Student Resources


Advising & Registration

Students are assigned an advisor when they declare their major. However, students may ask a faculty member to be their advisor. A list of all Department majors and their advisors is posted on Web Advisor.

All students who fail to maintain a 2.00 G.P.A. will be contacted by the Chair and encouraged to meet with their advisor on a regular basis.

Students must meet with their advisor before registering for their classes. Prior to registration, faculty will contact (usually via email), asking students to sign up for an appointment. Students register based on how many credits they have earned. First semester freshman have earned zero.

Preparing for Advising:

  1. Review the Web Advisor for available courses.
  2. Check Course Offering Information (Schedule and Instructions) on the Registration webpage; you'll find the date that you can begin to register for classes.
  3. Review General Education information:
  4. Print a current/up-to-date copy of your Program Evaluation ("Evaluate Program") on Web Advisor.
  5. Sign up for an appointment as directed by your advisor.
  6. Be prompt for your appointment. Bring your 1) Program Evaluation, 2) tentative schedule, and 3) information about optional classes. Your advisor will not meet with you if you do not bring all of these items.

Related Electives

All programs of study have related electives. The following table includes courses that may count as a related elective.

Organizational Communication

Any additional Communication course can count as a related Elective. Additional courses in English, Business, Psychology, Music, Art, and other courses may be included in this area. Students should consult regularly with their advisor to determine what course can be included in the Related Electives category.

Electronic Media Emphasis

Communication courses can count as a Related Elective. Additional courses in English, Business, Psychology, Music, and other courses may be included in this area. Students should consult regularly with their advisor to determine what courses can be included in the Related Electives category.

Public Relations Emphasis

Any Communication courses can count as a Related Elective. Additional courses in Graphic Design, Business, Art, Psychology, Music, English and other courses may be included in this area. Students should consult regularly with their advisor to determine what courses can be included in the Related Electives category.

Policies

You are responsible for keeping track of your academic progress. We recommend that, at least once a semester, you check your Program Evaluation on Web Advisor and report any irregularities to your academic advisor. Your advisor's role is to provide assistance and insight.

Transfer Information

Current MU students who take courses at other colleges/universities need to contact Admissions to determine if credits transfer. We recommend contacting Admissions before registering for classes at another school.

Special Projects: COM 2250 & 4450

Students can pursue additional credits with departmentally related projects for COM 2250/4450. The course may be taken for 1, 2, or 3 credits and may be repeated. Anyone wishing to enroll in COM 2250/4450 should consult with their advisor and/or the professor they want to supervise their project.

Requirements:

  • Students must have a minimum of GPA of 2.5 and 24 credit hours completed by the time they wish to take this course.
  • Students must complete the Special Topics Form.
  • Students must attach a contract specifying what will be done, how it will be done, and how the student will be graded.
  • The complete form and contract must be signed by the appropriate individuals and returned to the Registrar's Office before the end of the Add Period at the beginning of each semester. Please note that the course is NOT LISTED on Web Advisor and that this is the only way to enroll in the courses.

Video Production Application:

Department of Communication Video Production Policy

Effective immediately, The Department of Communication requires students to follow this policy regarding the filming of any video. If you answer yes, to either of the following questions, then this policy applies to your project.

  • plan to film on public or private property that is not a part of Mansfield University. (If yes, the follow steps 1-3 below)

  • plan to (1) Use weapons of any kind (knives, clubs, firearms, etc.—whether they are real or fake), (2) Film scenes involving fighting, blood effect, loud noises or yelling, nudity, sexuality, or any other elements that may cause an unsuspecting observer/passerby to become alarmed. (If yes, follow steps 1-6 below).

1. Fill out the online application form.

2. Complete a Release Form that is signed by the owner (business/residence) to shoot on location.

3. Complete a Release Form that is signed for anyone captured in the film who is not related to the university (forms are located on the department website.

4. Alert both the campus police (662-4900) and the Mansfield Borough Police (662-3093) if you are filming anything using weapons, involving fighting, blood effect, loud noises or yelling, nudity, sexuality, or any other elements that may cause concern for an unsuspecting passerby.

5. Alert all homeowners/businesses in the vicinity before filming. You must knock on the doors of all surrounding buildings and businesses to personally inform anyone present of the shoot—regardless of whether you are shooting for two minutes or two hours

6. Post at least two signs that filming is in progress. These posters are available from the multimedia office and the department secretary. You can either attach them in a visible place or have students hold them.

This policy is designed for your protection from liability and harm. Information and policies taken from California State University - Los Angeles and York College.

Internships

The Department of Department of Communication boasts an impressive Internship Program.

Representatives

The faculty will select two student liaisons each year based on their academic performance, demonstrated responsibility, and dedication to the department.

Their duties will be as follows:

  • Represent the students enrolled in programs within the Dept. of Communication
  • Attend department meetings (Selected Tuesdays from 11:30-12:45)
  • Communicate pertinent information to students
  • Vote on curricular and various other issues (for a collective vote of one)
  • Update social media sites
  • Promote department events
  • Other duties as assigned

This is a prestigious honor in the department.

Study Abroad

Mansfield University offers a variety of opportunities for students to study abroad!