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Apply to the major early in your college career (provide link/info to application materials) and do not register for courses in your major before you are officially accepted.

Meet with your advisor soon after being accepted to map out the sequence of courses you should take to complete the major in the most timely manner.

Finish the introductory and intermediate courses before attempting the advanced courses. In most cases you will not be allowed to remain registered for an advanced course if you have not completed all the prerequisites.

Budget your time and resources to include an internship. Many in communication are unpaid, but most open valuable employment opportunities.

Consider enrolling in Priors or Theory Seminars if you are someone with considerable experience in professional communication. The major checklists indicate which courses have Theory Seminar options and your advisor can assist you in determining whether either the Prior or Theory Seminar is right for your learning needs.

Begin developing a portfolio with samples of your work for future entry into the profession

Map out the courses. Courses are not offered every term. Be sure you and your advisor map out the courses in a scheme that assures you will get what you need when you are ready to take it

Save some GELS to take when your upper division major courses are few per term. Then you can always take one of the more generally offered GELS

Get your skills courses right away: public speaking, desktop publishing, writing (2 courses), and INFO 315 will be used in every major course you take

Participate in class as if you understand the rules and process of effective classroom communication and group discussion.

Be professional in every communication assignment you turn in.

This is our work place. Please make your e-mail subjects clear and your requests formal. Sign everything and provide information about how to reach you via e-mail, phone, times, etc. In every communication, you (and we) are demonstrating our professional communication competencies.

It is assumed you are an upper level student when you come into your major. The writing skills you have will be built on but you must come in with patters of good writing: thesis statement, coherent paragraphs, good grammar and punctuation, an ability to self-direct toward selection of topic to research and books you would love to read and report on. You will be asked to address the guidelines of any assignment but they are using the same skills you learning in writing, public speaking, and your library research course. Our courses are reading, writing, research, and presentation intensive. Please do not be surprised when you are asked to write a review of literature, do library research, give presentations, present information from the textbook or other course material, work in groups or teams, and write reaction papers to books, etc.

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