Virtual Spring Advisement Tips

Today’s blog is meant to be a virtual guide for first-year students in the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication as you prepare to register for the spring 2014 semester on Monday, November 4th.

To confirm the specific requirements for your respective major and minor, it’s best that you generate a degree audit via DegreeWorks. The icon for DegreeWorks is located in the My Apps folder on the top right portion of your Hofstra Portal. Clicking on the icon will generate a report displaying your specific degree requirements based on the major and minor currently declared on your record. If you to explore a new major or minor, you can do so by using the “What If” feature on DegreeWorks.

To help guide you through the spring course selection process, below are some important requirements that you should be focusing on:

School of Communication Foundations Courses: All students must complete three foundational courses within the school. These are courses that are ideal to target within your first three semesters. I recommend that you try to include one or two of them in your spring schedule. They are MASS 001: Mass Media-History and Development, RHET 001: Oral Communication (CP), and RTVF 001: Foundations of Radio, Television, Film, and New Media.

Writing Requirement: You should be seeking to complete both WSC 001 and WSC 002 by the end of your first year. While enrolled in WSC 002, you will be given the opportunity to complete Hofstra’s Writing Proficiency Exam.

Foreign Language Requirement: In the Herbert School of Communication, you are expected to complete up to level 3 of a foreign language if you are pursuing a Bachelor of Arts and up to level 2 if you are pursuing a Bachelor of Science. I encourage you to consider enrolling for your foreign language requirement next semester. However, if you are seeking to start a brand new language, you may need to wait until the fall semester, since only level 1 of French, Greek, Italian, and Spanish are offered during the spring.

Distribution Requirement: Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts are required to complete 11 distribution courses during the course of your degree while students pursuing a Bachelor of Science are required to complete 6.

Consulting your degree audit is the best way to confirm which distribution courses you have yet to complete. For those of you seeking to complete your Math Distribution (MA) in the spring, the most common options are MATH 030A, 030B, 040, 045, 050, 061, 061A. If you earned a score of 14 or less on the Math Placement Exam at orientation this summer, you should be enrolling for MATH 006A, an elective course designed to prepare you for success in the MA Distribution category.

Please Note: A number of terrific first-year seminars are being offered next semester. Each of them carry distribution credit and are an interesting way to fulfill your requirements. Here is a link to the full list of spring 2014 seminar options.

Minor Requirement: As you know, all students pursuing a BA within the departments of Radio,Television, Film and Journalism, Media Studies, & Public Relations are required to complete an 18 credit liberal arts based minor for graduation. If you have declared your minor or are interested in exploring one, the spring semester provides a good opportunity to include a related course. At your convenience, I encourage you to visit with your prospective minor department to find out more about their requirements. For those of you are already declared, you can view your specific minor requirements on the degree audit. Click here for a list of all approved minor options.

Other Communication Options: The following courses are typically attempted by sophomores but are also appropriate to consider for next semester. A limited number of seats should be available when freshmen register on the 4th.

JRNL 001: Media Ethics (No Prerequisite)
JRNL 010: Journalism Tools (Prerequisite of WSC 001)
JRNL 011: News Writing and Reporting (Prerequisite of WSC 001 and 002)

PR 100: Fundamentals of Public Relations (Prerequisite of WSC 001 and 002)
PR 180D: Events – Marketing, Management & Messaging (No Prerequisite)

RHET 004: Interpersonal Communication (No Prerequisite)
RHET 005: Histories and Theories of Rhetoric (No Prerequisite)
RHET 007: (CP) Public Speaking (No Prerequisite)
RHET 009: Intro to Performance Studies (No Prerequisite)
RHET 024: Readers Theater (No Prerequisite)
RHET 033: Nonverbal Communication in Human Interaction (No Prerequisite)
RHET 057: Gender and Communication (No Prerequisite)

RTVF 010: Intro to Film and Television Study (No Prerequisite)
RTVF 015: Survey of Electronic Media (No Prerequisite)
RTVF 021: Intro to Radio Production (No Prerequisite)
RTVF 024: Multicamera Television Production (No Prerequisite – Open to Video/Television BA & BS Majors)
RTVF 026: Field Production and Editing (No Prerequisite – Open to Video/Television BA & BS Majors)
RTVF 027: Intro to Film Production (Prerequisite of RTVF 001 and 010)
RTVF 110: Intro to Screenwriting (Prerequisite of RTVF 010)
RTVF 137B: Film History (Prerequisite of RTVF 010)
RTVF 152: The Radio Industry in the Digital Age (Prerequisite of RTVF 001 or permission of the instructor)
RTVF 157: Film Genre – Horror (Prerequisite of RTVF 010)
RTVF 157: Film Genre – The Western (Prerequisite of RTVF 010)
RTVF 158: Film Authorship (Prerequisite of RTVF 010)

When it’s all said and done, you should all be enrolled in 15-16 credits for the spring semester (your tuition entitles you to up to 17 at no additional cost). My best advice is for you to sit down at your computer this weekend with a copy of your degree audit and to browse the hundreds of spring course offerings via your Hofstra Portal. Lastly, be sure to write down the CRNs for the courses you are targeting so you can easily type them into the add/drop screen when you register at midnight.

Good luck!