Expect to be fully immersed in the world of words. Writing articles, managing a production schedule, collaborating with fellow wordsmiths and conducting research at home or abroad. Your work pays off with lasting connections, new perspectives and opportunities to share the stories that matter to you.
Research is the key to a writer’s craft—and their credibility. In our program, you learn research techniques and strategies and apply them to your projects and assignments.
Connecting across cultures
Bachelor of Communications Studies students have a number of opportunities to take their learning outside the classroom, sometimes even to other countries. When two students conducted research at Hanze University in the Netherlands, the benefits went far beyond the data collected in surveys and interviews.
Professional field placement
Explore the world of work, apply the theory and skills you’ve learned in class, connect with communications professionals and journalists. In your third or fourth year, you take part in an 180-hour field placement where you learn the inner workings of the industry.
Students in the professional communications stream have worked in departments at universities, literary organizations and large corporations. Journalism students have honed their skills at the Edmonton Journal, CBC (Edmonton, Winnipeg, Yellowknife) and CHED Radio.
2018 Emerge Media Award
Congratulations to Hamdi Issawi, who won second place in the Written Word category of the Emerge Media Awards. When writing the profile of Dr. Kelly Swing, founder of the Tiputini Biodiversity Station, Hamdi learned about the economic, environmental and political forces at play in the Amazon.
"A Refugee's Tale"
Riyah Lakhani's Emerge Media Award-winner tells the story of Meron Gadda, a bright young girl in a resettlement camp in Kenya. She won second place in the category of Written Word.
Photo courtesy UNHCR.org