Advising is an important part of your academic success. It allows you to build a relationship with an adviser and get answers to your questions about courses, majors, minors, careers, internships, study abroad programs, student activities, and anything else you may need to know.
As a student in the Diederich College of Communication, you’re assigned an adviser based on your major. If you’re undecided, don’t panic! Your adviser can help you navigate the decision-making process and find a major that’s right for you.
You can find out who your adviser is by logging onto CheckMarq and viewing the information in the column on the right.
You’re required to meet with your adviser during advising week every semester. However, we encourage you to check in with your adviser as often as you need to for mentoring and for information on your career path, academic progression, and registration.
The Office of the Registrar provides extensive online information on class registration topics including what to do before you register, what to do while you register, and how to get additional help if you need it. These topics can be found on the Marquette Central Course Registration page.
The most important information on how to register through CheckMarq can be found on the Marquette Central webpage.
If you still have concerns, call our college Records Office at (414) 288-7702.
If you want to, you can watch some online tutorials that take a lighthearted look at registering for classes and changing majors. Check out the following links:
Your adviser is there to help; however, you can make the most of your advising session if you come prepared. Think ahead about what courses you want to take and bring your questions about majors/minors, internships, study abroad programs, career opportunities, etc. To get more tips on what to expect from your advising session, go to www.bulletin.marquette.edu/undergrad/academicregulations/#academicadvising.
Your adviser will have a Checklist of your required courses to help guide you in choosing the right courses for the next semester. Your adviser can also assist you in selecting summer courses, if you have an interest.
The Checklist is a form created for every student in the Diederich College and is used by advisers and the Records Office. It lists the requirements for your major, summarizes all courses you have completed, shows your GPA, and other valuable information.
An electronic resource called Academic Advisement also available when you log into CheckMarq. To learn how to track your degree progress through the Academic Advisement tool, visit www.marquette.edu/mucentral/registrar/degree_index.shtml.
The Undergraduate Bulletin provides a list of requirements for each major and minor within the university. Here’s an easy way to find the requirements for all the majors and minors in the Diederich College.
Remember that all students in the College must have a major plus a minor or a second major. The minor or second major can be another area within communication or it can be from another college within the university. Some restrictions may apply when combining double majors and minors, so check with your adviser or with the college Records Office for clarification.
- Advertising: Dr. Jean Grow
- Communication Studies: Dr. Lynn Turner
- Corporate Communication: Dr. Scott D'Urso
- Digital Media: Dr. Sumana Chattopadhyay
- Journalism and Media Studies: Dr. Pam Nettleton/Dr. Karen Slattery
- Public Relations: Dr. Nathan Gilkerson
- Theatre Arts: Prof. Jamie Cheatham
- Undecided: Prof. Dave Denomie
What Freshmen Should Take Fall Semester
As an incoming
COMM freshman, you should plan to take about 16 credit hours – usually five
3-credit hour classes plus the 1-credit Communication Pathways course. However,
you may end up with 17-17.5 credit hours if you are in a major that has an
additional .5-credit or 1-credit course, or if you are taking a 4-credit course
in foreign language or science. The range you want to aim for is 14-17.5 because
taking less than 12 hours changes your status to part time, and taking 18 hours
or more is too heavy a workload.
first semester, try to find a good balance of courses that will interest you
and allow you to explore new disciplines, since moving from high school to
college is a significant transition. Some majors have courses that freshmen can
take first semester. Explore those options, too.
required courses are your top priority. They are:
1050, Communication Pathways, section 101. There is only one section, which
meets F 10-10:50. This is a 1-credit class in the college core and is required
of all communication freshmen.
- CMST 1000, Intro to Communication, lecture
section 101 (meets MW 10-10:50) plus a discussion section. There are several discussion
sections to choose from at different times of day. Register for the discussion
section first and the lecture will automatically be added to your schedule.
This is a 3-credit class in the college core that is required of all students
in the college.
