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Advising in the Department of Communication

Advising is located on the main floor at 7 College

Unlike other colleges and universities, which rely solely on staff advising, full-time faculty members in the Department of Communication serve as undergraduate advisors. While advisors offer suggestions on course selection, their primary objectives are to assist students in meeting their personal and professional goals and to help with such important tasks as choosing minors, planning for graduate school, or preparing for study abroad. Communication major advisors usually prefer that advisees come by during their office hours or set up meeting appointments via e-mail.

Students are assigned an advisor once they have declared the major. Students should meet with their major advisors each semester to discuss careers and graduate school planning, scheduling, degree audits, networking opportunities, and other topics of interest. Students are strongly encouraged to consult MyCharleston for scheduling/registration times (based on earned credit hours), as well as course schedules and descriptions. Students should regularly check their College email accounts for important campus-wide and departmental announcements and information.

The links on this page are available to help you navigate your course of study within the Department of Communication. Here you will find information about major and minor programs, recent revisions to the major, instructions for declaring your major/minor, guidelines for transfer credit, study abroad programs, graduation requirements, forms and policies, internship guidelines/requirements, and helpful tips for advising sessions and planning your academic program.  We strongly encourage you to review this information and to meet regularly with your academic advisor.

Please contact Ms. Molly McLean (, Student Services Coordinator, Department of Communication, with advising issues that require immediate assistance.  

If you have questions or concerns about the quality of your advising, please contact Dr. Jenifer Kopfman (, Chair of the Department of Communication.