Semiotics and Communication Studies

Semiotics is the science of communication and sign systems. Semiotics looks at the ways people understand phenomena and organize them mentally, and the subsequent ways in which they create means of transmitting that understanding with others. Although natural and artificial languages are therefore central to semiotics, the field covers all non-verbal signaling and beyond. Knowledge, meaning, intention and action are thus fundamental concepts in semiotics. By virtue of the interdisciplinary nature of semiotics, in the Semiotics and Communication Studies programs students will study core courses at Victoria College, with a chance to incorporate further studies in areas such as anthropology, literature and critical theory, philosophy, media, history, etc


Admission Information

  • Apply to either the Humanities or Social Sciences admission category on the St. George campus
  • Six Grade 12 U or M courses, including English are required
  • Students outside of Ontario should have the equivalent senior high school credits


Honours Bachelor of Arts Program

  • Semiotics and Communication Studies (minor)


First-Year Courses

No first-year courses are offered in Semiotics and Communication Studies.


Advice for First Year

A minor in Semiotics and Communication Studies requires one full credit of the following first year courses: ANT100Y1 – Introduction to Anthropology, LIN100Y1 – Introduction to General Linguistics, PHL100Y1 – Introduction to Philosophy, or SOC 101Y1 – Introduction to Sociology, SOC102H1 - Introduction to Sociology Social Inequalities, SOC103H1 - Introduction to Sociology Social Institutions and Processes or one credit from the Vic One program.  Successful completion with a grade that meets the requirement outlined in the Arts & Science Calendar is required for entry into the program.



Direct career opportunities include:

Columnist Community Relations Professional
Editorial Assistant Communications Specialist
Researcher Corporate Trainer
Copy Editor Media Relations Officer
Layout Coordinator Speech Researcher
Production Assistant Politician
Promotions Specialist Writer-Producer


Learn more about the Faculty of Arts & Science by reading our Viewbook


First Year