Planning Your Studies

Note: Current class schedules can be found on our forms/schedules page.

Advisement at the Department Level

Advisement is something that we take very seriously in the department. We view advisement as covering two different issues, and we handle each separately. One issue is to make sure you are aware of what university requirements you still need to fulfill each time you register, and we handle that by arranging for you to meet each semester with graduate students who help us with advisement. The other issue is for you to plan your studies so that your course selections are suitable ones for achieving your personal goals. For that we want you to meet at least once, and more often if you wish, with your faculty advisor (or our Director of Undergraduate Studies). Each student is assigned a faculty advisor when they enter the major. Please check your audit or sign into MyUAlbany for their name and contact info.

If you are an undergraduate major, you are encouraged to seek out a meeting with your advisor when you begin your studies in the department. During this meeting, you can discuss your goals and devise an overall plan of study supportive of those goals in the department, and in your second field and electives.

You are urged to contact your advisor or the department office (518-442-4871) at any time during the semester for advisement concerning decisions you need to make while you are progressing in the communication program or problems you might be facing.

If your questions are more directly related to the undergraduate program per se, you are encouraged to contact: Debbie Bourassa or Dr. Annis Golden, our department chair.

The Mandatory New Majors Meeting

Each semester, the department organizes a Mandatory New Majors Meeting during which the Major in communication is presented and explained to the students who have just been admitted in our undergraduate program. Your attendance to this meeting is very important for two reasons:

1. It is a unique opportunity for the new majors to get a general understanding of our program in communication. During this presentation, you are encouraged to ask any question that you might have about the way our major functions. You will also receive specific information about the following topics:

* Full-time and part-time internships
* The honors program
* The Combined BA/MA Program
* Study abroad opportunities

2. You need to attend this meeting in order to be able to gain your first access to the Pre-Early Registration process in which our majors are given priority in enrolling in Communication courses.

Pre-Early Registration

Pre-Early Registration is only accessible to declared majors in communication and students who have declared Communication as a second field. If you are a new major in communication, you need to attend the Mandatory New Majors Meeting in order to be able to pre-early register. During this advisement session, you will meet with advising staff who will help you define your priorities and identify which courses you should take for all graduation requirements. As majors in communication, you will then be able to register for two courses in communication. This Pre-Early Registration usually takes place the week prior to Early Registration, which is available to any student at the University.

Study Abroad

If you are planning to study abroad, you will need to meet with Dr. Michael Barberich to obtain approval for the courses you will take in the foreign university you have chosen. Before this meeting, you need to contact the Office of International Education to obtain all the forms and information you will need to complete your application.

Once you have identified which course you are planning to take abroad, you will submit their official description to Dr. Barberich (usually, these descriptions can be found in the web site of the University that will host you while you study abroad). Based on these descriptions, Dr. Barberich will identify the courses whose credits can be transferred in the major of communication.


Advisement at the University Level

The Writing Center

If you are experiencing any problem related to your writing (in terms of grammar, orthography, or even style), you are urged to contact the University Writing Center. This center has been designed to assist students with academic writing across the disciplines. Students work with tutors in one-to-one sessions, typically 30-60 minutes in length. You can be served on both a walk-in and appointment basis. However, making appointments is recommended due to the availability of tutors, benefits of making your own schedule - such as selecting the same tutor you worked with last time - and planning sessions around assignment deadlines. For more information, contact the Writing Center.

The Faculty Mentor Program

If you have special academic needs or are experiencing family or personal problems, a program called "The Faculty Mentor Program" has been specially designed for you at the University level. This program helps students who need special support to get advice about what they should do to improve their University record. For more information, contact the Faculty Mentor Program Office.