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Communication and Media Studies
Frequently Asked Questions

Choosing Courses

 

1)    What should I take next semester?

2)    How many classes should I take?

3)    Do I need to take a language?

4)    Can I take courses marked “E” or “C” in Banner?

5)    Can I take courses at the other campus?

6)    Can I take courses pass/fail?

7)    Can courses count for more than one requirement?

8)    Can I take a summer course?

9)   I have a lot of AP or IB credits. Does that exempt me from courses?

10) How do I best put together a schedule?

 

The Major and Minor

 

11) When do I have to declare a major and concentration? How do I do it?

12) What are the major requirements?

13) What are concentrations?

14) What is Journalism Workshop?

15) Do I have to do a minor?

16) What minors do CMS majors pick?

17) I’m a transfer student; how does that change my requirements?

18) I want to be a marketing minor. Do you know what that requires?

19) I’m a marketing minor. Does PSYC 1200 count towards the science core?

20) I wanted to take this class but it’s full. What should I do?

21) I want to drop a class but it’s past add/drop. What should I do?

22) When I look in Degree Works, it has a CMS course under the wrong requirement for the major.  How can I get it changed?

23) Degree Works has the wrong concentration or I've changed concentrations.  How do I get that changed?

 

Studying Abroad


24) How do I study abroad?

25) I need a letter of recommendation for studying abroad, can you write one?

26) I’ve picked my study abroad program, what classes should I take?

27) Can I get credit for classes I take when I’m studying abroad?

28) How do I register for classes if I am studying abroad?

 

Internships

 

29) How do I get an internship?

30) I'm a sophomore or freshman.  Can I intern?

31) I’m applying for an internship, can you write me a letter of recommendation?

32) I have an internship, how do I get credit for it?

 

General College Life

 

33) I need to meet with you RIGHT NOW! Help!

34) I think I might be flunking one of my classes. What should I do?

35) I hate writing papers and I’m not good at it. What should I do?

36) My professor assigns way too much reading and I can’t keep up with it. What should I do?

37) I’m super stressed out and I think I’ve taken on too much this semester. What should I do?

38) What is the best way to keep up on departmental news?

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1)    What should I take next semester?

 

You should meet with your advisor to fill out this form (LINK TO FORM).

Your advisor will probably advise the following:

·      Take 1010 and 1011 before you do anything else. Get them over with.

·      Pick a concentration and take the intro class in it. See: What are concentrations?

·      You can take globalism, pluralism, EP4, ICC, and the Senior Values requirement in the department. Don’t take them in other departments.

·      If you’re going to study abroad, you can take 2 CMS electives during that time. So save space for those.

 

More specifically:

 

Freshmen: Take 1010 or 1011 (preferably both). Work away at your core. Start thinking about what you might want to concentrate in.

 

Sophomores: Declare your major. Finish 1010 or 1011. Take the intro class for your concentration. Take a “Media, Culture and Society” class- there are dozens of them- and see what interests you most in the department. Try to finish as much of the core as possible in the department. Decide on a minor.

 

Juniors: Finish the requirements for your concentration and your Media, Culture and Society classes. Work on your minor requirements

 

Seniors: Take the Ethics, Law and Policy requirement; you can take your Senior Values seminar in the department and finish your EP4 requirement at the same time.  Take something purely for fun!

 

2)    How many classes should I take?

 

Freshmen and sophomores take five courses per semester, except for a few students taking Biology I and Chemistry I or on the pre-med track.  Juniors and seniors take four courses per semester.  This allows extra time for internships.

 

3)    Do I need to take a language?

 

B.A students need to get to "exit level" in a language, which is the fourth semester.  Students in most B.S. programs are exempt from the language requirements.

 

4)    Can I take courses marked "E" or “C” in Banner?

 

The "E" and “C” courses are offered by Fordham's College of Continuing and Professional Studies.  Our department accepts up to two CPS courses toward the major.  Core courses must be taken in your home college.  Check with other departments about whether they accept CPS courses towards their minors.

 

5)    Can I take courses at the other campus?

 

Yes.  You must take core courses at your home campus, but other courses may be taken at the other campus.

 

6)    Can I take courses pass/fail?

 

Yes, but all core, major and minor courses must be taken for a grade.  Only pure electives can be taken pass/fail.

 

7)    Can courses count for more than one requirement?

 

Yes.  Some Fordham courses will fulfill two requirements at once, such as counting towards your major while also fulfilling an EP, ICC, globalism, or pluralism requirement.  For instance, all Senior Values Seminars are also EP4 courses.

