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Admission Requirements for Mass Communication (Full-major status)
Mass Communication students will be pre-majors until they satisfy ALL of the following:

    A letter grade of a “C” or better in the following courses or their equivalent:

  •     ENG 1310, ENG 1320, COMM 1310 and MC 1301
  •     An overall GPA of at least a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  •     A passing score on the school’s punctuation, usage and grammar (PUG) test or MC 1100B
  •     Completed at least 30 credit hours.

When students have achieved full-major status, it means they have been officially accepted into the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and can officially declare their major. Full-majors are not required to get advised but are still encouraged to.

Official Degree Audit

When you pick-up your PUG test score in the SJMC office, you will be given paperwork to complete if you pass the PUG test. This paperwork serves as your application for the program. If at this time you meet all requirements for full-major status your records will be updated to reflect this in the system and instructions for your degree audit will be emailed to you.

Students may access their degree audit report by logging into CATSWEB.  It is important that students understand how read their degree audit.  Please contact your advisor if you belive there is an error on your audit or if you have questions about it.

It is highly recommended that students see their academic advisors to review their degree audits within their last 30 hours prior to graduation. Students need to see that they have the appropriate grade-point averages in all courses taken at Texas State and in the major and minor fields of study. If any of the grade-point averages are below the minimums required for graduation, the degree audit can be used in deciding how to raise the averages in the remaining course work.