- ENGL 1001, any section between 101 and
178. There are literally 178 sections of the class to choose from. Everyone
takes ENGL 1001 – with two exceptions. If you are in the Honor’s program, take
ENGL 1301 instead or 1001. If you have AP credit for ENGL 1001, don’t take it
because you already have credit for it. Don’t take ENGL 1002, either. Take COMM
1100 in the fall if you can get in now, or take it in spring. ENGL 1001
and COMM 1100 will fulfill your rhetoric requirement in the University Core.
JOUR majors only
Students majoring in
journalism are required to take JOUR 1964 first semester. It is a 1-credit
course that you will want to add to your fall schedule.
For THAR majors only
Students majoring in theatre
arts are required to take THAR 1100, plus 1300 and 1310 or 1320 and 1330 first
Completing Your Schedule
complete your schedule, you need two or three more classes, and you have
options for courses to add to the courses above. Choose courses that are open,
are the best fit for your schedule, and give you the right mix.
choose courses in theology, history, foreign language, diverse cultures,
science, performing arts, math, or a course in your major or minor, if there is
one offered to first semester freshmen. Or you can choose a 1000- or 2000-level
course that simply looks like an interesting elective if it doesn’t have
prerequisites. Here are some tips on how to choose.
Theology. Everyone needs to take THEO 1001 to satisfy one of two
theology classes. Most freshmen (except THAR majors) take it first semester.
History. Everyone needs a history class, so you could take one now or you can
wait. If you take a history class now, remember that HIST 1301 Latin America,
1401 Africa, and 1501 East Asia are “dual application” courses. That means they
not only fulfill the history requirement but also the diverse cultures requirement
in the university core. These courses are in high demand so you might have to
wait a semester to get in. If they are not available and you want to get the
history requirement out of the way now—or you simply prefer a different history
course—choose from HIST 1001 Western Civilization 1, HIST 1002 Western
Civilization 2, or HIST 1101 American History. These classes satisfy the
history requirement for the university core; they simply aren’t dual
application classes. History classes have both a lecture and discussion section,
and you should register for the lecture portion and then add a discussion
section—unlike the communication courses in which you choose the discussion
Foreign Language or Diverse Cultures. Everyone in the Diederich College takes
two semesters of foreign language or diverse cultures. You can fulfill this
requirement by taking two foreign language courses, or two UCCS approved Diverse Cultures courses, or one semester of foreign language and one semester
of approved diverse cultures courses. These courses are in addition to the one Diverse Cultures course you will take to
meet UCCS requirements before graduation (making a total of 3 Diverse Cultures
take two semesters of foreign language, the courses can be from the same
language or from two different languages. If you have never studied a foreign
language or if you want to pursue a new language, start with level 1001.
want to continue studying the same language you took in high school, you can
take a Foreign Language Placement Exam (for French, German, or Spanish) if you
want to be placed above the introductory level in the appropriate language
course. For further details on the placement exam, see the university section
on Placement Exam for French, German, and Spanish.
languages are not your choice, take two Diverse Cultures courses instead over
the course of your four years. You could take one of them now or wait. If you
think you might study abroad, many courses offered in those programs can transfer
in as Diverse Cultures courses, so your best bet is to wait.
Literature or Performing Arts. Everyone takes either a Literature or
Performing Arts course to satisfy a university requirement. If your preference
is literature, wait until you have ENGL 1001 and COMM 1100 behind you because
they are prerequisites for the literature classes. If you want to satisfy the
requirement by taking a performing arts class, you can take it now or at any
other time. Choose from MUSI 1020 Music Appreciation, MUSI 2420 History of the
Musical in America, or THAR 1020 Theatre Appreciation.
Science. Everyone takes a Science course and you can take it now or wait.
Courses that communication students have generally done well in are ARSC 1020
or 1021 Major Concepts in Modern Science, BIOL 1009 Biology for Non-majors,
BIOL 1406 Plants, Pathogens, and People, and BISC 1010 Contemporary Issues in
Nutrition. The regular biology and chemistry courses are intended for science
majors and are not recommended for communication students.
