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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The College of Communication Arts and Sciences academic advising is currently being offered remotely. Advising services will continue to be offered via email, telephone, or Zoom. Students will continue to schedule their appointments online. See below for specific instructions for each appointment type.

Phone Appointment:

  • If a phone appointment is selected, please enter a valid phone number in the "Additional Information" box.
  • The advisor will call you at the time of your appointment. Please note, the number may show as an unidentified number.
  • If you do not answer, the advisor will try to call you again 10 minutes later. If you still do not answer, the appointment will be cancelled and you will need to reschedule.

Email Appointment:

  • If an email appointment is selected, students should then email the advisor they made an appointment with, from their MSU email only, a list of questions and concerns before their designated appointment time.
  • Please include the date and time of your scheduled appointment at the top of your email.
  • If questions are not emailed to your advisor within the first 10 minutes of your appointment, the appointment will be cancelled and you will need to reschedule.

Zoom Appointment:

  • If a Zoom appointment is selected, the advisor you made an appointment with will send information on connecting to your Zoom appointment to your MSU email at/before your designated appointment time.
  • If you do not connect to Zoom within the first 10 minutes of your appointment, the appointment will be cancelled and you will need to reschedule.

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

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ComArtSci Express Advising is currently being offered remotely.

Call the ComArtSci advising office (517-355-1794) Wednesdays between 8-11am or 1-4pm to sign-in for an express advising session.

  • Students will continue to be seen on a first come first serve basis.
  • If you do not answer, the advisor will move on to the next student.
  • If you are unable to reach the office due to high call volumes, please continue to try and call or leave a message within the allotted time frame and a staff member will call you back shortly. 
  • Offered Wednesdays from 8:00-11:00 a.m. and 1:00-4:00 p.m. only.
  • Offered during Fall and Spring semesters only. Express advising is not offered during Summer semester.
  • 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

Make an appointment for a 10-15 minute consultation with a CAPS counselor! ComArtSci Students can now signup to meet with a counselor from the Counseling & Psychiatric Services (CAPS). Discuss concerns, brainstorm solutions, and get resources. With questions please contact CAPs at (517) 355-8270 or

Wednesday Time Slots:

Dr. Talitha Easterly 2:30-3:00pm

Dr. Anel Arias 1:30-3:00pm

Dr. Mitchell-Corsino 1:30-3:00pm

Counseling & Psychiatric services

A Guide to Advising Alternatives

Get in Touch with Your Academic Advisor

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 Spring and Summer semesters of 2021 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 Fall 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.

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Academic & Student Affairs Main Office

Kari Schueller Lopez - Director

Jennifer New - Associate Director & Coordinator of Education Abroad

Allison Shaw - Assistant Director of Student Success and Retention

Joyce Crandell - Office Manager & Director's 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