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Admission to a major in the college

1. How do I become a major in the College of Communication and Information?

2. What if I reach 60 hours, but I can’t get the GPA?

3. How many hours can I transfer in from another institution?

4. Is it ever too late to apply to be a major?


Admission to the College

1. How do I become a major in the College of Communication and Information?

Students may progress into a major in communication studies after completing at least 30 hours of course work with a minimum 2.5 UTK cumulative GPA and Introduction to Communication Studies (Introduction to Communication Studies) by the end of the semester in which they apply to the major. Students must have a declared major in communication studies to progress into Communication Theory 352 . All courses in the core progression (Survey of Interpersonal Communication 312 , Survey of Organizational Communication 342 , Communication Theory 352 , Research Methods in Communication Studies 356 , and Proseminar in Communication Studies 499 ) must be taken at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Students may progress into a major in journalism and electronic media after completing at least 30 hours with a minimum 2.5 UTK cumulative GPA and Principles and History of Journalism and Electronic Media (Journalism and Electronic Media 175). Transfer students may progress into a major in journalism and electronic media after completing at least 30 hours, including JREM 175, and entering a minimum of 12 hours at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with a minimum 2.5 UTK cumulative GPA. Students may apply to the journalism and electronic media major at any time.

Entering students and students from other University of Tennessee, Knoxville colleges may be considered for progression into a major in advertising or public relations with a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA in the first-year curriculum courses. Transfer students must complete the first-year curriculum and earn a minimum of 15 credit hours at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA. Advertising and Public Relations accepts applications at the beginning of fall and spring semesters only.

Communication and Information pre-majors must be accepted into a major before completion of 60 hours. Students interested in transferring from other University of Tennessee, Knoxville colleges with 60 or more hours must be eligible for admission to the communication studies major upon completion of or enrollment in Communication Studies 201. Students interested in the journalism and electronic media major must be eligible for admission upon completion of Journalism and Electronic Media 175.

Applications and procedures for declaring the major or minor are available in the CCI Undergraduate Advising Center, the Communication Studies office, and online at http://www.cci.utk.edu under major applications.

At least 18 hours in major courses must be taken at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

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2. What if I reach 60 hours, but I can’t get the GPA?

An advisor in the Center for Undergraduate Studies will be happy to assist you in finding a major within the University. Remember, there are many ways to achieve your career goals.

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3. How many hours can I transfer in from another institution?

You must complete at least 60 hours of your degree at a four-year institution, and the last 30 must be in residence at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. How specific courses will count toward your UT degree can be discussed with the director of undergraduate advising and/or the director of the school in which you wish to become a major. There may be times when courses you have taken at a previous school will not satisfy requirements of our curriculum (see curriculum sheets for a better idea of what courses you need in order to complete a degree with us).

At least 18 hours of major coursework must be completed at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

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4. Is it ever too late to apply to be a major?

You must progress into a major before completion of 60 semester hours. Appeals to this policy must be made directly to the director of undergraduate advising and the director of the school to which you are applying.

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