Do you think communication is more important than ever when it comes to shaping and understanding our world?


Photo (modified): Flickr user Jesse Clockwork, used under CC BY-SA 2.0

Photo (modified): Flickr user Jesse Clockwork, used under CC BY-SA 2.0


We do too! That’s why we launched a brand new Bilingual Program in Communications: the very first one of its kind in Ontario.

The program’s bilingualism is unique as it not only offers the opportunity to study communication in both French and English, but also allows to get familiar with the challenges that communication poses in both distinctive linguistic environments. Students graduating with a major in communications will possess a crucial advantage in a context where employment requires cutting-edge knowledge and up-to-date experience in both languages.

Learn more about the unique advantages of studying communications at Glendon and read real-life examples of alumnae who now work as qualified bilingual communicators.

Check the new academic calendar for 2017-2018 to learn more about COMS program-specific degree requirements.

Get a head start in the program by enrolling in the required COMS courses offered in 2018-2019:

  • COMS 1000 Introduction to Communication Studies
  • COMS 1000 Introduction aux études en communication
  • COMS 1100 Methods in Communication Research
  • COMS 1100 Méthodes de recherche en communications
  • COMS 3203 Practices in Intercultural Communications
  • COMS 3207 Contemporary Theories in Communications
  • COMS 3207 Théories contemporaines en communication
  • COMS 4200 Knowledge Dissemination
  • COMS 4200 La dissémination des connaissances
  • COMS 4202 Advanced Communication Research Methods
  • COMS 4202 Méthodes avancées de recherche en communications

Check out some of the great communication courses we have to offer below!

COMS 1000 Introduction to Communication Studies

What is communication? For centuries, communication has played a complex role in our lives. It is both the source of many a problem and the solution to others. Communication is also an issue arising in areas of public debate, in personal relationships and missions to outer space. The course Introduction to Communication Studies aims to clarify the concept of communication in a unique way. It explores the surprising diversity of forms in which it has been considered over several hundreds of years, from the infancy of democracy to the rise alter-globalization demonstrations. This course also familiarizes students with the communication practices that characterize different historical periods and different cultures up the present time.

COMS 1000 Introduction aux études en communication

Ce cours initie les étudiants aux principaux sous-domaines des études en communications et aux méthodes employées pour l’analyse de phénomènes individuels, organisationnels et sociaux.

COMS 1100 Methods in Communication Research

This course introduces students to the major research paradigms and research methodologies in the field of communication studies.

COMS 1100 Méthodes de recherche en communications

Ce cours introduit les étudiants aux principaux paradigmes de recherches et de méthodologies dans le champ des études en communication.

COMS 2000 Social Media, Marketing and Advertising

Is there any form of media that is not social? Are the best products always those that have been most successful? What happens when consumers become producers? How can marketing and advertising practices be adapted to grassroots initiatives? These are some of the questions examined in the course Social media, marketing and advertising. This course is a unique opportunity to become familiar with the ever-present and oft-misunderstood phenomena of social media. It enables students to work hands-on with these everyday media in order to develop a critical analytical approach. Social media should be neither condemned nor celebrated, but instead understood with a critical and comprehensive eye. The course offers a detailed approach to understanding how the technological processes of social media are associated with the commercial mechanisms of advertising and marketing. At the same time, it demonstrates how these tools can be used for alternative and innovative ends.

COMS 2000 Les médias sociaux, la publicité et le marketing

Ce cours initie les étudiants à l’étude des modes de communication interactifs, mobiles et intermédiaires (Twitter, Youtube, blogs, etc.) au service du marketing et de la production de matériel de promotion.

COMS 2001 Digital Media, Information and Society

This course examines the development of technologies, their influence on societies, and regulatory mechanisms associated with them.

COMS 2001 Médias numériques, information et société

Quelles sont les impacts des technologies sur nos vies et nos sociétés? Comment évaluer ou mesurer ces impacts? D’ailleurs, la notion d’impact est-elle vraiment la meilleure pour analyser les dimensions sociales et culturelles des technologies de la communication? Chaque nouvelle technologie apporte son lot de discours quant à son potentiel de transformer radicalement notre vision du monde et nos manières de communiquer. Sans nier les contraintes et les possibilités communicationnelles d’une nouvelle technologie, il est important de demeurer critique face à ces discours provenant très souvent du monde du marketing. Ce cours présentera différentes approches tant théoriques que méthodologiques pour étudier les aspects sociaux, culturels et politiques de l’information et de ses technologies. Il abordera notamment les phénomènes sociologiques de l’innovation, de la diffusion et de l’appropriation et plus généralement, les multiples discours et imaginaires associés aux différentes étapes de l’évolution technologique.

COMS 2100 Communication, Language, Media & Meaning

This course examines how organizational cultures and discourse communities are constructed through the use of language and shaped by different media. A variety of theoretical approaches are considered.

