Frequently Asked Questions

Advising Contact

Where is the Communication Department?

We are located in the Media Center and Communication Building.

How do I contact the department for advising?

  • UCSD Students: VAC or MCC 124B/124C; The department does not do email and phone advising. 
    Please check the Academic Advising page for advising hours and out of office calendar. 
  • Prospective Students: Please contact us at commugrad@ucsd.edu before coming in for advising. Our main prioritiy for advising are our current students.

Major-Related Questions

What are the prerequisites for COMM classes?

  • COMM 10 is the prerequisite for COMM 100A, COMM 100B, COMM 100C. COMM 10 may be taken concurrently with COMM 100A, 100B, or 100C.

  • To take Intermediate Electives (courses numbered 101 – 119), students must complete COMM 10 or be taking COMM 10 at the same time.

  • To take Advanced Electives (courses numbered 120 – 180) students must complete COMM 10 and at least one COMM 100 (A, B or C)

  • For production courses (COMM 101D, 101E, 101K, 101M, 101N), students must complete COMM 101 or be taking COMM 101 concurrently.

Please review the Course Catalog to view prerequisites.

I want to enroll in COMM 10 and COMM 100B at the same time. How can I do that?

Students can enroll in COMM 10 and COMM 100A/B/C at the same time.

Please follow these instructions on how to do so:

  1. Check to see when your enrollment day and time is.
  2. On your enrollment day and time, enroll and add in COMM 10 (WAITLISTED IS NOT ENROLLED).  

    If you are waitlisted in COMM 10, please do not proceed to the next step. Please wait to see if you will get off the waitlist for COMM 10. Students who are already enrolled in the course may drop from now until WI 18, Week 2 Thursday. Please be patient in the process and begin to enroll in backup courses (ex: remaining college requirement courses, courses of interest to you outside of the department, potential minor courses).

  3. Once you have been added to COMM 10, submit your pre-authorization request online for COMM 100A/B/C. 

    Please write in the justification section: I am added in COMM 10 and would like to take COMM 100A/B/C at the same time. *Students do not need to submit any attachments.*

  4. Your request will be routed to to the Undergraduate Advisor for review.
  5. Once you have received approval, please go back to WebReg and enroll in COMM 100A/B/C. 

The Advising Office will not be accepting pre-authorization requests via email and VAC. 

I want to enroll in COMM 10 and a COMM Intermediate Elective. How can I do that?

Students can enroll in COMM 10 and a COMM Intermediate Elective at the same time. 

Please follow these instructions on how to do so:

  1. Check to see when your enrollment day and time is.
  2. On your enrollment day and time, enroll and add in COMM 10 (WAITLISTED IS NOT ENROLLED).  

    If you are waitlisted in COMM 10, please do not proceed to the next step. Please wait to see if you will get off the waitlist for COMM 10. Students who are already enrolled in the course may drop from now until WI 18, Week 2 Thursday. Please be patient in the process and begin to enroll in backup courses (ex: remaining college requirement courses, courses of interest to you outside of the department, potential minor courses).

  3. Once you have been added to COMM 10, submit your pre-authorization request online for the COMM Intermediate Elective course (COMM 101 - 119). 

    Please write in the justification section: I am added in COMM 10 and would like to take [COMM Intermediate Elective course #] at the same time. *Students do not need to submit any attachments.*

  4. Your request will be routed to to the Undergraduate Advisor for review.
  5. Once you have received approval, please go back to WebReg and enroll in the COMM Intermediate Elective course.

The Advising Office will not be accepting pre-authorization requests via email and VAC. 

I'm a new FA17 transfer student and I was unable to get added to COMM 10. Am I behind?

Right now, COMM 10 is at its room capacity and we cannot take anymore students. However, a student already enrolled in the class may drop the course from now until the Week 2, Thursday of Fall Quarter and students on the waitlist can move up and into the class if space allows. Unfortunately, there is no way for the department to know your chances of getting into a class. 

Your next steps: Speak with your college advisor to see if you can enroll in other open courses to fulfill your college requirements. Please inform them that you are unable to enroll in COMM 10 and cannot take the subsequent COMM courses that follow. If you have fulfilled your college requirements or need to add more courses to get to 12 - 16 units, please enroll in courses that may be of interest to you from other departments for elective units to count towards 180 graduation units or explore a minor through taking coursework.

Please note that COMM 10 is offered every quarter during the academic year and the summer. Please try to enroll in COMM 10 next quarter. Students are still making progress towards their degree by fulfilling college requirements and/or taking elective units. 

Can I take a class as P/NP?

No. All courses must be taken for a letter grade with the exception of COMM 193, 198, and 199.

