Welcome to the School of Communication.

Apply to the School of Communication

Thank you for your interest in declaring a major or minor in the School of Communication at Illinois State University. This web page is a guide for current ISU students who wish to change or declare their major or minor. Please follow the steps below to complete the application process.

 

Step One: Understand the Choices

The School of Communication offers a wide variety of majors and minors that are all sub-sets of the communication discipline. There is no major called Communication or Communications. You need to choose the single program/sequence that best meets your skills and interests. You can find descriptions of our majors and minors on the Undergraduate Programs portion of our website, ISU's Find Your Major, and in your Undergraduate Catalog.

 

Step Two: Attend a School of Communication Information Session

Meetings are held periodically to help students learn more about the School of Communication offerings and application process. Attendance at one Information Session during the application period in which you apply is required for consideration of becoming a major or minor in the School of Communication. All information sessions will last approximately 50 minutes and are held in Fell Hall, room 446.

Spring 2014 Information Session dates include:

  • Wednesday, February 5th at 10:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, February 11th at 9:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, February 13th at 1:00 p.m.
  • Friday, February 21st at 9:00 a.m.
  • Monday, February 24th at 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 27th at 12:30 p.m.

Please note: there is no information session on Friday, February 28, 2014. All students applying to the School of Communication MUST attend an information session. Students who do not attend a session cannot be considered for the current application cycle.

 

Step Three: Complete the Application Form

Choose your desired program/sequence and complete all sections of the online application form. Follow these steps to apply online:


1. Log into My Illinois State.
2. Select the "Academics" tab.
3. Find the section titled "Apply to My Program" and select the appropriate option.
4. Use your PIN number to log into the Application Program.
5. Follow the directions to apply.

 

Step Four: Write Your Own Essay

Write an essay, not to exceed two double-spaced pages, describing your career goals and how this program will help you achieve them. Check grammar, sentence structure, and punctuation. Remember that this essay represents you to the Faculty Selection Committee.

 

Step Five: Construct Your Plan of Study

Construct a plan of study for your first two semesters as a student in the School of Communication. In your plan of study, you should include all of the classes you plan to take during the next two semesters if accepted. Your two-semester plan of study should take into account course pre-requisites, course sequencing, and other ISU graduation requirements. To determine prerequisites and requirements, refer to the ISU Unversity Catalog for the year that you were admitted. Students are strongly encouraged to use one of the School of Communication Plan of Study Templates for their application (see links to templates below). In addition, you can use any of the Communication Major Planning Tools to assist you in creating your plan. Communication advisors are not available to assist students in constructing their application plan of study. Advisors will assist admitted students at a later date.

Plan of Study Template for Native ISU Students (DOCX)

Plan of Study Template for Transfer Students (DOCX)

**Note: For assistance, sample plans of study can be found on ISU's Find Your Major website.

Step Six: Submit the Application

Applications must be submitted electronically to the School of Communication. We will no longer accept paper applications. You can view the application deadline for the upcoming semester in the upper-right hand corner of this web page.

Upcoming Deadlines

The application period for the Spring 2014 semester is closed.

Fall 2014 Deadline: March 1, 2014.

All applications must be submitted by the assigned deadline. Applications submitted after the assigned deadline will not be reviewed.

Spring Application Period: September 1 - October 1

Fall Application Period: February 1 - March 1

 

Useful Resources for Application

Find Your Major (sample plans of study for each major/sequence)

Communication Major Planning Tools (major checklists, visual diagrams, and major checkpoint charts)

Communication Careers Obtained by Alumni (PDF)

Attributes of Communication Students (PDF)

Plan of Study Template for Native ISU Students (DOCX)

Plan of Study Template for Transfer Students (DOCX)

 

Selection Process

Applications are reviewed by a committee of Communication faculty members in each area. The Faculty Selection Committee base their decisions upon the following criteria:

  • GPA & grade trends: Typical successful candidate is academically above average
  • Quality and accuracy of Goals Essay
  • Career goals are consistent with the major
  • Clarity and viability of plan of study

Selection decisions will be made approximately three weeks after the deadline. Please do not expect a response prior to this three week period. A response will be sent to each student through his/her ISU email account.

If admitted, you should schedule an appointment with a School of Communication advisor by calling (309) 438-7080.

 

What to do if Denied Admittance

Applying to the School of Communication is a highly competitive process. It is important to note that simply meeting the minimum requirements and going through the application steps does not guarantee you will be admitted to the School.

As a result, it is important to have a back-up plan in mind. Students should meet with their current advisor prior to applying to the School of Communication and have an alternate plan ready.

Students who are denied admittance to the School should contact their previous advisor or an advisor in University College to discuss their options.

Please Note: Faculty decisions are final and cannot be reversed. Once the selection responses are sent, the School has filled all of its seats and cannot accept any more students.