Spring 2022 Communication Course and Schedule Notes

snapshot of comm studies coursesStudents, the Spring 2022 schedule of classes has mostly in-person, with some web/async and some hybrid courses. In most cases the course modality and meeting times will not change between now and the start of the spring semester.  Students should understand that they may NOT ask instructors to accommodate a modality other than the one listed. Students, please remember to note course times and modality (web/async or hybrid) not only when meeting with your advisor, but also again before registering for classes.

Please note that CMM 452 Communication and Gender will be staffed by Brad Serber (PhD, Penn State).

Students will not be able initially to enroll in CMM 104-04, for which US Air Force students have first dibs. This web section is compressed into a shortened part of the term. When/if the section opens for general enrollment, we will let advisors know.

We will NOT be offering CMM 389 Perceptions of Diversity this spring.  We have added a fourth section of CMM 214 Storytelling and Culture.

Fall 2021 Advising Season is Underway

The Fall 2021 Schedule of Classes is live on newpaltz.edu!

DMJ schedule click here

Communication Studies schedule click here

Don’t delay: Schedule a meeting NOW to meet with your advisor BEFORE APRIL 9.

Meet with your advisor remotely (Zoom, Webex, BB Collaborate, phone, etc.) to go over your Fall schedule and discuss your progress toward graduation. Don’t forget to use My Schedule Planner to design your preferred schedule for next semester.

Meet With Your Major Advisor—Be Prepared!

Now that the Fall 2021 schedule of classes is posted, you should be setting up an appointment to meet virtually with your major advisor. You must meet with your major advisor in order to be cleared to register. Before your meeting, make sure to have a draft schedule made in My Schedule Planner (accessed through my.newpaltz.edu) and have your progress report on hand. Don’t wait to set up your meeting!



You Must Have Internship Placement Approved Before You Intern, Not After!

There is no retroactive credit for internships. This means that you cannot complete an internship and then seek credit for it afterwards. You must have your internship placement approved before you complete that internship, otherwise it will not count for credits.


First, registration for internship credits is just like registration for a class: there’s an add/drop period and no changes can be made after that period.

Next, our Internship Coordinator must have oversight over every internship our students complete in order to ensure that students are getting a valuable learning experience that is in line with the major requirements and to facilitate any problems that may arise in an internship. This is SUNY policy.

Also, before you complete an internship that will count for credit towards your SUNY New Paltz degree, you must be approved to represent our department and our university in the work world. Without this prior “certification,” we would have no idea if you were prepared to represent our department or the university to an outside company. The certification process is outlined below. All our majors signed an “Internship Policy Acknowledgement Form” when they declared their DMJ or Comm Studies major.

There are also certain steps that must be taken during your internship, including participating in the 1-credit online internship seminar and securing a mid-semester evaluation from your supervisor. That is why it is necessary to follow all department internship procedures before you start your internship.

**Remember, even BEFORE you look for an internship placement, you must get certified eligible by having:

60 total credits
30 credits at New Paltz
18 credits in your major
2.5 GPA

Look on Blackboard > Communities > “Spring21Comm&DMJStudents” for the Internship folder, where you’ll find the application and TurnItIn links to upload your 1-page resume and progress report.

Watch the Communication Studies Major Overview Video and Orientation Materials

Please watch the video major overview for all Communication Studies concentrations:

Spring 2021 Academic Advising Walkthrough from Jason Wrench on Vimeo. Closed captions: Spring 2021 Academic Advising Walkthrough_otter.ai (1).


Here is the presentation:

CMM TO Spring 2021 Presentation

Every student must know how to read their DegreeWorks progress report: Tour of Progress Report – Transfers & First Year

Our department requires students to use the My Schedule Planner tool for creating their class schedule before meeting with their advisor. Please watch the tutorials: https://hawksites.newpaltz.edu/dmjnews/2020/03/09/use-my-schedule-planner/

Go through the Advising Checklist: Transfer-Advising-Checklist_for Fall 2021

Internships are OPTIONAL for Comm majors. Understand the requirements to be eligible to do an internship, by reading this post.

Pass (P) Grading Available for Spring 2020 Courses

Due to the circumstances of the spring 2020 semester relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, SUNY New Paltz is offering a pass (P) grading option for spring 2020 courses.

The P grading option is available for spring 2020 courses in which the student received a grade of D or higher. It is not available for D-, F, S or U grades.

These courses can be used to meet degree or major requirements, just like the letter graded course would have. However, P grades may not apply to courses required for certain accredited programs. You should speak to your advisor before making any decisions regarding pass/fail.

Click here for the P grade request form. 

For more information and a full list of Q&A’s, click here. 

The deadline to submit the P grade request form for spring 2020 classes is Oct. 16, 2020.

Communication Major Overview & Advising for Transfer Students

To prepare for Fall 2020, please watch the video that corresponds to your major:

Interpersonal/Intercultural Communication & Organizational Communication Major Plans:

Interpersonal/Intercultural and Organizational Communications Academic Advising Video Walkthrough – Summer 2020 from Jason Wrench on Vimeo.

Text with Audio: https://otter.ai/s/5V7KEQzwTkCcMorEbEopGQ

Public Relations Concentration:

Public Relations Academic Advising Video Walkthrough – Summer 2020 from Jason Wrench on Vimeo.

Text with Audio: https://otter.ai/s/AZKq2LvKRXSe4AwueZylMg

Sample Progress Report

Sample Progress Report – Summer 2020




Use LinkedIn Learning to Refresh or Learn New Skills

We’d like to remind students about a very helpful resource that can be useful during online learning: LinkedIn Learning. Every student has access to LinkedIn Learning through my.newpaltz.edu. It is a treasure trove of helpful videos on professional skills, from balancing work and life, to magazine design, and more.

To access LinkedIn Learning, go to my.newpaltz.edu, and under “General,” click “LinkedIn Learning.”