Advising

 Comm Arts Undergraduate Advising

   
 

Advisor: Mary Rossa
Office: 6068 Vilas Hall
Appointments (in person): Scheduling Assistant
Undergraduate Office: 608-262-2543 
Phone: 608-262-0992
Fax: 608-262-9953
E-mail: mary.rossa@wisc.edu

Frequently Asked Questions

For advising, career advice, internships, and job postings, follow us on Twitter: @uwcommarts_adv

Drop-In Advising Hours

 Mary's Drop-In Advising

Week of March 20th - No Drop-in advising

  • Monday:
  • Tuesday: 
  • Wednesday:
  • Thursday:
  • Friday:

 You must bring a printed, current copy of your DARS report to drop-in advising, if you want to review requirements.

Appointments 

To schedule an advising appointment, please use the Scheduling Assistant.

 

What should I bring to my advising session?

Drop-In Advising: Please bring a current copy of your DARS report.

Obtaining a DARS Report

DARS reports may be requested from My-UW. After logging into My-UW, enter the Student Center and select "View my DARS" under the Academic History heading.

My-UW offers the ability to request reports for currently declared programs as well as "what-if" reports DARS reports may be viewed via your Web browser, emailed, or printed from the page accessed by clicking on the View Audits button.

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.

Radio-Television-Film

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.

Related Subjects

Students interested in studying communication have also explored majors or certificates in 

Choosing which college to attend after you graduate from high school is exciting.  You’ll find communication programs vary from university to university.  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.

Radio, Television, and Film

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. 

Learn more about major coursesinternships, and careers.

Degree Requirement for Students in the College of Letters and Science

Students pursuing a Communication Arts major may complete either a bachelor of arts or a bachelor of science.

Bachelor Degree Requirements

Information on Applying to UW-Madison 

Visit the Office of Admissions page for information about application deadlines, tuition costs, academic programs, student life, and much more.

Schedule a time to tour campus.

While you’re visiting campus, visit a course. From September to April, prospective students are welcome to visit classes on campus. For specific information about courses, times and locations, please click here. Keep in mind that the course schedule is subject to change and that exams will occur throughout the semester. Our professors also ask that you stay for the entire duration of the class period and that you turn off your cell phones and other electronic devices during the lecture. 

Related Subjects

Students interested in studying communication have also explored majors or certificates in