Undergraduate study in Communication

What can you study in Communication?

Communication is an interdisciplinary field that examines verbal, nonverbal and mediated communication, media texts, audiences and the role of new technologies. Your study in Communication will give you in-depth insights into how media and communication operate in society today. 

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

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.

You can also choose to focus your study in one of three areas: business and marketing, media and communications, and science communications.

Structuring your BA major

Major in Communication

You can take a major in Communication as one of your two BA majors (a double major). You will need to pass at least 120 points (eight courses) towards each of your majors, including at least 45 points (three courses) at Stage III.


Explore the undergraduate courses you can take as part of a major in Communication. You would normally take Stage I courses in your first year, Stage II in your second and Stage III in your third.

Required courses

You must pass the following courses as part of the Communication major:

  • Two courses from COMMS 100-105
  • Two courses from COMMS 200-214, MEDIA 214
  • Two courses from COMMS 303-321, MEDIA 314

Scholarships and awards

Help and advice

Our friendly staff will provide you with advice on planning your degree and enrolling in your courses at Student Hubs.

If you would like to find out more about studying Communication, you can contact our Undergraduate Adviser.

A seperate Bachelor of Communication will be offered for the first time in Semester One, 2022.  Find out more about this option.