About the Program
As a student in the only bilingual communications program in Canada, you’ll take classes, do research, and work in both of Canada’s official languages. The benefit? A degree that provides you with:
- Communication courses on media, culture and technology, in French and English, from Southern Ontario’s leading bilingual post-secondary institution
- Hands-on, practical learning opportunities both in and out of the classroom
- The capacity for critical thinking and analysis—a hallmark of liberal arts education, and a much-sought-after qualification by employers
How does it work?
The program focuses on understanding communication through the relationships between media, culture, language and technology. Offered in a combination of French and English, courses are organized into three areas of concentration:
1. Communication, Culture and Society
Courses will cover topics such as cross-cultural communication and sociological dimensions of communication. For example, Introduction to Communication Studies will explore the ways communication is intertwined with our lives, from technology to culture, through advertising, politics, media and the environment.
2. Organizations and Communication
Learn how media and communications organizations operate and how communication is used as a tool for organizing communities, societies and economies. Courses such as Social Media, Marketing and Advertising will explore the hidden lives of data, the human right to privacy, the mechanics of online marketing and advertising and your role as a digital citizen.
3. Technology and Communication
Courses such as Information and Technology will study the use and development of communication technologies, their influence on societies, and how policy and regulatory mechanisms can affect them.
Our language advantage
Our campus was established as the Centre of Excellence for French-language and Bilingual Postsecondary Education in southern Ontario by the provincial government, and was recently granted partial designation under Ontario’s French Language Services Act, designating it as a French-language service provider. In short, Glendon is the place to study bilingually in southern Ontario.
Trilingual education is also an important aspect of the Glendon experience. About 15% of our students add Spanish to their tool belt with courses or through our Certificate of trilingual excellence, and there are over 20 other languages that you can learn at our Keele campus, too.
Small campus, big campus: The best of both worlds
With an average class size of 28 students at Glendon, you’ll have more opportunities to stand out in class, get to know your classmates, and—if graduate school is in your future—get a more personalized reference letter from your professors. Our close-knit community can also mean better opportunities for networking with your peers, something that can serve as a rich foundation for a post-graduation career.
You’ll also have the opportunity to take courses at the Keele campus, accessible by a free inter-campus shuttle that runs several times a day.
Toronto: Canada’s media, business and financial hub
Between part-time jobs, internships, and other hands-on opportunities for career development, you’ll start building your career in Toronto. With the help of career centre resources on both campuses, you can leverage your proximity to the city to begin building a career and spreading your creative wings before you even graduate.
Toronto is the fourth largest urban center in North America and one of the most multicultural and multilingual centres in the world. Toronto residents form a unique and diverse community. They are actively engaged in a wide variety of initiatives aimed at constantly improving the quality of a life they openly share. They do this through citizen action, collaborative efforts and artistic projects exploring the media potential of communication in innovative ways.
How will it prepare me for my career?
Gain cross-discipline training
Communications professionals need to understand the many nuances of context, sensitivities, and audiences. How? By combining your communications degree with other disciplines to increase the breadth of ways that you choose to look at communication; from the ethical questions it poses, to the way it provides insight into sociological and linguistic phenomena, to organizational and interpersonal interaction, or the relationships between media, culture and society.
Interested in writing communications for a international humanitarian NGO? Consider adding a course in international studies, or our Certificate in Refugee & Migration Studies. Have your eye on a communications career with the World Bank? Build some business economics courses into the mix. Other ideas? As a Glendonite, you’ll have the opportunity to talk individually with our academic advisors and career counsellors to set a path that’s right for you. Bring your big plans – we’ll help bring them to life.
Fine-tune your language skills
You’ll graduate with a degree from an institution that’s recognized for its bilingualism, complemented with communication training in both languages, fully preparing you for a career as a bilingual communications professional. Depending on your language goals, you could also aim for our Certificates of Bilingual or Trilingual Excellence, or our bilingual or trilingual iBA degree—an excellent value-add to any résumé.
Land valuable hands-on experience
Over the course of your degree you’ll have the opportunity to participate in experiential education opportunities through internships and hands-on work in the classroom. This will help you develop the experience and critical thinking skills necessary to assess and develop strategic plans, as well as refine written and spoken communication.
Develop an international perspective
Does international work interest you? Consider the iBA option to build internationally oriented courses and an exchange right into your degree, or simply participate in an international exchange to fine-tune your global focus: a key experience for the international workforce.
What careers could I consider with this degree?
The ways that people and organizations communicate—no matter their sector or industry—is critical to their success. Careers in communication can be found in all kinds of organizations and businesses around the globe.
“Without a doubt, qualified bilingual communicators are in high demand in the Canadian and international workforce. From marketing to public relations to internal communications, the way that businesses connect with stakeholders and customers is central to their success. To do this well, we need employees that can effectively understand the nuances of different audiences and engage with them—and have the ability to do so in different languages.”
Chief Development & Innovation Officer, Groupe Média TFO
Career opportunities are on the rise
Statistics Canada reports that job opportunities in communications have increased, with other research on job postings citing that careers requiring marketing and social media skills are rapidly outgrowing the number of qualified applicants available.
More languages mean more access
Outside of Quebec, fewer than 10% of Canadians speak both official languages, which gives you a distinct competitive advantage in the Canadian workforce. In Canada, bilingual graduates can earn up to 12% more than their unilingual counterparts.
Digital community manager
Labour Relations Specialist
Market Research Analyst
Political communication strategist
Public Affairs Coordinator
Public Relations Consultant
Public Speaking Coach
Social Media Specialist