College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Major Declaration

Major Declaration

WWU Academic Coordinating Commission has approved that the Department of Communication Studies adopt the following procedures for major admission.

Students who are interested in declaring a communication studies major must meet the following prerequisites:

  • Complete any one of the following courses with a B- or better: COMM 101, COMM 224, COMM 225, COMM 230, COMM 235, COMM 240, COMM 260.
  • Complete COMM 220 with a B- or better.
  • Complete at least 60 credits of WWU credits or approved transfer credits with a GPA of 2.50 or above. No more than 50 percent of total COMM credits can be tranferred from another institution.
  • Complete 12-15 credits at WWU.

When students are ready to declare, please email or call (360) 650-3870 to schedule an appointment to speak with a staff member. The staff member will review your transcripts and instruct you to fill out the declaration form.  Once you have completed the process, you will be assigned a major faculty advisor.


Pre-Major Declaration

Students contemplating a major in Communication Studies are encouraged to register as pre-majors to ensure that they receive appropriate advising and relevant communications from the department. In order to declare a pre-major in Communication Studies, students should initiate the e-form following the steps below.


  1. Initiate this declaration form.
  2.  Complete "SECTION I: Student Information."
  3.  Then, scroll to the bottom of the form and in the Signatures and Attachments box's "Email to:" type Do not send it to the default Registrar's email on the form.
  4.  Last, click "Submit."

Only after you have submitted your pre-major declaration form as instructed above, the name of your pre-major faculty advisor will be added on the e-form. Your form will then be forwarded to the Registrar. The name of your major advisor will then be listed in your Degree Works. Visit our Faculty & Staff Directory for your advisor's contact information.

Please contact your pre-major advisor for pre-major and major coursework questions and mentoring. Contact Michelle Reed Oppenheimer at or (360) 650-2294 for major application portfolio matters and general advising questions. You may also contact if you have questions or need assistance.