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B.A. Program Admission Requirements

Status and Advisement

Before admittance to the department, you have to meet a number of requirements. This means that the only COMM courses you have to complete prior to being accepted as a full major are those that are required for admission to the major, namely COMM 201 and 203. However, in most cases you will have had one or two COMM courses that meet other requirements for graduation. We’ll talk more about that shortly. Both COMM 201 and 203 can be taken during the same semester. Our data shows this can be done with the same degree of success as taking the courses over two semesters. However, they are very time intensive courses and will require a great deal of discipline to complete simultaneously with the desired/necessary outcome. We do not recommend that freshmen attempt these courses. Until you complete COMM 201 and 203 and meet the various GPA requirements for admission, you are considered a Pre-Communication Studies Major.

You can move your file (containing your academic records) from the University Advising Center to the Communication Studies Department where you will be assigned to an advisor and receive scheduling advice within the department.

How to Compute a Grade Point Average

Calculating your GPA accurately is essential to applying for our program as well as others throughout the University. For acceptance into the B.A. in Communication Studies program, students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.50.

GPA Calculation

Standard Requirements

In order to be eligible for consideration as a major in Communication Studies, the following criteria must be met at the time of application.

  1. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or better.
  2. Students must complete COMM 201 (Communication Theory and Research I) and COMM 203 (Communication Cornerstones) with a combined GPA of 2.50 or better. This means that students will need to complete the classes with a minimum combination of at least a C in one and a B in the other.
  3. Students must have a GPA of at least 2.50 in all previous COMM classes.
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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 – nikki.loy@mail.wvu.edu
Dr. John Shibley – jshibley@wvu.edu
Mary Donato – mdonato4@mix.wvu.edu

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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