FAQs - BA
what is an eportfolio?
Throughout your career in the Communication Studies Department, you will build an electronic portfolio of your assignments. This e-portfolio will represent your written, oral, and performance work as a Communication Studies major. The Department will use the e-portfolio to assess your overall learning in the program; and you will have a showcase of your work at the end of your college career. As you progress in the major, you will be instructed to save your assignments (papers, speeches, performances, etc.) because you will need to rework and evaluate some of them again in COMM 199C Senior Seminar.
WHAT are the wst and comm 100w?
You must complete and pass the Writing Skills Test (WST) before enrolling in any upper division GE courses (called SJSU Studies). More information is available on the SJSU Testing Office website. Also, you can also obtain the WST Bulletin, test dates, passing scores, sample test questions, and registration materials from the Information Center in the Student Union, or from either Testing and Evaluation or Student Resources in the Student Services Center. To meet the SJSU Studies Area Z requirement, Communication Studies majors take COMM 100W. We recommend that you take 100W before or in same semester as any of the other SJSU Studies courses in Areas R, S, and V.
how does advising work?
Go to the undergraduate advising page to sign up for an appointment with a major advisor. The BA forms page includes a My Major Plan form you can fill out to plan your academic path at SJSU. Bring that form, your laptop (or other device for accessing MySJSU), and list of questions to all of your advising sessions with your major advisor. Your transcripts, Degree Progress Report and other useful information are available by logging on to mySJSU. For questions about GE requirements, make an appointment with a GE advisor at the Academic Advising & Retention Services (408-924-2129). For questions about your minor, meet with an advisor in that department. For additional advising questions outside the major, go to SJSU's Advising Hub at sjsu.edu/advising.
WHAT if i'm interested in teaching?
Please contact Dr. Deanna Fassett, teacher education advisor (408-924-5511; Deanna.Fassett@sjsu.edu) to discuss opportunities to teach at K-6, 7-12, or at the community college level. The Department of Communication Studies shares a secondary credential with the Department of English and Comparative Literature.
HOW DO i apply for graduation?
Once you've completed 90 units, you should apply for graduation. Go to the Forms page on Registrar's Office website, download the Graduation Application form, fill it out, sign, and print out. If you're completing a minor, meet with an advisor in that program and complete your minor form for graduation. Make an appointment with an undergraduate advisor. Bring your laptop or other device for accessing MySJSU. Bring your completed Graduation Application form. Fill out the major form for graduation with your advisor.
where DO I find basic information about sjsu courses, policies, and procedures?
Go to the SJSU Student Information site for the online SJSU Catalog, class schedules, transfer course agreements, admission information, and much more.