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FIU Admissions

1. What are the University’s admission requirements?

Please refer to the FIU Undergraduate Catalog for a detailed description of general admission requirements.

2. How do I apply for admission?

Students not admitted to the university will need to go through the following admissions process:

3. Who must apply for readmission and how to do it?

An admitted degree-seeking student, who has not enrolled in any course at the University for two (2) or more consecutive terms, excluding summer terms and military withdrawals, will be required to apply for re-admission. The student must meet the University and program regulations in effect at the time of re-admission. Students must contact the Office of Admissions to apply for re-admission. Students must apply for readmission through the undergraduate admissions website at Undergraduate Admissions. Please allow a minimum of 6 weeks for processing of this application. Communications majors who are readmitted will be held to current degree requirements, not the requirements previously in effect. Students who have been readmitted need to contact their academic advisors as soon as possible.

4. How can I check on my admission status?

Students who have applied for admission should contact the FIU Admissions Office.

The Department of Communication Admissions

5. How do I get into the Department of Communication?

Advertising or Public Relations Admissions Requirements:

Please be aware that admission to FIU does not constitute admission into the School of Communication + Journalism. To obtain full admission/upper division status into any of the School of Communication + Journalism’s (SCJ) majors, FIU undergraduates and transfer students must have the following minimum requirements met:

3.0 cumulative GPA

60 earned credits

MMC 3003 (Mass Communication Orientation).

Communication Arts Admissions Requirements:

Minimum GPA of 2.0 for all lower division courses and upper division
non-Communication Arts courses (including transfer coursework).

Minimum GPA of 2.0 for ALL FIU courses

Note:  Advertising and Public Relations have a higher standard for admission.

6. What is an intended major?

Advertising and Public Relations students will be intending one of the majors until they have met all the full admissions requirements (see #5). As an intended major, students will not be able to take courses within the track that have full admission status as a prerequisite.

It is strongly recommended that you consult with your assigned  advisor, while you are working towards fulfilling the requirements for full admission.

All students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts, can declare their major at orientation (Freshmen status) or meet with a Communication Arts advisor during walk in appointments.

7. How can I find out the requirements for my major?

Students who are interested in a particular major should see an advisor for information on exact requirements in order to become admissible into the major. However, for general information, students can refer to the university catalog.

8. Who can help me decide on a major?

There are resources that can help you decide on a major. First, FIU has provided students with MyMajorMatch. The MyMajorMatch tool matches your interest with FIU majors. There are also Discover Your Major courses (SLS1402). An academic advisor can give you input regarding the courses required for a particular major.

Career Services office offers workshops and interest inventories that can assist you in choosing a career which can in turn direct you to a major.

9. How do I change my major?

A student currently enrolled at FIU as a degree-seeking student will need to complete a Change of Program Plan form and submit it to a Department of Communication advisor.

Students who submitted a Change of Program Plan form can then check their Panther Degree Audit or their student dashboard.

1. Am I required to see an academic advisor?

Since program requirements are subject to change the Department of Communication encourages students to meet with their assigned advisor at least once a semester.

Students with junior or senior-standing who are not fully admitted into their respective major must see an  advisor before registration. Students (Advertising and Public Relations) may be prohibited from continuing to study in the Department of Communication. It is imperative to stay in constant contact with an advisor to further ensure a successful transition thru the college.

2. What is an advising hold?

All students in the Department of Communication are required to meet with their advisors prior to registration. The advisor will work with the student to develop a plan to gain full admission to the college. The requirement for advising will be noted on your Registration Access Information.

Advertising and Public Relations majors who have not completed MMC 3003 (orientation) or have not been fully admitted into their respective majors will receive an advising hold.

3. How often should I see an advisor?

It is strongly recommended that students should see their assigned advisor at least once a semester. Furthermore, undergraduate students with around 30 credits who are interested in the Department of Communication program should start contacting the advisors for further guidance.

4. Am I assigned an advisor?

All Department of Communication students are assigned to an advisor. Students can find the information on their Student Dashboard by logging onto my.fiu.edu.

5. Where should I go to be advised?

Department of Communication majors are advised at the Biscayne Bay Campus and Modesto Maidique Campus. The campus depends on where your assigned advisor is located. Advising hours may vary, so students should check their Student Dashboard to see their assigned advisor’s calendar.

6. How can I make an appointment to see an advisor?

Department of Communication majors can make an appointment with their assigned advisor by logging onto their Student Dashboard on my.fiu.edu. Non-SCJ majors can make an appointment by stopping by walk in appointment hours.

