Transferring to UW-Madison is an exciting time in your life. You’ll be taking new courses, meeting new people, and exploring a new major. Below, you’ll find resources and suggestions to help make your transition as smooth as possible.
General Transfer Information
Visit the Office of Admissions website for the following information:
- Application materials and deadlines
- UW-Madison requirements for admission (GPA, required coursework, course breadth, etc.)
- Test credit (AP, IB, CLEP)
- Transfer credit - After you’ve been offered admission and you’ve confirmed your intent to enroll, the Office of Admissions will perform an official evaluation of your transfer credit. In the meantime, check the on-line transfer equivalency databases to see if your school(s) and courses are listed.
- The Transfer Information Wizard will tell you how several freshmen and sophomore level courses from UW System Schools and Wisconsin Technical Colleges will transfer to UW-Madison.
- The Transfer Equivalency Database (TED) will tell you how courses from a number of two-year colleges in Illinois, Minnesota or Wisconsin will transfer to UW-Madison. (Please note: Not all two-year colleges are included in this database, but it will continue to be updated as more courses and schools are evaluated.)
Visit the Transfer Transition Program website for the following information:
- Schedule campus visits
- Campus Housing
- Financial Aid
- Connect with other transfer students
Communication Arts Major Transfer Information
At UW-Madison, students pursuing a Communication Arts major focus their studies in one of two areas: Communication Science and Rhetorical Studies or Radio-Television-Film.
Communication Science and Rhetorical Studies
The Communication Science & Rhetorical Studies concentration deals with social, psychological, and practical aspects of communication and human behavior. Students focus on public, mass, online, organizational, group, and interpersonal communication. They develop qualitative and quantitative research skills, conceptual and analytical thinking, and effective oral and written communication.
The Radio, Television, & Film concentration focuses on the history, theory, criticism, cultural uses, and production practices of television, film, radio, and digital media. While there is no production major, students are required to take a media production course in order to gain a concrete understanding of the possibilities of this medium. Emphasis is on critical analysis, creative expression, and an understanding of how media functions in our society.
Students must choose one concentration and complete the respective major requirements. In addition to the major requirements, students must complete either the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree requirements.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Can I meet with a Communication Arts advisor before transferring?
Yes. Students should email a Communication Arts advisor to set up an appointment. Please bring the following information with you to the appointment:
Should I take Comm Arts courses before transferring to UW-Madison?
We recommend that students limit the number of Comm Arts courses they take to no more than two. Students should take courses to satisfy BA or BS degree requirements before transferring.
How will my communication courses transfer to UW-Madison?
The UW-Madison Office of Admissions will evaluate your courses for equivalencies. For a course to count towards the Communication Arts major, it must be assigned the subject code of COM ARTS and be numbered 200 or higher or equated as a COMM ARTS ELECTIVE.
Which Comm Arts Major courses should I enroll in my first semester on campus?
We recommend that you enroll in either Comm Arts 250 (Survey of Contemporary Media) or 260 (Communication and Human Behavior), depending on the concentration you wish to pursue. Since these are the foundation courses for the major, they provide a great introduction to the major.
What can I do with a Communication Arts major?
Communication Arts alumni have gone on to careers in advertising, business, law, information technology, education, government, health, human resources, non-profit, publishing, research, sales, and entertainment. Learn more about internship resources and careers.
Tips for Success
- Limit yourself to two Comm Arts courses at your current institution.
- Meet with a Communication Arts advisor after getting settled on campus to learn more about the major and strategize about course selection.
- Do not discard syllabi from any institution until you graduate and are sure you do not need them.
- Once classes have started, visit your professor’s and teaching assistant’s office hours to introduce yourself and become comfortable contacting them and asking questions.
- If you are considering studying abroad, start planning now.
- Get involved in campus life.
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