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Advising

Scheduling an Advising Appointment

Please note that we have a dual advising system with the College of Arts and Humanities (ARHU).  If you have questions about the requirements for the Communication major, you should meet with a COMM advisor.  For questions about other degree requirements (General Education, Global Engagement, etc.), you should meet with an ARHU advisor.

To schedule an advising appointment with a communication academic advisor: 

  • Current COMM majors, please use TerpEngage to schedule your appointment.
  • Prospective COMM majors, please use this link to schedule your appointment.

If you are not a current UMD student or if you are having trouble using the appointment scheduler, you can call the Undergraduate Advising Office at 301-405-0862 or email commadvising@umd.edu to schedule an appointment. 
 

If you have quick questions and do not need an appointment, 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 above 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.

To complete your mandatory advising:

  1. Schedule an appointment with a COMM advisor using our online calendar (see above). Follow the instructions in your confirmation email to meet with your advisor at the designated appointment time.
  2. Before your appointment, you may run your unofficial degree audit here: https://uachieve.umd.edu/ to familiarize yourself with your degree requirements.
  3. Please be present promptly at your scheduled advising time.  If you arrive early, we may still be meeting with the student before you so please be patient (note that if you choose to meet via Zoom, the meeting room will be locked until your scheduled appointment time).
  4. An advisor will send a copy of your academic plan to ARHU Advising after your appointment.
  5. 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
  6. 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 the "Change of Major" tab.

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

To satisfy your mandatory advising with a COMM advisor:

  1. Run your unofficial degree audit here: https://uachieve.umd.edu/ to check your degree requirements and to determine what you still need to complete.
  2. To satisfy your mandatory advising for COMM, you have 2 options:
    • If you know what courses you plan to take and don't have any questions, you can complete this form (if you are a first-semester freshman or this is your first semester at UMD, you must schedule an appointment).  Please allow 2-3 business days for a response.
    • If you are unsure about what classes you plan to take or have questions/concerns (or if you just want to meet with an advisor), you will need to schedule an appointment to meet with a COMM advisor using our online calendar (see above). Follow the instructions in your confirmation email to meet with your advisor at the designated appointment time.  
      • Please be present promptly at your scheduled advising time. If you arrive early, we may still be meeting with the student before you so please be patient (note that if you choose to meet via Zoom, the meeting room will be locked until 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 or quick questions please email commadvising@umd.edu.  

If you need to speak with an advisor, schedule an appointment using our online calendar (see above). Follow the instructions in your confirmation email to meet with your advisor at the designated appointment time. Please be present promptly at your scheduled advising time. If you arrive early, we may still be meeting with the student before you so please be patient (note that if you choose to meet via Zoom, the meeting room will be locked until your scheduled appointment 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 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 either complete this form or email commadvising@umd.edu for permission to register (please allow up to two business days for a response). If you have mandatory advising, permission will be granted when you satisfy your mandatory advising (please do not complete the form or email us- see the mandatory advising tab for details).

Please note that we do not grant permission for non-majors to register for restricted classes and you must have completed or be currently enrolled in the necessary prerequisites.

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

Schedule an appointment using our online calendar (use the link for prospective majors above).  Follow the instructions in your confirmation email to meet with your advisor at the designated appointment time.

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

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

The Communication major is a Limited Enrollment Program. Students who do not declare the major in the first semester of their freshman year must meet certain gateway requirements. Please see our Admissions page for more information about the admissions criteria and the full declaration process.

In order to begin the declaration process, you must have submitted an application by the application deadline for the semester in which you wish to apply.

After you have submitted your application, schedule an appointment using our online calendar (use the link for prospective majors above).  Follow the instructions in your confirmation email to meet with your advisor at the designated 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 (see above) or by calling 301-405-0862 or send questions to commadvising@umd.edu.

If you have questions about 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 to advising for an official audit, you can run an unofficial degree audit through uachieve.umd.edu.For instructional videos on how to use uachieve, 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 (see above) 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?

Current 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 Assessment 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 Assessment 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) along with your name, UID, name of the institution where the course was taken, the course ID and course title at the transfer institution to: transfercredit@umd.edu and they will forward the syllabus for review. If the course equivalency is verified and approved, Transfer Credit 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, once Education Abroad approves your application you will need to complete a “Study Abroad Course Approval” 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.  Please contact Education Abroad for more information.

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

Advisors

Adina Oved

Academic Advisor, Communication

(301) 405-0862