 

Also you can "double count" up to two courses for your major and minor.  For instance, if you are a Communications Major and Business Minor and take "Business Communications," you can count that course towards BOTH the major and minor.  We try to be as inclusive as possible about counting courses towards the CMS major from other departments, as long as they really do cover issues of communication or media studies.  Some of the courses we typically double count include English courses that involve non-fiction writing and film courses in modern languages.  Courses that we will accept toward the major in CMS from other departments are generally counted as electives.

 

8)    Can I take a summer course?

 

Yes you can, either at Fordham or at another accredited university. Fordham offers two summer sessions. See your class dean about arranging credit.

 

9)    I have a lot of AP or IB credits.  Does that exempt me from courses?

 

Each department handles AP and IB exams differently.  Contact the department in question for more information.

 

10) How can I best put together a schedule? There are so many combinations!

 

Use the site schedulizer.com, which is free and pre-loaded with all Fordham courses.  It is a nifty tool that allows you to put together different variations of your schedule with just a few mouse clicks.  You can tell it, for instance, that you want a certain day off, or that you want to have your courses done by a certain hour.  It also makes it easy to redo your schedule if a class you want closes out.

 

11) When do I have to declare a major and concentration?  And how do I do it? 

 

You can declare a major as early as you’d like, but you are required to declare by Spring semester sophomore year—practically, most of our majors declare in January or early February of sophomore year.  When you declare your major, we now also ask that you declare a concentration, though you can change it later.

 

Lincoln Center: You declare by filling out a form that's available in our departmental offices (Lowenstein 422), through the class deans, or on my.fordham.edu, and then leave it with the departmental assistant at your campus. Upon declaring your major, you should schedule a meeting with the undergraduate chair (Dr. Jackaway) who can assign you the appropriate advisor for your interests and concentration.

 

Rose Hill: Schedule a meeting with the undergraduate chair (Dr. Strate). He can fill out the major declaration form while you’re meeting with him, and can assign you the appropriate advisor for your interests and concentration.

 

12) What are the major requirements?

 

For the major, you need to take:

·      1010 and 1011

·      Two Media, Culture and Society classes (list here)

·      One Ethics, Law and Policy class (list here)

·      Three free electives (e.g. anything you want in the department)

·      Three classes in your concentration

o   The intro class

o   Two other classes 

That’s it!

 

13) What are concentrations?

 

Concentrations are focuses in the major. Everyone majoring in Communication and Media Studies must have a concentration. The five concentrations are:

·      Media, Culture and Society

·      Journalism

·      Film

·      TV/Radio

·      New and Digital Media

 

Each has its own introductory class; the classes in the concentrations are listed here.

 

Pick a concentration that interests you! If you want to go into marketing, we often recommend Journalism since it involves a lot of writing classes.

 

14) I see you have a course called Journalism Workshop that is only two points, and seems to have a lot of sections.  How does that work?

 

The Journalism Workshop is a set of courses created to help our student journalists.  Anyone can sign up and there are no prerequisites, but the work is tied to our student media, which includes The Observer at Lincoln Center and The Ram, WFUV News, and the Fordham Nightly News television show at Rose Hill.  There are currently sections for reporting and writing (RH and LC), photography (LC), design (LC), radio (RH), online (RH) and television (RH).

 

Because Journalism Workshop is a two-point class, it must be repeated to equal one full four-point course.  So if a student takes the course only once, he or she would earn two points, adding to the student’s overall point total, but not earning a course credit.  Most students take the workshop twice, earning four points and one full course credit toward the major in CMS.  Students do not get a full course credit for taking Journalism Workshop only once. 

 

Students may take the same section of Journalism Workshop twice, or may take two different sections of the workshop once to equal one full course.  For instance, a Rose Hill student may take the TV section of workshop and the print section, making one full course.  At Lincoln Center, a student might take the reporting and the photo sections to make one full course.  The two sections may be taken in one semester or in different semesters.  Journalism Workshop may be taken up to four times total.  Up to four credits can be applied toward the concentration in journalism; four additional points can be taken as a CMS elective.

 

15) Do I have to do a minor?

 

Currently, yes.

 

16) What minors do CMS majors pick?

 

Our students pick a very wide range of minors.  Some of the most popular ones are business, marketing, psychology, and modern languages.  It’s important to pick a minor that you find interesting and will enjoy studying.  There is no "right" minor.

 

17) I’m a transfer student. How does that change my requirements?

 

As a transfer student, you are not required to do a minor, and most likely some of the classes you took at your old institution will transfer over (usually just as electives, but sometimes as requirements). Talk to the associate chair (Dr. Strate at RH and Dr. Jackaway at LC) and he or she can specifically tell you what classes count as what.

 

18) I want to be a marketing minor. What does that require?

 

See here for detailed requirements.

 

The minor in marketing consists of 6 courses (19 or 20 credits) and comprises two parts.

