Waitlisting & Overrides

Waitlist Policies

The Department of Communication Studies adopts the Registrar's waitlisting policies that are written to support and facilitate equity among students in course registration. Instructors in the Department of Communication Studies are asked to respect course restrictions that are published in the University Catalog and not grant overrides to circumvent them. The Department Manager does not grant overrides except those described below or under extenuating circumstances. The exceptions are made in acknowledgement of students' diverse academic backgrounds and needs. After an override clearance is issued, it is necessary for the student to register for the class.

To request an override, please use the Communication Studies Override Request Form and submit it to the Communication Studies Advisor email.

COMM 398 Access

Students in the following situations may email the Communication Studies Advisor with your W# and the course registration number (CRN) of the section of COMM 398 for which you wish to obtain an override: (a) have completed COMM 220 with a B- or better and are enrolled in one of the following courses with a promising progress to earn a B- or better: COMM 101, COMM 224, COMM 225, COMM 230, COMM 235, COMM 240, COMM 260; (b) have completed with a B- or better in one of the following courses: COMM 101, COMM 224, COMM 225, COMM 230, COMM 235, COMM 240, COMM 260 and are enrolled in COMM 220 with a promising progress to earn a B- or better; or (c) have completed at least 60 credits of WWU credits or approved transfer credits and are concurrently enrolled with a promising progress to earn a B- or better in both COMM 220 and one of the following courses: COMM 101, COMM 224, COMM 225, COMM 230, COMM 235, COMM 240, COMM 260.

Students enrolled in COMM 398 with this privilege must meet all major prerequisites and successfully declare a communication studies major by the start of the second week of classes in the quarter enrolled in COMM 398. You will be notified to withdraw from COMM 398 if you do not have a communication studies major status by the start of the second week of classes.

COMM 498 Access

Students who are enrolled in COMM 398 may request for overrides to enroll in COMM 498 in the following quarter. To do so, email the Communication Studies Advisor with your W# and the course registration number (CRN) of the section of COMM 498 for which you wish to obtain an override.

Pre-Requisite Override

Course pre-requisites are recorded in COMM courses published in the University Catalog. In courses for which “permission of instructor” is noted, students should request overrides from the instructor. Since instructors are expected to not grant overrides to circumvent course restrictions that are already published in the university catalog, individual consideration will be given only at the instructor’s discretion. 

See the University Academic Policies for further information about Waitlisting and Registration.