Advisors

 

The Peer Advisors

Staffed by welcoming and well-trained peer advisors, the Communication Undergraduate Advising Office in N323 Intergrative Learning Center (ILC) is your first stop for most routine advising questions. They work on a drop-in basis M-Th 10-4:30 and F 10-12:30 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 advisors with questions at askcomm@comm.umass.edu

For important information and tips on getting the most out of your experience in the Communication major, check the peer advisor's 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. Check your SPIRE Student Center Homepage to find your advisor's name and contact information. Download faculty contact info and hours.

Graduate Student office hours can be seen here.

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

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. To make an appointment with a professional advisor, click here.

Professional advisors:

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:

Professor 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 Professor Phillips, contact department receptionist Susan Dreyer in N308 Integrative Learning Center (ILC), 413-545-1311.