Professional Paths

We train our students to be future leaders, equipped with sharp critical and analytical skills, breadth of knowledge, creative thinking, and keen understanding of their globalized and multicultural environment. Communication applies to all areas of life: our alumni have many career options at their disposals in the public and private sectors, in corporate and not-for-profit environments.

Our program offers a wide range of approaches to the discipline, all of which provide paths into possible careers in media, communication, and other fields. The curriculum is organized around three thematic streams: (1) media, culture, and society; (2) politics and policy; and (3) critical technology studies. You will take courses in all of these areas, but can choose your own approach by focusing on one stream in greater depth, or in combining different areas. You can also combine your Communication Studies degree with a minor in other departments, such as Education, Marketing, or Cinema Studies.

The Department and York University also offer a wide variety of programs and opportunities that can prepare you for future careers in media, communication, and other industries, whether in the for-profit, public, or not-for-profit sectors. Through these programs you can travel and study abroad, gain valuable work experience and develop important skills. To help you transition from learning to work, York University has a career centre staffed with professionals who can support you in your job search.

If you are interested in gaining further applied training, you can explore options with Seneca College, including a joint degree in in Creative Advertising, and diplomas in Broadcasting and Journalism. Centennial College also offers diplomas in Corporate Communication and Book Publishing.

Communication Studies also provides a strong platform if you are interested in applying to advanced degrees, either in the York and Ryerson Joint Graduate Programme in Communication & Culture, or in other graduate and professional programs.