Frequently Asked Questions

Here you'll find answers to questions typically asked by students. Most of these questions relate to our department, but you'll find other common questions answered here as well. If you have a question you would like answered, submit it! You can also check the Registrar Office's FAQs for more important info.

How do I find faculty office hours?

Faculty office hours are listed here (PDF)

How do I apply to the EM/B program?

You can apply to the EM/B program here.  Applications are processed on February 1 and September 15 for the following semesters. 

What do I need to do to get an internship?

You can do an internship with any company, but if you want to get academic credit for it, you need to go through the department. Dr. Olga Zatepiliana-Monacell is currently the departmental internship coordinator. For information beyond what is on the internship page of this website, or to discuss the process further, contact Dr. Zatepiliana-Monacell by email, by phone at 828-262-2406 or stop by her office (123 Walker Hall). 

How do I change my major to Communication?

You can change your major online by on filling out the Request for Change of Major form found on the College of Fine and Applied Arts website. You can also use this form to change your minor or catalog year. 

How do I declare a minor in Communication?

The minor of 18 hours in Communication can be selected by contacting the College Fine and Applied Arts Dean's Office located in 220 Edwin Duncan.

How can I make sure I graduate on time?

Many variables will affect this, including how often you change majors, and how motivated you are to take classes. But there are some basic things that you can do to increase you chances of finishing in 4 years (or less, even!).

  • Meet with your advisor during advising times
  • Familiarize yourself with your concentration program of study (formerly known as checksheet)
  • Check the university's undergraduate catalog to make sure that you take your classes in order, fulfilling the prerequisites for higher-level courses
  • Request a graduation audit.
  • Be sure to apply for graduation! Check with the Registrar's office calendar for the deadline. It's generally the second month of the semester.

What's a Graduation Audit?

A graduation audit is a document that compares your current academic record with the requirements for your major. The Dean's office will automatically generate one when you have completed at least 90 hours, normally the semester before you graduate. This will identify any problems that can be resolved by you and your advisor before graduation. It's also a good idea to make sure that the paperwork has been completed for any substituted courses before the audit is done.

How do I apply for scholarships?

The appropriate forms are located in the department office, in Walker Hall. You can find more info about scholarships, including deadlines, on the scholarship page.

How do I know who my adviser is?

Advisers are assigned to new majors by the department. You should receive an email from the department welcoming you to the department when you declare communication as your major. In this email, you will be notified who your adviser is. If you lose this information, you can call either the department office (262-2221) or the Registrar (262-2050) to get the name of your adviser.

How can I change advisors?

If you wish to have a different adviser than the one assigned to you by the department, you will need to do the following:

  1. Secure the consent of the faculty member that you want to be your adviser.
  2. Have that faculty member notify the Department Staff that they have agreed to be your adviser.

This will allow the staff to enter you into the system so that you will be able to schedule an appointment with your new adviser.

How do I know which Program of Study to use?

You can use any checksheet equal to or more recent than the first year you attended ASU. So, for example, if you first attended ASU in the fall of 2009, you can use the checksheets for 2009-10, or 2010-11, but you cannot use the checksheet from 2002-3. Links to the current checksheets can be found on the Majors page.

In general, it is in your best interest to use the most recent checksheet. We continually revise our curriculum with advice from professionals in the field, and the most current checksheet contains the courses that you need to succeed in the profession as it is today. In addition, sometimes classes on older checksheets are discontinued, and you will have to figure out a substitution course with your advisor.