Undergraduate study in Communication

What can you study in Communication?

You will be able to develop specialist skills and knowledge by studying various forms of writing, journalism, digital and visual communications and social media.

Your study will also give you an understanding of the wider contexts of communication and the media in society today.  You can gain insights into audiences, technology and culture, advertising, marketing, and communications in business and the workplace. There are also opportunities to explore the relationship of the media with politics, gender and Māori.   

The specialisation or major in Communication

From 2018 you can take Communication as either a specialisation or as part of a double major in the BA.

If you want your degree to predominantly focus on Communication, you can take the specialisation, which consists of 240 points or 16 courses from Communication.  See what a specialisation in Communication might look like on our BA sample programme structure.

If you want to combine Communication with another BA major, you can take the double major option of 120 points or eight courses from Communication. You will need to pass at least 120 points (8 courses) towards your major in Communication, including at least 45 points (3 courses) at Stage III. See what a double major might look like on our BA sample programme structure.

Whether you choose the specialisation or double major, your BA as a whole will consist of 360 points or 24 courses.  

How to choose your courses

You must choose your courses from those listed in the BA schedule for Communication. You must also meet any specific requirements indicated in the schedule for the major or specialisation.

BA schedule for Communication