Declaring a Major or Minor

Declaration Procedures

To declare a Communication Studies major, obtain a declaration of curriculum form from the registrar’s office, departmental office, or your advisor.  Each time you make a change to your academic plan, you will need to file a new declaration of curriculum.  For example, when you have completed the core classes and met the requirements to fully declare, you will need to file a new declaration form.  If you add a minor (or drop a minor) you will need to file a new form.

Meet with your advisor early in your program to discuss your major and to pick up a tracking guide.  It is strongly encouraged that you meet with your advisor on a regular basis.

All freshmen coming from a high school will have a hold on their registration.  The dept. will NOT lift the hold without the student meeting with an advisor.  Be sure to make an appointment with your advisor so that you will not be delayed in registration.  

To fully declare a Communication Studies Major, students must:    a) complete 24 hrs. of college credit course work  b)  receive 2.7 average GPA or better in the foundation courses (COMM 2011, COMM 2344 or COMM 1205; COMM COR 2020)    c)  Obtain an 2.7 Cumulative GPA  d)  file a new declaration of curriculum.

To fully declare Digital Media as a major, students must:  a) complete 24 hrs. of college credit course work, b)  receive 2.7 average GPA or better in the foundation courses (COMMCOR 1010, COMMDM1651 and COMMDM 1650)   c)  Obtain an 2.7 Cumulative GPA  d)  file a new declaration of curriculum.

To fully declare Interactive Digital Studies as a major, students must:  a) complete Oral Communication or its equivalent and College Writing and Research or its equivalent  b) complete 24 hours of college credit work  c)  Receive a 2.7 average GPA in the foundation courses (COMM COR 1010 and COMM 2555)   d)  obtain a 2.7 cumulative GPA  e)  file a new declaration of curriculum.

To fully declare a Political Communication major, students must:  a) complete 24 hrs. of college credit course work  b)  complete 24 hours of college credit course work  c)  file a new declaration of curriculum.

To fully declare a Public Relations major, students must:  a) 24 hrs. of college course work  b)  receive a 2.7 GPA or better in the foundation courses (COMM COR 1010 and COMM PR 1811)  c)  obtain a 2.7 cumulative GPA  d)  file a new declaration of curriculum  e)  PR majors must receive a C or better in all classes that pertain to their major.

To fully declare any minor in the Department of Communication Studies, students must:  a) obtain a 2.7 cumulative GPA  b)  complete category 1A and 1B of the Liberal Arts Core  c) file a declaration of curriculum.

Students interested in Communication-Theatre-Teaching Major or Minor should visit with their advisor.


 

Your Degree  (www.uni.edu/catalog/)

Liberal Arts Core:  All students are required to complete the 45-unit liberal arts core.  Liberal Arts Core is the foundation for learning skills for life-long learners.

Major:  The subject of field of study that you decide to emphasize.  If you choose to specialize in two subjects, you will have a double major.

Minor:  A secondary area of study; units required for a minor are usually less than those of a major.  Minors are optional for most majors.

Certificate:  An area of emphasis similar to a minor, but usually of a more applied nature.  Certificates are optional.

University Electives:  Courses you take that are neither required nor chosen as part of your major or Liberal Arts Core.  These can be used towards minors, certificates, or additional major or other courses of interest.

Undergraduate Degrees at UNI require a minimum of:

Bachelor of Arts …………..…..........…...120 units

Bachelor of Science………..........……...120 units

Bachelor’s with certification to teach…..120 units   (check teacher education requirements)

Undergraduate Degree Classification:

Freshmen………………....……...0-29 units

Sophomore………………...…….30-59 units

Junior……………………....……..60-89 units

Senior………………----………….90+ units

You must take at least 12 units per semester to be considered a full-time student; the maximum unit load without special approval is 18 units.

Full time status may be important for financial aid, scholarships, athletic eligibility or coverage on your family’s insurance.  Be sure to talk with an advisor before dropping courses once the semester has begun.

If you plan to graduate in four years, you must average at least 15 units each semester. (based upon units required for Bachelor of Arts degree).

What is a Declaration of Curriculum Form?

The Declaration of Curriculum Form is used to declare a major(s) and/or minor(s) and will initiate the assignment of an academic advisor. In addition to the electronic (complete and print) version of the Declaration of Curriculum form, a paper form is available in the Office of the Registrar (115 Gilchrist Hall / Follon Student Services Center), Academic Advising (102 Gilchrist Hall / Follon Student Services Center) or in most departments or departmental advising offices.

When completed, the Declaration of Curriculum Form should be taken to the Office of the Registrar or to the dept. representative for processing.

If this form is being used for the declaration of a minor only, no advisor or department signatures are needed and the Declaration of Curriculum form can be taken directly to the Office of the Registrar for processing.  

All declarations for students majoring or minoring in the Department. of Communication Studies should be turned in to the department advisors or main office (326 Lang).

Below is a link to the online declaration form:
https://registrar.uni.edu/sites/default/files/Declaration%20of%20Curriculum%20Form%20Feb%202017-Interactive%20PDFpdf.pdf

Below is a link to the student request form:
https://www.uni.edu/registrar/forms?page=2