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Thank you for your interest in declaring a major or minor in the School of Communication at Illinois State University. This is a guide for current ISU undergraduate students who wish to change or declare their major or minor in Communication.

Students with a 2.5 cumulative GPA or above will be automatically accepted into the Communication major or minor of their choice. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and will be reviewed weekly.

If your cumulative GPA is below a 2.5, you are still welcome to apply. You will be given the opportunity to submit a personal statement with your application asking you to reflect on this prompt:

In 250-300 words, explain the reason you would like to change your major/minor to Communication. Your personal statement should reflect formal writing and address the following topics:

  • Why is this major/minor change desired?
  • What career do you hope to pursue with your new major/minor?
  • What will you bring to the major/minor as a student?

For students applying with a cumulative GPA below a 2.5, relevant coursework will also be taken into consideration before a decision is made (this includes coursework in COM, ENG, and other social sciences and humanities-based classes).

For all applicants, admission decisions will be communicated via campus email.

NOTE: Students who are currently a declared major in the School of Communication and are looking to switch their major to another COM major need to complete our Internal Major Transfer request form.

Submit Your Application

After you’ve decided which major/minor will be best for you, login to My Illinois State and complete all sections of the online application form:

  1. Select the “Academics” tab
  2. Locate the section titled “Apply to My Program” and select the appropriate option
  3. Follow the directions and click apply

Not sure which major/minor is right for you?

Contact Julie Navickas, Director of Student Success & Recruitment at or schedule an appointment here.