This page provides the latest information related to undergraduate advising for Speech Communication (SPCOM).
The undergraduate advisor for the Speech Communication program is Tim Paci. His office is located in ML 254B and his extension is 38494. He is available to answer any questions related to the Speech Communication program, the curriculum, or specific courses. You are welcome to make an appointment with him to discuss your specific questions or concerns.
Declaring a major/joint major/minor
In order to declare a major/joint major/minor in Speech Communication, you should contact Tim Paci. After contacting him, he will guide you on what is necessary in order to be officially placed in the program, including what forms you should complete and which courses to take.
In order to be moved into the program, you must:
- Complete a plan modification form and submit it to Tim Paci.
- Have completed both SPCOM 100 and SPCOM 223, or any two SPCOM or SPCOM approved courses.
- Have a major average that meets the minimum for your intended program (70 for honours/joint honours; 65 for 4-year general).
You can find the requirements on the Undergraduate Calendar according to whichever calendar year you are following.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is the Speech Communication advisor? What is his/her role?
In Speech Communication, there are approximately 180 majors (in addition to many minors and options), and one undergraduate advisor. Currently, the Speech Communication undergraduate advisor is Tim Paci. The undergraduate advisor plays three roles:
- To counsel, assist, and advise undergraduate students in their progress through their Arts programs;
- To provide leadership to the department regarding student affairs and program/curriculum maintenance and development; and
- To represent the department on the Undergraduate Affairs Group (a Faculty of Arts committee) and to participate in leadership of the Faculty through the Undergraduate Affairs Group’s consideration of Faculty-wide curriculum and policy issues. The advisor is available to meet to discuss your specific situation (see office hours at the top of this page). The advisor also approves all recommendation to graduate forms and maintains files on each student in the program.
Can I talk to my instructor in a Speech Communication class about advising questions?
Instructors may be able to answer some of your questions about classes in Speech Communication. If you have questions about a specific course, you are always welcome to email the instructor directly. Ceylan Turkeri, the Undergraduate Student Advisor, may have a past syllabus for a course in which you are interested. The undergraduate advisor has the most recent information about graduation requirements, policies, and other advising issues. In general, you should not expect your instructor to have in-depth information about advising questions. From time to time, instructors will make announcements in Speech Communication classes related to advising concerns.
I have general questions about advising. What should I do?
A great deal of information is available on the web. First, check carefully through this webpage and the main information for current undergraduates page. It is likely the answer to your question is on one of those two pages. Other useful sources of information include the undergraduate calendar and Speech Communication degree requirement checklists. If you have checked these sources and could not find an answer to your question, or you want clarification, you are welcome to visit the advisor during advising drop-in hours or email Tim Paci.
How can I meet with the Speech Communication advisor?
During most weeks of the fall, winter, and spring terms, the advisor has drop-in advising hours. You can show up anytime during these hours to meet with the advisor. It is important that you come prepared to your meeting. Be clear about your questions, and be sure that you have thoroughly checked the Speech Communication FAQ for information.
I need a signature on a form. What should I do?
You can drop the form in the advisor’s mailbox (mailbox located in ML 232) or leave it with Ceylan Turkeri in ML 119A. Be certain that your email and student number are on the form. The advisor will forward the form on to the appropriate office. Signatures can be straightforward, or require more time (i.e., checking averages related to adding a minor, etc.). On average, you can expect the advisor to forward your form within a week.
How do I change my existing major to Speech Communication?
You need to fill out a plan modification/application for internal transfer form. Be sure to follow the four instructions in the top right corner of the form, and to fill out the form completely. (Incomplete forms may take longer to process.) If you are completing this form to enrol as a Speech Communication major or minor student, you can submit the form to Ceylan Turkeri. You should ideally take SPCOM 100 and SPCOM 223 (or at least 2 SPCOM courses) before applying for the major as well as ensure your major average meets the minimum for your intended program (70% for honours/joint honours; 65% for 4-year general). Please note that when calculating your major average, all SPCOM and SPCOM-approved courses are counted. In other words, courses like ENGL 210F, HRM 200, PHIL 145, etc. count as part of your major average because they are SPCOM-approved courses.
How do I add a Speech Communication minor?
You need to fill out a plan modification/application for internal transfer form. Be sure to follow the four instructions in the top right corner of the form, and to fill out the form completely. (Incomplete forms may take longer to process.) You can submit the form to Ceylan Turkeri. It is not necessary to have taken any SPCOM courses to apply for a minor.
I can't get into SPCOM 100 or SPCOM 223. What do I do?
Please note that SPCOM 100 is reserved for first year Arts students and there is no waitlist.
SPCOM 223 does not have a wait list either.
I'm a SPCOM major and I can't get into a SPCOM course other than 100 or 223. What do I do?
If you cannot get into a SPCOM course, you can send an email to Ceylan Turkeri with your name, student ID#, and major plan, and ask her to add you to the waiting list for the course you are trying to add.