Communication Studies

How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in pursuing a major in the Department of Communication Studies.  Our goal is to maintain our number of majors to that which can be well served by our faculty resources. We strive not for quantity, but for quality in our group of student majors. The information detailed on this page applies only to currently enrolled Clemson University students who are seeking a change of major (e.g., changing from undeclared to Communication Studies, changing from Psychology to Communication Studies, etc.). The department accepts a maximum of only 30 internal transfer students per year. The selection process is very competitive. Meeting the minimum criteria to apply to the major is no guarantee of admission. The typical profile of a successful applicant to the major includes a GPR of approximately 3.0 or higher, a superior writing sample, and an overall application which demonstrates an understanding of and commitment to a career in communication.

Application Process

A committee of faculty members will review applications twice a year, according to the schedule printed below. Late applications will not be considered.

Application Deadline            Decision Date
Fall: September 15             October 1
Spring: February 15            March 1

Minimum Requirements to Apply

To be eligible to apply for admission to the Department of Communication Studies, applicants must have completed 15 credit hours, including ENGL 1030 and COMM 2010 (with a C or better).  Students must have a minimum GPR of 2.5 to apply. However, as noted above, a GPR in that range is typically not competitive in the application process.

In order for an application to be considered by the department’s Undergraduate Admissions Committee, it must include a completed application form (including a quality response to the prompt requesting an explanation for interest in pursuing a major in Communication Studies), an up-to-date resume, a brief writing sample (e.g., a completed paper from a previous class with the grade removed), a current copy of the student’s degree progress report and a completed change-of-major form. The application and change-of-major forms are included in this packet. There is a checksheet available to help you determine if your application is complete.

It is the student’s responsibility to insure that the application is complete. The Undergraduate Admissions Committee will not consider incomplete applications.

The department will mail notification of acceptance or rejection to students on or about the appropriate decision date noted above. If there are any questions about this process, please contact Dr. Joseph Mazer, Associate Department Chair, at 864-656-5254 or jmazer@clemson.edu.