School of Communication
School of Communication
All students in the School of Communication must be advised in order to be cleared to register for the upcoming semester. Students are advised twice a year through scheduled appointments with their respective adviser.
Summer/Fall Advisement: Late February/Early March
Spring Advisement: Early October
Students are assigned an adviser specific to their major in the School after attending an orientation session or once his/her change of major form has been processed. Advisers are listed in SOAR in the Student Center on the right side of the page.
If you are listed as a major in the School of Communication and do not have a current adviser listed on your SOAR account, please contact the main office at 601.266.4258 or email socFREEMississippi to request an adviser.
Students can request an adviser change by filling out this online form: Request Adviser Change. Once your request has been received and reviewed someone from the main office will contact you within 48 - 72 business hours. Questions about requesting an adviser change should be sent to socFREEMississippi.
The School of Communication has adopted virtual advising for Spring 2021. This is how that will work:
The School of Communication streamlines advisement into a two-week time span. The
week prior to that two-week period, students should stop by the main office in College
Hall 106 to sign up for an appointment with your respective adviser listed on your
SOAR account. Students will sign up in the advisement binder at the front desk which
contains available advising times for each adviser in the School.
Be sure to list your name and ID number when signing up for an appointment and pick up a copy of the advising prep sheet to complete prior to your appointment. You can download and print the advising prep sheet and advisement form by clicking here. (PDF)
Students should come to an advising appointment prepared with a tentative schedule
of classes on the advising prep sheet along with any questions he/she may have regarding
classes, majors, minors, etc. The semester-by-semester guides for each major proves
to be beneficial when tracking courses throughout a degree program, or students can
utilize the planner within SOAR to be able to plan out schedules for multiple semesters.
Semester-by-semester guides are available in the bulletin located on the Registrar's website. Students can also see more information about SOAR and the planner here: https://www.usm.edu/registrar/faqs-soar
Students wanting to change their major/minor to the School of Communication and must fill out a form through SOAR. There is a form for changing your major and a separate form for changing your minor. Both forms require the Chair/Director of the specific major/minor to approve. For instructions on how to navigate this process in soar visit the registar's website and choose the student option