COMS 2100 La communication, la langue, les médias et la construction du sens

Le sens d’un message se trouve-t-il seulement dans celui-ci? Quelle est la part d’interprétation du récepteur d’un message ou d’un discours? Le média lui-même (télévision, radio, média social) peut-il influencer la construction du sens? Plus généralement, pourquoi avons-nous encore aujourd’hui autant de « problèmes de communication » malgré la multitude de moyens de communication dont nous disposons? Le cours introduira à quelques-unes des différentes approches pour analyser la construction du sens, des cultures et des discours organisationnels par le biais de la langue et des différents médias. Il abordera également quelques éléments d’introduction à la sémiotique (l’étude des signes), ainsi que la manière dont les médias et les technologies eux-mêmes sont socialement construits et réinterprétés. La prémisse de ce cours est que le sens, comme pratique de communication, est toujours le fait d’une construction commune, à laquelle participent autant des individus, des institutions que des dispositifs médiatiques.

COMS 2200 Computer Tools & Applications for Communication

This course teaches computer applications used in communication for an understanding of computer and Internet architecture, use of databases for communication, advanced tools in office and collaborative work, with a critical eye to issues like security, accessibility and multi-platform communication.

COMS 2205 Creating and Promoting Web Content

This course teaches tools and knowledge necessary to create, host and promote a web site and its content, with the aim to develop skills to better bridge human needs and technological solutions.

COMS 3201 Communicating in a Transnational World

This course addresses implications related to communications, media and language in the context of globalization and increased international interactions. Issues of power relationship as well as theoretical perspectives will be in the focus of this course.

COMS 3201 La communication dans le monde transnational

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COMS 3202 Digital Discourse & Design

This course looks at the delivery and reception of digital communication, focusing on effective visual and interaction design. A particular interest will be given to the ethical and cultural dimensions of design practices.

COMS 3202 Discours et design numériques

Ce cours porte sur la production et la réception de la communication numérique, en mettant l’accent sur la conception visuelle et interactive efficace. Un intérêt particulier sera porté aux aspects éthiques et culturels de ces pratiques de conception.

COMS 3203 Practices in Intercultural Communications

This course focuses on the importance of culture in our everyday lives, and the ways in which culture interrelates with and affects communication processes. The course provides theoretical, methodological and practical insights into intercultural communication.

COMS 3203 Les enjeux en communication interculturelle

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COMS 3207 Contemporary Theories in Communications

This course presents an overview of contemporary theories in communications. It introduces to the most advanced developments in this disciplinary field. It also exposes novel concepts emerging from the interaction with issues pertaining to related fields of study.

COMS 3207 Théories contemporaines en communication

Ce cours présente un panorama des théories contemporaines de la communication. Il initie les étudiants aux développements les plus récents du champ disciplinaire ainsi qu’aux interactions novatrices qui émergent à la rencontre d’enjeux relevant de domaines connexes.

COMS 4200 Knowledge Dissemination

This course examines the distinction between information and knowledge from the perspective of issues pertaining to processes of transfer and diffusion. The course analyses the variety of contexts and conditions of reception associated with a diversity of publics and audiences.

COMS 4200 La dissémination des connaissances

Ce cours explore la distinction entre information et connaissance dans la perspective des enjeux de transferts et de diffusions. Il examine la variété des contextes et des conditions de réception associée à divers publics et audiences.

COMS 4201 Mediation and Conflict

This course examines communication dynamics in inter-individual and transnational conflicts. It exposes the ambiguity of communication processes that can feed conflicts and resolve them. It introduces students to theories and practices regarding conflict management, especially in regard to mediation tactics and strategies.

COMS 4201 Médiation et conflit

Ce cours étudie les dynamiques de communication dans des situations de conflit interindividuelles et transnationales. Il expose l’ambigüité de la communication, comme agent du conflit et comme agent de sa résolution. Il présente les théories et pratiques de gestion de conflit par des stratégie de médiation.

COMS 4202 Advanced Communication Research Methods

This course introduces students to advanced research methodologies and research tools in the field of communication studies. Students design and conduct their own research projects.

COMS 4202 Méthodes avancées de recherche en communications

Ce cours initie les étudiants aux méthodologies et aux outils de recherche avancée en communications. Ils conçoivent et réalisent leurs propres projets de recherche.

COMS 4203 Practices in Emerging Technology

This course provides an overview of emerging communication technologies including the Internet of Things and new forms of interpersonal and mobile communication, and how they impact our personal, social, economic and political lives.

COMS 4203 Les applications des technologies de pointe

Ce cours initie les étudiants aux technologies de pointe, incluant l’internet des objets et des nouveau supports de communication interpersonnelle et mobile, ainsi que l’impact de ces technologies sur nos vies personnelles, sociaux, économiques et politiques.

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Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) Codes

  • BA: YYT
  • iBA Bilingual: YGG
  • iBA Trilingual: YGH

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