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Advising and Requirements

Advising

Before registering for classes, students are required to meet with an academic advisor each semester in order to have their registration block removed.  Media and Communication Studies does not assign students to a specific advisor; students may sign up to meet with any advisor they choose.

We are no longer posting our advising appointments on the wall outside of the MCS main office, but rather have set up a Google calendar with the available appointments for all MCS advisors. In order to sign up for an appointment you need to first sign in to your myUMBC account, make sure you are connected to the Google system, and then click the following link: goo.gl/EVuVj1.  After navigating to the desired day, select the appointment you would like, and click “Save.”

When appointments are made available on the calendar each advising season, you will receive an e-mail from Abigail Granger via the MCS e-mail list.  If you are not subscribed to the MCS list proc, please e-mail Abigail at abigail3@umbc.edu to be added.

* Please, only sign up for one appointment.
* If you can’t make the appointment you signed up for, please make sure you go to your Google calendar to cancel the appointment, and be sure to “Notify all guests.”
* Please make sure you are making the appointment on your own myUMBC account. This ensures that your information auto populates into the advising appointment. If it does not auto populate then please make sure to add your name to the appointment.
*Please make a note of the time of your appointment (it will automatically update your Google calendar but you have to add notifications) and who it is with.  Please also check that your calendar is set to Eastern Standard Time.
*Appointments will be open on a first come first serve basis to all current and potential Media and Communication Studies majors and certificate students.

Check your Registration Appointment to determine the earliest time when you can register.  Your registration time and date is based on the number of credits you have completed (not counting credits in progress).

Degree and Certificate Overview

In a time when communication technologies are increasingly digital, interactive, and global, participation in the public sphere requires critical engagement across a range of media, genres, and cultural contexts. UMBC’s Media and Communication Studies Department represents an innovative and interdisciplinary response to this need. The Department offers students theoretical and practical encounters with dynamic and complex changes in communication, culture, and knowledge. The core of the curriculum emphasizes reading, composition, and reflection within the liberal arts tradition.

Our curriculum focuses on communication skills, a critical understanding of the media, and the use of relevant new technologies. Media and Communication Studies comprises critical media literacy, intercultural communication, and new media and applied communication to prepare students to enter the communities and workplaces of the 21st century.

The Media and Communication Studies Department offers a major and an undergraduate certificate.  Access their requirements via the menu bar to the left or above.