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Communication and Media Major

Effective Fall 2020

Advising

Advising appointments are only scheduled online at: www.lsa.umich.edu/comm/. Students should schedule an advising appointment on the online appointment system with an advisor to learn about major requirements, discuss progress in the major, discuss the process for approval for study abroad or transfer credit, or to complete Major Release Forms

Prospective majors can schedule a pre-major appointment with an advisor anytime, but no later than the second term of the sophomore year is strongly recommended. Most majors continue to see an advisor at least once a year. In any case, students must consult with the undergraduate program coordinator during the first term of their senior year to ensure that required courses will be completed for graduation.

Prerequisites

Two prerequisite courses (COMM 101 and COMM 102) must be completed prior to declaration. COMM 101 and 102 must be completed with a grade of C or higher in each course. Additional information can be found on the department website at www.lsa.umich.edu/comm/undergraduates.

Requirements

Minimum Credits: 28

At least 29 (or 28 for students using the Senior Thesis Program seminar COMM 452/492 toward Communication and Media Upper Level Writing) credits in Communication and Media. These must include the following:

  1. Communication and Media Upper-Level Writing:  One course from courses numbered COMM 350-399 or COMM 452/492.
  2. Communication and Media Capstone Seminar: One course from courses numbered COMM 450-499 (3 credits). Students may choose to take a capstone seminar or senior thesis course* to fulfill this requirement.  Only ONE capstone seminar may count toward the major.  
  3. Additional Advanced Communication and Media Credits: 22 additional credits from courses numbered COMM 200-449 (not included in 1. and 2. above).  No more than one of COMM 290, 291, 292 may count toward the 28 credits in the major. No more than three credits of independent reading/research (COMM 322/441/442) can be used to meet this requirement.

In order to ensure that majors can enroll in required courses, up to 75% of spaces in many 300- and 400-level Communication and Media courses are reserved for declared majors. All spaces in the Capstone seminars are reserved for declared senior Communication and Media students.

Senior Thesis Program

Students accepted for the Senior Thesis Program take a year-long seminar during their senior year (COMM 451/491 and 452/492) while conducting research and writing a thesis. The program has two tracks: Seniors with a GPA which qualifies them to graduate with honors enroll in COMM 491 and 492, all other participating students enroll in 451 and 452.  Enforced prerequisite for the Senior Thesis Program is completion of the LSA quantitative reasoning requirement (in any department) with a C grade or better.  COMM 451/491 may be counted towards the COMM Senior Capstone requirement and COMM 452/492 may fulfill the Communication and Media Upper Level Writing requirement.

Constraints

No more than 8 credits may come from COMM 200-289.

Other Department Policies

Students are strongly encouraged to attend a monthly information session prior to declaring a major.

Students cannot declare by email, phone, or fax. Additionally, the official grades of all prerequisite courses must be recorded on the students transcript before the student can declare the major.

Residency

A minimum of 12 out of the 22 Additional Advanced Communication and Media Credits must be taken on the Ann Arbor campus.  All other required courses must be taken on the Ann Arbor campus.

Honors

A student accepted to the Senior Thesis Program may be eligible to graduate with Highest Honors, High Honors, or Honors. The Honors track requires a 3.5 major GPA by their final term of junior year and a 3.4 overall GPA. Application and formal admission by the Department are required.

  • Enforced prerequisite for admission to the Honors SubPlan: Completion of the LSA quantitative reasoning requirement (in any department) with a C grade or better.
  • Advisory prerequisites: COMM 221, COMM 222, STATS 250 or STATS 280 (honors) strongly recommended.
  • Students should contact the department's Honors advisor as early as possible for curricular planning, but applications for the Honors Major are required by March 15 of the student's junior year.
  • In addition to satisfying all regular requirements for the major, an Honors Plan must also include the Senior Thesis Seminars. COMM 492 is required for the Honors Degree.
  • Students may fulfill their Upper Level Writing Requirement by completing COMM 492.