 

Part I: The following FOUR courses are each required

1. MKBU 3225: Marketing Principles (3 credits)

2. PSYC 2000: Statistics (Requires PSYC 1200 as pre-requisite) Note: Students whose major requires a

statistics course may substitute the statistics course from their major. All others must take PSYC 2000.

3. MKBU 3435: Consumer Behavior (3 credits)

4. Choose one psychology, sociology, or anthropology course from the list below:

PSYC 2600: Social Psychology

PSYC 3410: Creativity (requires PSYC 1200 as a pre-requisite)

PSYC 4310: Aging and Society (requires PSYC 1200 as a pre-requisite)

PSYC 4920: Youth, Values & Society

SOCI 1100: Introduction to Sociology

SOCI 2800: Sociological Theory

SOCI 3102: Contemporary Social Issues and Policies

SOCI 3408: Diversity in American Society

ANTH 1100: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

ANTH 3351: Comparative Cultures

ANTH 3470: Peoples & Cultures of Latin America

 

Part II:

5-6. Complete any TWO 3000 or 4000 level Marketing courses

 

19) I'm a marketing minor.  Does the required psychology course PSYC 1200 count toward the core requirement in science?

 

No, it does not.  Only Biopsychology counts toward the life science requirement.

 

20) I wanted to take this class but it’s full. What should I do?

 

Email the professor and ask. Show up to the first class and see ifanyone drops. You can usually get into a class if you are persistent!

 

21) I want to drop a class but it’s past add/drop. What should I do?

 

You need to get permission from your class dean to drop a class. Class deans are listed here (RH) and here (LC).

 

22) When I look in Degree Works, it has a CMS course under the wrong requirement for the major.  How can I get it changed?

 

It's probably not worth worrying about this until your major is done or almost done, as Degree Works readjusts according to the courses you take.  But if there is a problem, then the associate chair or class dean can make adjustments.

 

23) Degree Works has the wrong concentration or I've changed concentrations.  How do I get that changed?

 

Contact the associate chair (Dr. Strate at RH and Dr. Jackaway at LC) or a class dean. Class deans are listed here (RH) and here (LC).

 

 24) How do I study abroad?

 

Stop by the ISAP office!

http://www.fordham.edu/academics/office_of_the_provos/international_educat/international__study/index.asp

 

They are experts at study abroad and can answer all of your questions. At the very least, you should sign up for and attend an International Education Advising Seminar at least one semester before you plan on studying abroad (ideally is sophomore year for a junior year abroad). Register here:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dHowNWx2VHAtZHJ2NzJVSkFqSTljZkE6MQ

 

25) I need a letter of recommendation for studying abroad, can you write one?

 

Absolutely! You should meet with your advisor during his or her office hours to go over requirements and how you are doing with the core, etc. The study abroad people just want to know that you will be able to graduate on time; that you are mature enough to handle the experience; and that you will devote your time abroad to studying and not partying.

 

26) I’ve picked my study abroad program, what classes should I take?
27)
Can I get credit for classes I take when I’m studying abroad?

 

Professor Hardenbergh is the Study Abroad liaison for the department, and she can approve your specific classes. You should not expect to fulfill core classes while abroad. You can have 2 classes per semester abroad count for the major, and 2 for the minor. In general, classes that have to do with film, advertising, television, media, and the like may be able to count for the major.

 

28) How do I register for classes if I am studying abroad?

 

There is early registration for students studying abroad, and also for some student athletes.

 

29) How do I get an internship?

 

You can find out about internships from Career Services. We also post internships on our Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/FordhamCMS). For information in the department, you can talk to Dr. Paul Levinson, levinson@fordham.edu (Rose Hill) and Dr. Brian Rose, rose@fordham.edu (Lincoln Center).

 

Career Services advises:

 

https://fordham-csm.symplicity.com/students/

Search for listings on CareerLink, Fordham’s job and internship database. This site lists thousands of opportunities just for Fordham students.

 

http://www.fordham.edu/campus_resources/student_services/career_services/about_us/index.asp

Visit the Career Services office. We can help you navigate our job board, recommend additional internship-search sites, and discuss other ways to find internships. After you find an internship you want to apply for, we can also help you write a resume or cover letter.

 

Attend a Career Fair or other Career Services Networking Event. These events provide a great opportunity to meet employers and learn about internship opportunities with a variety of organizations.

 

Speak with your Professors or staff in your Academic department.

 

Network. Reach out to personal, professional and academic contacts including family, friends, classmates, faculty and advisors. Many of these individuals will often share similar backgrounds, interests or goals, which can facilitate the development of strong professional relationships.

 

30) I'm a sophomore or freshman.  Can I intern?

 

We strongly recommend that you not intern during freshman and sophomore years, except during summers.  It is too difficult to manage an internship while taking five courses.  While we technically cannot stop you from interning during freshman or sophomore year, we do not give academic credit to freshmen and sophomores doing internships during term.

