Fonds I0104 - Department of Communication Studies fonds

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Department of Communication Studies fonds

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  • 1965 - 2017 (Creation)
    Concordia University. Department of Communication Studies

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32 cm of textual records
ca. 200 photographs: b&w and col. prints, negatives, slides
2 videocassettes : VHS
2 optical discs : DVD

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Founded in 1965 as Communication Arts, the Department of Communication Studies was the first department to study the art of communication in Canada. In keeping with this ground-breaking tradition, the department has since gone on to develop three highly innovative graduate programs: a Diploma in Communication, a Master of Arts in Media Studies, and a Joint PhD in Communication.

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The Department of Communication Arts was founded in 1965 by Father John E. O’Brien at Loyola College, one of the two founding institutions of Concordia University. In 1964, the department started its modest beginnings with an elective course, “Mass Communication and Society” which was taught by Father O’Brien. Almost a year later, the department officially began, the first of its kind in Canada, with Father O’Brien as chairman for the next 12 years. In 1966, a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Communications was introduced. The department was renamed Communication Studies in 1976.

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The fonds provides information on the activities and management of the department.

The fonds includes minutes of departmental meetings, budget and administrative files, brochures, and posters.

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The documents were transferred to Records Management and Archives in 2001, 2017, 2018, and 2019.


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  • English

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    Some files may contain personal or confidential information. Access to these files may be restricted as required by Quebec Act respecting Access to documents held by public bodies and the Protection of personal information.

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    Further accruals are expected.

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