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Undergraduate Study: SMC Programs

About Book & Media Studies


Book and Media

The Book and Media Studies program is an interdisciplinary and historical investigation of the role of printing, books and reading in cultures past and present. It covers topics such as manuscript and book production, internet publishing, book illustrations, advertising, censorship, and the ways readers use and enjoy books.

The St Michael's Print Room houses a collection of antique presses and other printing artifacts, including binding equipment and an extensive collection of type. The Print Room gives Book and Media students a hands-on experience in support of their courses in book history and material bibliography. The program takes advantage of the extensive human and physical resources already in place at the University of Toronto, including the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, the Robertson Davies Library (Massey College), the Centre for 19th Century French Studies, the Pontifical Institute for Mediaeval Studies, the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, and the Department of Fine Arts exhibition catalogues collection.

Book and Media Studies may be taken as a minor or a major program.

Book and Media Studies is an undergraduate program only. Students in the Faculty of Arts and Science of the University of Toronto may enrol in the program at the end of their first year. All students in the Faculty of Arts and Science are welcome in the program and its individual courses.

Book and Media Courses Include:

Not all courses are offered every year | See Book and Media Program Requirements and Courses

  • Mass Media in Culture and Society
  • Bibliography and Print Culture
  • Readers and Readerships
  • Broadcast Media and Culture
  • Media Revolutions
  • The Newspaper in Canadian Society
  • Social Technology and Networks
  • Books, Media, and Music
  • Early Television
  • Media Ethics
  • Religion, Media and Culture
  • The Celtic Book
  • Special Topics in Books and Media
  • Independent Studies in Book and Media Studies
  • The Mediaeval Book
  • Advertising and Media
  • Media in Education
  • Church, Ethics and Media
  • McLuhan
  • Public Broadcasting in Canada
  • The program also includes relevant courses in other departments, e.g. English, History, Fine Art, Anthropology, etc.