7. What is a PDA report and how do I find mine?

PDA stands for Panther Degree Audit and it is a degree audit available through the myFIU page. This report is an advising tool used to assist students in meeting degree requirements. All transfer coursework on file with the university and all courses taken at FIU are included in the PDA. Students should check their PDA report frequently to verify completion of degree requirements. Any errors should be reported to an advisor for review. Visit the Panther Degree Audit Tutorials & Training to learn how to retrieve your PDA report.

1. How do I register for classes?

Each FIU student is assigned a registration appointment date and time based on academic status. Students can also find their assigned registered dates and times by logging onto their myFIU page. Students must use their PantherSoft ID and password in order to access the system. See the Academic Calendar for the semester registration periods. All students are able to retrieve their grades, registration appointment time and day; classroom assignments; registration holds (if any) and to register/drop/add courses using the PantherSoft web-based system. See Course Catalog

2. What is a hold and how can I find out if I have one?

A hold prevents students from registering for courses. Various university offices have holds to ensure that students comply with their rules and regulations. Students should always check their records on the PantherSoft Web site, at a kiosk, or the phone to check on any holds before their registration appointment time.

3. Can I take classes if I am not admitted to the college?

Students admitted to the university, but not the college, may take some Communication courses. However, prerequisites are enforced for all courses and there is no guarantee these Communication courses will remain part of the degree program. Students who are planning to pursue an Communication major are discouraged from taking third- and fourth-year courses until they consult with an advisor.

4. Where do you offer courses?

Department of Communication courses are offered at Biscayne Bay Campus, Modesto Maidique Campus, and online.

5. Where can I find a course schedule and an academic calendar?

Course schedules can be found by logging onto your myFIU page. Classes are offered at various times of the day and evening. The Academic Calendar provides pertinent dates.

Please note that all information is subject to change without notification. In the event of last minute changes, all notifications will be sent directly to students’ FIU email address. It is important that students monitor this email regularly.

For a complete list of dates, deadlines and university closures, visit the Academic Calendar online.

6. Do you offer online courses?

Yes, select courses are offered online.

7. What can I do if a course I want to take is closed?

Please contact your advisor immediately.

8. What are prerequisites and are they enforced?

Prerequisites are courses/requirements that must be met before enrolling in a specific course. Prerequisites can change from one semester to the next. Students should consult the prerequisite on their particular program track before enrolling in courses. Prerequisites are strictly enforced for all students enrolled in any communication course. Students lacking the proper prerequisites or documentation will be administratively dropped. This may occur after the add/drop period which may result in student being financially liable for the course.

Students will be notified of the administrative drop via their FIU e-mail account only. However, if a professor issues an administrative drop, students might not receive any notice.

9. What can I do if I am administratively dropped from a course?

Students who were dropped should see an advisor immediately. Students who do not have the stated prerequisites will not be allowed to remain in class. Instead, students should plan to take the appropriate prerequisite course(s) first.

10. What does it mean when a course requires permission?

If a course requires permission or department consent, the student will need to contact the respective professor for that course.

11. How much is tuition?

There are two categories for undergraduate tuition: in-state and out-of-state rates. Please consult the Registrar’s Office for current tuition and fees information. Costs: For Current Academic Year.

12. Where can I find out about scholarships?

FIU offers scholarships to all its students. These scholarships can be found on http://scholarship.fiu.edu. In addition to the FIU scholarships, the Department of Communication has scholarships specific to its students. Students are encouraged to visit the scholarship page for specific information.

1. What degree do I earn when I’m finished?

Students in Advertising and Public Relations will earn  Bachelor of Science in Communication after successfully completing all the major and FIU requirements. Students in Communications Arts will earn a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts after successfully completing all the major and FIU requirements.

2. When should I declare my major?

Students interested in Advertising and Public Relations should declare a major as soon as you meet the current admission criteria. A delay in declaring your upper division status to the college could affect your graduation requirements and date. Students interested in Communication Arts can declare a major at any time.

3. How do I change my major within the college?

A student who has been fully admitted to the Department of Communication and who wishes to change program track within the school must complete the Change of Program Plan form. This form must be submitted to an advisor. The student is subject to the program requirements in effect at the time of the change of major. Please consult with an advisor.

4. What majors/minors can I pick?

Students can pursue any one of the three majors offered by the school of the Department of Communication: Advertising, Public Relations, and Communication. However, they cannot pursue more than one major within the department.

Communication majors may choose to minor in a discipline outside their major. Please keep in mind the Excess Credit Surcharge. Students interested in such programs should refer to the FIU Undergraduate Catalog and consult a Department of Communication advisor.

