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Program Requirements

Note: University regulations apply to all students at Laurier. If there is any discrepancy between the program or progression requirements outlined on this page and those in the university's academic calendars, the academic calendars are the official sources of information. The information below is from the latest calendar, and you may be following progression requirements from an earlier calendar. Students are responsible for checking the appropriate calendar. Contact your program coordinator should you notice any discrepancies.


First Year students, Undeclared, or General Arts (No Major)

If you are a first year student, undeclared, or a General BA student, we encourage you to visit with an arts academic advisor to develop an academic plan and ensure that you are meeting your requirements.

Our arts academic advisors are located in 5-106 of the Dr. Alvin Woods Building (DAWB). They can help provide you with accurate information about academic policies & procedures, and can answer questions about program requirements, changing majors, course selection, filing a petition, or help with any registration issues you might have.

Arts advisors are available during drop-in hours.

Communication and Cultural Studies Undergraduate Program Advisor

  • Jonathan Finn
  • Office: DAWB 3-143
  • Advising hours (by appointment):
    • December 9, 10: 10-12 p.m.
    • Winter 2020: Tuesdays and Wednesdays 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Request an appointment by sending an email (using your Laurier email account) to (or telephone 519.884.1970, x2806 or x4230) indicating your:

  • name
  • ID number
  • reason for the appointment
  • preferred appointment time within advising hours

Communication Studies Graduate Program Coordinator

  • Jenna Hennebry
  • Office hours: by appointment
    Request an appointment by sending an email to (or telephone 519.884.1970 x2806)

Progression Requirements

Communication Studies

In order to register in Year 2 of honours Communication Studies, you need to have a 6.0 (C+) in each of CS100 and CS101 and an overall GPA of 5.0 (C). For Year 3 and Year 4, students must also have a major GPA of 6.0 (C+). Your major GPA is calculated using every Communication Studies (CS) core and elective course that you have taken, your overall GPA is calculated using all courses your have taken.

Students seeking transfer into the program beyond Year 2 will also need an overall GPA of 9.0 (B+).

Cultural Studies

In order to register in honours Cultural Studies, you need to be registered in another Honours BA program, have completed at least one of KS100 or KS101, have major and overall GPAs of 5.0 (C) or higher.  Your major GPA is calculated using the grades for any course listed in the Honours Cultural Studies program that you have taken.

Undergraduate Programs 2019/20

Communication Studies

Cultural Studies

Graduate Program 2019/20

MA in Communication Studies