Associate of Arts degree:
Media and Communication Studies

Graduates of the Associate of Arts, Media and Communication Studies option, are prepared to seek employment, or go on to Simon Fraser University to complete a BA in Communication. In some cases,  graduates enter other post-secondary institutions to complete degrees in related areas of study or to earn diplomas in the production aspect of media. Talk to the Arts advisor, or a faculty member, about the best option for you.

For program requirements, please refer to Associate of Arts section.


Department website:

“Language is intimately tied to man’s feeling and activity. It is bound up with nationality, religion, and the feeling of self. It is used for work, worship, and play by everyone, be he beggar or banker, savage or civilized... We are witnessing, in our time, the greatest changes in the history of language learning... Formerly known by a few as a mark of education, languages are now studied by people from all walks of life. More languages are studied than ever before, and methods of learning are changing rapidly.”    — Robert Lado

At UCFV we offer university-transfer courses in French, German, Japanese, Spanish, and Russian with hopes of expansion to other languages.

Many people ask: “Why study a second language?” As we prepare to meet the challenges of the 21st century, the world has become more and more interdependent in trade and travel, communication and cooperation. The key to the global community of the next millennium will be learning other languages. A second language is a practical skill, and will enhance employability. Many people will need to work in other countries as international trade develops and business contacts increase, so the need for multilingual Canadians is on the rise. The study of a second language also assists one to understand the structure of one’s own language.

The goal of our UCFV language program is to develop “creative communication”, so we place considerable emphasis on teaching you to speak the target language.
We feature a state-of-the-art computer laboratory equipped with sound-cards, a tapeless audio recording system, and computerized interactive programs to help you understand, speak, read, and write your target language. We are constantly searching for new ways to make language study more effective and enjoyable. If you can demonstrate sufficient proficiency in a language, you may receive advance credit and placement.


French is spoken in 25 countries around the world by almost 200 million people, and is one of the official languages of our country. Traditionally, it has been the language of diplomacy. Because one-third of our citizens are Francophones, studying French can provide a better awareness of who we are as a nation. It is also valuable within the context of the federal government’s language policies, especially for those who want careers in the public service, and is a useful tool for travel and enrichment. In commerce, too, more English Canadians who know French will be required in the future. We believe that learning French is a rewarding experience; it is the key to understanding French-speaking people and their fascinating culture.

Because of varying achievement levels, students may be requested to take a placement test to indicate the French course in which they have the best chance of success.


Why study German? We hear a great deal these days about bilingualism, but did you know that, after English and French, German is the most widely spoken language in Canada? In the Fraser Valley, especially, German is used extensively, as many of our local people come from German-speaking families. We hear a dozen or more different dialects, each one varying to some degree from standard German. At UCFV we offer courses in standard modern German, placing emphasis on both the spoken and the written word, thereby ensuring your ability to communicate adequately with German-speaking people throughout the world. At the same time, we help keep alive the German linguistic and cultural traditions characteristic of the Fraser Valley.


Japanese is the language of one of the world’s great economic giants and one of Canada’s most important trading partners. It is also one of the fastest growing languages of study in North America. As well, UCFV has a long-standing linkage with Hokkaido Community College in Japan. There is no doubt that the special relationship that B.C. has with Japan will require more of our citizens to develop skills in Japanese language and culture in the future. UCFV recognizes this fact and is proud to offer courses in first-year Japanese language where you will learn to understand and speak contemporary Japanese. Considerable time is also devoted to studying the Japanese writing system.


Many changes have occurred in what was formerly the USSR over the past few years. This upheaval has seen a march toward certain freedoms in Russian society which would have formerly seemed unthinkable. Canadians in the business and tourist industries are realizing more and more that there is a growing need for people trained in Russian studies to obtain more access to the huge East European market. At UCFV we offer courses in the Russian language which, though not easy to learn, has now become the second language of science and is itself exciting to study. It has an almost phonetic alphabet and a logical, if complex structure. Russian literature is amongst the world’s richest and most fascinating to read; our program offers you Russian literature in English translation.


Spanish is the most widely spoken Romance language, boasting more than 200 million speakers worldwide. It is the language of almost all of South and Central America except for Brazil, and is one of the United Nations’ five official languages. Within the Western Canadian context, Spanish-speaking people will be in greater demand in the future as Canada develops its business contacts with more Pacific Rim countries — Mexico in particular. Here at UCFV we offer courses in Spanish language to support not only these economic and cultural needs, but also our burgeoning Latin American Studies program. We shall teach you to read and write Spanish as well as to speak and understand it.


Alan Cameron, BA (Hons) (Calgary), MA, PhD (UBC), Department Head
Germaine Baril, BA (Alta), MA (Wayne State), PhD (Michigan)
Teresa Arroliga-Piper, BEd (UNAN–Managua), MA-in-progress (UBC)

Sumiko Nishizawa, BA (Japan Women’s University), MA (UBC)
John Rice, BA (Hons) (Stirling), MA (UBC), PhD-in-progress (UBC)


Diane McQuillan
Warren Stokes, Bus.dip.(UCFV)
Lillian Willms

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