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Advising

Scheduling an Advising Appointment

In light of the COVID-19 situation, the advising office will be modifying the way we deliver services. See below for details.

Currently, all COMM advising appointments will take place over the phone. 

To schedule an advising appointment with a communication academic advisor, please use our online scheduling system found here to schedule an appointment with an advisor. You will complete a one-time registration process that takes about two minutes (if you have already set up an account for the Oral Communication Center (OCC), you should use that account). After registering, you will login and select COMM Advising from the drop down menu. If you prefer, you can call the Undergraduate Advising Office at 301-405-0862 to schedule an appointment. Please note that we cannot send confirmation emails for appointments scheduled over the phone.

You can also contact us by email: commadvising@umd.edu

Drop-in Advising Schedule

There will be no drop-in advising until further notice. Advising is currently being offered by appointment only. See below to schedule a phone appointment with an advisor.
 

Types of Advising Appointments

First Semester Mandatory

For first-semester freshmen and external transfer students in their first semester at UMD

Note that you must meet with a COMM advisor first, and then meet with an ARHU advisor.  Please leave at least one day in between your appointments to allow for paperwork processing.

You can meet with a COMM advisor via phone appointments: Schedule an appointment using our online calendar (see below) and call the advising office at the number indicated on your confirmation email at your scheduled appointment time.

Before your appointment, run your unofficial degree audit here: https://uachieve.umd.edu/ to familiarize yourself with your degree requirements.

Please call promptly at your scheduled advising time.

An advisor will send a copy of your academic plan to ARHU Advising after your phone call.

You will need to complete the academic plan with an ARHU advisor prior to your advising block being lifted. You can schedule an appointment with an ARHU advisor on the ARHU website

Don't forget to check TESTUDO (click on Appointment and Registration Status) to see if you have other registration blocks and work to clear those as well if you do.

 Other Mandatory Advising

Note: to declare the major, see "Change of Major" further down the webpage.

You can meet with COMM Advising and ARHU Advising in any order you wish.

Run your unofficial degree audit here: https://uachieve.umd.edu/ to check your degree requirements and to determine what you still need to complete.

If you know what courses you plan to take for spring and do not have questions or concerns, you can complete your advising virtually by completing this form (if you need assistance selecting courses or have other concerns, we encourage you to schedule an advising appointment). A COMM advisor will email you with notes and mark your COMM advising as satisfied.

Or, if you do not know what courses you plan to take, you can meet with a COMM advisor via phone appointments: Schedule an appointment using our online calendar (see below) and call the advising office at the number indicated on your confirmation email promptly at the start of your scheduled appointment time.

You will also need to complete your mandatory advising with ARHU in order to have your advising block removed. You can schedule an appointment with an ARHU advisor on the ARHU website.

Don't forget to check TESTUDO (click on Appointment and Registration Status) to see if you have other registration blocks and work to clear those as well if you do.

General Advising

For information on your specific degree requirements, you can run your unofficial degree audit.

For general quick questions please email: commadvising@umd.edu.  

Via phone appointments: Schedule an appointment using our online calendar (see below) and call the advisor at the number provided in the confirmation email at your scheduled appointment time. Please call promptly at your scheduled advising time.

You may also reach us by phone: 301-405-0862 or 301-405-6519 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. (Please note that with phone appointments taking place, we will not always be able to answer your call. If you leave a message, we will get back to you as soon as possible or you can email us at the address above.)

PR Course Permission

COMM331, COMM332, COMM351, COMM353 and COMM483 require departmental permission to register. If you are a current COMM major and are planning to take any of these courses in the fall semester and do not have a mandatory advising block, you may complete this form for permission to register (please allow up to two business days for a response). Please note that we do not grant permission for non-majors to register for restricted classes.

If you need permission to register for COMM386, please see our Internship page for the application form and instructions.

Change of Major

First semester freshmen

Via phone appointment: Schedule an appointment using our online calendar (see below) and call the advising office at the number indicated on your confirmation email at your scheduled appointment time.

An advisor will send a copy of your academic plan to ARHU Advising after your phone call.

You will need to complete the academic plan with an ARHU advisor prior to your major being changed/added. You can schedule an appointment with an ARHU advisor on the ARHU website.

Other current UMD students

You must have submitted an application before the June 7 deadline for Fall 2021 admission.

Via phone appointment: Schedule an appointment using our online calendar (see below) and call the advising office at the number indicated on your confirmation email at your scheduled appointment time.

An advisor will send a copy of your academic plan to ARHU Advising after your phone call.

You will need to complete the academic plan with an ARHU advisor prior to your major being changed/added. You can schedule an appointment with an ARHU advisor on the ARHU website.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I go for advising?

If you have questions about majoring in communication or need information about communication courses, please see undergraduate advising located in 2101D Skinner. You may either schedule an appointment using our online calendar or by calling 301-405-0862 or send questions to commadvising@umd.edu.

If you have questions about CORE/Gen.Ed. or foreign language requirements, please see the College of Arts and Humanities (ARHU) advising located in 1120 Francis Scott Key Hall. The phone number for ARHU is 301-405-2108. To learn more about ARHU, visit www.arhu.umd.edu.

If I can't come in for advising, is there a way I can see what requirements I still need?

If you cannot come in to advising for an official audit, you can run an unofficial degree audit through uachieve.umd.edu. Click here to access the system. For instructional videos on how to use uachieve.umd.edu, see the Registrar's Office.

Can I receive advising assistance if I'm not a COMM major?

Yes. The Advising Office staff is available to assist students who have questions about admissions to the major, LEP application, appeal process and course selection.

Is there mandatory advising?

