Communication

Program Snapshot

Make Communication The Key To Your Success

Communication helps the world work together. It helps people see the world more clearly, and helps to create mutual understanding. This is especially true when your world is an island wonderland filled with unlimited opportunity and intellectual resources. That’s Cape Breton and this is CBU – a place where you can learn to communicate with efficiency, respect and effectiveness. Here, you leverage your naturally existing communication skills to amplify and expand your other communication-based talents.

Clear and creative communication is critically important for safe, stable communities and workplaces. That’s why we’re proud to say Cape Breton University offers the only communication major in the Maritimes.

The theories and skills learned in our program are essential for successful careers, healthy relationships and the development of a deep understanding of communication and its functions in society. Through our on-campus and distance courses, communication students explore various areas of interpersonal and public communication, media studies and cultural studies. These dynamic and energetic environments allow students to develop the skills and knowledge base needed to critically examine and understand communication in all aspects of society.

What skills will I gain from this program?

  • Critical thinking and reflection skills
  • Conflict management / resolution
  • Effective public speaking skills
  • Effective interpersonal communication skills
  • Media literacy and analytic approaches to media messages
  • Leadership, team building and collaborative working skills
  • Ability to apply communication theory in wide-ranging contexts

Why study at CBU?

At CBU, our modern facilities and experienced faculty guide you through the intricacies of communication. This includes areas that touch on relationships, communities, culture, history and technology. We believe communication is ever-changing and evolving, so our faculty continue to stay up-to-date by exploring the impact that new technologies, practices and forms have on our daily lives.

With the guidance of a communication lab peer facilitator, students work in small groups and participate in dynamic, hands-on activities and discussions. These discussions help them put into practice the communication theories and skills they study in the classroom. Peer facilitators are upper-level students who have excelled in their studies and have a passion for helping other students develop as communicators. Peer facilitators take our communication facilitation courses and receive training to gain personal and professional experience in this unique leadership role.

Sample Courses

  • COMM1105: Introduction to Public Communication
  • COMM2103: Nonverbal Communication
  • COMM2175: Issues in Media Studies
  • COMM3109: Strategic Corporate Communication
  • COMM3113: Intercultural Communication
  • COMM3931: Facilitation Practicum

Possible Career Paths

  • Public relations/corporate communication
  • Social work
  • Human resources
  • Community leadership
  • Teaching
  • Multimedia industries

Experiential Learning Opportunities

  • Mary A. Lynch Communication Lab (COMM1103; COMM1105; COMM2175): Students enrolled in these courses take the experiential learning Communication Lab as a mandatory component of their courses.
  • Communication Lab Peer Facilitator (COMM3931): Students who have successfully completed our introductory courses may be permitted to enroll in this work-term style course providing the opportunity to facilitate small groups of students in the Communication Lab.
  • Communication Lab Assistant Co-op Position (SASC2989): Students who have successfully completed COMM3931 may apply for a co-op position working in the Communication Lab.

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