The undergraduate advising staff in the Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture helps mass communication majors and minors navigate the academic programs and university requirements necessary for graduation. The VCU University College provides advising to all freshmen who declare Mass Communications; the University College is located on the Monroe Park campus on the first floor of Hibbs Hall.

For advising for the School’s graduate programs, see those pages for advertising, journalism and public relations.

Bulletin and handbook

The VCU Bulletin is the official source for the University’s academic regulations and degree requirements. Students are responsible for knowing and fulfilling all general and specific degree requirements as described in their bulletin. Mass communication students also need to be familiar with the School’s academic regulations.Using the Bulletinand School’s Student Handbooks, students should be able to understand and master these requirements to efficiently complete their degree.

Meeting with an adviser

All mass communications students beyond their freshman year should meet an advising representative within the Robertson School. It is highly recommended students meet with an adviser at least once per semester until graduation. Beginning May 2014, advising is conducted on an appointment basis only. Check this site or Facebook page for important information such as deadlines and class postings. In addition to the advising staff, MASC faculty are available as mentors to discuss various career opportunities and job placement possibilities. Advisers are for assistance only; ultimately, students are responsible for keeping track of and meeting all the requirements of the School and the University, as well as staying informed about procedural changes.

Advisers are on hand during the fall and spring semesters, with limited availability in summer,  to assist students with their advising needs. Advising services are located on the Monroe Park campus in Temple, 2nd floor.  Email the graduate assistant and peer advisers at

Coordinator of Student Services

Natasha J. Long is the School’s Coordinator of Student Services, Long serves as the principal administrator for advising and oversees student services for the School.  Students should contact her for seeking an override into a MASC courses (see override request form), independent studies, scheduling issues and graduation applications.  She also advises all Advertising majors, Media Studies minors, Student-Athletes, BIS majors and graduating seniors.

Career Development Adviser and Internship Coordinator

Maggie McDearmon serves the Robertson School career search guru. Her primary duties include assisting students with internship coordinator, career development, gathering alumni employment information as well as connecting with employers, establishing partnerships and affiliations in the community and promoting job opportunities to students and graduates.

Undergraduate Academic Adviser

In June 2014, Susan Cramer joined the Robertson School and will serve as the undergraduate academic adviser. She joins us after working in the University College as both a mass communications and business adviser for first year students.  Mrs. Cramer advises all Public Relations and Journalism students in both the foundation and concentration.

Appeals of course and program requirements

The School has established a process for handling appeals.

Advising Schedule