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Advice from Graduating Communication Studies Majors

General Advice

1. Get to know your professors. Talk to them after class. See them during office hours.
2. Keep everything (i.e., papers, projects, workbooks, etc.) for future classes and your portfolio!
3. Know how to compute your GPA.
4. Schedule early.

Liberal Arts Advice

5. Start thinking about your career options early. Research options for Communication Studies graduates.
6. Research classes before you take them. Take classes relevant to your career goals.
7. Take a public speaking class. Take orientation courses.
8. Consider a minor that will help your career.
9. Get involved in extra-curricular activities, campus activities, and volunteering.
10. Do your internship early. Do two if possible.
11. Get work experience related to what you want to do when you graduate.
12. Visit the Career Services Center.

Specific Advice for our Majors

13. Remember to put in an application BEFORE the end of the semester that
you complete 203 and 201.
14. Don’t take too many Comm hours (only 42 can count toward graduation).
Remember: Take responsibility for your own graduation. No one has more of a vested interest in your graduation than you! Learn everything you need to graduate. Know your options.

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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