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College of Communication & Creative Arts

Rowan University College of Communication & Creative Arts

Academic Advising

As a general rule, all undergraduate students should work with the University Advising until their third semester (45 s.h.), when they may start taking courses in their major.

The B.A. degre at Rowan University consists of at least 121 credits, spread across three components:

When you have completed (or if you transfer in with at least) 45 credit hours, you may contact:

Click here for a copy of the latest General Education Advising Check Sheet.

Click here for a copy of the latest General Education Course Listing.

If you are a new student wishing to major in our program, you must first apply to Rowan University through the Office of Admissions. Please see the prospective students link on the left.

The College of Communication & Creative Arts is comprised of six academic departments, which offer eight academic majors:

1. Advertising
2. Art
3. Communication Studies
4. Journalism
5. Public Relations
6. Radio/TV/Film
7. Studio Art
8. Writing Arts


Advising FAQ

Why do I need academic advising?

While curriculum guides make it relatively simple for students to determine the needed courses, there is sometimes information regarding when courses are offered, prerequisites, and making choices among possible selections that students may not have, but an advisor will. You should also review the program guides for your major regularly.

Advisors are also not just for course selection. Your advisor can provide information and advice regarding your career path, internships, graduate degrees, etc.

If you do not see your advisor regularly, we cannot promise that emergency registration issues that occur in your course selection process can be resolved with immediacy.


How do I find out who my advisor is?

All students should have an advisor listed on the GRAD screen in student self service.

If you are an Art student, your advisor is David Vaccaro.

If you are a PR/Advertising major with under 45 credits, please contact the University Advising Center,, for academic advising. If you a PR/Advertising major with over 45 credits, please contact Lori Block, for academic advising.

If you are in one of the other programs, your advisor is a faculty member in your program (and is listed on GRAD).

If you find that you do not have an advisor listed, please contact the chair of your major department, or Ms. Mummert, Advisement Coordinator, at or (856)256-4090.


Who do I contact if I’m not in a major yet but want advising?

The College of Communication and Creative Arts Office of Academic Advisement is open to students who need information about our College, wish to change majors from one program to another, or (for some programs) are ready for their senior review. To make an appointment, please call Esther Mummert, (856) 256-4090.


Can I just see Ms. Mummert instead of my assigned advisor?

No. Ms. Mummert is currently seeing students only for senior review or to change majors. All other students should meet with their assigned advisor.


Do I really have to schedule an appointment?

Yes. While all advisors have some office hours and won’t mind if you stop by with quick questions, your regular advising appointment will be more effective if both you and your advisor have time to prepare for the session and there is adequate time for discussion.

Different advisors have their own policies regarding advisement by email or skype. Please see your advisor for further information.


When should I see my advisor for course selection?

Registration for fall semester and summer begins in March. Registration for spring semester begins in October. You should set up an appointment with your advisor several weeks before your course selection date. Do not assume your advisor will be able to see you the day before registration begins.


What should I do to be ready for my advisement session?

Please complete the Academic Advisement Preparation Worksheet before your advising session. This will require you, if your meeting is for course selection, to review your current program guides (see the link to your major), and make some choices about what classes you think you need.

Once you have determined what classes you believe that you should take, you should also check the Section Tally for the semester you are scheduling to determine which sections best work for your schedule.


What is senior review?

The senior review process provides an additional opportunity to identify potential barriers to graduation and create a plan for success.

Senior review is not a substitute for regular advising; it is a supplement to it. Some academic progress issues are too significant to be rectified in a semester, or even a year. It is important to meet your advisor regularly throughout your time at Rowan and also have your senior review meeting.

Senior review meetings should be scheduled in the second semester of your junior year, or when you are nearing 90 hours of completed course credits.