Message from the Chair

Welcome to the School of Professional Communication (ProCom) at Ryerson University. We are a group of interdisciplinary practitioners, scholars and researchers who investigate communication in organizations, communities, and professional groups. We are interested in the ways talk, text, image, sound and digital media intersect to create social and professional relationships and practices, places and organizations.

The future requires people who can innovate wisely and strategically. We aim to prepare students to become savvy improvisers so that they can profit from and contribute to constantly changing communication demands. Located in the heart of Toronto in the Dundas Square area, our School has connections to local organizations and industries, and we bring those experiences into our classrooms. Combining those experiences with theories and applications related to language, image, sound, and digital media, our students are prepared to assume responsibility for communication in any area of an organization – from public relations to internal communications to media development.

Although we offer a relatively new BA degree program, our school has a long history at Ryerson University. For decades we offered Ryerson students courses in business and technical communication, a Chang School of Continuing Education business communication certificate, and a Minor in Professional Communication. More recently we launched a Masters in Professional Communication (MPC). This highly successful 12-month post-graduate program accepts up to 25 students per year and includes an internship. Our students have advanced into engaging and interesting positions in government, industry and non-profit organizations.

In the summer of 2017 ProCom graduated its first BA students in Professional Communication. Professional Communication degrees with a focus on organizational and technical communication are popular in the United States, Australia and Europe. Our program is one of the first in Canada and is unique in several ways. It expands into areas such as environmental, intercultural and health care communication. It also combines theory, practice and research in ways that encourage our students to perform creatively and ethically as they analyze and solve workplace communication issues.

Once again, we are looking forward to working with all our students to help prepare them for the changing world in which we live.

Dr. John Shiga

Chair, School of Professional Communication