Communication Studies advisors are available to help students plan a program of study that fits with their career goals, identify courses aligned with their interests, address issues they might encounter in classes, learn more about Comm Club and Lambda Pi Eta, and stay on track for graduation. Advisors are also able to discuss internships, career options, and the process of applying to graduate school.
To declare a Communication Studies major or minor, students should come to the Academic and Career Advising Center in 107 Oldfather Hall. The professional advising staff there can assist with general advising questions and are available by appointment through the MyPLAN tab in blackboard or on a walk-in basis 9:30-4.
All Communication Studies majors and minors should meet with a departmental advisor during their first semester as a CS major or minor. Regular meetings with advisors are strongly encouraged. Advisors' email addresses are posted to the right along with their pictures.
For transfer credit evaluation, students must make an appointment with the chief Communication Studies advisor, Dr. Kathy Castle. Information about the transfer credit process is available here including forms for international or education abroad evaluation. For transfer credit from U.S. institutions, a substitution form can be used to apply it to the COMM major or minor.
The following procedures should help you make the most of the Communication Studies advising process.
- To declare a Communication Studies major, please go to the Academic and Career Advising Center in 107 Oldfather Hall.
- You should meet with a Communication Studies departmental advisor early in your program to discuss and file a program of study. Regular meetings with a departmental advisor are strongly encouraged.
- Outlined requirements for the major can be found here. (Note: Be sure the bulletin/catalog you are looking at is the correct one—dated from the time your major was declared.)
- All A&S requirements must be met to receive a Communication Studies degree.
- All graduating seniors should speak to an advisor the semester before they plan to graduate to make sure all requirements have been met.
- To declare a Communication Studies minor, please go to the Academic and Career Advising Center in 107 Oldfather Hall.
- You should discuss with an academic advisor which would be best suited to your program of study either a Plan A (18 hour minor-stand alone) or Plan B (12 hour minor which must be coupled with another 12 hour minor).
- You should meet with the Communication Studies departmental advisor early in your program to discuss a curricular emphasis for your minor. Regular meetings with your advisor are strongly encouraged.
- Requirements for the major. (Note: make sure you are looking at the correct bulletin/catalog—noted from the time the major was declared.)
The Director of Graduate Studies serves as the primary advisor for graduate students until an official advisor is chosen. Toward the end of the first semester or early in the second semester, students request a faculty member to work with them as their advisor and together they put together a Supervisory Committee.
The duties of the Supervisory Committee include guiding the student in planning a Program of Study, selecting an Examining Committee for comprehensive exams, and planning and submitting a satisfactory dissertation. The Supervisory Committee must consist of four Graduate Faculty Members: the advisor, two Graduate Faculty Members from the Department of Communication Studies, and one Graduate Faculty Member from an outside department.