Diploma in Communications, Culture, & Journalism Studies (CCJS)
The Diploma in Communications, Culture, & Journalism Studies (CCJS) is a two-year interdisciplinary diploma that foregrounds a critical analysis of the mass media as contemporary society’s most pervasive agent of political and cultural transformation. Students will explore the social, political, and economic functions of news and communications media, the history of journalism, and cultural policy & theory. Particular attention will be paid to questions of social justice, as well as of identity and constructions of gender, race, class, sexuality, and nationality.
Housed in the Department of Communications, CCJS offers students foundational courses in media theory, writing-intensive courses in Communications and English, and a selection of elective breadth courses from a range of departments—including Anthropology, History, Philosophy, Geography, Political Science, Sociology, and Women's Studies.
While students may proceed directly to potential entry-level careers in communications, journalism, public relations, marketing, advertising, research, writing, publishing, consulting or new media, especially in small markets and independent digital environments, completion of this program is intended primarily to provide students with the liberal arts education necessary for further study.
Planning to complete CCJS and then transfer to a Bachelor's program in BC? See here for detailed transfer guidelines.
Elective Arts courses
1 CCJS choosing ENGL 219 should request a prerequisite waiver from the English Dept. Chair.
2 Students interested in SOCI 216 or SOCI 217 should take SOCI 111 from the first year breadth list AND also SOCI 121 as one of their first year Arts electives in order to fulfill prerequisite requirements.
3 For example: MATH 111-Essential Mathematics for Arts; COSC 122-Computers in Society; COSC 180- Multimedia Computing
4 For example: ASTR 111-Astronomy 1; BIOL 112-Evolution and Ecology; EESC 101-Environmental Science. See the Associate of Arts page for a more detailed list of courses that will satisfy the Science requirement.
5 A university-level language course is recommended for students who have not completed a Grade 12 high school second language course.