Diploma in Communications, Culture, & Journalism Studies (CCJS)

Diploma in Communications, Culture, & Journalism Studies

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.

For full program information, see the OC Calendar:

here for two sample CCJS course schedules.

Planning to complete CCJS and then transfer to a Bachelor's program in BC? See here for detailed transfer guidelines.

Program Outline

Foundational courses

All of:

  • CMNS 100 - Introduction to Communications
  • CMNS 110 - Introduction to Mass Communication
  • CMNS 120 - Introduction to Journalism Studies 
  • ENGL 100 - University Writing OR ENGL 199 - Arts Studies in English
  • ENGL 153 - Critical Writing and Reading: Narrative


Three of:

  • CMNS 200 - Communications in the Everyday
  • CMNS 230 - Communications and Culture
  • CMNS/ENGL 235 - Professional Writing and Communications 
  • CMNS 240 - The Culture of Television
  • CMNS 250 - Cultural Industries in Canada
  • CMNS 270 - New Media
  • CMNS 260 - Topics in Communications
  • CMNS 290 - Introduction to Video Game Studies


 One of:

  • ENGL 215 - Studies in Reading Film
  • ENGL 219 - Intermediate Workshop in Creative Writing - Creative Non-Fiction 1
  • ENGL 222 - Studies in International Literature in English
  • ENGL 231 - Studies in Popular Narrative


Breadth courses

Three of:

  • ANTH 121 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • CMNS/ENGL 160 - Introduction to Film Studies
  • GEOG 128 - Human Geography: Space, Place and Community I OR GEOG 129 Human Geography - Resources, Development & Society 
  • HIST 122 - Canada Since 1867 OR HIST 125 - World History Since 1945
  • INDG 100 - Introduction to Indigenous Studies
  • PHIL 114 - Introduction to Logic and Critical Thinking I
  • POLI 101 - Introduction to Politics OR POLI 111 - The Government of Canada
  • SOCI 111 - Introduction to Sociology I 2
  • GSWS 100 - Introduction to Women's Studies

Two of:

  • GEOG 201 - Food and Society OR GEOG 210 - Introduction to Environmental Issues
  • POLI 222 - Global Political Economy OR POLI 240: Contemporary Political Ideologies
  • SOCI 202 - Introduction to Social Problems OR SOCI 216 - Media and Society 2 OR SOCI 217 - Consumer Society 2
  • GSWS 202 - Women in Politics OR GSWS 215 - Women and Popular Culture OR GSWS 216 - Feminism and Film   

Science courses

  • Nine (9) science credits, including
    • A minimum of 3 credits of Math, Computer Science, or Statistics 3
    • A minimum of 3 credits lab science 4

Elective Arts courses

  • Nine (9) Arts credits from any discipline 5



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.