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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
February 9, 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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Paul Heyer, Communication Studies My research interests are media history (film, radio, and television) and nonverbal com-munication. Recent books include, Titanic Legacy: Disaster as Media Event and Myth; The Medium and the Magician, which deals with the radio legacy of Orson Welles; and Communication in History, our CS100 textbook. Currently, I am exploring media representations of island survivor stories, from Robinson Crusoe to television's Lost.
Supervisory Areas
-Media history: film, radio, and television
-Nonverbal communication

Paul Heyer
Communication Studies