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Welcome to the School of Communication. My name is Luis Herrera, Assistant Dean of the Office of Admission, Academic and Alumni Services. My staff and I look forward to providing you an outstanding advising experience. Each department has a dedicated advisor who will assist you and will answer your academic related questions.

Our advising staff has designed a course selection process for you that should be easy to follow and will allow you to choose courses that will count for your major as well as your general education requirements. Please select your major on this website for a list of required courses and general education information. Then, please continue on through the registration process on your CaneLink using the course list provided.

Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Email: communication@miami.edu Phone: 305-284-5234


For All Majors and Undeclared Communication Students


  1. English Composition - Every freshman is required to enroll in an English course OR have achieved Freshman English credit though Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or transfer work.

    A. If you have earned AP/IB credit for English Composition, then this requirement is complete and you do not need to select a course in this area. B. If you earned an SAT Verbal score greater than 700 or an ACT score greater than 32, then English 105 is waived. You may proceed to enroll in English 106.

  2. Math Requirement - All School of Communication students must complete a minimum of 3-6 credits in math above MTH 101 (MTH 107 does not satisfy this requirement)

    Freshmen or transfers who have not completed a mathematics course are required to take the ALEKS placement exam: http://www.math.miami.edu/undr/placement/guide.htm.

    Your Canelink account will have your Math placement level indicated for you based on the following criteria:

    Your Math level will be pre-determined for you based on your Math SAT or Math ACT entrance exam scores. If you are unhappy with your placement, there is a link to an online Math placement exam on your Canelink account if you decide that you would like to try and take a higher level math course.

    If you have earned AP/IB credit for Math, then your Math requirement will be satisfied for all majors in the School of Communication.


Cognates

The University of Miami's General Education Requirements ensure that graduates have acquired essential intellectual skills and have engaged a range of academic disciplines. All new students will fulfill the General Education requirements by selecting a Cognate, which is a cluster of courses arranged by their content, field and interest.

A cognate is a group of at least three related courses for at least 9 credits.

The courses in a cognate are related in a topical, thematic, interdisciplinary, sequential, or other such fashion, so that completion of a cognate provides coherent depth of knowledge in the area.

Students must take three cognates to fulfill the Areas of Knowledge requirement, one in the Arts & Humanities (A&H), one in People & Society (P&S), and one in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM).

Your major satisfies one of your cognate requirements.

  • Advertising (General & Management) — People & Society Cognate
  • Advertising (Creative)---Arts & Humanities Cognate
  • Broadcast Journalism—People & Society Cognate
  • Communication Studies (all tracks)---People & Society Cognate
  • Electronic Media---People & Society Cognate
  • Journalism---People & Society Cognate
  • Media Management---People & Society Cognate
  • Motion Pictures (all tracks)---Arts & Humanities Cognate
  • Public Relations----People & Society Cognate

To Search for Available Cognates visit: Cognates Search Engine

The cognates listed in the above search engine have been approved by the University Curriculum Committee for the current academic year. More cognates will be added to the search engine as they are approved.


Select Your Major to Expand

Majors: Advertising (Tracks: General/Creative/Management Track) and Public Relations
Advisor: Marilyn Gonzalez
Chair: Alyse Lancaster

Students majoring in Advertising should register for a minimum of five courses.

Major Course Selections:

  • CAD 114 Principles of Advertising
  • CAD 102 Graphic Design for Advertising I
  • CNJ 108 Writing for the Digital Age
  • COM 250 Freedom of Expression & Communication Ethics
  • English Composition and/or Mathematics
  • Cognate and/or an elective

Students majoring in Public Relations should register for a minimum of five courses.

Major Course Selections:

  • CPR 116 Principles of Public Relations
  • CNJ 108 Writing for the Digital Age
  • COM 250 Freedom of Expression & Communication Ethics
  • English Composition and/or Mathematics
  • Cognate and/or an elective

Major: Broadcast Journalism, Electronic Media, Journalism, Media Management
Advisor: Natieska Rivas
Chair: Sam Terilli

Students majoring in Broadcast Journalism should register for a minimum of five courses.

Major Course Selections:

  • CNJ 108 Writing for the Digital Age
  • CVJ 106 Visual Design
  • CEM 102 Introduction to Electronic Media
  • COM 250 Freedom of Expression & Communication Ethics
  • English Composition and/or Mathematics

Students majoring in Electronic Media should register for a minimum of five courses.

Major Course Selections:

  • CNJ 108 Writing for the Digital Age
  • CVJ 106 Visual Design
  • CEM 102 Introduction to Electronic Media
  • COM 250 Freedom of Expression & Communication Ethics
  • English Composition and/or Mathematics

Students majoring in Journalism should register for a minimum of five courses.

Major Course Selections:

  • CNJ 108 Writing for the Digital Age
  • CVJ 106 Visual Design
  • COM 250 Freedom of Expression & Communication Ethics
  • English Composition and/or Mathematics
  • Cognate and/or an elective

Students majoring in Media Management should register for a minimum of five courses.