5. Besides the majors, what other programs does the college offer?

The School of Communication + Journalism also offers a variety of undergraduate certificate programs and minors separate from the degree programs. Visit the Minors and Certificate webpage for more information.

6. What is the difference between a major and a minor?

An integral part of the bachelor’s degree  is a major concentration of coursework in an approved academic discipline or area. A minor program is an arrangement of courses that enable students to develop some degree of expertise in one area of study. A minor is awarded upon completion of the bachelor’s degree (major) and is not interdisciplinary in nature.

7. Am I required to have a minor?

Minors are not required.

8. How do I declare a minor?

Students may declare a minor by completing the change of program plan form available in Enrollment Services and meeting with an advisor if they wish to pursue a minor.

9. What is the Language Skills Test (grammar exam) & do I need to take it?

The Language Skills Test is a  requirement that all Advertising and Public Relations majors must complete before taking MMC 3104C Writing Strategies. Students must score a minimum 70 in order to pass the language skills test. Click here for an updated schedule of exam times.

10. What is an orientation course and do I really need to take it?

Yes. MMC 3003 (Mass Communication Orientation) and COM 1004 are a 0-credit courses that is a full admission requirement for all the majors. Advertising and Public Relations must take MMC 3003 and Communication Arts must take COM 1004.

You will learn everything you need to know about your major, subjects covered include:

  • The majors and their requirements
  • Program requirements
  • SCJ admission Requirements
  • Graduation requirements
  • Clubs and organizations
  • Internships and other pertinent info

11. If I took communication courses at my previous institution, will they transfer?

Students can transfer a maximum of 6 credits toward their Communication track.  Transfer courses must be approved by the department chairs.  To evaluate a course, obtain a copy of the syllabus and fill out a Course Substitution Form, available on our website in the Resources & Forms page. Course substitution forms and syllabi should be dropped off for review with your advisor.

12. What is an internship and how do I get one?

The Department of Communication has dedicated internship coordinators who can assist students in obtaining information about internships. There are two types of internships: internship for academic credit, and paid internship. An internship for academic credit must be approved in advance and monitored by the internship coordinator. Students must also meet all the prerequisites in order to do the internship for academic credit. Internships are not mandatory but recommended as experience in the field gives you a better chance of getting a job after graduation.

For more information: Career

13. What is the 65/ 72 rule?

To graduate with a B.S. in Communication at FIU, at least 72 of the total hours (depending on the track between 120 and 125) that you need to complete must be outside the School of Communication + Journalism. These 72 credits can be FIU earned as well as transfer credits. The 72 credits can be at any level: 1000, 2000, 3000, or 4000. The 72 credits cannot be Communication + Journalism type courses.

Of the 72 credits a minimum of 65 must be liberal arts. Liberal arts are any of the courses in the College of Arts and Sciences, art, art history, photography, theatre, dance, speech communication or communication arts. Business, engineering, education, nursing, and public affairs courses are not liberal arts and will not count as part of the 65 credits needed.

For more information please speak with your assigned advisor.

14. What is an Upper Division Liberal Arts/Area of Concentration requirement, and how do I satisfy that requirement?

Depending on the major, students are required to complete 9 credit hours of Upper Division Liberal Arts (3000/4000 level) courses. Additionally, students are required to select a coherent series of four upper division (3000/4000 level) courses (12-credit semester hours) in a chosen area of focus outside the School of Communication in coordination with your advisor advisor.

1. How do I calculate my grade point average (GPA)?

To calculate your GPA, total the number of graded credit hours (including failing grades) you have taken. Determine the number of grade points by multiplying the credit hours by the points per grade. See the FIU Undergraduate Catalog for point values. Add the grade points and divide this number by the total credit hours. FIU students can obtain these two sets of numbers from their unofficial transcript, available through SIS. Refer to the line titled INST (institution) and the columns titled FOR-GPA and GRDPTS.

2. What is the Department of Communication grade policy?

You must earn a final grade of at least a “C” to pass any of your major courses. A “P” (pass) grade is only acceptable for (0) credit courses.

3. What GPA must I keep to remain in good standing with the university and the Department of Communication?

The institutional GPA and Communication Arts GPA must remain at a 2.0 or higher for you to be considered in good academic standing. However, once a student has been fully admitted into the program he/she must maintain a 2.75 FIU GPA for Advertising and Public Relations courses. The grade point averages will be computed separately to maintain the 2.75 standard in both categories.