Math. Everyone needs one math class, and you can take it now or wait. There
are several math classes that satisfy the university core requirement, but some
of the majors in communication and all the minors in the College of Business
require statistics. If you take statistics (MATH 1700) you’ll never have to
take another math class, but if you take a math course other than statistics and
you end up in one of the majors or minors that require statistics, you’ll end
up taking two math classes, including statistics. The majors that require
statistics are: advertising, corporate communication, digital media, and
journalism. Popular minors in the College of Business taken by Communication
students are marketing and entrepreneurship.
See a complete list of Marquette's "University Core of Common Studies" or "UCCS" courses, required of all MU undergraduates.
Major courses. You can also take courses in many of the majors.
Freshmen majoring in advertising or public relations can take the principles
classes – ADVE 1400 or PURE 1800. Remember that students majoring in journalism
are required to take JOUR 1964 first semester, and students majoring in theatre
arts are required to take THAR 1100, plus 1300 and 1310 or 1320 and 1330 first
you know your options, choose a mix of classes that provide you with a good
What Freshmen Should Take Spring Semester
Plan to take about 15 hours - 18 if you are doing very well this fall and want to get ahead. Otherwise, stay with 15. A good plan is to take two courses in the College Core, two in the University Core of Common Studies (UCCS), and one in your major. However, don't worry if you come up with some other combination such as one course in the college core course, two in the UCCS and two in your major.
Your top priorities are the following college core courses:
- COMM 1200, lecture section 101 plus a discussion section. Enroll in the discussion section first and the lecture will automatically be added to your schedule. Every freshman should be able to register for this class, but if you have a scheduling conflict, you'll be able to take it next fall. This course counts in the Individual and Social Behavior area of the UCCS.
- COMM 1100, lecture section 101 plus a discussion section. Note that not all freshmen are going to be able to get into the class. Some will take it next fall, and that's not a problem. This class counts toward the rhetoric requirement of the UCCS.
- Any freshmen not currently taking CMST 1000 should enroll in the course this spring, if offered.
To complete your schedule, you have many options. Choose courses that are available, are the best fit for your schedule, and give you the right mix.
- If you took a foreign language and are planning to take the continuing course in that language, go ahead and take it in spring. If not, you can take a course now or you can wait and take either a language or diverse cultures class at a later time. Students planning to study abroad can usually find courses abroad that fulfill the diverse cultures requirement: thus, waiting may be a good decision.
Best UCCS courses to choose from:
- THEO 1001
- PHIL 1001
- UCCS Science and Nature
- UCCS History of Cultures and Societies
- UCCS Mathematical Reasoning
- UCCS Literature/Performing Arts
Best choices for UCCS Science and Nature taken by communication majors include ARSC 1021 Concepts in Modern Science 2, BIOL 1009 Biology for Non-Science Majors, BIOL 1410 Biology of Human Disease, BISC 1010 Contemporary Issues in Nutrition, and PHYS 1009 Earth and Environmental Physics. You can take any approved UCCS Science and Nature course, but some are better suited for science majors.
Best choices for History of Cultures and Societies include HIST 1301 (Latin America), HIST 1401 (Africa), HIST 1501 (East Asia), HIST 1001 (Western Civ before 1715), 1002 (Western Civ since 1715) or 1100 (American History). HIST 1301, 1401, and 1501 are in demand because they not only fulfill a History requirement but also a diverse cultures requirement. If you want one of those courses, you may have to wait another semester.
Best choices for UCCS Mathematical Reasoning include MATH 1700, MATH 1300, and COSC 1000. MATH 1700 (Modern Elementary Statistics) is required for DGMD, CCOM, and JOUR majors. MATH 1700 or COSC 1000 is required of ADVE majors; however, students minoring in Marketing or Entrepreneurship should take MATH 17000 because it's required for all minors offered in the College of Business. Students majoring in Communication Studies, Media Studies and Theatre Arts can take any UCCS Math course such as MATH 1300 Nature of Mathematics.
