Preparing Lumberjacks for greatness
As a mass communication student at SFA, you’ll work with caring, dedicated faculty advisors who will guide and support you as you work toward your degree. Your advisor will help you craft a degree plan that lines up with your interests and career goals, help you choose courses and help you keep track of your academic progress.
Wondering what minors pair well with a mass communication major? Want to know how to work toward a career in social media? Interested in getting involved with the Pine Log or JackTV? Your advisor can answer all of your questions and ensure that you make the most of your time at SFA.
Support, guidance and more
Your academic advisor will do much more than help you register for classes. You can also talk to your advisor if you want to:
- Change your major or minor
- Explore career paths
- Get help adjusting to college life
- Find out more about internships or student-run publications
Faculty and staff
Your academic advisor is your primary department professor. Not sure who your advisor is? Call the Department of Mass Communication at 936.468.4001, or stop by Room 301 in the Boynton Building and ask.
How to make an appointment
You can make an appointment with your advisor by calling the Department of Mass Communication at 936.468.4001, or you can email, call or drop by your advisor’s office to schedule a meeting.
Remember, advising is mandatory every semester, and you’ll be unable to enroll in classes until you speak with your advisor. Don’t wait until the last minute!
Degree plans and transfer maps
Want to know more about prerequisites, coursework and degree requirements for your program? Check out sample degree plans:
- Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in mass media
- Minor in mass media
- Minor in social media
- Master of Arts in mass communication (online only)
What if I want to change my major or minor?
Changing your major or minor is easy. Just visit with the advising center of the college that houses your new major or minor.
Students on academic probation or suspension may change majors with an approval from their current and receiving deans.
What is academic probation?
A student is placed on academic probation after the first regular semester in which the cumulative grade point average falls below 2.0. Students on academic probation whose semester grade point average is 2.0 or higher will be allowed to continue on academic probation until the cumulative grade point average is 2.0 or higher.
Academic probation will continue until the student achieves good standing or is placed on academic suspension.
What is academic suspension?
A student on academic probation will be placed on academic suspension if the student's semester grade point average falls below 2.0.
A student on academic suspension may be allowed to continue in the university through any of the following procedures:
- Meet conditions established by the student’s dean; or
- Be automatically readmitted on a provisional basis after one regular semester’s absence from the university. Following a second or subsequent academic suspension and absence from the university for two regular semesters, be readmitted automatically. Summer terms are exempt from periods of academic suspension. Automatic readmission will not occur if the student takes courses elsewhere and fails to attain a grade point average of 2.0 for those courses; or,
- After the first academic suspension, attend summer school at Stephen F. Austin State University and either raise the cumulative grade point average to 2.0 or above or obtain a grade point average of 2.0 or above for at least nine semester credit hours in courses specified by the student’s dean.