The Department of Communication is part of the College of Arts and Humanities and students who major in communication are required to have dual advising consultations during their undergraduate studies program.

All first-year students (both freshmen and transfers), students on academic warning, students reinstated, students who have completed 45-55 credits and seniors who have completed 86-100 credits have mandatory advising in both the College of Arts and Humanities and the communication department. If you have questions, please see the Communication Advising Office.

COMM is a Limited Enrollment Program (LEP): What does that mean?

An LEP program means that there are admission requirements. Students must satisfy admission requirements prior to becoming communication majors. For admission requirements, click here.

How do I declare COMM as my major as a first-semester freshman?

If you're a first-semester freshman or freshman connection student, you may declare COMM as your major before the last day of classes in your first semester. As a freshman declaring COMM, you are required to complete successfully a communication performance course (COMM107, 200 or 230), a statistical course (BMGT230, CCJS200, EDMS451, PSYC200 or SOCY201), and introduction to communication theory (COMM250) no later than the semester in which you reach your 45th credit. You will be asked to sign a contract in which you state your agreement to these conditions and a copy will be maintained in your file. First-semester freshmen wishing to declare COMM should schedule an appointment with the Communication Undergraduate Advising Office using our online scheduling system to schedule an appointment to begin the major change process.

What if I decide I want to be a COMM major after my first semester?

If you intend to declare COMM as your major after the end of the first semester of your freshman year, you must follow the Limited Enrollment Program application process. If you have any questions, please visit the Communication Advising Office.

What happens in the LEP process?

Students apply online here.

Applications are reviewed after the application deadline (the 5th business day in January for spring admission and the 5th business day in June for fall admission). The Undergraduate Admissions Office notifies students of the admission decision via email once the applications and transcripts have been evaluated. Students can only apply once to either the College Park or the Shady Grove Communication program.

How do I change my major?

Students may officially change their major (or add the COMM major) upon notification of their admission to the COMM program. Students must pursue the following steps:

  1. Meet with an advisor in COMM to begin an updated four-year plan
  2. Complete the Foreign Language Placement Test for Arts and Humanities
  3. Meet with an advisor in the College of Arts and Humanities (ARHU) to complete the four-year plan

Students must meet with the Communication Advising Office and complete the Foreign Language Placement Test prior to meeting with ARHU about their four year plan. All of these steps must be completed by the end of the schedule adjustment period for the semester for which the student is admitted or he/she will be unable to declare the COMM major and will be unable to reapply.

What if I'm adding COMM as a second major?

Students who plan to add COMM as a secondary (or new primary) major have to obtain signatures and approvals on a double major form. In addition, the revision of the four-year plan will be built on the student's current four year plan, combining requirements of both majors and college(s). 

How do I enroll in an Internship (COMM386)?

Communication majors wanting to enroll in the internship course must meet specific requirements. For detailed information, please visit the Internships page.  

How do I get transfer credits approved?

The department relies on the Transfer Credit Center to designate course equivalencies. For communication-related courses not in the Transfer Credit Center's database, students are asked to send the course syllabus (not just the short description) to commadvising@umd.edu and the advising staff will forward the syllabus for review. If the course equivalency is verified and approved, the department will update the student's record accordingly. Students seeking to enroll in another institution and transfer the credits to the University of Maryland have to complete a form called Permission to Enroll at Another Institution. This form must be approved by both COMM and ARHU prior to the student's enrollment in another institution.

Can I take COMM courses during my semester abroad?

Many students take COMM courses abroad. Please meet with a COMM advisor to determine if the course you wish to take has already been approved for COMM credit. If not, you will need to submit a course description and syllabus for review. In either case, you will need to complete a “Permission to Study Abroad” form and have a COMM advisor sign off on it before you begin your semester abroad in order to ensure that the credits will be accepted.

A course I want to take is full. Can I be oversubscribed into it?

There are a number of reasons why courses are limited to a specific number of students. Sometimes the room will only hold a certain number of chairs and other times it is necessary to limit the number of students because of the nature of the course and the material being covered. Therefore, oversubscriptions are done at the discretion of the course instructor on a case by case basis. If you are on the waitlist for a class make sure you show up for class the first day and inform the instructor. Many students who are on waitlists find that space opens during the first week or so of classes.

How do I get a block removed?

A student's inability to register for classes may be due to one of several reasons: the student must see both major AND college advisors, the student must provide the Health Center with immunization records, the student must resolve a financial block, among other reasons. Students should refer to Testudo to identify the registration block that pertains to them. If there is a departmental advising block, please visit the Communication Advising Office during the posted advising hours.

If you have a financial block, contact the Bursar's Office at extension 4-9000. Questions about vaccination blocks should be addressed to the Health Center at 4-8180. If you have a fundamental studies block you must register in person at the Mitchell Building.  

Academic and non-Academic Support

Remember the university offers a number of FREE academic and non-academic support services on campus including:

  • Tutoring@UMD
  • Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Education tutoring services
  • Oral Communication Center offers assistance with improving communication skills through peer consultants and workshops.
  • Department of Mathematics, 1117 Math Bldg. (301) 405-5053, offers tutoring in MATH 013/113 and 015/115 in addition to calculus courses.
  • The Math Success Program, sponsored by the Department of Resident Life, Oakland Hall, Academic Enrichment Center, ground floor. Offers math coaches and collaborative study groups. For more information, call (301) 314-4255. 
  • The Writing Center, 0125 Taliaferro, (301) 405-3787, will help you revise drafts, identify and correct grammatical errors and clarify your assignments. Please call to schedule an appointment.
  • Personal and/or counseling support is available at the Counseling Center (301) 314-7651 and at the University Health Center (310) 314-1493. Services in both offices are FREE and CONFIDENTIAL

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