Communication and Media (Major) (Summer 2019 - Summer 2020)

Effective Summer 2019

Advising

Advising appointments are only scheduled online at: www.lsa.umich.edu/comm/. Students should schedule an advising appointment on the online appointment system with an advisor to learn about major requirements, discuss progress in the major, discuss the process for approval for study abroad or transfer credit, or to complete Major Release Forms

Prospective majors can schedule a pre-major appointment with an advisor anytime, but no later than the second term of the sophomore year is strongly recommended. Most majors continue to see an advisor at least once a year. In any case, students must consult with the undergraduate program coordinator during the first term of their senior year to ensure that required courses will be completed for graduation.

Prerequisites

Two prerequisite courses (COMM 101 and COMM 102) must be completed prior to declaration. COMM 101 and 102 must be completed with a grade of C or higher in each course. Students must declare no later than second semester junior year. Additional information can be found on the department website at www.lsa.umich.edu/comm/undergraduates.

Requirements

Minimum Credits: 28

At least 29 (or 28 for students using the Senior Thesis Program seminar COMM 452/492 toward Communication and Media Upper Level Writing) credits in Communication and Media. These must include the following:

  1. Communication and Media Upper-Level Writing:  One course from courses numbered COMM 350-399 or COMM 452/492.
  2. Communication and Media Capstone Seminar: One course from courses numbered COMM 450-499 (3 credits). Students may choose to take a capstone seminar or senior thesis course* to fulfill this requirement.  Only ONE capstone seminar may count toward the major.  
  3. Additional Advanced Communication and Media Credits: 22 additional credits from courses numbered COMM 200-449 (not included in 1. and 2. above).  NO more than 8 credits may come from 200-level courses.  Undergraduate internship (COMM 321) may not be included in this requirement, and no more than three credits of independent reading/research (COMM 322/441/442) can be used to meet this requirement.

In order to ensure that majors can enroll in required courses, up to 75% of spaces in many 300- and 400-level Communication and Media courses are reserved for declared majors. All spaces in the Capstone seminars are reserved for declared senior Communication and Media students.

Senior Thesis Program

Students accepted for the Senior Thesis Program take a year-long seminar during their senior year (COMM 451/491 and 452/492) while conducting research and writing a thesis. The program has two tracks: Seniors with a GPA which qualifies them to graduate with honors enroll in COMM 491 and 492, all other participating students enroll in 451 and 452.  Enforced prerequisite for the Senior Thesis Program is completion of the LSA quantitative reasoning requirement (in any department) with a C grade or better.  COMM 451/491 may be counted towards the COMM Senior Capstone requirement and COMM 452/492 may fulfill the Communication and Media Upper Level Writing requirement.

Other Department Policies

Students are strongly encouraged to attend a monthly information session prior to declaring a major.

Students cannot declare by email, phone, or fax. Additionally, the official grades of all prerequisite courses must be recorded on the students transcript before the student can declare the major.

Residency

A minimum of 12 out of the 22 Additional Advanced Communication and Media Credits must be taken on the Ann Arbor campus.  All other prerequisite and required courses must be taken on the Ann Arbor campus.

Honors

A student accepted to the Senior Thesis Program may be eligible to graduate with Highest Honors, High Honors, or Honors. The Honors track requires a 3.5 major GPA by their final term of junior year and a 3.4 overall GPA. Application and formal admission by the Department are required.

  • Enforced prerequisite for admission to the Honor Plan: Completion of the LSA quantitative reasoning requirement (in any department) with a C grade or better.
  • Advisory prerequisites: COMM 221, COMM 222, STATS 250 or STATS 280 (honors) strongly recommended.
  • Students should contact the department's Honors advisor as early as possible for curricular planning, but applications for the Honors Major are required by March 15 of the student's junior year.
  • In addition to satisfying all regular requirements for the major, an Honors Plan must also include the Senior Thesis Seminars. COMM 492 is required for the Honors Degree.
  • Students may fulfill their Upper Level Writing Requirement by completing COMM 492.

