Journalism and Media Communication majors are assigned to an Academic Support Coordinator who will advise and assist them in choosing courses each semester. These advisers help students select coursework to meet their interests and objectives while staying on track for timely graduation. In addition, our 20 full-time faculty members have extensive professional and teaching experience. They are wonderful resources for information about career paths, internship options, independent study opportunities, and more. Students are required to meet with their advisers at least once per semester. These advising sessions should occur before registration begins so that students can discuss future coursework and receive the advising code needed to complete Registration Ready on RAMweb. Adviser assignments are listed on RAMweb under “My Adviser.”
Degree Progress Audit (DARS)
The Degree Progress Audit (DARS) is used for verification of university, program, and minor credits. The report is available on RAMweb and provides a real-time, accurate summary of how coursework applies to graduation requirements. This tool is used for advising as well as for final certification of degree completion. Students are strongly encouraged to use DARS to track their progress.
Final responsibility for fulfilling requirements of the University and the department of Journalism and Media Communication rests with students. To this end, students must familiarize themselves with the information here and in the General Catalog, and keep complete and accurate records of the courses taken and credits received toward fulfilling university and departmental requirements. A variety of tools are available to assist with this, including the department check sheet, DARS, and other resources on RAMweb. Neither students nor faculty advisers may make changes in the designated coursework without department approval. Since the curriculum was designed by the faculty and endorsed at various university levels, such changes are rarely approved.