Program Advising

Bachelor of Communication

My MRU Degree: 40 courses
Major
24 courses
Each baccalaureate degree has a major (core program requirements). The number of courses required for each major varies.
General Education
12 courses
You choose your Gen Ed courses from four clusters:
- numeracy and scientific literacy,
- values, beliefs and identity,
- community and society, and
- communication.
Electives
4 courses
You are also required to take a certain number of electives for your degree. There are hundreds of courses to choose from depending on your program.

All core courses must be taken in the sequence shown. For information on how to choose your Gen Ed courses, please see your advisor. For course descriptions, please follow this link to Interactive Course Search.


Year One, Semester 1 [Fall], Sept. – Dec.*
» COMM 1401 – Digital Audio Production
» COMM 1402 – Writing for Digital Audio
» COMM 2501 – Media History and Contemporary Issues
» General Education Requirement, Foundation
» General Education Requirement, Foundation

Year One, Semester 2 [Winter], Jan. – Apr. *
» COMM 2400 – Broadcasting Media Ethics and Law
» COMM 1404 – Digital Video Production
» COMM 1405 – Writing for Digital Video
» General Education Requirement, Foundation
» General Education Requirement, Foundation

*Subject to change

All core courses must be taken in the sequence shown. In your first year, you should register in the following courses. For course descriptions, please follow this link to Interactive Course Search.


Year One, Semester 1 [Fall], Sept. – Dec.
» COMM 1600 – Foundations of Information Design
» COMM 1610 – Tools for Information Designers I
» COMM 2501 – Media History and Contemporary Issues
» General Education Requirement, Foundation
» General Education Requirement, Foundation

Year One, Semester 2 [Winter], Jan. – Apr.
» COMM 1620 – Foundations of Graphics
» COMM 1661 – Technical Writing I
» COMM 2663 – Rhetoric
» General Education Requirement, Foundation
» General Education Requirement, Foundation

All core courses must be taken in the sequence shown. For information on how to choose your Gen Ed courses, please see your advisor. For course descriptions, please follow this link to Interactive Course Search.


Year One, Semester 1 [Fall], Sept. – Dec.

» COMM 1707 – Journalism Elements
» COMM 1727 – Introduction to Visual Journalism
» COMM 2501 – Media History and Contemporary Issues
» General Education Requirement, Foundation
» General Education Requirement, Foundation

Year One, Semester 2 [Winter], Jan. – Apr.
» COMM 1709 – Journalism Practice and Theory
» COMM 1720 – Introduction to Digital Media
» COMM 1728 – Journalism Projects
» General Education Requirement, Foundation
» General Education Requirement, Foundation

All core courses must be taken in the sequence shown. In your first year, you should register in the following courses. For course descriptions, please follow this link to Interactive Course Search.

Year One, Semester 1 [Fall], Sept. – Dec.
» COMM 1841 – Introduction to Public Relations
» COMM 1849 – Applied Writing I for Public Relations
» COMM 2501 – Media History and Contemporary Issues
» General Education Requirement Cluster 1, Foundation
» General Education Requirement Cluster 2, Foundation

Year One, Semester 2 [Winter], Jan. – Apr.
» COMM 1845 – Interpersonal Communication
» COMM 2803 – Applied Visual Communication for Public Relations
» MKTG 2150 – Introduction to Marketing
» General Education Requirement Cluster 3, Foundation
» General Education Requirement Cluster 4, Foundation

A great education doesn’t just make you an expert in one area - it gives you a well-rounded knowledge base in a variety of areas. That is why all of Mount Royal’s new baccalaureate degree and diploma programs will include General Education, a collection of courses in a range of subjects that will complement studies in your chosen field. As part of your degree, up to 30% of your course load (12 courses) will consist of General Education courses.

Foundation

As you start your studies, you take a total of four Gen Ed foundation courses. Choose one from each cluster.

Cluster 1: Numeracy and Scientific Literacy
» Take one of: GNED 1101, GNED 1102 or GNED 1103 within your first 10 courses.

Cluster 2: Values, Beliefs and Identity
» Take one of: GNED 1201, GNED 1202 or GNED 1203 within your first 20 courses.

Cluster 3: Community and Society
» Take one of: GNED 1301, GNED 1303 or GNED 1304 within your first 20 courses.

Cluster 4: Communication
» Take one of: GNED 1401, GNED 1403 or GNED 1404 within your first 10 courses.

Tier 2

As you progress through your degree, choose four Gen Ed courses from a wider variety of courses

You will take:
» one Tier 2 course from each cluster (Total: 4).

Tier 3

You must take four Tier 3 courses. These four courses must be from at least two different clusters.

You could take:
» three Tier 3 courses from one cluster and one Tier 3 course from a second cluster (Total: 4); or
» one Tier 3 course from each cluster (Total: 4); or
» two Tier 3 courses from two different clusters (Total: 4).

It is your responsibility to register in your courses and ensure that the courses you select meet the program and graduation requirements as outlined in the information above.

Use the online Interactive Course Search or the Academic Calendar to explore possible courses of interest and to check that you meet prerequisites. You will register for courses using the registration system found in mymru.ca, Register & Pay tab.

Resource site for registration help you solve your registration issues: mru.ca/registration

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mruGradU8 is a program audit system and advising tool designed to assist you in reviewing your academic history, identifying requirements you completed and those that are still needed for graduation.  As you move through your degree, mruGradU8 will become a great planning tool for you to measure your progress. 

You will login to mruGradU8 through your mymru.ca account, under the ‘My Program’ tab.  When you click on the icon or follow the link, your audit will open.

In order to ensure that your curriculum is current, please click the ‘Process New’ tab at the top of the audit every time that you login to mruGradU8.

The information in your audit is separated into three sections:

  • Core and/or Major Requirements
  • General Education (GNED) Requirements
  • Electives
  • If you declare a minor, which is optional, this will be added to the bottom of your audit.

Each semester, information about your course registration will be added to your audit so you can see which courses you register in and which ones you complete.  This will be a great tool for you and your advisor to use to ensure that the courses you are taking will meet graduation requirements for your program.

Please visit this page for more information about mruGradU8, including frequently asked questions.

 

For any concerns regarding general education, transfer credit or electives, contact Elizabeth Lennox at elennox@mtroyal.ca. If you have concerns including core courses, work experience, semester abroad or requests for exceptions, contact your chair:


» Broadcast Media Studies: Brad Clark, bclark@mtroyal.ca
» Information Design: Ben Kunz, bkunz@mtroyal.ca
» Journalism: Brad Clark, bclark@mtroyal.ca; Janice Paskey, jpaskey@mtroyal.ca
» Public Relations: Jane McNichol, jmcnichol@mtroyal.ca