Communication Studies and Media (Major) (Winter 2019 - Spring/Summer 2019)

Effective Winter 2019

Advising

Advising appointments are only scheduled online at: www.lsa.umich.edu/comm/. Students should schedule an advising appointment on the online appointment system with an advisor to learn about major requirements, discuss progress in the major, discuss the process for approval for study abroad or transfer credit, or to complete Major Release Forms

Prospective majors can schedule a pre-major appointment with an advisor anytime, but no later than the second term of the sophomore year is strongly recommended. Most majors continue to see an advisor at least once a year. In any case, students must consult with the undergraduate program coordinator during the first term of their senior year to ensure that required courses will be completed for graduation.

Prerequisites

Two prerequisite courses (COMM 101 and COMM 102) must be completed prior to declaration. COMM 101 and 102 must be completed with a grade of C or higher in each course. Students must declare no later than second semester junior year. Additional information can be found on the department website at www.lsa.umich.edu/comm/undergraduates.

Requirements

Minimum Credits: 28

At least 29 (or 28 for students using the Senior Thesis Program seminar COMM 452/492 toward Communication Studies Upper Level Writing) credits in Communication Studies and Media. These must include the following:

  1. Communication Studies and Media Upper-Level Writing:  One course from courses numbered COMM 350-399 or COMM 452/492.
  2. Communication Studies and Media Capstone Seminar: One course from courses numbered COMM 450-499 (3 credits). Students may choose to take a capstone seminar or senior thesis course* to fulfill this requirement.  Only ONE capstone seminar may count toward the major.  
  3. Additional Advanced Communication Studies and Media Credits: 22 additional credits from courses numbered COMM 200-449 (not included in 1. and 2. above).  NO more than 8 credits may come from 200-level courses.  Undergraduate internship (COMM 321) may not be included in this requirement, and no more than three credits of independent reading/research (COMM 322/441/442) can be used to meet this requirement.

In order to ensure that majors can enroll in required courses, up to 75% of spaces in many 300- and 400-level Communication Studies and Media courses are reserved for declared majors. All spaces in the Capstone seminars are reserved for declared senior Communication Studies and Media students.

Senior Thesis Program

Students accepted for the Senior Thesis Program take a year-long seminar during their senior year (COMM 451/491 and 452/492) while conducting research and writing a thesis. The program has two tracks: Seniors with a GPA which qualifies them to graduate with honors enroll in COMM 491 and 492, all other participating students enroll in 451 and 452.  Enforced prerequisite for the Senior Thesis Program is completion of the LSA quantitative reasoning requirement (in any department) with a C grade or better.  COMM 451/491 may be counted towards the COMM Senior Capstone requirement and COMM 452/492 may fulfill the Communication Studies and Media Upper Level Writing requirement.

Other Department Policies

Students are strongly encouraged to attend a monthly information session prior to declaring a major.

Students cannot declare by email, phone, or fax. Additionally, the official grades of all prerequisite courses must be recorded on the students transcript before the student can declare the major.

Residency

A minimum of 12 out of the 22 Additional Advanced Communication Studies and Media Credits must be taken on the Ann Arbor campus.  All other prerequisite and required courses must be taken on the Ann Arbor campus.

Distribution Policy

No course used to fulfill a major requirement may be used toward the LSA Distribution Requirement. In addition, courses in the COMM subject area may not be used toward the Distribution Requirement.

Honors

A student accepted to the Senior Thesis Program may be eligible to graduate with Highest Honors, High Honors, or Honors. The Honors track requires a 3.5 major GPA by their final term of junior year and a 3.4 overall GPA. Application and formal admission by the Department are required.

  • Enforced prerequisite for admission to the Honor Plan: Completion of the LSA quantitative reasoning requirement (in any department) with a C grade or better.
  • Advisory prerequisites: COMM 221, COMM 222, STATS 250 or STATS 280 (honors) strongly recommended.
  • Students should contact the department's Honors advisor as early as possible for curricular planning, but applications for the Honors Major are required by March 15 of the student's junior year.
  • In addition to satisfying all regular requirements for the major, an Honors Plan must also include the Senior Thesis Seminars. COMM 492 is required for the Honors Degree.
  • Students may fulfill their Upper Level Writing Requirement by completing COMM 492.

