Program Information

School: Cape Breton University
Faculty: School of Arts and Social Sciences
Degree: Bachelor
Field of Study: Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Description: Cape Breton University has the only Communication Program with a major degree in Atlantic Canada. Our program is diverse and interdisciplinary, drawing on areas such as political science, anthropology, sociology, history and business fields. We offer a range of courses that include performance-based courses like Public Communication and Voice and Articulation; relationship-based courses like Interpersonal Communication and Family Communication; media-focused courses, such as Issues in Media Studies and Rhetoric in Popular Culture; theoretical and critical courses such as Communication and Culture, Rhetorical Theory, and Communication Criticism; and courses related to specific work contexts, like Health Communication and Corporate Communication.

Our three introductory courses—Introduction to Interpersonal Communication, Introduction to Public Communication and Issues in Media Studies—require that students take a one-hour a week lab that is facilitated by upper-level students. In this lab students put into practice many of the theories discussed in the classroom as well as practicing and perfecting their presentations. This lab is unique in Canada, and it provides students with enjoyable group experiences and a chance to express themselves in a safe environment. Students who excel in Communication Studies may wish to become Communication Lab Peer Facilitators by enrolling in our facilitation course. These students gain invaluable experience by facilitating in the educational setting. This work is helpful for students planning to continue into teaching, counseling or other fields where individual responsibility and initiative are important. It is an excellent item to include on your resume.

URL: Communication at Cape Breton University
Length: 4 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
International: $17,024

Admission Requirements

Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)* 65

These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

  •  Grade12 English 

Applicants are required to have English 12 (academic or advanced) and 4 additional Grade 12 academic or advanced level courses, with a minimum overall average of 65%.

Test Scores:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 550] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 80] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Computer Based) [min. 213] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5]

Cape Breton University has strong relationships with several english language partners including, International Centre EAP, English School of Canada (ESC), EC English Language School and ILAC. If your first language is not English, you will need to provide documentation to show that CBU’s English language proficiency requirements have been met. If you have completed at least two years in a secondary school (as recognized by CBU) where English is the primary language of instruction, you do not require a language score. Official documentation, however, is needed. If you have completed at least 30 credit hours (or equivalent) at a post-secondary institution (as recognized by CBU) where English is the primary language of instruction, you do not require a language score. Official documentation is required.