Communication Studies

PCOM Advisingphoto

Advising sessions for pre-registration are generally as follows.

  • Spring pre-registration: mid to late October
  • Summer and Fall pre-registration: end of March to early April

The Department of COM Studies believes that advising should be a collaboration between students and advisors that exemplifies civility and respect. PCOM students should demonstrate intellectual curiosity, critical thinking and responsibility in preparation for their advising session. In return, advisors are committed to providing informed guidance and advice about university and department policies and procedures to help students achieve their academic goals in a timely manner. Each student has different needs, and we are committed to ensuring that students are given the opportunity to meet with an experienced and knowledgeable academic advisor. The advising policies and procedures help ensure that advising sessions are an effective and efficient investment of time for both student and faculty.

PCOM Advisors

Professor Tammy Bulger

bulgert@uncw.edu (910) 962-7144 Leutze Hall #239

Professor Jennifer Chin

chinj@uncw.edu (910) 962-7720 Leutze Hall #238
Professor David Bollinger bollingerd@uncw.edu (910) 962-7591 Leutze Hall #241
Professor David Pernell pernelld@uncw.edu (910) 962-7526 Leutze Hall #242

PCOM Advising Schedule - Spring 2016
Please read through the PCOM advising letter in your email and come prepared to be advised. If you are not prepared, you will not be advised.

Total Hours You Have Earned

Week You Must Be Advised

Open to all PCOM Students

Optional session NOT required

March 16
5pm - 7pm

(note we leave at 7pm so do not arrive at 6:30 and expect to be advised)

58 hours and up

athletes, honors, or students with disability

March 21 - 23

(Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday)

Up to 57 hours

March 28-30

(Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday)

Advising hours this semester are:
Monday & Wednesday: 9am - 11am, 1pm - 3pm
Wednesday 3:30pm - 5pm
Tuesday 2pm - 5pm

If you are not currently a PCOM major but plan to change your major plese read this important notice: For Those Who Are Changing Majors (PDF)

What to Bring

Students are required to bring the following materials in order to be advised:

  • Printed CBT certificate*
  • Printed Degree Audit - hard copy of printer friendly version**
  • Printed PCOM Advising Form (consult "Search for Courses" on SeaNet prior to making your schedule). If you don't have Adobe Reader, download it here for free: Adobe Reader

* In order to be advised, you must complete a PCOM Advising Computer Based Training module and score at least 80% BEFORE you will be advised. The PCOM Advising Computer Based Training has been posted to all PCOM students' SkillPort Learning Plan. Follow the appropriate hyper-link for Instructions on How to Access the CBT:

**Please follow these directions to retrieve your degree audit;

  1. www.uncw.edu --> Current Students --> SeaNet
  2. Secure Log-In --> Student Services --> Student Records --> Degree Audit --> Submit Audit
  3. Choose "List All Requirements." Do NOT choose incomplete requirements only or
    complete requirements only
  4. Run Audit --> View Submitted Audits
  5. Choose most recent audit
  6. View Printer Friendly Audit
  7. Print Printer Friendly Audit
  8. If you are having trouble printing your printer friendly degree audit turn off the pop-up blocker on your web browser and try again.

Have You Declared Your Interest in Communication Studies?

Students must declare PCOM (pre-communication studies) to begin their journey through the Communication Studies Department. If you have earned a B or better in COM 105 follow the instructions below to declare PCOM as your major. If you are currently taking COM 105 follow the instructions below to declare PCOM the last two weeks of the semester, the declaration will be reviewed and approved after exams.photo

  • Log into mySeaport,
  • Click on the Academics Tab at the top of the screen,
  • Click on the Major Declaration/Curricular Changes link (located under Student Services),
  • Read and Follow Instructions
  • Use drop down menus to change status from current major to PCOM.
  • Click "Declare Major" to save and finalize the request.

Do You Want to Change Your Major to PCOM?

Please follow the instructions on this handout, Changing Majors Fall 2015, to prepare for an advising session. The handout also includes the hours Ms. Bulger is available to meet with you to discuss your future in the Department of Communication Studies.

Currently Enrolled in COM 200?

If you are currently enrolled in COM 200 you cannot pre-register for most classes restricted to COM (communication studies) Majors only. COM 301 Rhetorical Theory and COM 305 Communication Theory are typically coded to allow students sitting in COM 200 to pre-register for them. However, if you do not earn the B or better in COM 200 you will be dropped from the course.

To become a COM Major you must declare you major by following the steps below. Drop PCOM and add COM Major. Do this the last two weeks of the semester and the declaration will be reviewed and approved on the date provided during PCOM advising.

  • Log into mySeaport,
  • Click on the Academics Tab at the top of the screen,
  • Click on the Major Declaration/Curricular Changes link (located under Student Services),
  • Read and Follow Instructions
  • Use drop down menus to change status from PCOM to COM.
  • Click "Declare Major" to save and finalize the request.