Please read this page in full before contacting an advisor.

Table of Contents

Undergrad Forms & Handouts Meet With An Advisor
Track & Plan Your Progress GE Advising
Apply for Graduation Apply for A Minor
COMM Advisor Directory Advising FAQ
Transfer Student Orientation  

Forms & Handouts

Click here for all undergraduate Forms & Handouts, including the COMM Academic Planner, My Major Plan, My Minor Plan, and About The COMM Major.


Meet With An Advisor

All Communication Studies majors and minors should meet with an advisor every semester to review their program of study. Although your program of study is subject to the approval of both your advisor and the department chair, students are responsible for developing a coherent program.  Your Communication Studies advisor will help you:

  • plan a program of study that fits with your educational and career goals
  • identify courses consistent with your interests
  • address problems you might encounter in your classes
  • stay on track for graduation

Track and Plan your Progress

We have several tools to help you plan and track your progress to take control of your major.

  • Plan your pathway by using MyPlanner when you log into your MySJSU account. Please note that MyPlanner does not consider that some courses can be substituted or double-counted, so make sure you also visit an advisor.
  • Check MyProgress report frequently to ensure you are meeting all university and major requirements.
  • If you want to have still more control over your planning, you can also download and fill out the COMM Academic Planner. You can then map out your path to graduation—then bring your Planner (in electronic form) to advising meetings. 
  • Familiarize yourself with the major requirements and the options for COMM 198: Applied Activity.

GE Advising

  • Please remember you have GE, SJSU Studies, and other university requirements in addition to major requirements. Make sure you check that you are meeting all requirements by going to MyProgress on your MySJSU account.
  • For general advising questions about topics such as Core GE requirements, the reinstatement process, and other issues not directly related to the major or minor, go to the College of Social Sciences Student Success Center, ACCESS. Online help is also available at the SJSU Advising Hub.

Transfer Student Orientation

Welcome to Communication Studies! Transfer students will learn all about our department and which courses to take when you meet with a department advisor during your Transfer Day Orientation. You may also view our presentational slides to help you prepare for your first semester as a Communication Studies major at SJSU. Please sign-in to Google with your SJSU email to gain access to our presentational slides.

Apply for Graduation

  • Confirm with MyProgress Report to see if you are eligible to graduate within the next two semesters. Address anything on MyProgress that has a red square.
  • After checking your MyProgress Report, please visit an advisor to assist you in applying for graduation online. Click here for a guide on how to apply for graduation online.

Apply for a Minor in Communication Studies


Communication Studies Advisors - Fall 2020

Below is a directory of advisors available for the Fall 2020. Please note that the hours listed below are advising hours, which should be time spent towards advising questions, paperwork, course planning, and other Comm-related advising questions. Advising hours will be updated during the start of the Fall 2020 semester.

If you are looking for office hours that pertain to your courses and/or course grade with a professor, please check out the Faculty/Staff Directory for Office Hours.

❗️ NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 health advisory and current SJSU policies, all advising hours will be held ONLINE via Zoom until further notice. Please consult the hours below, and/or contact your advisor to schedule an online appointment.

Need help with Zoom? Check out this resource page with tutorials, videos, and how-to guides.
 Picture Advisor Name

Contact Info & Advising Hours

Kristen Cole

Online via Zoom

Advising hours: Mon 2 PM - 4 PM;
Wed 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Schedule an appointment here.

Ge Gao

HGH 211

Advising hours: TBA

Tabitha Hart

HGH 216 Online via Zoom

Advising hours: Mon 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM;
Email to schedule online appointment

Jennifer Morrison

Online via Zoom

Advising hours: Tues, Thurs
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Visit Jennifer's appointment page to schedule an appointment.

Matthew Spangler

HGH 206 Online via Zoom

Advising Hours: Wed 3 PM - 5 PM

Mary Anne Sunseri

HGH 208 Online via Zoom

Advising Hours: Tues, Thurs 1 PM - 3 PM
Visit Mary Anne's appointment page to schedule an appointment.

Anne Marie Todd

HGH 106 Online via Zoom

Advises special cases such as probation, disqualification and returning students.
Please email to make an appointment.

Karen Williams

HGH 208

Advising hours: TBA

Nikki Yeboah

HGH 216

Advising Hours: TBA


Job Opportunities

The SJSU Career Center has created a web-hub that includes information about career tracks; job, internship, and volunteer opportunities; job search tips; and campus resources.


Visit our advising FAQ if you have additional questions.