Best choices for Literature/Performing Arts for freshmen are MUSI 1020, MUSI 2420 or THAR 1020, which have no prerequisites. If you want to fulfill this by taking a literature course, wait till next semester because you'll need two prerequisites of ENGL 1001 and COMM 1100. Note that THAR majors need to take ENGL 2010 (Drama or Dramatic Lit section). The second literature course required for THAR major is ENGL 4331 – Shakespeare.
Best choices for courses in your major:
Advertising: ADVE 1400 or ADPR 2100. If you took ADVE 1400 in the fall, take ADPR 2100. If not, you can take either or both. PSYC 1001 and ECON 1103 are support courses in the major that you can also choose. Remember that if you take math, take MATH 1700 or COSC 1000. MATH 1700 is the right choice if you are going to choose a minor in the College of Business such as Marketing.
Communication Studies: CMST 2100 or CMST 2310. You can take either one or both in spring. Also, you could choose a math course- any one in the UCCS.
Corporate Communication: CCOM 2000 or PURE 1800. You will also need ECON 1001 or ECON 1103 as a support course, which you could take now or later. ECON 1103 is required for most minors offered in the College of Business, so it's better choice than ECON 1001 if you want to pursue a business minor. CCOM majors are also required to take MATH 1700 to fulfill the mathematical reasoning requirement.
Digital Media: DGMD 2205 or 2335. You'll also need PSYC 1001 as a support course, which you could take now or later. DGMD majors are required to take MATH 1700 to fulfill the mathematical resigning requirement, and it's a course you could take now.
Journalism: JOUR 1100. JOUR majors are required to take MATH 1700 to fulfill the mathematical reasoning requirement, and it's a course you could take now.
Media Studies: following the college or university core courses at this time.
Public Relations: PURE 1800 or ADPR 2100. If you took PURE 1800 in the fall, take ADPR 2100. If not, you can take either or both. Also, you could choose a math course- any one in the UCCS.
Theatre Arts: THAR 1120 (if you're doing performance emphasis) or 2400 (if technical emphasis); THAR 1300 and practicum THAR 1310 OR THAR 1320 and practicum THAR 1330. Take whichever course was not taken in fall.
More Regarding the University Core of Common Studies
(See a complete list of Marquette's "University Core of Common Studies" or "UCCS" courses.)
Dual Application Courses: Several courses have been approved for dual application within the UCCS. Any course used for a UCCS requirement cannot also be used to fulfill a college core or curriculum requirement unless specifically approved (COMM 1100 and 1200). UCCS courses can also be used towards major, minor and cognate requirements.
UCCS Individual and Social Behavior requirement is met by COMM 1200. There is no need to take another ISB course unless it is required as a support course, is a course in your minor, or simply looks like an interesting elective.
UCCS Diverse Cultures lower division courses included ANTH 1001 Intro to Anthropology; EDUC 1210 Intro to Schooling in Diverse Society; HEAL 1025 Culture and Health; INPS 2010 Intro to Peace Studies; SOWJ 2150 Immigrants and their Communities; HIST 1301 Latin America; HIST 1401 Africa and HIST 1501 East Asia. Remember that these three history classes are dual application courses and can also be used to fulfill the UCCS History of Cultures and Societies requirement. THEO 3420 Bridging the Racial Divide is also a dual application course that fulfills a diverse cultures requirement and the 2nd level UCCS Theology requirement. If you are an ADVE major, you may want to wait and take ADPR 4600 (International/Multicultural Advertising and Public Relations) because it counts as a diverse cultures class plus is an elective in the major.
Beginning with freshmen entering in Fall of 2015, students in the Diederich College are required to complete 120 credit hours with a 2.0 GPA in order to graduate. (Students were previously required to complete 128 credit hours).
Taking less than 15 credit hours in any of eight semesters (fall and spring semesters for four years) leaves a student short of the required number of credits. Some students take a few 16 credit or 18 credit semesters to make up the difference, whereas others take some summer courses in order to graduate in four years. Full-time students can register for 12-19 credits, but taking only 12 credits during a semester will slow your progress toward completing the 120 credit hours required to graduate.
