Declaring Your Major/Minor in Communication

Are you considering a major or minor in Communication?  There are a few ways to decide if Communication is the right program of study for you:

  • Review major/minor requirements and course descriptions.  Do the courses sound interesting?  Are you interested in the topics and/or areas you can explore in this discipline?
  • Review the faculty biographies.  Do the teaching and research interests of these faculty members sound interesting to you?  Are you interested in learning more?  Would you be interested in taking their classes or working with them in these areas of research?
  • Pay close attention to the content of COMM 214 or COMM 215. Did you find the subject matter interesting? Exciting? Challenging?
  • Browse the College bookstore or local bookshops.  Review some textbooks or pop culture focused on communication.  Take a trip to the library (or at least the Communication databases) and review some of the journals in our field.  Do the books/articles interest you?  Do you find yourself wanting to learn more?
  • Discuss your interest in becoming a Communication major or minor with your instructors and advanced students in our major. Talk with our professors about their courses, research interests, and view of the field.
  • Do some self-assessment.  What do you like?  What are you good at?  What is important to you?  What are the career opportunities in this field? Do they match up with your personal and professional goals?  Determine what is important to you – try to align your choice of major with all of the above.  

Additionally, much like a music major will consider his/her aptitude for music, a person considering majoring/minoring in Communication should determine if they have an aptitude or passion for the field.  Take this quiz to see if you possess that aptitude or passion: 

  1. Do you like to write your ideas persuasively?
  2. Do you like to tell a story that will move people?
  3. Do you like to speak in a way that others want to listen?
  4. Do you like to organize events or campaigns that accomplish goals?
  5. Do you like to create interesting messages, either written or spoken?
  6. Do you like the writing process?

If you answered 'yes' to three or more questions, you may have communication aptitude! Even though you may have a lot to learn about communicating effectively, your fundamental passion will lead you to success. If you have a strong desire to communicate effectively, then we invite you to declare yourself a Communication Major.

(If you answered 'no' to two or more questions, then you probably should not major in Communication. If your passion does not involve either writing or speaking, then Communication is likely the wrong major for you.)

If you decide this is the major/minor for you, then declare your major/minor as soon as possible so that we can assist you in planning your academic career.


Declaring your major in Communication is quite simple.  Because of the revisions to the major, if you have over a certain number of hours, you may be asked to meet with our Director of Advising prior to your declaration being approved, but for most students the process requires only three steps.  

  • Declare your Major on POSM
  1. Log in to MyCharleston
  2. Click on the Academic Services tab. 
  3. Look for the Program of Study Management channel, and click on the link Open Program of Study Management (POSM) System
  4. Notice that there are several buttons representing different actions you can take.  Click on the Declare or Add a Major button and follow the directions. 
  • Wait for Confirmation Email. Within 2 business days declaring your major you should receive a confirmation email (in your college account) from the department noting your acceptance into the major and your new advisor.  You are asked to meet with your advisor within 60 days of declaring the major and review advising session expectations.
  • Schedule your meeting with your advisor to review your academic progress and develop a plan of study.  This meeting should be scheduled within the first two months of your declaration approval.


Should you determine that a minor in Communication is right for you then simply:

  • Log in to MyCharleston.
  • Click on the Academic Services tab.
  • Look for the Program of Study Management channel, and click on the link Open Program of Study Management (POSM) System.
  • Notice that there are several buttons representing different actions you can take.  Click on the Declare or Add a Minor button and follow the directions.

Once you have completed this simple online application, you will receive a confirmation email that you are officially a Communication minor. If you have questions about your program of study, contact Dr. Julie Davis (, Associate Chair of the Department of Communication. Requirements for the Communication Minor are listed here.