Admission to the Department

The Department of Communication seeks to admit students who are dedicated to pursuing a degree in the varied fields of communication.

Students may declare a major in Advertising, Communication Studies, Journalism or Public Relations as soon as they meet the university's requirements for declaring a major.

Resource limitations place a restriction on the number of students who can be served effectively by the department's Electronic Media/Broadcasting major. Only after a student has been accepted into the Electronic Media/Broadcasting major can he or she declare that major. Students must apply for admission to the EM/B major no later than Feb. 1 for the following fall semester, or no later than Sept. 15 for the following spring semester. You can apply to EM/B here. 

If more students apply for admission into the EM/B major than resources can accommodate, selections will be made based on overall GPA and GPA in COM 1200. In the event of equal GPAs and COM 1200 grades, the selection committee will ask students to submit a writing sample. 

Advising Information

How do I sign up for advising?

Advisors differ in the ways they prefer to schedule appointments with students, so check your advisor's office door or contact your advisor by email to schedule an appointment.

Is advising required?

You are strongly encouraged, but not required, to see your advisor throughout your time at ASU. Regular visits with your advisor will help ensure that you:

  • Sign up for the classes you need, in the correct sequence;
  • Learn about internship and job opportunities;
  • Get advance notice about summer and special topics courses;
  • Complete all of the paperwork necessary for graduation;
  • Stay informed about department requirements and changes to procedures;
  • and much more.

Portfolio Requirement

The Department of Communication requires all graduating seniors to develop a portfolio. Students should begin collecting content for their portfolios as soon as they enter the program. More information about portfolios can be found in the Career Development Center.

Each major has a different course in which students finalize their portfolios and have their portfolios assessed and graded. The requirements for the portfolio are also different depending on the major.

  • Advertising
    Course: COM 4400
    Requirements: TV story board and script; radio script; ad designed in Quark or Pagemaker; creative brief/copy platform/creative strategy; Optional: journalistic article, news release, web page design
  • Communication Studies
    Course: COM 4432
    Requirements: writing sample; computer skills sample; analytical skills sample
    Optional: photography/design samples
  • Electronic Media/Broadcasting
    Course: COM 4315
    Requirements: audio production sample; video production sample; writing sample
  • Journalism
    Course: COM 4610
    Requirements: Samples of work from COM 2600 and COM 2610, COM 3210 or COM 3310, COM 3600, COM 4420 or examples of video, audio, or online reporting, or news beat-related blogging 
    Optional: photography/design samples
  • Public Relations
    Course: COM 4418
    Requirements: writing sample; design sample; management skills sample; photography sample

In addition to these area-specific requirements, all majors should include a resume and self-assessment paper in the portfolios. This self-assessment should discuss your strengths and weaknesses as a communicator. While there is no page-length requirement, employers rarely want to read a lengthy essay. Therefore, a well-crafted self-assessment ought to accurately and adequately state your communication skills in approximately 2-3 pages.