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I am interested in the Communication major. Where can I find more information?

Please go to requirements for the major for more information. You can also send an email to the advisor, Advisor at CommunicationAdvise@usf.edu or set an appointment to meet with her at http://usfweb3.usf.edu/appointments/StudentSignon.asp

This looks like the major for me, and I have met the pre requisites of 30 hours and at least a C- grade in SPC2608 or public speaking equivalent. What do I do to declare the major?

To declare the Communication major you must contact the advisor, Advisor, for the declaration of major form. This can be done via email (make sure to include your U number) or by appointment (see above contact information).

I have not yet met all the pre requisites for the major. What can I do?

If you have not earned 30 hours yet, you should keep working on your FKL requirements and, if you have the other pre requisites you can wait until 30 hours to declare. However, you are still welcome to discuss your academic plan with the advisor. You can start working on the Communication core courses. If you have not completed public speaking but have the other pre requisites you need to get into the SPC2608 asap to avoid any delays in progressing through the major. You also can work on the Communication core courses while taking SPC2608. If you have not achieved the 2.5 overall GPA needed for admission and you have the other pre requisites you need to meet with the advisor to assess the feasibility of you raising your GPA without compromising a timely progression through the major.  You can use the GPA calculator in Degree Works or there is a link to a calculator at the advising webpage http://www.ugs.usf.edu/academicadvising/index.htm


  • I am ready to get started. Where can I find descriptions of the Communication courses?

    Current Courses

    Do I have to take my courses in a particular order?

    It is recommended that you complete the core requirements before starting into your chosen concentration or any departmental electives, particularly the COM2000 as it is a pre requisite for the majority of upper level communication courses except COM3122, COM4030, SPC3301, SPC3710, and SPC4714. There are some further upper level courses that require more than the COM2000, which will be indicated in the course descriptions.

    Speaking of pre requisites, I have all the pre reqs listed in the course description, but I am still not able to register for the course. What should I do?

    It is likely the course has SPC2608 as a pre req and you transferred in with a public speaking equivalent. You just need to email the advisor, Advisor (CommunicationAdvise@usf.edu), with your U number and the Course Reference Number (5 digit CRN) and she will override the restriction.

    I have taken an SPC4930 course. Can I take another?

    Yes. As long as it is a different topic you can take more than one SPC4930 course.

    I am interested in doing an internship, but I don’t see anything offered in the department. Can I still do one?

    We do not have a formal internship program and do not require it for the major. However, some of our students gain opportunities on their own, from the listing on our major’s site on Blackboard, or from the Careers Center and need to be enrolled for college credit to participate.  In that case contact the advisor, Andrea Serano (CommunicationAdvise@usf.edu) about the 1 credit hourSPC4900 available for students to take as S/U.

    I saw a course, COM3110, listed in the schedule search. Can I take that?

    No. This course is for non-majors only.

    I am a transfer student and want to know if courses will count towards my major. What should I do?

    If it is a Communication course, you need to send a copy of the course description (and possibly a syllabus) to the advisor, (CommunicationAdvise@usf.edu) for her to review. If it is a course from another department, you need to contact the advisor from that department for review of the course.

    I was thinking about taking a course from another institution. Can I do that?
    Cross Enrollment
    Students who take courses at USF and another accredited institution of higher learning simultaneously are considered "Cross-Enrolled" students. Students must see financial aid to verify if they are eligible to receive financial aid for courses taken outside of USF. If eligible, the student will be asked to complete a Cross Enrollment form with their advisor prior to registering for the classes at the other institution. Complete and submit the form to BEH 201. For your form to be approved, it must meet the following criteria:
    • Course(s) must be necessary for graduation in current declared major. This can include courses which are prerequisite courses necessary to take other major required courses. -and-
    • Course(s) are not available at USF and are necessary to be taken this semester. This can include courses not offered at USF this semester, courses which are full at USF this semester, or courses which overlap with another required course.

    Transient Form (thru FACTS.org)
    USF Students who take courses at another accredited institution of higher learning are considered "Transient" students. To receive approval and confirmation of how those courses will transfer back to USF, you will need to complete the online FACTS.org Transient form. USF students are expected to complete their coursework at USF. Students who wish to request to take courses at another institution must submit the online Transient form prior to registering for courses at another institution. Students should use the comment section of the online form to explain the purpose of taking coursework at another institution. To be eligible for approval, the courses you are requesting to take at another institution must meet the following criteria:

    • Course(s) must be necessary for graduation in current declared major. This can include courses which are prerequisite courses necessary to take other major required courses. -and-
    • Either: (a) Course(s) are not available at USF and are necessary to be taken this semester. This can include courses not offered at USF this semester, courses which are full at USF this semester, or courses which overlap with another required course. -or-(b) Student has an uncontrollable, necessary, and documentable reason which prevents the student from being available to take courses at USF.


    Where do I find out about the ARC petition regarding late adds/drops, late fee waivers, withdrawing from a semester, and academic dismissal/readmission?

    Academic Regulations Petitions (ARC) forms for College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) students All ARC Petitions for CAS students can be turned in to BEH201 or faxed to our front desk at 813-974-4075. All ARC forms are found online through the Registrar's Office website.
    Information regarding petition process can be found at http://www.ugs.usf.edu/arc/
    Information regarding the reinstatement process can be found at http://www.ugs.usf.edu/arc/reinstatement.htm

    When and where should I apply for graduation?

    Apply in the first four weeks of the term in which you will complete all graduation requirements. Applications must be submitted to BEH201. Go to http://www.usf.edu/commencement for information about the ceremony and the link to the Bachelor’s Degree Graduation Application.