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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
May 26, 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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Ian Roderick, Communication Studies Dr. Ian Roderick’s research interests include technology and social theory, visual communication, and social semiotics. He has published work addressing such topics as military robotics, embedded training systems and post-disciplinary regimes of control, software agents, public and domestic space, Bakhtin and the carnivalesque, and actor-network theory. His most recent research is published in Journal for Cultural Research and Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies and forthcoming in the International Journal of Cultural Studies.
Supervisory Areas:
-visual communication
-semiotic and discourse analysis
-cultural studies of science and technology
-material and print culture
-popular culture and social space

Ian Roderick
Associate Professor,
Communication Studies