Declaring a Major or Minor

Students may declare a major or minor in communication (see process below) after completion of three (3) credits in a Communication course. Prospective majors and minors are advised strongly to be competent in written and oral language skills prior to seeking admission to the program.

The Department communicates with students principally through email. Majors and minors are required to check their UWM email routinely. Graduation with a major or minor requires a cumulative GPA of at least 2.50 in all communication courses attempted at UWM as well as a 2.50 GPA in all major credits attempted, including transfer work. For completion of the major or minor, students must earn at least a B- grade in each of the three core courses, Commun 101, 103, and 105 All courses in the major or minor, with the exception of COMMUN 298, must be taken for graded credit.

Communication Major

A major in communication consists of at least 36 credits in communication courses, including Commun 101, 103, 105, and either 335 (635), 370 or 372. At least 18 of the 36 credits must be numbered 300 or above, 15 of these taken in residence at UWM.

Students wishing to declare a major or minor:

  1. Make sure they have successfully completed the prerequisites for their catalog year.
  2. Students should pick up the appropriate form from their academic advisor or from the Communication Department staff in the main office.
  3. Come to the Department of Communication main office, Johnston Hall, Room 210.
  4. Complete the form with the help of the Communication Department Staff. They will need to look at your transcript and verify your information before submitting the paperwork to the Department Chair. If you are an online student, contact the Communication main office at commdept@uwm.edu to arrange for completing the form.​

For more information call, write or stop by the Department office. You can also email us at commdept@uwm.edu