Academic Advising

Academic advising is an integral part of undergraduate education. Advising helps our students make informed decisions as they develop educational plans compatible with their potential career and life goals.

Advising is more than the sharing of information about academic courses and programs; it includes encouraging students to formulate important questions about the nature and direction of their education and working with them to find answers to those questions.

Advisors confer with students about alternative course schedules and other educational experiences, but students themselves are responsible for selecting the content of their academic program and making progress toward an academic degree.

Lori L. Johnson

‌Meet your academic advisor!

Lori L. Johnson, Instructor/Academic Advisor
Office: Lang 333
Phone: 319-273-3792

Before you meet with your academic advisor, it’s best to be prepared, and to know your responsibilities.

‌Preparing for Your Academic Advising Visit

‌Book an Appointment

Declaring a Major or Minor

All freshmen coming from a high school will have a hold on their registration. The department will not lift the hold without the student meeting with an advisor. Be sure to make an appointment with your advisor so that you will not be delayed in registration. 

For students changing majors to one of the Communication and Media majors, obtain a declaration of curriculum form. Each time you make a change to your academic plan, you will need to file a new declaration of curriculum. For example, if you add a minor (or drop a minor) you will need to file a new form. When completed, the Declaration of Curriculum Form should be taken to the Office of the Registrar or to the department representative for processing.

Meet with your advisor early in your program to discuss your major and to pick up a tracking guide. It is strongly encouraged that you meet with your advisor on a regular basis.

A 2.5 cumulative GPA or above is required by majors in the Department of Communication and Media for graduation.