Connect with faculty, advisors, and peers, and you’ll thrive
The department’s advising system offers Communication majors, and those interested in the major, the comprehensive information and support they need to meet their academic goals. Research indicates that connections with faculty, advisors, and peers in their major help students to thrive, so our program incorporates both academic advising and community-building events—and gives you a home base from which to navigate your studies.
Lots of ways to get support and information
To make sure your particular needs are met, we have plenty of advising options (click on each heading for more information):
Click on the link for an at-a-glance guide to who helps with what.
Comm peer advisors are welcoming and well-trained upper level Comm majors who can help you with course selection, registration, understanding requirements, and accessing resources and opportunities. Just as importantly, they can give your an invaluable student perspective on the Comm major and campus life life in general.
All first-year and new transfer students are assigned their own personal peer advisor who guides them through their first year at UMass Amherst. Your peer advisor is an upper level Comm student who can connect you with the major, offer tips and insights, invite you to events, and help you to think through course selection. Be sure to watch your UMail for messages from your peer advisor throughout the year. Click above for more information.
Peer Advisors also staff our Comm Undergraduate Advising Office in N323 ILC. The PAs are your first stop for help with add/drop, registration, referrals to campus resources, and periodic check-ins to be sure you're on track for graduation. The office works on a drop-in basis, so no appointment is ever necessary. Stop in to see the peer advisors M-Th 11-4:30.
Every Comm major is assigned an academic advisor who can help you to plan your studies, access opportunities, and think about your future. Check your SPIRE Student Center homepage to find your advisor's name (Allison Butler, Alesia Brennan, or Aaron Hoholik) and contact information. You can use our convenient online scheduling tool to make an appointment. For more complex advising issues, you are also welcome to see the Chief Undergraduate Advisor or the Undergraduate Program Director. Click above for more information.
While your academic advisor and peer advisors are the ones to help you with requirements and progress toward graduation, your faculty mentor is a Comm professor who serves as an additional support - a faculty member with whom you can talk about your interests in Communication more generally. Of course, we want you to seek out connections with all of your professors, and we each hold weekly office hours so that students can stop by to chat or get help. But your faculty mentor is someone who shares your interests, can sponsor your internships, and can point you torward research and other opportunities in the field of Communication.
Are you thinking about study abroad or an internship? Would you like to get a jump-start on your career by learning about networking, professional etiquette, or job-search strategies? Do you need registration information or an orientation to the major? Each semester, the department holds workshops and information sessions to connect you to resources and keep you up to date. Click above for more information.
An index of campus resources outside the department.