Frequently asked questions
A strategic communication course I want to take requires consent. How do I get consent?
While the request dates for permission numbers are the same for all strategic communication courses, the professor of each course may require different information from students as part of the consent request. Go to the courses list and click on the name of the course that requires consent. Detailed instructions on how to request consent and a permission number is explained within each course listing.
Are consent and a permission number the same thing?
Essentially, yes. If a course requires consent, it means you must obtain a permission number to enroll. So the two go hand-in-hand. When you request consent and are granted it, you will be given a permission number to use in enrolling for the course.
When should I request a permission number for a strategic communication course?
If a course is listed as “Consent required,” you must get a permission number from the professor of the course before you can enroll. Each semester, the application period for courses requiring instructor consent will begin two weeks before registration begins and will run for seven days. In order to apply, students must go to the application page on Canvas for “Consent required” classes. Instructors may ask you to complete a series of questions regarding your interest in the course, past experience and professional interests. Please allow adequate time to compete the consent request process. Students will be notified no later than the Friday before registration begins if they will be receiving a permission number. These deadlines are FIRM. If you do not fill out the application form within this time frame, you will not be granted a permission number.
- Application period for SPRING 2018 classes is: Oct. 13-22
- Click here to apply for “Consent required” classes
Note: The application period for MOJO Ad and AdZou is separate from the other Strat Comm courses.
How will I know if I am going to receive a permission number after I have sent in my request to the course professor?
Each semester, the application period for courses requiring instructor consent will begin two weeks before registration begins and will run for seven days. Once you have completed the application process on the Course Consent page on Canvas, please allow adequate time to compete the consent request process. Students will be notified no later than the Friday before registration begins if they will be receiving a permission number. If you do not fill out the application form within this time frame, you will not be granted a permission number.
The application period for SPRING 2018 classes is Oct. 13-22 and students should expect to hear about their acceptance by Oct. 30.
What do I do if a strategic communication course I want to take fills up before my registration date?
The class size in many strategic communication elective courses is capped in order to keep a manageable professor-to-student ratio. This allows for more thorough instruction and feedback to students enrolled in the course. If a course fills up before you register, you can plan to take it in a future semester. If it is critical to take it that semester (for instance because it is a prerequisite to another course you want to take in a future semester, or you are in your last semester of the program), you can place your name on a waiting list by emailing Kathy Sharp at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where do I get answers for questions about non-strategic communication classes?
Your best resource for classes outside the strategic communication emphasis, including other journalism classes, is your academic advisor.
What is role of my faculty advisor versus my academic advisor?
Your academic advisor should be your main resource for all things related to your course planning, particularly ensuring you are taking the classes that will give you the credits necessary to graduate. Academic advisors also are helpful in explaining campus policies and procedures and making necessary referrals for academic and personal needs. Students also should seek out the advice of faculty who teach in their areas of interest. These faculty members will be a good resource for specific questions you may have about careers in the industry and what strategic communication courses will best prepare you for the area of the industry in which you hope to work. Advising guides provide names and contact information for faculty by interest areas. You can navigate to any of the Strategic Communication advising guides from this link.
Does strategic communication offer independent study courses?
Independent study courses can be arranged with a specific faculty member who is both willing and has time in his or her teaching schedule to oversee your work. Consult your academic advisor and the journalism school website for details on arranging an independent study course.
Can I earn course credit for completing an internship?
Yes, if the internship meets the specific requirements for course credit. Talk with your School of Journalism academic advisor to learn more about JOURN 4940 Internship in Journalism.
What minors are suggested for strategic communication students?
There are many minors that can be helpful for a strategic communication student, including marketing, business, art, English, Spanish and political science (just to name a few). It greatly depends on the interest area you are focusing on and what you hope to do in the industry. Your academic advisor and faculty advisor can offer guidance specific to your situation and interests.
Can I take a strategic communication course for honors credit?
Students eligible to earn honors credit may do so at the discretion of the course professor, so it is best to check with the professor directly. Earning honors credit typically involves additional work above what other students in the course are doing, usually through a significant project or paper.