Major Course Selections:

  • CEM 102 Introduction to Electronic Media
  • CNJ 108 (if not available, please take COM 250 Freedom of Expression & Communication Ethics)
  • English Composition and/or Mathematics
  • Cognate and/or an elective

Major: Communication Studies (General/Intercultural/Organizational/Public Advocacy)
Advisor: Eva M. Alonso
Chair: Diane Millette

Students majoring in Communication Studies should register for a minimum of five courses.

Major Course Selections:

  • COM 110 Communication Theory
  • COM 250 Freedom of Expression & Communication Ethics
  • COS 112 Interpersonal Communication
  • English Composition and/or Mathematics
  • Cognate course and/or an elective

Major: Motion Pictures (Tracks: General/Production/Screenwriting/Business/Critical Studies)
Advisor: Eva M. Alonso
Chair: Ed Talavera

New Students majoring in Motion Pictures should register for a minimum of five courses.

Major Course Selections:

  • CMP 103 Survey of Motion Pictures
  • CMP 151 Introduction to Digital Production (If not available, please take CMP 204, History of Cinema I)
  • COM 250 Freedom of Expression & Communication Ethics English Composition and/or Mathematics
  • English Composition and/or Mathematics
  • Cognate course or an elective

Advisor: Natieska Rivas

  • 1 or 2 Courses in an area of interest (CPR 116 or CAD 114 or CNJ 108 or CEM 102 or COM 110 or CMP 103)
  • COM 250 Freedom of Expression & Communication Ethics
  • English Composition and/or Mathematics
  • Cognate and/or an elective

Frequently Asked Questions

Our professional academic advisors do not have access to your financial file. Any concerns you may have over your financial aid need to be addressed by the Office of Financial Assistance:

http://www.miami.edu/index.php/office_of_financial_assistance/

Because our professional academic advisors do not have access to your financial file, any queries you may have about your bill need to be handled by the Student Account Services office:

http://www.miami.edu/finance/index.php/student_account_services/

Contact your academic advisor right away for the preapproval of your proposed class. Moreover, submit a course description as well as a Transient / Transfer Credit Equivalency Evaluation form when you touch base with your advisor:

http://com.miami.edu/students/undergraduate/undergraduate-advising

No, your parents / guardians will not have access to your academic file unless you list them as delegates. Please be advised that your academic file is confidential as well as protected by the FERPA guidelines. To learn about FERPA, please click on the link below:

http://www.miami.edu/index.php/academicbulletin/GeneralUniversityInformation/undergraduate_academic_procedures_and_information/

Also, refer to the tutorial below when adding a parent or guardian as a delegate:

http://www6.miami.edu/erpupk/students/

Yes, you may if you are a returning student and your cumulative grade point average is at a 3.0 or better.

You will need to schedule an advising session with your academic advisor. He or she will outline the graduation requirements you should complete when studying abroad. Normally, you apply to the program a semester before you leave. For instance, if you wish to study abroad during the spring of 2015, you will need to submit your application during the fall of 2014.

You must preapprove the classes you will take abroad; for this process, you will need the syllabi outlines or course descriptions when meeting with your faculty advisor over your major or minor requirements as well as your professional academic advisor for general education or elective requirements. In order for these courses to transfer, you must earn a “C” or better.

Click on the link below to download a Non-UM Study Abroad Approval form if your study abroad program is outside of UM:

http://com.miami.edu/students/undergraduate/bulletin-forms

To learn more about UM’s study abroad programs, click on the link below:

http://www.miami.edu/index.php/study_abroad

You will need a “C” or better. Please note that a “C-“ is considered a failing grade for all communication majors. Most importantly, your communication grade point average must be at a 2.50 or better in order to graduate.

Please consult your Bulletin copy since some minors will allow a “C-“ or better in your corresponding courses. Other minors will require a “C” or better:

http://www.miami.edu/index.php/academicbulletin/

Some minors will require a specific grade for the first class before taking advanced courses in the minor. For example, for a Marketing minor, you must earn a “B” or better in MKT 201 or 301.

Yes, a “D” is considered a passing grade when meeting general education or cognate requirements. However, this aforementioned grade will impact your cumulative grade point average.

A “D” or better is considered a passing grade. Regrettably, this low grade will impact your cumulative grade point average.

Yes, full time standing reflects a minimum of 12 credits. The flat fee that you pay each semester covers from 12 to 20 credits. If you enroll in 11 credits or lower, you are considered a part-time student. As a result, you will be paying by credit. Most importantly, you must enroll in 15 credits each term if you wish to complete your degree requirements within four years.

All international students must enroll in a minimum of 12 credits in order to remain in compliance with their student visas. To learn more about these guidelines, please click on the following link:

http://www.miami.edu/sa/index.php/isss/

You will need to come by the academic services office in order to submit the Change of School (Major / Minor) form:

http://com.miami.edu/students/undergraduate/bulletin-forms

For the most part, you may be able to transfer out in a few days; however, some schools have implemented deadlines for internal transfers. As a result, you may need to wait until your semester grades are in before transferring out to your new school.