Advising

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 Robertson School Student Services Center.

The VCU University College provides advising to all first-year mass comm foundation students. 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

Make sure to check Navigate for advisor availability and appointment availability.

  • 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. Natasha advises Creative and Strategic Advertising majors. Students should contact her for seeking an override into a MASC course 

    • Robertson School Override Policy:
      • Majors and minors need to meet enrollment requirements as described in the bulletin to enroll in a mass comm course. There are no exceptions for prerequisite or GPA waivers. Professors are unable to issue overrides, students must submit an override request form; emailed requests will not be processed.  Furthermore, University policy prohibits students from attending classes that they are not enrolled in. 

        Because of classroom space and pedagogical reasons, overrides are not issued to closed sections, particularly when seats remain open in another section.  Since size overrides are not issued for closed classes, students need to check the VCU Schedule regularly for openings until the add/drop period ends.  Furthermore, overrides will not be issued for reasons of convenience such as living arrangements, preferred times, professor preference or work schedule. 

  • Isabel Rose is the School's foundation adviser for Journalism and Advertising as well as Broadcast and Digital Journalism majors. Isabel joined VCU in 2021 but received her B.A. in English (minor in Psychology) from VCU in 2018 and her Masters in Sport Leadership from the VCU Center for Sport Leadership in 2019. During graduate school, Isabel assisted the University of Richmond Student-Athlete Academic Services office. She worked at UNC Chapel Hill for 2 years as an Academic Counselor in the Academic Support Programs for Student-Athletes, starting as an assistant with football and then moving to the academic counselor role with multiple Olympic sports teams. 
  • Dr. Alison Steigerwald is the School’s foundation advisor for all Media Production and Public Relations foundation and concentration students. Originally from NC, Alison received her BA in History and Political Science from Guilford College before getting her MA in History from UNCC. She then moved to Iowa and received her PhD in History from the University of Iowa in May 2020. Moving to Colorado, Alison worked as a TRIO Program Advisor and Coordinator at Colorado Mesa University where she worked with First Generation and Low-Income students as their advisor. Alison was very excited to join the VCU team in November 2021 and is happy to be home on the East Coast.