Program Overview

We are the School of Professional Communication (ProCom) located at Ryerson University in the heart of downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Professional Communication is the study and practice of written, oral, visual and media communication practices within organizations or “fields” such as healthcare, law, government, business, advertising, science, and technology.

What will I learn?

The BA in Professional Communication will help you develop the critical and analytical skills for understanding the role of communication in your own life, in the larger society, and globally.  

Through theory, critical thinking, and hands-on projects on such topics as communication technologies, the power of language and imagery, and social networks and relationships, and you will understand how communication processes work and influence people.  Field work, internships, and international exchange opportunities provide exciting opportunities to put classroom learning into real-life practice.

What flexibility do I have in the program?

The ProCom BA offers you both a clear progression in the theory and practice of professional communication as well as the flexibility to design your own course of study (with faculty supervision) based on personal interest and career goals.  You can focus your program of study on one of the following streams:

  • Organizational/corporate/nonprofit charitable stream
  • New media/technical communication stream
  • Governance/public policy/international communication stream
  • Science/health communication stream

The option for specific streams draws from a variety of Ryerson courses, both theoretical and applied.  You will also be encouraged to complete a Minor in another area at Ryerson.

How many required courses do I take? How many electives?

The ProCom BA is a 25 course major that provides both focus and flexibility. The requirements are as follows:

  • 14 CMN required courses. These courses provide essential grounding in communication theory and practice.
  • 3 required Professionally Related courses. These courses will provide students with an introduction to potential streams within ProCom and to potential Minors outside of ProCom.
  • 8 Professional courses from within ProCom. These courses provide students with greater focus in specific genres and streams.
  • 9 Professionally Related Electives courses. These courses from other programs or from ProCom provide more opportunity for stream focus and Minors, if desired.
  • 6 Liberal Studies courses. These courses, from programs outside of ProCom, provide further option for stream focus and Minors.