5. What is the forgiveness policy and how does it work?

The forgiveness policy is a method by which students may repeat a failed course up to three times to improve their GPA at FIU. Students must file a Grade Forgiveness Form with the Registrar’s Office to have the initial grade removed from the GPA calculation. Once this form is submitted, it cannot be changed. There is no time limit on the use of forgiveness but a form cannot be filed once a student has been awarded a degree. Forgiveness policy can only be applied to any grade lower than a “C”. For more information speak with your assigned academic advisor and consult the University Catalog.

6. What is an incomplete grade (IN)?

An incomplete grade is a temporary grade given at the discretion of the instructor for work not completed, because of serious interruption not caused by the student’s own negligence. An incomplete must be made up as quickly as possible but no longer than two consecutive semesters after the initial taking of the course or it will automatically default to the grade that the student earned in the course. The student must not register again for the course to make up the incomplete. There is no extension to the two consecutive semester deadline.

Students who have incomplete grades on their records, must remove the incomplete by the end of the fourth week of the term in which they plan to graduate. Failure to do so will result in a cancellation of graduation. The student will need to reapply for graduation.

It is imperative that students contact their professors immediately to determine what needs to be done to earn a final grade. After one calendar year, the professor can no longer change a student’s grade without permission from the vice president of the university. (See Course Catalog)

7. Can I have a grade changed if a mistake was made?

Once submitted, end-of-semester grades (except incompletes, which default at the end of two consecutive terms) are final. They are subject to change only through a Change of Grade form to correct an error in computation or transcribing, or where part of the student’s work has been unintentionally overlooked. If an error was made with a grade, a student should contact the professor immediately so that the correct grade can be given. After one calendar year, the professor can no longer change a student’s grade without permission from the vice president of the university.

8. What are the academic warning/probation/dismissal policies?

Warning: an undergraduate student whose cumulative institutional GPA falls below a 2.0 will be placed on academic warning. Probation: an undergraduate student on warning whose cumulative institutional GPA remains below 2.0 will be placed on probation. Dismissal: an undergraduate student on probation whose cumulative and semester GPAs fall below a 2.0 will automatically be dismissed from his/her program and the University.

9. What are my options if I am dismissed?

An undergraduate student on probation whose cumulative and semester GPAs fall below a 2.0 will automatically be dismissed from his/her program and the University. An undergraduate student will not be dismissed prior to attempting a minimum of 20 semester hours of coursework. The student has ten working days to appeal the dismissal decision. This appeal must be made in writing to the dean of the College or the School in which the student is admitted. The dismissal from the University is for a minimum of one year. After one year, the student may apply for re-admission to the University in the same or a different program, or register as a non-degree seeking student.

Dismissed students returning to the university are placed on academic probation. More Information

1. How many credits do I need to graduate?

Students need a minimum of 120 credit hours to be eligible for a bachelor’s degree. However, in some instances a student may need to complete additional hours before meeting all degree requirements.

2. What kind of a GPA do I need to graduate?

FIU requires a cumulative 2.0 GPA. However Advertising and Public Relations majors are required to have a 2.75 GPA requirement.

3. What is the procedure to apply for graduation?

Students need to apply for graduation at http://my.fiu.edu. A student must complete a form that details the proper spelling of the name, address of record, and all majors and minors. This process should be completed when the student registers for the final semester. Students are encouraged to have a pre-graduation “check” done before applying for graduation.

4. How can I graduate with honors?

There are three levels of honors based on the FIU institutional GPA:

3.5 to 3.699 – Cum Laude
3.7 to 3.899 – Magna Cum Laude
3.9 to 4.0 – Summa Cum Laude

For commencement, honors status is based on the FIU institutional GPA as of the previous semester, since final grades are not available when the ceremony takes place. However, the GPA notation on the official transcript and diploma is based on final grades.

5. What is a “pre-graduation check” and how do I get one?

A pre-graduation check is simply a meeting with your assigned advisor to review whether all requirements for graduation have been met. Students should schedule an appointment with an advisor some time during their final year at FIU. They should not wait for the final semester to begin this process. If there is a problem, students should give themselves ample time to correct it.

6. Is there a fee to apply for graduation?

There is no fee for graduation or for the original diploma. A small fee is charged for official transcripts.

7. What degree will I receive?

All Advertising and Public Relations majors will receive a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication. All Communication Arts majors will receive a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts.

8. Will my major/minor be on my diploma?

Majors and minors are not listed on the diploma. They are listed on the official transcript.

9. How can I find a job with my degree?

The Career Services office helps students with the job search process. They sponsor the Career Fair, which takes place each fall and spring semester. In addition, they provide a variety of services that can help students locate jobs.

10. How can I find out about graduate (master’s) programs?

There are a variety of graduate programs offered at FIU. Students should consult the School of Communication Graduate School web site for details on the various programs and contact the appropriate offices.