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Bachelor of Arts, Major in Communication


Earn a Bachelor of Arts – Communication Major at Thompson Rivers University

This four-year degree allows you to choose between two streams:

  • Communication and New Media Studies
  • Communication and Public Relations

Although there is some overlap in core courses, the two streams have different lower and upper level requirements.

Quick Facts

Duration: 4 years
Intake: September / May / January
Tuition Fee:
  • C$7,320/semester (up to 12 credits/4 courses)
  • C$8,912/semester (15 credits/5 courses)
  • each additional credit: C$531 (fall/winter) C$610 (summer)
Location: Kamloops, Canada

Communication and New Media Studies

This stream covers the aesthetic, narrative and theoretical aspects of technology, as well as computer-mediated communication. If you have an interest in the ways technology, design and business interact, this program is for you.

Communication and Public Relations

This stream covers the practical and commercial application of communication. If you have business, tourism, entrepreneurial and public service ambitions, this program will show you how communication can enhance your business practices.


Graduates are, first and foremost, scholars of social, cultural and aesthetic effects of technology. They are prepared for graduate study in the field, and also ready to enter the work force as consultants to the public or private sectors, linking aspects of technology, media, and message.

Private and public sector institutions hire people to plan and carry out communication and public relations activities. Employers regularly look for people with university degrees in communication, journalism or marketing, to hire someone who can write well and think analytically.

The Bachelor of Arts, Major in Communication is offered at Thompson Rivers University.

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Courses included

  • Introduction to Communication
  • Introduction to Technical Writing
  • Introduction to University Writing
  • Introduction to Fiction
  • Introduction to Visual Culture
  • Mass Communication and the Popular Culture Industry
  • Social Networks & Internet Memes
  • Professional and Business Writing
  • Technology and Communication
  • Introduction to Desktop Publishing