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Admission to the school of communication studies


The following information explains:

1) the procedures for applying to the SCOM major and minors. If, after reading this, you have additional questions about applying, please contact Dr. Toni Whitfield, SCOM Assistant Director, at whitfits@jmu.edu.

2) the procedure for applying to the Sport Communication minor.  If, after reading this you have additional questions about applying, please contact Dr. Isaac Woo, Sport Communication Minor Coordinator, at woocw@jmu.edu.

Admission to the School of Communication Studies

Admission to JMU does not guarantee admission to the School of Communication Studies. All students interested in majoring in the program must apply for a limited number of spaces while first completing SCOM 240 and SCOM 241. To register for these classes, students must have completed GCOM 121, 122, or 123 and must change their major to "SCOM declared" through the registrar's office (or declare an SCOM minor on the same form). Students must also fill a disclaimer form to be handed to the School of Communication Studies prior to registration for SCOM 240 and SCOM 241.

The School of Communication Studies reviews applications for admission to the major each semester. Students must submit their SCOM applications in the semester in which they are completing the SCOM 240 and SCOM 241 requirements. Complete your application online (see below) and submit it by email to scom@jmu.edu. You will receive and should keep the return email acknowledging the receipt of your application. Applications are due by November 15 (fall semester) and April 15 (spring semester). Students who have applied by the above deadlines will be notified of the department's admission decision at the end of the semester in which they complete the SCOM 240 and SCOM 241 requirements.

Admission to the major is based on availability to the most qualified students as determined by performance in SCOM 240 and SCOM 241. It is possible for a student to be accepted into the major but not into their first choice concentration.

Students who are not admitted may file one more additional application in the next regular semester. Students reapplying must apply in two consecutive semesters of enrollment at the university. If a student reapplies after retaking SCOM 240 and SCOM 241 (whether repeat or repeat/forgive), the school will look only at the highest grades earned when evaluating the second application.

Successful completion of a major in the School of Communication Studies requires, at the very least, a minimum of four semesters after a student is fully admitted to the School. Depending upon the student's particular circumstances and degree progress, more than four semesters may be required for completing the major. Once admitted to the School of Communication Studies, a student cannot retroactively apply more than nine hours of SCOM courses, including SCOM 240 and SCOM 241, to his/her major.

Change of Major Form (Students must be SCOM declared to register for SCOM 240 and SCOM 241.)

Disclaimer Form - Click Here

Major Application Form - Click Here (Fill out while taking SCOM 240 and SCOM 241)

Minor Application Form - Click Here

 Policy for Students Transferring from Another Institution

Students applying from other institutions are held to the same policies and guidelines as other applicants. However, once admitted to the School of Communication Studies, transfer students may petition for SCOM credit for courses taken at previous institutions. As with other applicants, they cannot retroactively apply more than nine hours of SCOM courses taken at JMU, including SCOM 240 and SCOM 241, to their major or minor once admitted to the School of Communication Studies.

Minimum Grades

Any course taken to fulfill a degree requirement in communication studies must be completed with a minimum grade of "C" (2.0 GPA). A communication studies course completed with a grade of "C-" or "D," including courses to fulfill JMU's baccalaureate degree requirements, may be credited toward graduation but may not be included as course work toward a communication studies major or minor. Additionally, courses completed with a grade less than "C" will not count as fulfilling prerequisites for future courses, and enrolled students may be administratively removed from courses for which they have not completed a required prerequisite with a grade of "C" or higher.

 

Admission to the Sport Communication Minor

This minor consists of course work offered in communications, media arts and design, and kinesiology for students with an interest in sports media and communication.

Due to enrollment limitation in certain required courses, admission to JMU does not guarantee admission to the sport communication minor. All students interested in minoring in this program must apply for a limited number of spaces while first completing KIN 242 and SCOM 260.

The School of Communication Studies reviews applications for admission to the sport communication minor. Students should complete the application (available from the school website) and submit it by email to scom@jmu.edu. Students will receive an email acknowledging receipt of their application, which should be kept. Applications are due by November 15 (fall semester) and April 15 (spring semester). Students who have applied by these deadlines will be notified of the admission decision at the end of the semester in which they complete KIN 242 and SCOM 260. Admission is granted to the most qualified students as determined by their performance in these courses.

 Students who are not admitted may file one more additional application in the next regular semester. Students reapplying must apply in two consecutive semesters of enrollment at the university. If a student reapplies after retaking KIN 242 and/or SCOM 260 (whether repeat or repeat/forgive), the school will look only at their highest grades earned when evaluating their second application.

Because of the way the curriculum is sequenced, it typically takes four consecutive semesters to complete the sport communication minor. Rising seniors typically cannot complete the minor by graduation. Some required courses are offered only one semester a year.

Once admitted to the minor, a student cannot retroactively apply more than nine hours of SCOM courses, including SCOM 260, to this minor.

This minor is open to any student at the university including SCOM majors, however, SCOM majors are limited to double counting no more than six credits to both their major and minor. For more information, contact Dr. Isaac Woo at woocw@jmu.edu.