Where do I find the Honors Program Application?

Is "D" a passing grade in Communication?

Yes.

How do I declare a double major?

First, meet with your college advisor to start a double major petition and then bring in the form to the Communication Advising Office (MCC 124B) to meet with our Undergraduate Advisor. For the Communication side, list the courses as follows:

  1. COMM 10
  2. COMM 100A
  3. COMM 100B
  4. COMM 100C
  5. COMM 190
  6. COMM ELECTIVE
  7. COMM ELECTIVE
  8. COMM ELECTIVE
  9. COMM ELECTIVE
  10. COMM ELECTIVE
  11. COMM ELECTIVE
  12. COMM ELECTIVE
  13. COMM ELECTIVE

NOTE: Do not list specific electives unless you have taken or are enrolled in them.

What are my chances of getting into a course if I am on the waitlist?

Unfortunately, there is no way for the department to know your chances of getting into a class. It is highly recommended that you enroll in a back up course in case you are not added.

Minor-Related Questions

How do I declare a minor?

Students are required to take 7 courses for the minor.

Before declaring your minor, please review the Minor Requirements.

Declare your minor online via Tritonlink. Please complete the form exactly as below:

MINOR: CM26

  1. COMM 10
  2. COMM 100
  3. COMM 100
  4. COMM ELECTIVE
  5. COMM ELECTIVE
  6. COMM ELECTIVE
  7. COMM ELECTIVE
  • DO NOT LIST specific electives unless you have taken or are enrolled in them.
  • All courses must be taken for a letter grade. 
  • Up to 3 courses may be taken from COMM 101 - 119 (Intermediate Electives).
  • At least 1 course must be taken from COMM 120 - 189 (Advanced Electives).
  • Minors cannot petition for any courses taken outside the department (including COMM 198 & 199) to satisfy any minor requirements. 

Transferring Courses/Study Abroad

Can I take COMM 10 at a community college or another four year institution?

No. The department does not accept any course equivalencies for COMM 10 because it must be taken at UCSD.

Do courses taken abroad count toward the COMM major?

Courses abroad can count up to 2 courses toward the major as COMM Intermediate Electives. Each course must be at least 4 units, UC transferable, upper division, and be taken for a letter grade.

Before departing to study abroad, COMM students are highly encouraged to provide a course description of the course(s) or sample course syllabus they are hoping to have count towards their COMM Intermediate Elective. Students can submit the course description or sample course syllabus to commugrad@ucsd.edu. The Undergraduate Advisor will forward the course description to the Undergraduate Faculty Advisor to review for pre-approval. Students will be notified via VAC. 

If your course(s) pre-approves, please note that pre-approval is conditional based on earning a passing grade. Once the student has completed the study abroad trip and has the course grade posted on their Academic History, the student must submit an Undergraduate Student Petition along with the course syllabus for final approval to commugrad@ucsd.edu or MCC 124B. The Undergraduate Advisor will forward the course description to the Undergraduate Faculty Advisor to review for final approval. The Undergraduate Advisor will reflect the change on the student's degree audit and will notify the student via VAC.

 

Note: Students minoring in COMM cannot petition any study abroad courses and courses taken outside of the department (including COMM 198 and 199) to satisfy any minor requirements. 

Internship/Research Opportunities

How do I signup for AIP?

Contact the Academic Internship Program Office located at the Teaching + Learning Commons at Giesel Library (lower level, west wing). 

For the academic year: Once a student is enrolled in AIP 197, COMM students must also enroll in COMM 193 (2 unit course) for the designated faculty advisor to receive teaching credit. There will be no additional academic work for enrolling in COMM 193.

For the summer: COMM students only need to enroll in AIP 197. There is no designated faculty advisor for AIP 197. Students are encouraged to seek their own faculty sponsor. 

What is COMM 198/199?

COMM 198 is a group study done with a professor of your choice.

COMM 199 is an independent study done with a professor of your choice.

The first COMM 198 or 199 can count as one Communication Elective. Students must petition with the department.

Other

Where do I find my instructor's and/or TA's office hours?

• On the class syllabus

• Posted in the Undergraduate Lounge (MCC 122A)

Where can I find my final from the previous semester?

In the Undergraduate Lounge, MCC 122A.

How do I contest a grade?

Contact the instructor and write up your argument why you think your grade should be reviewed. If denied, you can submit your written argument to the Undergraduate Advisor.

I have a complaint about a professor. What do I do?

If I have an emergency and cannot attend class, what do I do?

Email or call the instructor to notify them of your absence as soon as possible. Class attendance is part of the grade in some Communication classes. With cell phone and email availability, excuses of “I was unable to contact the professor or department” will not be accepted.