Change of Major

Thinking of changing your undergraduate major to mass communications? Changing your major requires a lot of thought and thorough research. Your major is an investment in your future.

We recommend that you carefully read the admission guidelines and requirements in the VCU Bulletin for the mass communications major.

Foundation vs. Concentration

If you change your major to mass communications, you are first placed into one of these four mass communication foundation concentrations:

  • Advertising Foundation
  • Journalism Foundation
  • Public Relations Foundation
  • Mass Communications (no foundation concentration)

Just as the name suggests, this is a base you build on before entering the degree-seeking major. You can't earn a baccalaureate degree in a foundation concentration.

Once you successfully complete foundation requirements, you'll petition into one of the following degree-seeking concentrations:

Eligibility

As a current VCU student changing your major to mass communications, you must:

  • Complete MASC 101 with a minimum grade of C
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Complete MASC 201 with a minimum grade of C (if pursuing the advertising concentration)
  • Complete MASC 255 with a minimum grade of C (if pursuing the media production concentration)
  • Complete MASC 210 with a minimum grade of C (if pursuing the public relations concentration)
  • Attend a change of major workshop

You can meet one-on-one with a Robertson School adviser only after attending a change of major workshop and successfully declaring the mass communications major.

Change of Major Workshop

The change of major process involves the completion of an online module. Attending one of these is critical to understanding how to change your major to mass communications. We typically hold at least one module per month, with more at the beginning of each semester during the add/drop period.

The change of major module is not an exploratory session for the major.

If you are interested in learning more about studying mass communications, contact our faculty and visit VCU Career Services to find out about career opportunities and more.

You're eligible to attend a workshop if you have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher and you've successfully completed or are currently enrolled in:

  • MASC 101 and MASC 201 (for students who want to study advertising)
  • MASC 101 (for students who want to study journalism)
  • MASC 101 and MASC 255 (for students who want to study media production)
  • MASC 101 and MASC 210 (for students who want to study public relations)

For the module, you'll create a tailored academic plan and we'll review the specific Robertson School requirements and policies. The module is designed to educate you on your responsibilities and to provide an accurate graduation timeline given the Robertson School's unique, sequential curriculum.

Plan ahead and complete your module to ensure timely registration. To learn more, please contact contact Isabel Rose, academic adviser, at roseib@vcu.edu.