Join the Major

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

All students in good academic standing may join the Comm major. Students are encouraged to take at least one Comm 100-level intro course prior to joining the major in order to be more familiar with the content of the major.  Comm 100-levels are open to non-majors so there is no need to wait to try one!

The major declaration process is changing starting in Spring 2024.  Beginning on February 8th, students will need to meet with a Peer Advisor to fill out an interest form to declare the major.  Just drop by the Peer Advising office in ILC N323. 

Spring 2024 Peer Advising Hours:
Mon 10:30-4
Tues 10-1 & 2-4
Wed 12-2
Thurs 9-11

Students who are not in good academic standing who want to join the Comm major must meet with Director of Undergraduate Advising Marianne Neal-Joyce to develop a plan for academic improvement.


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 once they are in their first semester.