The undergraduate advising staff in the Robertson School helps mass communication majors and minors navigate the academic programs and university requirements necessary for graduation. We're located on the 2nd floor of the Temple Building on the Monroe Park campus in the new Roberston School Student Services Center.
The VCU University College provides advising to all freshmen who declare Mass Communications; University College is located on the Monroe Park campus on the first floor of Hibbs Hall.
There is more information and advising about the School’s graduate programs here.
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.
Meeting with an adviser
All mass communications students beyond their freshman year should meet an advising representative in the Robertson School. It is highly recommended students meet with an adviser at least once per semester until graduation. During peak times like add/drop and registration periods, advising is conducted on a walk-in basis. All other times, advising is by appointment only. Make sure to check the Google Calendar for walk-in and appointment availability. Our Advising Facebook page is great for important information such as deadlines and class postings.
In addition to the advising staff, School faculty and our Career Development Advisor Maggie McDearmon 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.
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 (click here for the online 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.
Susan Cramer and Roy Roach are the School's undergraduate academic advisers. Cramer joined us after working in the University College as both a mass communications and business adviser for first year students. She advises all Public Relations and Journalism students in both the foundation and concentration. Roach joined the School after earning a graduate degree in higher education. He advises all pre-major students for all concentrations.