Our Department has long recognized the importance of the advising process in achieving the student's educational and career objectives. The adviser-advisee relationship is an important one for both faculty and students because it provides a better adaptation of the curricular requirements and offerings to meet student needs. We encourage you to take advantage of an important learning opportunity by selecting and getting to know an adviser with the Department. After admittance to the College of Communications, you can be assigned to an adviser by going to the Departmental Main Office located in 105 McClung Tower. You may wish to request that you be assigned to a specific adviser.
Once you have been assigned to an adviser, contact her/him as soon as possible to set up a conference to determine the specific major curriculum you will use and to plan a projected schedule.
You will be required to have an advising conference with your adviser every term prior to preregistration. To demonstrate that you have had this conference, you will be required to turn in a Registration Authorization Card signed by your adviser. Your adviser will sign and give you this card after you have completed the required conference. We believe that this mandatory advising process will provide you a chance to become better acquainted with your adviser and will provide you with a better base of information for planning your education and future career opportunities.
The Center for Undergraduate Studies and Advising offers advising for students who are pursuing an undergraduate degree in the College of Communications. Professor Bob Ambler is our Departmental representative in the Advising Center, and while you can see any of the advisers at the Center, Professor Ambler can answer questions specifically related to Speech Communication.
The Arts and Sciences Advising Center offers advising for students who are still under the curriculum for the College of Arts and Sciences and provides information about the general education requirements for a degree. The ASAC is staffed by representatives from different Departments within that College.
The University currently requires Academic Review advising for students whose term or cumulative GPA falls below 2.0. The purpose of the policy is to enhance the successful completion of your degree by identifying and resolving problems you may have early in your academic career. Students whose cumulative or semester grade point average falls below 2.0 will be placed in academic review for the following semester of enrollment. During that semester and any other semesters in review, the student must participate in a special advising program beginning with a conference with his/her adviser. The participation in the academic review advising is validated by an "Academic Review Advising" card signed by your adviser.