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Once you have declared Communication as your major by filling out the form on the Registrar’s page, here, print the email you received from the Registrar’s Office and take it to the administrative assistant’s office in the Russert Department (OC 45). We will review your application and assign you to an academic advisor within the Russert Department of Communication, if you do not already have one. The relationship you develop with your advisor is an important one. Of course, he or she will help you plan your course work and registration each semester, but your advisor can also be a advocate and confidant.

When you are making career decisions, seeking internships, trying to improve your study habits, or just trying to chill out, your advisor can be helpful in offering suggestions or at least pointing you in the right direction. If your advisor gets to know you, he or she can also become an important source of a good recommendation for that internship or first job. Registering for classes will require you to see your advisor a few times a year, but more frequent contact is highly recommended.