The College of Communication Arts and Sciences Academic and Student Affairs Office is composed of student-centered professionals who strive to help, listen to, challenge and empower undergraduate students in ComArtSci to experience a diverse education and positive experience at Michigan State University.

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ComArtSci advisors post appointments one week at a time. Appointments are posted by 3 p.m. every Monday for the following week using our Student Success Dashboard appointment system.

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  • Offered Wednesdays from 8:00-11:00 a.m. and 1:00-4:00 p.m.
  • Sign up in room 189 during the above allotted hours.
  • Offered during Fall and Spring semesters only.
  • Designed to facilitate quick questions.
  • Students are seen on a first-come, first-served basis by the major or minor they want to discuss.

Consult with the Career Center if you need help with resumes or cover letters, understanding what you can do with your major or getting started with your internship or full-time job search.

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Summer Hours

Please schedule an appointment with a career advisor via Handshake or email during the summer months.

During the fall and spring semesters, visit our office during drop-in hours for assistance with career exploration, resumes, cover letters and other professional documents, finding an internship and utilizing career resource tools.

Schedule an Appointment with a Career Consultant

  • Visit Handshake.
  • Log in using your MSU Net ID and password.
  • Select "Appointment" on the right navigation bar.
  • Follow directions to search for and schedule an appointment

CAPS Connect in ComArtSci

Free and confidential | No appointment needed

Discuss concerns, brainstorm solutions, and get resources. Common concerns are stress, feeling sad or down, adjustment, relationship issues, or wanting to learn more about counseling.

Tuesday Drop-ins


ComArtSci Building room 189


Counseling & Psychiatric services

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ComArtSci Student Resources

Students with 55 or less total completed credits

Exception: Advertising students with 39 or less total completed credits only.

Freshman & Sophomore Major change


Students with 56 or more total completed credits

You are required to meet with a ComArtSci Academic Advisor before changing your major.

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Want to know if you qualify for an override, take our override quiz now!

Comartsci override quiz


Submitting an override request:

  1. Please only submit one override request per course. Submitting more than one request for the same course can cause challenges that can affect your initial request

  2. Once you have submitted your request, please wait for an email response. Your request will be addressed in the ordered received, and response will be sent in a timely manner


Important information to know:

  • Submission of an override request does not guarantee that the request will be granted

  • All requests will be reviewed, and students will receive a response typically within 1-2 weeks of submitting the request

  • Faculty and Professors do NOT grant overrides

  • The ComArtSci College enforces all prerequisites and restrictions

  • We do not offer overrides into full courses - the fastest way to get into a full course is to sign up for schedule builder seat alerts and respond immediately to any openings

  • We have set the maximum enrollment in our courses to the number of students the instructor can reasonably accommodate without compromising student learning, response time, and quality.

  • Students who are graduating that semester and the course is required by their BA/BS degree program can reach out to their academic advisor to discuss the possibility of an override for a full course


ComArtsci override request system

Applications for Summer and Fall semesters of 2020 are currently being accepted.

An internship for credit towards graduation combines relevant coursework with related work experience. Learn more about receiving academic credit for your internship by clicking your academic program below:

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At Michigan State University, Independent Study is planned study, highly individualized, not addressable through any other course format, proposed in writing by the student on a standard form, accepted for supervision by a faculty member, and approved by the student’s academic advisor and the teaching unit at the beginning of the semester.

Independent studies are no longer being accepted for Spring 2020.

Independent Study Application


Things to Know:

  • Our College is no longer accepting paper applications

  • Students must initiate the application process, the form will then submit on to the Professor

  • After the Professor has signed off, the system will send the form to all other involved offices

  • After the student receives their first approval email, the form will need to go through another approval process in the ComArtSci Academic & Student Affairs office. This approval process can take 2-3 weeks.

  • If and when the student has been approved, the Academic & Student Affairs office will add the student to the course and send them an email via their MSU email.


The following labs are available in the ComArtSci building for students to use so long as there are not classes active:

  • 134, 236, 237, 239, 240, 242, 243, 245* and 246

  • All labs have iMac computers

  • Open 8:00am - 10:00pm (as long as there is not a class)

  • All labs print to room 241 through MSU Papercut Printing application

Please see the list below for programs that are available in the rooms:

  • Atom Text Editor

  • Fetch

  • Numbers

  • Unity

  • Audacity

  • Garage Band

  • OneDrive

  • Visual Studio

  • Autodesk Maya

  • GutHub Desktop

  • Pages

  • VLC

  • Avid Media Composer

  • Handbrake

  • QGIS

  • Zbruch

  • Blender

  • iMovie

  • QuickTime Player

  • Zoom

  • DaVinci Resolve

  • Keynote

  • SPSS



*Room 245, the majority of the time, is always open to students. This is considered the main open computer lab.

Academic & Student Affairs Main Office

Kari Schueller Lopez - Director

Jennifer New - Assistant Director & Coordinator of Education Abroad

Joyce Crandell - Office Manager & Director's Secretary

Nicole Bond - Office Secretary

Contact the Main Office
(517) 355-1794

Our Location


Communication Arts and Sciences Building

Michigan State University
404 Wilson Road, Room 189
East Lansing, MI 48824

(517) 355-1794