Join the Major

Students interested in joining the Communication major must 1) register for, and attend, an information session, and 2) fill out a statement of interest.

Fall 2018 Information Sessions

November 7, 2018 - 11:30 am

November 8, 2018 - 9:00 am

December 13, 2018 - Noon

To attend an info session, student must register for a session. Within 24 hours of the info session, you will receive an email with the room location; please be sure to check your email regularly for important information about joining the major.

Prospective first-year and transfer students applying to UMass Amherst:

Prospective first-year and transfer students may apply to the Communication major when applying to UMass Amherst. If accepted to UMass Amherst and the major, they are admitted directly into the Communication major upon entering the University. Students who are accepted to the University but not to the Communication major may join the major by following the procedure for current UMass Amherst students, below.

Process to become a Comm major for current UMass Amherst students:

The Communication major is an open major; all students in good academic standing may join the Comm major. Students are encouraged to take at least 1 Comm 100-level intro course prior to joining the major in order to be more familiar with the content of the major.

There are a couple steps you must take before entering the major.

Interested students MUST attend an info session prior to admission to the major (register here). This info session is mandatory and no substitutions will be made. Info sessions are held multiple times each semester: At the beginning of add/drop, in the middle of the semester, and immediately prior to registration. Students who wish to meet privately with a Comm advisor to address individual concerns may do so. However, these private meetings will not substitute for attendance at an info session. Students who are not in good academic standing who want to join the Comm major must meet with CUA Allison Butler to develop a plan for academic improvement.

Interested students must fill out a Comm major statement of interest prior to admission to the major.