Communication Studies (Major) (Fall 2018)

Effective Fall 2018

Advising

Advising appointments are only scheduled online at: www.lsa.umich.edu/comm/. Students should schedule an advising appointment on the online appointment system with an advisor to learn abaout major requirements, discuss progress in the major, discuss the process for approval for study abroad or transfer credit, or to complete Major Release Forms

Prospective majors can schedule a pre-major appointment with an advisor anytime, but no later than the second term of the sophomore year is strongly recommended. Most majors continue to see an advisor at least once a year. In any case, students must consult with the undergraduate program coordinator during the first term of their senior year to ensure that required courses will be completed for graduation.

Prerequisites

Two prerequisite courses (COMM 101 and COMM 102) must be completed prior to declaration. COMM 101 and 102 must be completed with a grade of C or higher in each course. Students must declare no later than second semester junior year. Additional information can be found on the department website at www.lsa.umich.edu/comm/undergraduates.

Requirements

Minimum Credits: 29

At least 29 credits in Communication Studies. These must include the following:

  1. Communication Studies Upper-Level Writing:  One course from courses numbered COMM 350-399 (4 credits).
  2. Communication Studies Capstone Seminar: One course from courses numbered COMM 450-499 (3 credits). Students may choose to take a capstone seminar or senior thesis course* to fulfill this requirement.  Only ONE capstone seminar may count toward the major.  
  3. Additional Advanced Communication Studies Credits: 22 additional credits from courses numbered COMM 200-449 (not included in 1. and 2. above).  NO more than 8 credits may come from 200-level courses.  Undergraduate internship (COMM 321) may not be included in this requirement, and no more than three credits of independent reading/research (COMM 322/441/442) can be used to meet this requirement.

In order to ensure that majors can enroll in required courses, up to 75% of spaces in many 300- and 400-level Communication Studies courses are reserved for declared majors. All spaces in the Capstone seminars are reserved for declared senior Communication Studies students.

*Students accepted for the non-honors thesis option take a year-long seminar during the senior year (COMM 451 and 452) while conducting research and writing a thesis. Enforced prerequisite for the non-honors thesis option is completion of the LSA quantitative reasoning requirement (in any department) with a C grade or better.  Students may fulfill their ULWR requirement by completing COMM 452.

Other Department Policies

An "in-person" declaration briefing is required for students to declare a Communication Studies major. Students cannot declare by email, phone, or fax. 

Additionally, the official grades of all prerequisite courses must be recorded on the student’s transcript before the student can declare the major.

Distribution Policy

No course used to fulfill a major requirement may be used toward the LSA Distribution Requirement. In addition, courses in the COMM subject area may not be used toward the Distribution Requirement.

Honors

Qualified students are encouraged to pursue an Honors Major. The Honors Major in Communication Studies is available in the senior year to students with a grade point average by their final term of junior year of 3.5 in Communication Studies courses and 3.4 overall. Application and formal admission by the Department are required.

  • Enforced prerequisite for admission to the Honor Major: Completion of the LSA quantitative reasoning requirement (in any department) with a C grade or better.
  • Advisory prerequisites: COMM 221, COMM 222, STATS 250 or STATS 280 (honors) strongly recommended.
  • Qualified students should contact the department's Honors advisor as early as possible for curricular planning, but applications for the Honors Major are required by March 15 of the student's junior year.
  • In addition to satisfying all regular requirements for the major, an Honors Major must also include the Senior Honors Seminars: COMM 491 and 492, a two-term seminar sequence involving the design and completion of an Honors thesis.
  • Students may fulfill their ULWR requirement by completing COMM 492.
  • COMM 491 may be counted toward the Senior Capstone requirement for the major.

