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 or in the UM bulletin (http://bulletin.miami.edu) 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.

You can access the Spring 2019 academic calendar here: https://registrar.miami.edu/dates-and-deadlines/academic-calendars/index.html

New students entering UM in Spring 2019 will receive email notification from the University Registrar with detailed registration information in early May 2018.

Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 am – 4:00 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 ACT/English of 32 or higher OR a SAT/Writing score of 700 or higher, then English 105 is waived. You may proceed to enroll in ENG 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/undergraduate/aleks-math-placement/.

    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 schedule the 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.

 

Steps for Spring Registration

  1. Please review all of the information on our website. Email your advisor if you have questions or concerns.

  2. Refer to the Registrar’s website: https://admissions.miami.edu/undergraduate/admitted-students/new-student-registration/index.html for assistance with CaneLink and to watch short videos on the registration, swap and waitlist processes.

  3. Registration time is on your CaneLink home page.

  4. Have a backup plan in case your first choices are full.
    a. Add yourself to a waitlist if your first selection is full.
    b. You may only waitlist for a total of 9 credits.

  5. Remember that your spring schedule may be updated once classes start in January.
    a. The Spring 2019 add/drop period runs from Monday, January 14th - January 23rd.
    b. During this time, you can update your spring schedule.

 

Foote Fellow Advising Information

Foote Fellows are EXEMPT from all General Education Requirements including Cognates. Here are some exceptions:

  • Foote Fellows are not exempt from pre-requisite courses.
  • Some general education requirements may be necessary for admission to medical/graduate school.
  • Foote Fellows may complete General Education Requirement courses by choice or automatically with AP/IB/Dual Enrollment credit.
  • Foote Fellows may choose to complete Cognates.
  • Foote Fellows are exempt from ENG 105 and 106, however these courses may be required for some majors.
 

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 or People & Society Cognate
  • Broadcast Journalism—People & Society Cognate
  • Communication Studies (all tracks)---People & Society Cognate
  • Electronic Media---People & Society Cognate
  • Interactive Media---STEM 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.

 

New Transfer Students

Transfer students starting Spring 2019 should schedule a phone or in-person appointment by calling 305-284-5234 or emailing communication@miami.edu starting on May 15 . During your appointment, your advising hold will be removed, so you can add courses to your shopping cart and register.

During your appointment, your advisor will see if your transfer credits are applicable towards major, minor, cognates and elective requirements. Transfer coursework towards your major be approved by the department chair or a faculty advisor. You will receive further instruction on this process during your appointment.

Transfer courses that have been not given a direct equivalency still count toward the completion of your degree if passed with a grade of C or above. If you are currently taking courses, it is your responsibility to inform your advisor and send a final official transcript to the UM Office of Admission by December 2018.

 

Select Your Major to Expand

 

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

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

Major Course Selections:

  • STC 114 Principles of Advertising
  • STC 102 Graphic Design for Strategic Communication
  • JMM 108 Writing for the Digital Age
  • 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:

  • STC 102 Graphic Design for Strategic Communication
  • STC 116 Principles of Public Relations
  • JMM 108 Writing for the Digital Age
  • English Composition and/or Mathematics
  • Arts and Humanities or STEM Cognates

Major: Broadcast Journalism, Electronic Media, Journalism, Media Management
Advisor: Bethany Angiolillo
Chair: Sam Terilli

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

Major Course Selections:

  • JMM 102 Understanding Media and Content in the Digital Age
  • JMM 108 Writing For The Digital Age (if JMM102 or JMM108 are not available, please take COM 250 Freedom of Expression & Communication Ethics)
  • English Composition and/or Mathematics
  • STEM or Arts and Humanities Cognate
  • Elective of your choice in or outside of our school

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

Major Course Selections:

  • JMM 102 Understanding Media and Content in the Digital Age
  • JMM 108 Writing For The Digital Age (if JMM102 or JMM108 are not available, please take COM 250 Freedom of Expression & Communication Ethics)
  • English Composition and/or Mathematics
  • STEM or Arts and Humanities Cognate
  • Elective of your choice in or outside of our school

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

Major Course Selections:

  • JMM 102 Understanding Media and Content in the Digital Age
  • JMM 108 Writing For The Digital Age (if JMM102 or JMM108 are not available, please take COM 250 Freedom of Expression & Communication Ethics)
  • English Composition and/or Mathematics
  • STEM or Arts and Humanities Cognate
  • Elective of your choice in or outside of our school

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

Major Course Selections:

  • JMM 102 Understanding Media and Content in the Digital Age
  • JMM 108 Writing For The Digital Age (if JMM102 or JMM108 are not available, please take COM 250 Freedom of Expression & Communication Ethics)
  • English Composition and/or Mathematics
  • STEM or Arts and Humanities Cognate
  • Elective of your choice in or outside of our school

Major: Communication Studies (General/Intercultural/Organizational/Public Advocacy)
Advisor: Marilyn Gonzalez
Chair: Diane Millette

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

Major Course Selections:

  • COS 220 Communication Theory
  • English Composition and/or Mathematics
  • CIM 111, JMM 106, CIM 111, CIM 151, JMM 106 or STC 102 for digital skills requirement
  • Cognate course in Arts and Humanities or STEM

Major: Motion Pictures (Tracks: General/Production/Screenwriting/Business/Critical Studies) and Interactive Media
Advisor: Bethany Angiolillo
Chair: Christina Lane

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

Major Course Selections:

  • CIM 103 Survey of Motion Pictures
  • CIM 151 Introduction to Digital Production (If not available, take CIM 204 History of International Cinema I)
  • CIM 126 Introduction to Screenwriting
  • COS 211 Public Speaking
  • English Composition and/or Mathematics
  • Cognate course for People and Society or STEM

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

Major Course Selections:

  • CIM 111 Web Lab
  • CIM 126 Introduction to Screenwriting or COM 250 Freedom of Expression and Communication Ethics
  • COS 211 Public Speaking
  • English Composition and/or Mathematics
  • Cognate course for Arts and Humanities
  • Cognate course for People and Society

Advisors: Marilyn Gonzalez (Last Names A-L) and Bethany Angiolillo (Last Names M-Z)

  • 1 or 2 Courses in an area of interest (STC 116 or STC 114 or JMM 108 or JMM 102 or COS 110 or CIM 103)
  • COS 211 Public Speaking
  • English Composition and/or Mathematics
  • Cognate and/or an elective
  • Elective of your choice in or outside of our school
 

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://finaid.miami.edu/

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://bulletin.miami.edu/general-university-information/university-policies/student-right-to-know/

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

http://www6.miami.edu/erpupk/delegate/DelegateProxyGuide_AccessStudentInformation.pdf

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.

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. This low grade will impact your cumulative grade point average.