Book and Media Studies

The Book & Media Studies program is open to undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto, and students from across the University are welcome to join our classes. The program is an interdisciplinary and historical investigation of the role of printing, books, reading, and electronic and digital media in cultures past and present. Its topics include: manuscript and book production, internet publishing, book illustrations, advertising, censorship, reading and entertainment alongside the development of mass media—the advent of radio and the emergence of television, global telecommunications, social media, and the internet.

The program prepares students for vocations in journalism, publishing, editing, communications and graduate programs in information and library science. The program also introduces them to topics in the Book History and Print Culture Graduate program at the University of Toronto.

The new Arts & Science Internship Program (ASIP) stream is available to students entering their second year of study in and enrolled in the Book & Media Studies Major. In exceptional circumstances, students, including transfer students, who enrolled in the Book & Media Studies Major after Year 2, may also be admitted to the ASIP stream the Fall of Year 3. Acceptance into an ASIP stream in Year 3 is dependent on space and requires approval of the student’s academic unit and the Faculty of Arts & Science Experiential Learning & Outreach Support (ELOS) Office. Please refer to the ASIP Eligibility page on the Faculty of Arts & Science website for further details.