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Communication Studies Change of Major

Advisor/Department Chair/CoM Coordinator: Richard Besel 805.756.2957

General Guidelines:

  • Review Cal Poly’s General Change of Major Policy in full

  • Students must complete at least one quarter at Cal Poly before entering into an Individualized Change of Major Agreement (ICMA).

  • Students must be able to graduate in a timely manner. A realistic quarter-by-quarter graduation plan may be required to demonstrate whether this is feasible.

  • Students are allowed 1 ICMA per major. Students who do not meet the conditions of their ICMA will not be issued another ICMA for that major.

Step 1: Research

Step 2: Complete Change of Major Inquiry Form

  • Complete the Change of Major Inquiry Form in your portal.

  • You will receive an email response from the department within 10 business days regarding next steps.

  • Factors that may determine eligibility include:

    • A multi-criteria admissions score equal to, or above, the average of students admitted to the department as freshmen over the past several years.


Step 3: Meet with the Chair of the Communication Studies Department

  • If you have been notified that you are Eligible to enter into an ICMA, you will need to make an appointment with the Department Chair to plan your transition.

  • If a student is granted an ICMA, it will not exceed two quarters and will require:

    • The completion of three COMS courses with a major GPA of 3.0

    • Cal Poly (CPSLO) GPA of 2.9 or two consecutive term GPA’s of 3.2 with at least 12 units per quarter.

  • Once a student meets the terms of the ICMA, they are admitted to their intended major.

    • Students who do not meet the conditions of their ICMA will not be issued another ICMA for this major.

**The completion of coursework without prior consultation with the intended major department does not guarantee the student eligibility to switch into the intended major.**

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