Most undergraduate courses in Communication are open for enrollment to students
throughout the University. However, obtaining the Bachelor of Arts Degree with a
major in Communication requires formal application and acceptance. The degree is
granted by the College of Arts and Sciences or the College of Liberal and Professional
Studies, although the major curriculum is designed, administered, and instructed
by the Annenberg School for Communication. All decisions concerning admission to
the major are made by The Annenberg School.
Students should apply to the major as soon as they have completed two core courses
and one additional communications course. Students may submit applications
during the semester in which they are working to complete prerequisite requirements
(listed below). Admission will be offered once grades are reported for two core
courses and one additional communications course provided they meet or exceed a
cumulative GPA of 3.0. Students who fail to meet the 3.0 minimum may not apply using
other courses in a future semester. Students are strongly encouraged to apply for
admission to the major no later than the second semester of their sophomore year.
The latest semester in which students may apply to the major is the first semester
of the junior year. Students who fail to complete admission requirements
before the end of the sophomore year may have difficulty completing all major requirements
by the end of their senior year. These students may find it necessary to take additional
semesters of coursework to graduate.
A word of advice to majors and prospective majors: Completing all major requirements
by the end of the senior year takes careful planning. Timely application is the
first step for a smooth transition through all major requirements for graduation.
The second step is consulting with Alison Berstecher each semester to review progress
in meeting major requirements prior to advance registration.
Students must meet the following requirements prior to acceptance into the major..
Alison Berstecher, Director Student
Services and Registrar, provides academic and procedural advising for prospective
communication majors. Students are encouraged to consult with Ms. Berstecher well
in advance of application in order to match the requirements for the major to their
particular situation and to draft a tentative curriculum.
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