Academic Advising

Welcome to advising in the Journalism Department!

Your advisors are here to help guide and encourage you to make the most of your time here at UMass. You have so many options as a journalism student on this campus, and our job is to help you find them.  

We encourage you to meet with your advisor at least once a semester to make sure you’re on the right track. Here is a sample of what your advisors can help you with:

  • Course registration and choosing classes based on your interests and requirements
  • Navigating SPIRE and going over what you still need for Gen Eds and college requirements
  • How to get involved in campus media
  • Any problems you might be experiencing that impact your coursework (stress, mental health, illness)
  • Referrals to various resources on campus
  • Brainstorm interests for your required minor and/or secondary majors

We encourage our students to do internships to gain field experience. Your first stop for internships is with Senior Lecturer B.J. Roche, who also serves as the internship coordinator for our department, and you can search for internships on the Handshake platform (available to all UMass students).  You'll also get to know your faculty very well because of our small courses. They will help you hone your journalism skills and serve as mentors to you. 

John Ciampa advises students with last names A-K, and Beth Wallace advises students L-Z. Students may make an appointment with their advisor via this link

We meet with prospective Journalism students, too, so if you’re in high school and thinking about majoring in journalism, visit this page for more info and to set up a tour. 

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