Communication Studies (Major) (Fall 2017 - Summer 2018)

Effective Fall 2017

Advising

Advising appointments are only scheduled online at: www.lsa.umich.edu/comm/. Students should schedule an advising appointment on the online appointment system with an advisor to learn abaout major requirements, discuss progress in the major, discuss the process for approval for study abroad or transfer credit, or to complete Major Release Forms

Prospective majors can schedule a pre-major appointment with an advisor anytime, but no later than the second term of the sophomore year is strongly recommended. Most majors continue to see an advisor at least once a year. In any case, students must consult with the undergraduate program coordinator during the first term of their senior year to ensure that required courses will be completed for graduation.

Prerequisites

Two prerequisite courses (COMM 101 and COMM 102) must be completed prior to declaration. COMM 101 and 102 must be completed with a grade of C or higher in each course. Students must declare no later than second semester junior year. Additional information can be found on the department website at www.lsa.umich.edu/comm/undergraduates.

Requirements

Minimum Credits: 29

At least 29 credits in Communication Studies. These must include the following:

  1. Communication Studies Upper-Level Writing:  One course from courses numbered COMM 350-399 (4 credits).
  2. Communication Studies Capstone Seminar: One course from courses numbered COMM 450-499 (3 credits)  Only ONE capstone seminar may count toward the major.
  3. Additional Advanced Communication Studies Credits: 22 additional credits from courses numbered COMM 200-449 (not included in 1. and 2. above).  NO more than 8 credits may come from 200-level courses.  Undergraduate internship (COMM 321) may not be included in this requirement, and no more than three credits of independent reading/research (COMM 322/441/442) and three credits of Honors seminar courses (COMM 491/492) can be used to meet this requirement.

In order to ensure that majors can enroll in required courses, up to 75% of spaces in many 300- and 400-level Communication Studies courses are reserved for declared majors. All spaces in the Capstone seminars are reserved for declared senior Communication Studies students.

Other Department Policies

An "in-person" declaration briefing is required for students to declare a Communication Studies major. Students cannot declare by email, phone, or fax. 

Additionally, the official grades of all prerequisite courses must be recorded on the student’s transcript before the student can declare the major.

Distribution Policy

No course used to fulfill a major requirement may be used toward the LSA Distribution Requirement. In addition, courses in the COMM subject area may not be used toward the Distribution Requirement.

Honors

Qualified students are encouraged to undertake an Honors plan. The Honors Program in Communication Studies is available in the senior year to students with a grade point average by their final term of junior year of 3.5 in Communication Studies courses and 3.4 overall. Application and formal admission by the Department are required. Qualified students should contact the department's Honors advisor as early as possible for curricular planning, but applications for the Honors major are required by March 1 of the student's junior year. In addition to satisfying all regular requirements for the major, an Honors major must also include the Senior Honors Seminars: COMM 491 and 492, a two-term seminar sequence involving the design and completion of an Honors thesis.  COMM 491 may be counted toward the Senior Capstone requirement for the major.

Communication Studies Major (Fall 2016 - Summer 2017)

Effective Fall  2016

Prerequisites to the Major

Four prerequisite courses (COMM 101, 102, 121 and 122) must be completed prior to declaration. COMM 101, 102, 121 and 122 must be completed with a grade of C (2.0) or higher in each course. Students must declare no later than second semester junior year.
Additional information can be found on the department website at www.lsa.umich.edu/comm/undergraduate.

Special Departmental Policies

An "in-person" major advising appointment is required for students to declare a Communication Studies major. Students cannot declare by email, phone, or fax. All prerequisite courses must be completed before the student can declare the major.

Requirements for the Major

At least 24 credits in Communication Studies. These must include the following:

  1. Core Areas of Communication Study: Two courses, 8 credits, from COMM 251, 261, 271 or 281.
  2. Advanced Communication Study: A minimum of 16 credits of COMM courses numbered 300 and above, must include one ULWR course from courses numbered 350-399 (4 credits); one Capstone seminar from courses numbered 450-499 (3 credits); plus 9 additional COMM elective credits at the 300-400 level. Undergraduate Internship (COMM 321) may not be included in this requirement, and no more than three credits of independent reading/research and three credits of Honors seminar courses can be used to meet this requirement.

