wellness and Chaplaincy Oasis during exams Ÿ Still have questions? Visit the current students page or talk to an advisor. 

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Stephanie Tucker is a graduate of Memorial's Bachelor of Arts program, with a double major in communication studies and English. She currently works as the communications and marketing coordinator for the non-profit organization Conservation Corps Newfoundland and Labrador. Stephanie is always looking for new opportunities to expand her skill set and make new connections. She is a lover of travelling, social media, and all animals, especially beagles.

What would your undergraduate self think of your current job?


I think my undergraduate self would be really proud of how far I have come to reach my current position. When I was in my first year at Memorial, I started out doing communication studies, but I found it really challenging and I almost changed majors. I''m really glad that I got through those first few difficult semesters and stuck it out because I absolutely love my current job!

 

What was your biggest challenge when arriving at university and how did you address this?

My biggest challenge when arriving at university was adjusting to the time commitment. I always got good grades in high school, but it just came naturally to me and I didn't spend an excessive amount of time studying. This all changed in university. When I arrived at Memorial I very quickly learned that a lot more dedication, commitment, and hard work is required in order to achieve top marks. I remember getting a 60 per cent on my very first test in communication studies and it was a huge eye-opener, because I had never gotten anything below an A in my life. While it certainly took some getting used to, I thankfully overcame the transition and with a lot of work, I managed to reclaim my high academic standing and graduate with an overall 4.0 GPA.

 

What resources did you use while at Memorial?


I made use of as many of Memorial's resources as I could throughout my degree, including academic advising, media equipment rentals, library resources, and so much more. I always took advantage of extra sessions offered outside of the classroom. For example,  when I took French I went to an optional weekly conversation class in order to practice the material learned in class. I also made sure to familiarize myself with the Memorial library website, which played a huge role in all of the research I did throughout my Bachelor of Arts degree. It was awesome to have so many different outlets available to support me during my studies.

 

Did you ever meet with advisors, faculty or staff while a student?


I always met with my professors during their office hours, which was a great way to build a relationship, distinguish myself from other students, and get extra help. During my second year at Memorial, I also met with the Humanities and Social Sciences' undergraduate advisor, Denise Hooper. I went to Denise to simply make sure I was taking the right courses, but she was such an incredible resource and she changed my life. Without Denise I would have never known about the Heaslip scholarship, which I ended up winning and it paid for my entire university education. I would recommend that every Humanities and Social Sciences student speak with an advisor to learn about what support is available to them, because the opportunities are endless!

 

How did your extracurricular activities (on and off campus) influence your success?


Extracurricular activities are the best way to build your resume and learn about the industry in which you want to work. Once you finish your degree, in order to find work, you need to have a background of relevant experience to supplement your education. I sought out volunteer positions that would help me on the path to my communications career, such as volunteering with Rogers Community Television's program "Out of the Fog," with the St. John's IceCaps as a communications Intern, and with Memorial's communication studies society. Each of my extracurricular activities helped me to expand my network, learn practical skills, and most importantly, gain experience in my desired field of work.

 

Was there an experience you had during your university years that influenced or put you on a path to your current career?


In summer 2014, I was looking for a summer job where I could build upon my communications skills, and I landed the position of regional supervisor with Conservation Corps Newfoundland and Labrador (CCNL). In addition to the required duties of this position, I went out of my way to show the organization my communications abilities by assisting them with their social media delivery and independently writing, filming, and editing 12 promotional videos about their Green Team program. I'm very happy to say that my efforts at CCNL paid off, because I was offered a position as the communications and marketing coordinator upon completion of my degree.

 

Did you participate in a study abroad program?


I participated in two study abroad programs, which were both incredible experiences. The first was in spring 2013 in Conegliano, Italy, with the MUN in Italy program. The second was in fall 2014 in Harlow, England, with the Literary London program. Having the opportunity to travel abroad during my degree was amazing and I'm so thankful to have had such fantastic opportunities. I would highly recommend studying abroad to anyone with a desire to expand their horizons, explore the world, and have an unforgettable experience. 

 

What advice do you have for undergraduate students?


My advice to undergraduate students is to do as much as you can while you are a student. There are so many opportunities for students for scholarships, travel, volunteering, and networking. Take advantage of it and don't be afraid to put yourself out there. You never know until you try.



Make sure that you are preparing for your future but do it in a way that you get to study things that genuinely interest you.

by Sophie St. Croix - BA ’09, Classics (Memorial), Juris Doctor 2013, Schulich School of Law (Dalhousie), currently an associate at Roebothan McKay Marshall (St. John's)