 

31) I’m applying for an internship, can you write me a letter of recommendation?

 

Absolutely! Many professors prefer to write letters of recommendation for students they have some sort of personal relationship with, whether that means you’ve taken a class with them, or talked to them at least a few times in office hours. Send your advisor a resume, and come talk to them during office hours.

 

32) I have an internship, how do I get credit for it?

 

There are two ways to get credit for an internship. You can take the Internship Seminar, which will give you 4 credits and you sign up for at the beginning of the semester like a regular class. Or you can pick a professor for a 1-credit independent study. You will need to get a form from the main Communication office; you'll fill it out with the professor of your choice, and then give it back to the departmental assistant (Roberta Palmerio at RH and Lisa Ryer at LC) who can shepherd it through the approval process (it needs signatures from the chair, dean, etc.). Both of these options require extra payment.

 

33) I need to meet with you IMMEDIATELY, and I can’t make your office hours and you’re not on campus tomorrow.

 

I understand that this is important, but this is why planning ahead is important! Professors' schedules are complicated as we have families, other classes, research, other students, and often live far from campus. We have publicly scheduled office hours so students can work around our schedules, rather than the other way around. In case of important appointments, we encourage students to make them several weeks ahead of time as professors’ schedules fill up quickly. It is your responsibility to plan out deadlines and important requirements ahead of time rather than scrambling to catch up last minute.

 

Generally, you can find the answers to most questions by looking through the Fordham.com website. We usually recommend Googling for your answer rather than actually starting on the website.

 

34) I think I might be flunking one of my classes. What should I do?

 

TALK TO YOUR PROFESSOR! He or she should be able to let you know if you are actually failing, and if so, what you can do to raise your grade. If you wait until the end of the semester, there will probably not be much he or she can do. If you’re having problems, it’s always better to address them earlier rather than later.

 

35) I hate writing papers and I’m not good at it. What should I do?

 

Visit the writing center! It is free, you can sign up for an appointment online, and they can walk you through the entire paper-writing process, from coming up with a thesis statement to making an outline to finishing a final draft.

 

http://www.fordham.edu/student_affairs/Student_Services/Writing_Center/

 

You may reserve up to an hour on any given day and as much as an hour and a half per week. To sign up for a session of either one-half or one hour, go to http://www.fordham.edu/writingcenter and follow the instructions.

 

Rose Hill: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 9:00-8:00; Tuesday 9:00-7:30; Friday 9:00-3:00.

The Writing Center is located on the east side of Dealy Hall’s fifth floor, in the Economics Department. 718-817-4032

 

Lincoln Center: The Writing Center is located in the Lowenstein Building, room 302e. We reside in one of the private study rooms. 212-636-6417.

 

36) My professor assigns way too much reading and I can’t keep up with it. What should I do?

 

Learn to skim! If you Google “How to keep up with reading in college” you’ll find lots of people’s theories on how best to skim reading. There is nothing wrong with skimming! Spend more time focusing on learning the concepts and understanding main ideas than drudging through every word of an article.

 

ARTICLES:

·      Read the abstract, introduction, and conclusion.

·      Watch for any time the author says something like “This article argues that..” or “The purpose of this article is..”

·      Flip through the rest of the article and read anything that seems interesting.

·      Circle words or phrases youdon’t understand.

 

BOOKS:

·      Read the intro and conclusion.

·      Figure out what the author’s main arguments are.

·      Flip through the chapters and read the first few and last few paragraphs of each one.

 

See:  http://www.dartmouth.edu/~acskills/success/reading.html for detailed strategies.

 

37) I’m super stressed out and I think I’ve taken on too much this semester. What should I do?

 

College is very stressful! It’s especially stressful with classes, internships, jobs, and extra-curricular activities. There are plenty of places you can get support at Fordham. Fordham has free therapy, group sessions, and support groups: http://www.fordham.edu/campus_resources/student_services/counseling_and_psych/index.asp

 

Fordham also has free meditation and yoga classes which can be awesome for stress relief:

http://www.fordham.edu/student_affairs/student_leadership__/recreation_and_fitne/group_exercise_class_90613.asp

 

Do reach out to your professors if you are struggling. It’s always better to let a professor know that you’re having a problem in their class sooner rather than later. If your problem is due to family emergency or illness, talk to your class dean, who can arrange for excused absences or intervene on your behalf for extensions or makeups.

 

38) What is the best way to keep up on departmental news?

 

Facebook!  Please "like" our page, Fordham Communication and Media Studies at http://www.facebook.com/FordhamCMS.  We post things almost every day, including internship opportunities, jobs, lectures, and scholarships.  You can also find a link on our main departmental page on the university website: http://www.Fordham.edu/CMS.  The website is another great source of information.


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