The "Bridge" Semester

You will be notified by email of the admission decision four to six weeks after the application deadline. 

Students who fail to meet the minimum standards are encouraged to find another major at BYU. Additionally, students may apply to the communications program only twice. If you are not admitted into the program the second time, you cannot apply again.

If you are admitted to the program, you will be required to attend an orientation meeting. Students who don’t attend may forfeit their place in the program.

Students who are admitted into the program cannot begin to take courses in their emphasis until the next semester or term. Communications faculty strongly recommend taking courses in a planned minor during the application or “bridge” semester. This serves two purposes: first, all communications students should complete a minor to give them a much broader understanding of social behavior; second, the minor could prove to be a worthwhile major should you not be accepted into the communications program.

Classroom in the Brimhall building.

Communications 300 and Communications 304

We do allow students to take two courses, Communications 300 and 304,  during their “bridge” semester. This is the semester during which you apply to the major but cannot yet begin taking classes.   At this point, students have completed all of their prerequisite courses and are prepared to apply to the program.

If you have completed your prerequisites (meaning you have your final grade for each class), and have received a “B” grade or better in each class, then you can obtain add codes for Communications 300 and 304. If you have not completed all of your prerequisite classes or are currently enrolled in a prerequisite class, we cannot give you an add code for this class until you have your final grade.

Students must come to our office (360 BRMB) to pick up a contract for this class. This form must be turned in with your Full Progress Report (ABC Report) in order to receive an add code. Filling out this contract does not guarantee a spot in the class. Students must check the availability of spots in each section before filling out the form.

Directions on how to obtain your Full ABC Progress Report:
1. Sign in to your myBYU page
2. Underneath “Campus Links” click on “School” and then “AIM”
3. Click on “Student Academic Record”
4. Click on “Progress Report (ABC Report)”
5. Click on “Full Progress Report”
6. Print this PDF

If you have any questions, feel free to contact our front desk at or at (801) 422-2997.

The emphases allow flexibility in your course schedule. However, where prerequisite courses are involved, accreditation rules preclude us from waiving prerequisites or allowing courses to be taken out of sequence.  These courses represent what we consider to be important preparation for more-advanced classes.

Please remember that if you are admitted to the major, you make a commitment to remain in the program for a minimum of four semesters. 

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