Majoring or Minoring in Communication Studies
If you would like to become a CST minor, complete a "Change of Program" form in Morris 260.
If you would like to become a CST major (Fall 2012 and after), students must fulfill the following admission requirements:
1. Completion of a minimum of 45 semester credits (transfer students must have completed a minimum of 24 of the 45 semester credits at UW-L).
2. Successful completion (C or better) of CST 110 and ENG 110 or 112.
3. Completion of CST 190 (or an equivalent course transferred from another institution) with grade of B or better. A student who does not receive a B or better in CST 190 must receive a B or better in CST 301 for admission to the major.
4. Achieve a UWL cumulative GPA of 2.70, not including courses taken at other institutions, and then maintain a UWL cumulative GPA of 2.70 to remain in good standing in the major. Students whose GPA drops below 2.70 will have one probationary semester to raise the GPA back to a 2.70 and then they can re-apply to the major. Students who do not achieve a GPA of 2.70 after the probationary semester will be dropped from the major.
Students who have fulfilled these requirements must see the CST department chair or their CST faculty adviser to obtain approval to declare the major. A current advisement report will document fulfillment of admission requirements. The approval form then must be submitted to the Office of the Dean of the College of Liberal Studies.
To appeal admission requirements, students must submit the following materials to the CST Department Chair to be considered for admission to the major: 1) a copy of the student's current unofficial transcript; and 2) a persuasive letter requesting waiver of the specific admission requirements not met that justifies admission to the major in spite of deficiencies in admission requirements. Appeals will be evaluated by the CST Department Executive Committee. Students who appeal should understand that appeals are rarely granted.
CST majors may choose any minor offered by the CST department that does not duplicate the emphasis they have selected for their CST major. Courses counted toward the 39-credit major, while they may fulfill requirements for that minor, may not be counted in the minor. An additional elective course or courses in the minor must be taken to complete the 24 credits required in that minor. Students who combine a CST major with a minor also offered by the CST department must complete 60 credits of courses in CST programs.
The communication studies department incorporates a significant amount of writing through the required courses instead of identifying particular courses as writing emphasis courses. Students who complete the CST major, including any of the emphases, will fulfill the university writing emphasis requirement.