Getting Started




  • Yay! Welcome to the department!
  • What classes should I take this semester?
    • We recommend taking ONE or TWO of our introductory COMM classes, along with several courses that will fill your general education requirements. You can find the entire COMM course listing in the online CofC academic catalog: https://catalog.cofc.edu/
    • Select ONE or TWO of the following classes:
      • COMM 214 (Media in the Digital Age)
      • COMM 215 (Communication, Identity, and Community)
      • COMM 216 (Principles and Practices of Strategic Communication)
      • Note: COMM 214 and 215 both meet social science gen ed requirements.
    • Get started on your language gen ed requirement! You can find the general education requirements listed in the online CofC academic catalog: https://catalog.cofc.edu/
    • Take MATH 104 (Elementary Statistics) – it will meet the math gen ed requirement AND fulfill a prerequisite for an upper level COMM class.
    • Add any other gen ed classes to reach your preferred number of credit hours. 
  • Yay! Welcome to the department!
  • Make sure you check in with the CofC Transfer Resource Center. Be sure to check out the many resources available to you, information about getting involved as a transfer student, and important information about transfer credits.
  • What classes should I take this semester?
    • It depends. How many semesters are you planning to spend at the College? The Communication major requires at least FOUR semesters to complete the sequence of courses.
    • If you’re transferring as a sophomore and have five or more semesters planned, we recommend at least TWO or THREE of the following classes:
      • COMM 214 (Media in the Digital Age)
      • COMM 215 (Communication, Identity, and Community)
      • COMM 216 (Principles and Practices of Strategic Communication)
    • If you’re transferring as a junior and want to graduate in FOUR semesters, we recommend the same classes (COMM 214, COMM 215 and/or COMM 216) but it's important that you also register for COMM 280 (Intro to Communication Messages) in your first semester.
    • If you need help registering for any classes, contact Dr. Jenifer Kopfman (Department Chair) or Dr. Ryan Milner (Associate Chair).
    • Did you take statistics at your previous institution? If not, then be sure to take MATH 104 (Elementary Statistics). Get started on your language gen ed requirement! You can find the general education requirements listed in the online CofC academic catalog: https://catalog.cofc.edu/
    • Add any other gen ed classes to reach your preferred number of credit hours. You can find the general education requirements listed in the online CofC academic catalog: https://catalog.cofc.edu/
  • Excellent news! A communication minor pairs well with ANY major on campus, and we are excited to begin working with you.
  • What classes should I take this semester?
    • There's plenty of time to complete the minor, but if you want to get started, you could take any of the following:
      • COMM 214 (Media in the Digital Age)
      • COMM 215 (Communication, Identity, and Community)
      • COMM 216 (Principles and Practices of Strategic Communication)
    • You could also get started on your speaking requirement for the minor - select either COMM 104 (Public Speaking) OR COMM 280 (Introduction to Communication Messages).
      • Please note: If you take COMM 280, you also must take COMM 281 to complete the minor. 
    • Note: A student cannot have both a COMM major and minor - you must choose one.
  • That’s okay! You have time, but remember that all students must declare a major by the end of their sophomore year. 
  • We suggest you take one COMM course to make sure it is a discipline you want to study further. Here are some fun options you can take that do not require a prerequisite: 
      • COMM 214 (Media in the Digital Age)
      • COMM 215 (Communication, Identity and Community)
      • COMM 216 (Principles and Practices in Strategic Communication)
      • Note: All of the above courses will count towards the communication major or minor, should you choose to declare.
      • See the entire COMM course listing in the online CofC academic catalog: https://catalog.cofc.edu/




 

4. Important items to keep in mind...

    • All students must declare a major by the end of their sophomore year.
    • A student cannot have both a COMM major and minor - you must choose one.

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Graduate Academics (Master of Arts in Communication)

(Click to see more in-depth curriculum information regarding the Master's in Communication.)