Overview of the COMM Major & Minor
How to Change Your Major to COMM
Information for Transfer Students
Track Your Progress
Get GE Advising from ACCESS
Use Spartan Connect
Apply for (or Change) Your Graduation
Meet Our COMM Advisors

Overview of the COMM Major & Minor

If you are a COMM major,

  1. Download and review this form about the COMM Major [pdf].
  2. Next, have a look at this COMM Major Plan worksheet [pdf], which summarizes the COMM major requirements.
  3. Review your options for the COMM Applied Activity.
  4. Read COMM course descriptions and review the COMM major requirements by catalog year in the SJSU online academic catalog.
  5. Scroll through this COMM Advising webpage for important information on completing your degree.

If you are a COMM minor,

  1. Have a look at the COMM Minor Plan worksheet [pdf].
  2. Read COMM course descriptions and review the COMM minor requirements by catalog year in the SJSU online academic catalog.
  3. Scroll through this COMM Advising webpage for important information on completing your degree.

Change Your Major to COMM

To change your major to Communication Studies, follow these steps:

  1. First, you must maintain an overall/SJSU GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  2. Next, complete 6 units of COMM classes with a 2.0 GPA or higher. 
  3. If you are a lower-division student, i.e. you have fewer than 60 UE (units earned), then complete 6 units of lower-division COMM courses, which are numbered 1-99 (e.g. COMM 10, COMM 20, COMM 74, etc.). Be sure to earn a 2.0 or higher in each of these classes.
  4. If you are an upper-division student, i.e. you have 60 or more UE (units earned), then complete 6 units of upper-division COMM courses, which are numbered 100-199 (e.g. COMM 100W, COMM 174, COMM 157SL, etc.). Be sure to earn a 2.0 or higher in each of these classes.
  5. Not sure how many UE you have? Log into MySJSU and view your unofficial transcript for this information.
  6. Finally, after you have completed all of the steps above, meet with one of the COMM Advisors during their advising hours. They will verify that you've met all of these requirements and then they will complete your change of major to COMM.

Information for Our Transfer Students

Transfer students can learn all about the COMM major through the COMM Transfer Day Orientation.

View the COMM department's orientation slides to get ready for your first semester as a COMM major. You'll need to sign in using your SJSU email to access the slides.

For more information, see the First Year and Transfer Students section of our COMM Advising FAQ page.

Track Your Progress

All COMM majors and minors should use the following tools to regularly track their progress. 

Available online 24/7, these are the same tools that our COMM Advisors use during their advising sessions with you.


MyProgress is a powerful online advising tool that allows you to check your progress towards all of your degree requirements, including GE, SJSU Studies, GPA, major, minor, and much more. 

MyProgress is the go-to source for all information about where you stand right now.

For more, see this visual tutorial on how to read your MyProgress report.


MyPlanner is an interactive online tool for undergraduate students to map their entire academic path to graduation. 

Requirements for your major, minor (if applicable), and general education are displayed in a recommended sequence using information from your student record. 

MyPlanner recognizes the courses you've already taken at SJSU, test credit, transfer credit, course substitutions, and prerequisites to recommend an education plan designed just for you.

MyPlanner has some limitations; for example, it does not consider that some courses can be substituted or double-counted, so be sure to validate your tracking work on MyPlanner with an advisor. 


MyRoadmap is a resource that shows you a 4-year plan towards your degree with all the required courses for your major as well as their sequence.

Since most undergraduate degrees at SJSU are 120 units, you should plan to take roughly 15 units per semester to graduate in four years (frosh) or two years (transfer students).

Get GE Advising from ACCESS

In addition to your COMM major or minor, you also have GE, SJSU Studies, and other university requirements to meet. As a COMM major, you can get advising on these areas at ACCESS (Academic Counseling Center for Excellence in the Social Sciences).

Visit the ACCESS website to schedule your advising appointment with them.

Consult the SJSU Advising Hub for even more advising support and resources.

Use Spartan Connect

Spartan Connect is an advising tool that helps students connect to advising, tutoring, workshops, and other support services.

If you are a student, take a look at this guide on how to book yourself into advising appointments using Spartan Connect [PDF].

Apply for (or Change) Graduation 

Apply for Graduation 

All COMM majors can apply for graduation online - it's quick and easy to do.

  1. First, check your MyProgress report to see if you are eligible to graduate within the next two semesters.
  2. When looking at your MyProgress report, consider that any items with a red square will need to be taken care of.
  3. Next, visit the COMM Graduating Seniors page to learn how you will apply for graduation online via MySJSU.
  4. For even more information, see the SJSU Registrar's Undergraduate Graduation webpages.
  5. If you have questions or need help, contact a COMM advisor for support.

Change your Graduation Date

Need to change your graduation date? No problem - it's quick and easy!

Note that the Registrar's Office collects a $10 fee (payable online) to process graduation date change requests.

If you are a COMM major, follow these steps to change your graduation date.

  1. Click on this PowerForm link for COMM majors only.
  2. Fill in your name and email address.
  3. Under COMM Department Advisor, type in the name and email address of the COMM Advisor who has been working with you. If you have not been working with any COMM Advisor, type in the name and email address of the COMM Head Advisor. (See list below.) 
  4. Type in the name and email address of your Graduation Evaluator. If you're not sure who yours is, find your Graduation Evaluator info here.
  5. Click the Begin Signing button at the bottom of the form.
  6. Once you have signed the form, it will be routed to the other signees for review and processing.

For more details, look over the SJSU Registrar's Office webpage on graduation date change instructions

Meet Our COMM Advisors

COMM advisors serve all SJSU COMM majors and minors, and can help you...

  • review your progress towards graduation
  • identify COMM courses consistent with your interests
  • decide what COMM classes to take when
  • stay on track for completing your COMM major or minor
  • navigate problems you might encounter in COMM classes

To meet with a COMM advisor review their advising hours below, and use the links to book an appointment that fits your schedule. 

If you prefer, email one COMM Advisor with your questions. Advisors answer emails during posted advising hours, as time permits. 

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Kristen Cole

Spring 2021 advising hours TBA
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Ge Gao

Spring 2021 advising hours TBA
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Tabitha Hart

Head Advisor

Spring 2021 advising hours TBA
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Jennifer Morrison

Winter 2021 advising via Zoom 

January 4 - 22, 2021
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Visit Spartan Connect to book your appointment. Select "Advising", "Communication Studies Department Virtual", and the type of advising you wish to discuss when scheduling with Spartan Connect.

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Mary Anne Sunseri

Spring 2021 advising hours TBA
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Anne Marie Todd

Department Chair

Winter 2021 advising via Zoom

Focusing on special cases such as probation, disqualification and returning students.

Visit my Google Calendar to book your appointment.

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Karen Williams

Spring 2021 advising hours TBA
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Nikki Yeboah

Spring 2021 advising hours TBA