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Undergraduate Advising

The Department of Communication Studies has three faculty advisors, Dr. John Shibley, Nikki Loy and Mary Donato. Their job is counsel and advise you on the rules, regulations, and courses that are necessary for the completion of a degree. Your advisors are there to answer your questions, help solve your problems, and in some cases act as an advocate for you when dealing with problems. They are not there to schedule your classes or get you into closed classes, and they are not responsible for your errors. When your file is moved to the Department from the University Advising Center, you will be assigned to one of our advisors. Every semester, you will need to meet with them to discuss your progress and to determine which classes you will need to complete your degree. It is important that you listen to them and take their advice. Ultimately however, you are responsible for your degree program.

Who is my Undergraduate Advisor?

You are assigned an undergraduate advisor you once you declare and are admitted to the Communication Studies program.


Seelio: Sharing Student Work

Students enrolled in COMM courses are asked to study the theory and process of human communication so that they can apply this knowledge to understanding real-world issues. As part of this process, COMM students have adopted the Seelio platform – a social media platform that allows students to create an online portfolio of their coursework that is easily accessible to the public. Sharing these portfolios shows the importance of the COMM degree while also giving prospective employees a clear, accurate look at the academic work our students are doing.

Seelio Student Coursework Showcase

Academic Advising

Our advisors are available during the summer, fall and spring semesters during office hours. Check 108 Armstrong Hall, call 304-293-3905, or e-mail an advisor to check office hours for the semester (see below for contact information).

The COMM academic advisors are:

Nikki Loy –
Dr. John Shibley –
Mary Donato –


Request a Mountaineer Intern

Professional Field Experience (PFE) is a key element in the undergraduate COMM curriculum that allows students to gain experience in applying their classroom knowledge to a variety of corporate and organizational environments. Organizations looking for students with an in-depth understanding of communication areas that include (but are not limited to) communication theory, data analysis, health communication, interpersonal communication, organizational communication, and social media/communication technology now have the opportunity to request an intern from the Department of Communication Studies at WVU. Use the form below to read up on our PFE program, and to request a Mountaineer intern today.

Organization Intern Application