Communication Studies Advising Center

The Communication Study program recognizes the challenges facing students regarding the advising process and we're here to help. Below, you will find information designed to assist you as you move through your academic career here in the Communication Study program. Again, we are here to help, but remember...

"You, the student, are responsible for planning your academic program and for meeting the requirements of the University and of departments." ...

"You must obtain, retain, and consult regularly the sections of the applicable catalog that govern your graduation requirements." ...

"The academic regulations and procedures described in [the Undergraduate Catalog] may change during the period of your enrollment, and it is your responsibility to be aware of, and follow the academic regulations and procedures currently in effect." ...

You are assigned an academic advisor, whose role is to assist you in planning the academic program and in interpreting degree requirements and academic regulations.  It is your responsibility to confer regularly with your advisor.  The advisor will provide the best, most current information possible, but, ultimately, it is your responsibility to request and use this advise wisely and to meet graduation requirements and academic regulations.

--pp. 27, 2017-2019 Undergraduate Catalog


Fall & Summer 2019 Advising Appointment Links

Dr. Ruminski -



The single best way to accurately track your academic progress

is by regularly examining your "academic requirements" available in PAWS.

Your academic requirements will tell you what you have taken, what you are taking, and what you still need to take. It will tell you how many hours you have earned and need to earn before graduating. The trick is learning how to read the report. As a basic rule, the areas on the academic requirements page that are not collapsed are the areas you still need to fulfill. Many students find it helpful to print out and complete the appropriate checklists (below). Doing this will help you determine what GEP and CMST major requirements you have satisfied and need to satisfy. Being familiar with the basic requirements for graduation will also help. These basic requirements are...

  1. You must successfully complete (with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher) at least 120 hours of academic coursework (DVMT classes do not count).
  2. Of the 120 hours you need to complete, at least 39 of these hours must come from 300 and/or 400 level courses.
  3. Of the 120 hours you need to complete, at least 15 of these hours must come from outside the major department's class offerings.
  4. In the Communication Study major, you must earn a C or better in all required courses.

If you have any questions

regarding your degree progress, please feel free to contact your advisor by phone or e-mail, or by setting up an appointment.

  • Dr. Elesha L. Ruminski - 301.687.4480


Communication Studies
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532

Dr. Keith Terry
Department of Communication
348H Gira Center

Connie Capacchione, Program Management Specialist
Fax: 301.687.3033