Students wanting to take an overload (more than 19 credits) must complete an overload request form to our College Records Office (JH 112). Since full time is 12 or more credits, dropping below 12 credits could negatively influence financial aid, health insurance and progression within the academic program.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Q: I earned some AP and IB credits, so how do I find out if I am exempt from taking a class or if I can take the course at a higher level?
- A: A list of courses and placement scores is available in the undergraduate bulletin, so check to see what is awarded based on your score. You can also check with the Records Office in JH 112 for clarification.
- Q: When I tried to register for one of my courses, I found out it was full. What should I do?
- A: This will happen to all students on occasion, and although it is frustrating, you will survive. In most cases, you can simply put off taking the course for a semester and take something else that you need to satisfy your major, minor, college core, or university core requirements. If delaying the course potentially delays your graduation, contact the instructor teaching the class to see if there’s room to add you into the class, or see an administrator in the college that offers the course. For example, if you are trying to register for Intro to Marketing and the class is full, contact the Assistant Dean or Associate Dean in the College of Business.
- Q: Should I stay in a class and risk a bad grade or drop the course? I’m worried that a “W” on my transcript will look bad to a potential employer, but an “F” will look worse.
- A: If you have a grade below a “C” at midterm, talk to the instructor and find out what you can do to raise your grade. If after taking any steps possible to raise your grade, you still think you are risking a “D” or “F” in the class or the class is taking so much of your time that it is pulling your grades down in other courses, drop the class. If you can get a “C” or above, stay in the class so you don’t lose the credits. An occasional “W” on your transcript won’t matter, but don’t get in the habit of dropping courses or you will delay your progress toward graduation.
- Q: How do I drop a course I am currently enrolled in and add a different class?
- A: During the first week of classes, you can log onto CheckMarq and drop or add a class yourself. You can also exchange one class for another using the “swap” feature on CheckMarq. Any class you drop during this time will not show up on your transcript; however, after the first week of classes, you will no longer be able to drop the class yourself. You will need to fill out the form for withdrawal from a single course and turn in the completed form to the College Records Office in JH 112. Your transcript will show a grade of “W” for the course.
- Q: How do I declare or change my major/minor?
- A: To declare or change a communication major, complete a form available in the Records Office, JH 112. It is also available on the college website under “Forms” in the Current Students section. Non-Communication majors can also use this form to declare one of the areas of Communication as a second major. However, students declaring a second major outside of the College of Communication fill out a form available through the college that offers the major. To declare any minor within MU, fill out the minor declaration form through the MU Central/Office of the Registrar website.
- Q: What if the information on my checklist or on the Academic Advisement page isn’t up to date?
- A: If you find inaccurate information on the checklist or the Academic Requirements page (e.g., a course you transferred from another institution has not been credited), please inform the college Records Office in JH 112. Any changes in your major, minor or adviser must be initiated through the Records Office.
College Records Office
For questions during the summer, call our college Records Office at (414) 288-7702
- Associate Dean, College of Communication: Dr. Joyce Wolburg, (414) 288-7309
- Director of Student Records and Academic Advising: Sue Clinton, (414) 288-7075
- Director of Student Success: David Denomie, (414) 288-3498
- Communication Studies
Dr. Scott D'Urso, (414) 288-5477
- Digital Media and Performing Arts
Stephen Hudson-Mairet, (414) 288-3391
- Journalism and Media Studies
Dr. John Pauly, (414) 288-7231
- Strategic Communication (Advertising, Public Relations and Corporate Communication)
Dr. Gee Ekachai, (414) 288-3450
Other Campus Resources
- Career Services Center: (414) 288-7428
- Counseling Center: (414) 288-7172
- Information Technology Helpdesk: (414) 288-7799
- Office of Disability Services: (414) 288-1645
- Office of Student Educational Services: (414) 288-3270
- Parking Services: (414) 288-6911
- Public Safety: (414) 288-6800
- Residence Life: (414) 288-7208
- Student Employment Service: (414) 288-4000
- Student Health Service: (414) 288-7184
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