In order to ensure that majors can enroll in required courses, up to 75% of spaces in many 300- and 400-level Communication Studies courses are reserved for declared majors. All spaces in the Capstone seminars are reserved for declared senior Communication Studies students.

Only one course from COMM 450-499 may count toward the major.

Honors Plan

Qualified students are encouraged to undertake an Honors plan. The Honors Program in Communication Studies is available in the senior year to students with a grade point average by their final term of junior year of 3.5 in Communication Studies courses and 3.4 overall. Application and formal admission by the Department are required. Qualified students should contact the Department's Honors department advisor as early as possible for curricular planning, but applications for Honors major are generally accepted only after February 1 of the student's junior year. In addition to satisfying all regular requirements for the major, an Honors major must also include:

  • STATS 250 (or 350) or equivalent: All Honors majors should have completed, or be taking in their senior year, STATS 250 or an equivalent. All Honors majors are expected to have completed a statistics course before they start the Honors sequence in their senior year. Under certain circumstances, the Honors advisor has the power to waive this requirement in cases that seem appropriate.
  • Senior Honors Seminars:COMM 491 and 492, a two-term seminar sequence involving the design and completion of an Honors thesis.

Communication Studies Major (Fall 2013-Summer 2016)

May be elected as a departmental major 

Prerequisites to the Major

Four prerequisite courses (COMM 101, 102, 121 and 122) must be completed prior to declaration.  COMM 101, 102, 121 and 122 must be completed with a grade of C- or higher in each course AND at least a 2.7 prerequisite grade point average (43.2 honor points).  Students must declare no later than second semester junior year. Additional information can be found on the department website at www.lsa.umich.edu/comm/

Special Departmental Policies

An "in-person" major advising appointment is required for students to declare a Communication Studies major. Students cannot declare by email, phone, or fax. All prerequisite courses must be completed before the student can declare the major.

Requirements for the Major

At least 24 credits in Communication Studies. These must include the following:

  1. Core Areas of Communication Study: Two courses, 8 credits, from COMM 251, 261, 271 or 281.
  2. Advanced Communication Study: A minimum of 16 credits of COMM courses numbered 300 and above, must include one ULWR course from courses numbered 350-399 (4 credits); one Capstone seminar from courses numbered 450-499 (3 credits); plus 9 additional COMM elective credits at the 300-400 level. Undergraduate Internship (COMM 321) may not be included in this requirement, and no more than three credits of independent reading/research and three credits of Honors seminar courses can be used to meet this requirement.

In order to ensure that majors can enroll in required courses, up to 75% of spaces in many 300- and 400-level Communication Studies courses are reserved for declared majors. All spaces in the Capstone seminars are reserved for declared senior Communication Studies students.

Only one course from COMM 450-499 may count toward the major.

Honors Plan

Qualified students are encouraged to undertake an Honors plan. The Honors Program in Communication Studies is available in the senior year to students with a grade point average by their final term of junior year of 3.5 in Communication Studies courses and 3.4 overall. Application and formal admission by the Department are required. Qualified students should contact the Department's Honors department advisor as early as possible for curricular planning, but applications for Honors major are generally accepted only after February 1 of the student's junior year. In addition to satisfying all regular requirements for the major, an Honors major must also include:

  • STATS 250 (or 350) or equivalent: All Honors majors should have completed, or be taking in their senior year, STATS 250 or an equivalent. All Honors majors are expected to have completed a statistics course before they start the Honors sequence in their senior year.Under certain circumstances, the Honors advisor has the power to waive this requirement in cases that seem appropriate.
  • Senior Honors Seminars:COMM 491 and 492, a two-term seminar sequence involving the design and completion of an Honors thesis.

Communication Studies Major (Fall 2005-Summer 2013)

Effective Fall Term 2005-Summer 2013

May be elected as a departmental major

Prerequisites to the Major. Communication Studies is a selective major. There are four prerequisite courses. COMM 111 is taken for credit, and COMM 101, 102, and 211 are graded. To apply to Communication Studies as a major, the student must have completed all four prerequisite courses; received credit for COMM 111; and completed COMM 101, 102, and 211 each with a grade of C- or higher. Transfer credit is not accepted for any prerequisite course.

