The Peer Advisors
Staffed by welcoming and well-trained peer advisors, the Communication Undergraduate Advising Office in N323 Integrative Learning Center (ILC) is your first stop for most routine advising questions. They work on a drop-in basis M-Th 11:00-4:30 and F 11:00-1:00 during the school year, so you can always find an advisor--no appointment necessary.
The peer advisors can help you with ...
- Information about the Communication major
- Course planning and registration
- Applying to the major
- Questions about major requirements and how these fit with Global Ed and Gen Ed requirements
- Opportunities for Comm majors, such as internships, study abroad, and independent study
- Getting involved with the Comm Department
You can email the peer advisors with questions at email@example.com
For important information and tips on getting the most out of your experience in the Communication major, check the peer advisors' blog each week for new articles at http://blogs.umass.edu/askcomm
Click the Peer Advising Program button above left for information.
Your Faculty or Professional Advisor
All students who entered the major in May 2014 or thereafter are assigned a professional advisor. This is a full-time advisor with extensive training in student development, advising, and regulations and resources in the department and across the university. Students who entered the major before May 2014 may have either a faculty or a professional advisor.
Your faculty or professional advisor can help you with ...
- Course planning
- Questions about major requirements
- Checking your progress toward graduation
- Opportunities outside the curriculum—internships, independent studies, etc.
- Sponsoring internships
- Careers and graduate study in Communication
Look for your advisor's name on your SPIRE Student Center Homepage. If he or she is a faculty advisor, you can find that professor's contact information and office hours by clicking here; if she is a professional advisor, please click here to make an appointment.
Professional advisors can also approve courses for study abroad or domestic exchange, make course substitutions and approve transfer courses, and help with General Education and Global Education course plannng. Students with faculty advisors can make an appointment with either of the professional advisors for these kinds of questions. Our professional advisors are:
- Alesia Brennan, N325 ILC
- Prof. Allison Butler, N327 ILC
To make an appointment with a professional advisor, please click here.
The Chief Undergraduate Advisor
The Chief Undergraduate Advisor and the Undergraduate Program Director do not see students for routine academic planning and course selection (see your faculty or professional advisor or a peer advisor for that). However:
Prof. Lynn Phillips, Chief Undergraduate Advisor, can help you with ...
- Issues related to probation or academic warning
- Advisor or credit alert holds
- Particularly complex advising problems
- Questions about the Peer Advisor Program
To make an appointment with Prof. Phillips, contact department receptionist Susan Dreyer, N308 Integrative Learning Center (ILC), firstname.lastname@example.org, 413 545-1311.