Guidelines for Shifting / Double Majoring

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Shifting degree program to AB Communication

Application Requirements to Shift to AB Communication

  •     Student must have a minimum annual QPI of 3.0, supported by a transcript of records, or a similar document that evidences the applicant’s QPI.
  •     Student must provide a letter requesting to shift to the AB Communication program
  •     Student provides a 1000-2000 word essay that explains the decision to shift into the AB Communication program.

Online Application Process

  •     Upon qualifying to shift, the student prepares the necessary requirements.
  •     The student fills up the AB COM Shifting Application Form using his/her OBF email address.
  •     The department chair evaluates the merit of the application using the submitted documents.
  •     If necessary, the department chair schedules an interview with the applicant.
  •     The department chair approves or rejects the application.

Double Majoring

Requirements for Applying for a Double Major

  • Communication majors who wish to pursue a double major must comply with the application requirements and procedures determined by the department managing their selected second major.
  • For non-communication majors:
    • The applicant must have a minimum annual QPI of 3.0, supported by a transcript of records, or a similar document that evidences the applicant’s QPI.
    • Provide a letter that supports their application to have AB Communication as their second major.
    • Provide a 1000-2000 word essay that conveys the following:
      • The logic of the combination with respect to the program of study or track they wish to pursue in AB Communication and their first degree.
      • The learning and professional goals that will be accomplished through the proposed double major.
  • For students whose major already carries a prescribed amount of communication courses in their curricula (BS Comtech, AB IS):
    • Students must undergo an accreditation process to determine if the communication courses found in their first major are equivalent to the foundation, required, and major elective courses of the AB Communication curriculum.
    • Given the number of communication courses that may be credited from their first degree, the students allowed to take AB Communication as their second degree must fulfill the remaining requisite number of foundation, required major elective, practicum, and thesis courses prescribed in the AB Communication curriculum (For example, BC ComTech majors are required 12 units of communication courses. If all 12 units are credited, the BS ComTech student needs to complete 45 units of communication courses).

Application Process

  • The application process for the double major conforms the one outlined by the Office of the Dean for Academic Affairs.
  • Students may begin pursuing a double major in AB Communication as early as their sophomore year, provided their are able to demonstrate that they can handle the workload, and are strongly motivated to complete both degrees within 4-5 academic years.
  • Applicants must note the first semester intake of students wishing to undertake AB Communication as a second degree.
  • Upon qualifying for a double major, the student fills up the AB COM Double Major Application Form using his/her OBF email address, and uploads the necessary requirements.
  • The department chair evaluates the merit of the application using the submitted documents.
  • If necessary, the department chair schedules an interview with the applicant.
  • The department chair approves or rejects the application.

Retention Requirements

The retention requirements for the AB Communication program apply to those double majoring students pursuing AB Communication as their second degree.