Frequently Asked Questions about the Communication Department
- Do I need to take Communication courses in a certain order?
- What if a class I want to take is full?
- As a graduate student, may I take electives outside the Communication Department to count toward my degree?
- When may I complete an internship if I am an undergraduate student?
- May I transfer courses from other universities to count toward my Communication degree?
We strongly suggest, but don’t require, you take the introductory course in your area of emphasis (COM 302 or 303) first, then courses that are prerequisites for advanced courses within your area. Next, consider the other required introductory course and other courses to complete the requirements.
You may be put on a wait list and must obtain a WPI (With Permission of Instructor) to enroll. You should probably discuss your situation with the professor teaching the course, especially if you need to take the course to graduate that semester.
As a graduate student, may I take electives outside the Communication Department to count toward my degree?
Yes. You may take one course outside of Communication that will count toward your master’s degree. You will need to petition the Department to do so.
We suggest you seek an internship once you have completed enough hours in the department to have the acquired skills needed in the internship. Usually, this means sometime during your senior year. You many find a listing of possible placements at the Experiential & Service-Learning office.
UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS may petition the Communication Department to transfer upper-division hours earned at another university or lower-division hours taken after achieving upper-division status at another university. You may petition these hours for general elective credit or toward Communication course requirements. If you are seeking to count your work from another school toward specific credits in the Communication major, you need to provide a copy of the catalog describing the course at the other school and/or a course syllabus along with your petition.
Generally, you may not transfer hours if you are a GRADUATE STUDENT, although you may petition the UIS Communication Department to try. In rare instances, the department has allowed a limited number of graduate credits to transfer.
In general, the UIS Communication Department never allows a course from another university to replace a department-required course (COM 302 or 303 for undergraduates and COM 504 and 506 for graduate students).
Student petition forms are available on the UIS Registration Office’s Online Forms page.