Communication Studies

Advising Instructions

for students who plan to change majors or

add Communication Studies as a double major

The advising information in this document is for students who wish to change their major to Communication Studies or who wish to add Communication Studies as a second major.

This information does not apply to University College students and PCOM (Pre-Communication Studies) Majors.

If you are not sure about your status, look at your transcript. If at the top of the page you see


  1. another major and you are interested in Communication Studies—these advising hours are for you! Transcript Example 1
  2. College: University College, Major: UC—you need to meet with your University College AdvisorTranscript Example 2
  3. Major: Pre-Communication Studies—you must follow the instructions sent via email to all PCOM StudentsTranscript Example 3

Are you ready for an advising session?

Is COM Studies the major for your next step?

We use the phrase “next step” to refer to the many options available to you after college.  It could be graduate school; it could be working for the family business.  With that definition in mind, here are some questions to consider:

  • Are you ready to discuss your future, your goals, your next step with your advisor?
    • When your advisor asks – what is your next step – do you have an answer?
  • Do you know what classes you need to take to be prepared for that next step?
  • Transfer students – are all the classes from previous institutions on your transcript?

If you answered NO to any of the questions above or if your reason for changing your major to Communication Studies is “No, but it doesn’t matter because COM Studies is a broad major I can do anything upon graduation,” then you have some work to do before coming for your advising session! If you do not do this work, you may be sent away to further prepare. To effectively prepare if your answer is “broad major” follow these instructions:

  • Review our website, specifically the student handbook and make the most of your major information on this page - https://uncw.edu/com/advising/index.html
  • Make a career assessment appointment with a career counselor (962-3174) in Career Services

Instructions to prepare for advising session

  1. See instructions below for reviewing and printing your what-if degree audit for Pre-Communication Studies.  Follow the correct set of instructions to ensure you review and print the appropriate what-if degree audit as we are on two systems.
  2. Develop a plan for Spring 2018 classes. Complete this Form, print and bring it with you to the advising session. If you do not have Adobe Reader download it here for free.
    • Include COM 105 in your schedule if you have not taken the course. Remember you must earn a B or better to change your major to PCOM.
    • Consult "Search for Courses" on SeaNet prior to making your schedule. SeaNet is your sources for classes being offered in a specific session.
    • If you are prepared and a full advising session occurs Ms. Bulger will release your registration pin and notify your formal advisor.

For students who started taking UNCW courses in summer 2016 or earlier:

  1. Go to SeaNet
  2. Secure Log-In > Student Services > Student Records > Submit Audit > What if Audit
    • College of Arts and Sciences > Bachelor of Arts > Pre-Communication Studies > Catalogue (this is the year you started taking classes at UNCW)
  3. Run Audit > View Submitted Audits
  4. Choose Most Recent Audit
  5. Choose Printer Friendly Audit under GPA graph
  6. Review the audit and determine classes for the spring semester
  7. Print the PRINTER FRIENDLY version of your audit

For students who started taking UNCW courses in Fall 2016

  1. Go to SeaNet
  2. Secure Log-In > Student Services > Student Records > Submit Audit
    • your audit will appear
  3. In right margin under worksheets click on What If
  4. Under Select, choose your primary area of study
    • Change catalogue year to 2016-2017 or 2017-2018 if you started at UNCW this fall.
    • Ensure Level = Undergraduate; College = College of Arts and Sciences; Degree = Bachelor of Arts
    • Major – choose Pre-Communication Studies
      • (no concentration)
    • Minor - add if you have a minor
  5. Click on Process What-If
    • Review the audit and determine classes for the spring semester.
  6. Click What-If History
    • Click Save as PDF
    • Print

Dates and times for advising

The dates below are your only options if you wish to meet with Ms. Bulger. (Office – Leutze Hall 239). She is the only PCOM/COM advisor who meets with students in your situation. Ms Bulger does not schedule appointments; these open hours are 1st come 1st serve so be prepared to wait. Ms. Bulger will not meet with you outside these hours.

Wednesday

October 18

11:00am – 1:00pm

Thursday

October 26

1:00pm – 3:00pm

Friday  October 27

2:00pm – 3:30pm

Wednesday

November 1

12:00pm – 1:00pm

Friday 

November 10

2:00pm – 3:30pm

Wednesday

November 15 

11:00am – 1:00pm

Monday

November 20 

11:00am – 1:00pm

Wednesday

November 29

3:00pm – 5:00pm