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 mentor (or our Director of Undergraduate Studies). Each student is assigned a faculty mentor 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 faculty mentor or Undergraduate Studies Advisor Lindsey St. Clair (518-442-4875) 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: Professor Alan Zemel, our Director of Undergraduate Studies.

The Mandatory Online Orientation

In Spring 2016, we created an online orientation that we require each new Communication major to go through. When you are admitted, our advisor will send you a link to the orientation housed on the Blackboard system. This one-time orientation must be completed before you can be advised for your next semester. This orientation 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 have the ability 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 will gain an understanding of how Communication handles 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 their major or minor. Again, you must have completed the online orientation 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 2-3 weeks 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 Professor 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 Professor 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, Professor 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, HU 140, 518-442-4061,