Academic Advising

Advising for Communication Studies Majors and Minors

Understanding how to measure your own academic progress toward majoring or minoring in communication studies will help ensure you avoid obstacles along the way. Your COMM faculty hope that the department’s introduction to COMM advising video, advising agreement, and frequently asked questions will help you navigate the Communication Studies curriculum at USD. The tools we have provided will give you quick answers to common advising questions and will help you make the most of conversations with your advisor.

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Note: If you have recently declared the Communication Studies major, you are required to view the advising video below and then complete the advising agreement beneath the video. Any questions about this process, please contact your academic advisor.


Communication Studies Advising Agreement


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Frequently Asked Questions for New Majors and Minors

  • How do I declare a communication major?
  • How do I add or drop a major or minor?
  • How will I be assigned an advisor?
  • Can I change my advisor?
  • What are the course requirements for the communication major?
  • What are the course requirements for the communication minor?
  • Can I declare a minor with my communication major?
  • What math class do I have to take to graduate with my communication major?
  • Can PSYC 230 count for my COMM 265 requirement?
  • Where can I find a list of course descriptions?
  • How do I know what classes are being offered next semester?
  • When can I take upper-division courses (300- or 400-level courses)?
  • Can I double-count courses in the core and in my communication major?
  • Can I take a course for my major as pass/fail?
  • Can I take a course at another school and transfer the credit?
  • Can I get a D in a class and it still be applied to my communication major?
  • Can I get academic credit for working at an internship?
  • How do I find internship opportunities?
  • How do I meet the advanced integration requirement in the core?
  • I have fulfilled the core requirements and the communication major requirements. Can I graduate?
  • When should I petition to graduate?