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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Communication and Digital Media Studies - Open Minor

What is the Communication and Digital Media Studies - Open Minor?

Communications and digital media are everywhere and in everything. Journalists, public affairs officers, content creators, entertainment makers, branding experts, digital storytellers, social media influencers, consumers, activists and citizens use all kinds of media every day to create, send, and receive messages and images about the world, with the goal of changing it in some way. The open minor in Communication and Digital Media Studies focuses on the drivers, roles, uses, goals, and impacts of all kinds of communication and media forms in relation to the dynamics, problems and changes of modern society. It consists of 7 courses (21 credit hours) and is available to all students in any major program in any faculty at Ontario Tech University.*

To earn this minor, complete:

3 of:

COMM 1100U – Introduction to Communication and Digital Media Studies
COMM 1420U – Living Digitally: Social Media, Culture & Society
COMM 2311U – The Creative Industries: Ideas, Art, Tech, Money, Power
COMM 2620U - Professional Communication
COMM 3610U – Strategic Communications for Influence: Rhetoric, Persuasion and Propaganda


4 of:

COMM 2110U – Communication and Digital Media Theory: Keyworks
COMM 2210U – Researching Communication and Digital Culture
COMM 2410U – Social History of Communication and Media Technologies
COMM 3720U - Knowing Your Audience: Audience Studies for Media Professionals and Creators
COMM 2411U – Governing Communication and Creativity: Policy for an era of Digital Disruption
COMM 3110U – Communication Ethics: Making Media for the Social Good
COMM 2240U - Television
COMM 2220U – The Media, Creativity and Culture in Canada
COMM 2413 - Science Communication: Media for creative, fun, and effective STEM communication
COMM 2530U – Advertising as Social Communication
COMM 2270U – Entertainment Goes Global: From Hollywood to the World
COMM 3250U – Pop Culture and Entertainment
COMM 3410U – Designing Hits: Storytelling in the Digital Age
COMM 3310U – Communication for Social Change, Communities and Development
COMM 3350U – Environmental Communication: Media and Tech for Sustainability
COMM 3510U – Work in the Creative and Tech Industries
COMM 3710U – Media, Identity and Intercultural Communication
COMM/ POL 3751 Media, War and Conflict
COMM 3740U – Video Games, Media and Culture
COMM 4120U - AI, Ethics and Communication
COMM 4140U – Ways of Seeing: Visual Communication Arts and New Media
COMM 4261U – Online Creator-Entrepreneurs: YouTubers, Influencers, and Streamers
COMM 4420U – Political Communication, Digital Media and Democracy
COMM 4510U – Public Relations: Social Power, Social Media, and Social Responsibility
COMM 4530U - Media Activism and Protest Cultures
COMM 4610U – The Struggle is Real: Communication for Transformation, Conflict, and Peace
COMM 4710U – Global Media, the Internet, and International Relations

*please note: the courses linked to this minor are subject to change in the future, and scheduling availability.