Reese Phifer


Academic advising is housed in Tisch Student Services on the first floor of Reese Phifer Hall. Our academic advisors value the diverse backgrounds and perspectives that define our students and contribute to their academic success through coaching and mentoring.

If you use financial aid or scholarships to pay for school, be aware which requirements you must meet to keep that money. Many types of aid require a certain number of credit hours or GPA. A minimum of 12 credit hours per semester is typical.

Visit financial aid or scholarships for more information.


Meet Your Advisor


Advertising in the Department of Advertising & Public Relations (A+PR) is home to artists and scholars who are passionate about strategic communication. As a student, you will come to know faculty and fellow students who share your fire for creating big ideas. Together, you will develop campaigns and strategies that move people. 


  • Creative
  • Consumer
  • Integrated Channel Planning
  • Brand Management
  • Advertising Creative

Communication Studies

Joseph Drake

Communication Studies,
Distance Learning Coordinator

Joseph Drake

Communication Studies in the Department of Communication Studies contributes to the development of an individual and community. Learn the critical skills necessary to evaluate social issues, express opinions and assume positions of responsible leadership in a democratic society.


  • Rhetoric & Political Discourse
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Communication & Culture

Creative Media

Jack Purser

Creative Media and Undecided Communication,
LLC Advisor

Jack Purser

Creative Media in the Department of Journalism and Creative Media focuses on the film and television industries, examining how to write, produce, edit and critique fictional and non-fictional material. Learn to shoot and edit video, produce films, write scripts or examine how storytelling influences culture.


  • Production


News Media

News Media in the Department of Journalism and Creative Media focuses on writing, editing, design, broadcasting, visual communication, videography, multimedia production, history, law and ethics. Learn to produce journalism for a variety of topics, from politics and social issues to sports, food, fashion, and travel.


  • Sports Media


Public Relations

Public Relations in the Department of Advertising & Public Relations (A+PR) is one of the nation’s top PR programs.

Learn to proactively and strategically align an organization’s interests with the public; study approaches to achieve objectives and multimedia tactics in a digital environment; and explore the role PR plays in a diverse, global marketplace.


  • Nonprofit Communication Management
  • Sport and Entertainment Communication Management
  • Technological and Digital Communication Management
  • Digital Communication

Before Your Advising Session

  1. Review DegreeWorks

    Log into DegreeWorks

    Confirm that your major and minor are correct and look through your remaining course requirements.

  2. Review your registration information

    From the Student tab on myBama, select “Registration” from the left column.

    Click on Registration Status to see when you can begin registering for classes.

    Check that you have no holds or advising pins. If there are any (as shown by a red X), make an appointment with your advisor.

  3. Write out questions for your advisor

    Before you meet with your advisor, identify the specific topics you want to discuss.


    > Course planning
    > Major/minor options
    > Academic warnings
    > Getting involved

Career Services

Meet with C&IS’s career center to discuss your interests, values and skills and to begin career planning. Participate in mock interviews and resume critiques and gain access to UA’s job search database, Handshake. 


The University of Alabama awards degrees in May, August and December. To see dates and times for upcoming Commencement ceremonies, see the Academic Calendar.


C&IS offers three accelerated master’s programs in Advertising & Public Relations, Communication Studies and Journalism and Media Studies. To qualify, you must have 90 credit hours and a minimum 3.7 GPA.