BA Program

The purpose of the Bachelors degree in communication is to introduce to students the basic questions that interest communication researchers, and the tools they use to answer them: What are the meanings of messages and how are they decoded? How do media cultivate realities and what are their effects? What is the role of language in social interaction? How do media develop as social and technological systems, how are they intertwined in the lives of people and cultures, and in cultural and economic contexts? Students in the department are invited to an inter-disciplinary encounter with interpersonal and mediated communication - from the intimate meeting through sub-cultures and to mass society, from the town square through the newspaper and TV to the computer and the cellular telephone. Graduates of the Department of Communication know how to conceptualize and analyze media production, content, and audiences, and how to study their components and effects. Studies are in Hebrew. A good knowledge of English is required.

The studies are conducted in a dual-major track such that students study in another department to complete their degree. Classes include core courses that lay the foundations for upper level classes, elective courses that examine various topics in communication, professional workshops taught by communication practitioners, and seminars - the high point of the program - that offer a focused investigation and involve an initial research experience.

Students can also choose a single major track. This track is intended for those seeking a broader and more specialized training in communication. Studies combine more elective courses and workshops than the number offered in the dual-major track, a selection of basic courses in related fields that were chosen to provide a stronger basis in communication (e.g., sociology, history and literature), and a minor in a field of study of the student's choice.

The Department of Communication and the Faculty of Law offer a joint program in Communication and Law:

  1. Students may enroll in the joint program starting with their first year, provided they meet the admissions criteria for both programs, and that they do not already have a degree in either Communication or Law.
  2. Students will study, simultaneously, toward the completion of coursework in both Law (112 credits) and the dual-major track in Communication (54 credits).
  3. Students in the joint program in Communication and Law will be eligible for their Communication degree after fulfilling all the university-wide degree requirements, and the dual-track coursework of 54 credits.
  4. Students in the joint program will be exempt from the "Communication Law" course and one workshop.
  5. As part of their elective courses in the Law program, students in the joint program will be required to earn 6 credits by completing courses dealing with topics of joint interest to both Law and Communication. The list of acceptable elective courses for this requirement will be determined in consultation with the Department of Communication.
  6. Students in the joint program who discontinue their Law studies before completing the Law degree may count up to 10 course credits, completed in the Faculty of Law, toward their dual-degree track in Communication. Students will be required to complete 60 credits in Communication (and a total of 120 credits for the dual-major degree) to receive the Bachelor of Communication degree.
  7. Students who complete the joint program will receive a Bachelors degree in Communication and law.
Admissions:
  1. To be admitted, the general university criteria must be met.
  2. The admissions requirements may change yearly based on the number of applicants.
  3. It is recommended to apply early. Applicants must take the Psychometric exam before July each year.
  4. The Department will consider applications from students who wish to transfer from another department in the university or from a college, if their GPA is not below 90 or is among the top 15% of each of the programs in which they were studying (provided this average is based on at least a total of 30 credits).

Department of Communication, University of Haifa | Department address: Room 8034, Rabin Building, University of Haifa, 199 Aba Khoushy Ave., Mount Carmel, Haifa 31905 | Phone: 04-8249283 | Fax: 04-8249120 | e-mail: nnathan@univ.haifa.ac.il |

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