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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
April 30, 2016

Canadian Excellence

Communication Studies is an interdisciplinary program that draws from and combines an array of disciplinary backgrounds such as English, Film Studies, Anthropology, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology. This interdisciplinarity allows students and faculty alike to draw on a variety of approaches, theories, methods and other resources for analyzing communication in social, economic, political and cultural environments that are rapidly changing and becoming increasingly complex.

The program at Laurier offers a four year Honours degree, and a four-year Combined Honours degree in which Communication Studies is combined with another Honours major. There is also a co-op option that allows eligible students to work in communications-related summer jobs.

Students in the program take courses from the Communication Studies Core, as well as Elective courses, including courses from other disciplines, such as psychology, English, business, philosophy, and geography. The program is designed to allow students to customize their education to match personal interests and career plans, permitting them to keep pace with rapid changes in the field.

The department offers a Master of Arts in Communication Studies, for further information see our Master of Arts link.


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Nathan Rambukkana, Communication Studies The main focus of work is the study of discourse, politics and identities, and my research addresses topics such as intimacy and privilege, hybridity and mixed-race identities, the social and cultural aspects new media forms, and non/monogamy in the public sphere. My book Non-Monogamies in the Public Sphere: Intimacy, Privilege and the Space of Discourse is in review at UBC Press, and Im currently assembling an edited collection on Hashtag Publics. My current undergraduate teaching includes Globalization & Communication (CS310), Critical Advertising Studies (CS341), Digital Intimacies (CS340h) and Mediating Diaspora (CS403u), and I also teach courses about research methods, mediations of identity and academic writing.
Supervisory Areas
discourse analysis
queer theory
critical race theory
sexuality and intimacy
mixed race identities and hybridity
social media and identity
cultural studies

Nathan Rambukkana
Assistant Professor,
Communication Studies