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):

Whom to see for ... 

Click on the link for an at-a-glance guide to who helps with what.


Every Comm major is assigned a faculty or professional advisor. Your advisor 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 and contact information. For information about study abroad, domestic exchange, or transfer credit, make an appointment with either Alesia Brennan or Allison Butler, our professional advisors. For more complex advising issues, you are welcome to see the Chief Undergraduate Advisor or the Undergraduate Program Director. Click above for more information.

Peer Advising Program

Fellow students who know the ropes are trained and waiting to help you. All first-year and new transfer students are assigned a peer advisor. Your peer advisor is an upper level Comm student who can connect you with the major, offer tips and insights, 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.

Workshops and information sessions

Are you thinking about study abroad or an internship? 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.