Application. Students must apply for and be accepted into the major. Applications are considered once each Fall and Winter academic terms. The application cycle is not on a rolling basis. Application deadlines are available from the department office or website (www.lsa.umich.edu/comm/). Students are declared into the major by a department advisor only. Application to the major can be submitted after all four prerequisite courses have been completed. Application during the sophomore year is highly recommended. Admission is very competitive, and enrollment in the major will be limited to assure a high quality educational experience. The Admissions Committee will make decisions based on the grade point average in the prerequisite courses, overall grade point average, and the applicant's personal statement.

For additional information about the application process, consult the Communication Studies website: www.lsa.umich.edu/comm/undergraduate

Special Departmental Policies. An "in-person" major advising appointment is required for students to declare a Communication Studies major. Students cannot declare by email, phone, or fax. Additionally, the official grades of all prerequisite courses must be recorded on the student's transcript before the student can apply to the major.

Program of study in a major. A minimum of 29 credits: at least 23 credits in Communication Studies beyond the prerequisite courses and 6 credits of cognate work. These must include the following:

  1. Areas of Communication Study: COMM 351 or 371, and COMM 361 or 381 should be completed by the end of the junior year.
  2. Advanced Communication Study: A minimum of 15 credits of COMM courses numbered 300 and above, not used to satisfy requirement 1 above, at least eight credits of which must be at the 400-level and above. Undergraduate Internship (COMM 321) may not be included in this requirement, and no more than three credits of independent reading/research or three credits of Honors seminar courses can be used to meet this requirement.
  3. Cognates: Six credits of approved cognate work from a single department other than Communication Studies at the 300-level or above, chosen in consultation with and approved by a department advisor.

In order to ensure that majors can enroll in required courses, up to 75% of spaces in many 300- and 400-level Communication Studies courses are reserved for declared majors. The remaining spaces are open for other students.

Undergraduate Internship: COMM 321. Communication Studies declared majors who have reached junior standing may receive some amount of experiential course credit for an internship. Students who have completed all four prerequisite courses (COMM 101, 102, 111, 211), with a 2.7 GPA or greater, and will apply for admission to the major during the following term, should contact the undergraduate program coordinator for information. Experiential credit is granted for work that takes place outside a university classroom, laboratory, library, or studio and is directly related to an academic discipline. In order to be approved for credit, internships must:

  1. involve systematic learning with demonstrated application of experience to the theory, concepts, or research methods of the field;
  2. be approved in advance by the faculty internship coordinator by the proposal deadline:(Summer - June 12; Fall - September 12; Winter - January 12); and
  3. result in a product (e.g., an analytical paper) that is evaluated as acceptable by the faculty internship coordinator.

Communication Studies majors learn of available internships through the University of Michigan's Career Center. Additional internship and professional career opportunities are provided through the Commication Studies Majors CTools site and the Internship postings on the department bulletin boards.

Honors Program. Qualified students are encouraged to undertake an Honors major. The Honors Program in Communication Studies is available in the senior year to students with a grade point average by their final term of junior year of 3.5 in Communication Studies courses and 3.4 overall. Application and formal admission by the Department are required. Qualified students should contact the Department's Honors department advisor as early as possible for curricular planning, but applications for Honors major are generally accepted only after March 1 of the student's junior year. In addition to satisfying all regular requirements for the major, an Honors major must also include:

  • STATS 250 (or 350) or equivalent: All Honors majors should have completed, or be taking in their senior year, STATS 250 or an equivalent. All Honors majors are expected to have completed a statistics course before they start the Honors sequence in their senior year.Under certain circumstances, the Honors advisor has the power to waive this requirement in cases that seem appropriate.
  • Senior Honors Seminars: COMM 491 and 492, a two-term seminar sequence involving the design and completion of an Honors thesis.