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I have been accepted...now what?

Congratulations! We are glad to have you join our department and look forward to getting to know you, your goals, and your aspirations. First, there are some administrative items to be handled.

1. The major declaration - You may use a customized Media Studies declaration or the 3-part college form. If you choose the department form, it can be found here. Print 2 copies of the form and bring them to your advising meeting. [This is a MS Word doc, if you cannot open it you will need to use the college form.] Alternately you can pick up the college form at Monroe Hall prior to your meeting. The declaration is a way for you to demonstrate that you understand the requirements of the major. You are not committed to the courses you list, nor are we committed to offering them in the future.  A sample of a completed declaration can be found here, demonstrating all of the major requirements.

2. Advising - You will soon receive an email letting you know who has been assigned as your Media Studies advisor. It will include advising session dates, times and locations. Please plan to attend one of these sessions. We will go over the major, answer your questions and sign off on your declaration form. One copy of the form must be left with the department and one copy must be delivered to Monroe Hall.  (We recommend you save an electronic version on your computer for future reference.)

3. Required course MDST 3050 - All majors are expected to satisfactorily complete MDST 3050 in their third year. If you will be studying abroad in your third year, please discuss this with your advisor ASAP, so they may have you enrolled in the semester you will be on grounds.

4. Department Courses - In addition, please note that we require you to complete the 4000 level elective and 3 of the 6 additional elective courses in the Media Studies Department. Cross listed courses count as MDST courses, even if you are enrolled in the course as offered by another department. For example, MDST 3590/GETR 3590 - if you are enrolled in either section it will count for the major.

5. Study Abroad -  Please see our webpage for complete details regarding study abroad.

6. SIS Requirements - Once your requirements for the major are in SIS, please review your account and make sure your courses have been applied. If you have questions about courses on our lists that are not filling in properly, please contact Barbara Gibbons, our department administrator for assistance. If you would like a course reviewed for acceptance toward your Media Studies requirements, please follow the instructions found here.

Welcome again, and we look forward to meeting you at the advising sessions!