Communication Majors RAP Fall 2014

Any student entering UMass Amherst as a Communication Major is welcome to join this RAP! 

When you join this RAP you will...

  • Gain an understanding of communication processes-and departmental goals-ranging from the interaction of people across cultures to the ways new technologies affect society.
  • Meet faculty advisors who will visit your RAP class to answer your questions, and give you information on course selection, major requirements and other opportunities.
  • Receive advice and support from Communication Peer Advisors who are specifically assigned to work with Comm RAP students.
  • Share your living-and-learning experience with a community of high-achieving Communication Majors.

The Communication Majors RAP (COMM RAP) is a wonderful opportunity for 30 first-year students who are motivated to connect with other Communication majors, meet faculty from the department and learn about the goals and opportunities within the  Department of Communication  at UMass Amherst. 

Check out this video made by Comm RAP students from the 2009-2010 academic year.

In the Fall semester, COMM RAP students will have a specially designated small section of "Introduction to Media Programming and Institutions" an introductory communication class, taught in the residential area.  This gives the students a chance to get to know each other and engage in special projects and opportunities with the department as they begin their time at the university.   

In addition, COMM RAP students will join other first-year majors for Comm 101, a one-credit course with weekly sessions introducing academic areas in COMM and the nationally-ranked faculty who teach them.

In the spring semester, students will enroll in a specially designed RAP seminar. In this class they will pursue projects and experiences that extend what they have learned in the fall semester. These could include community service learning, research projects, special speakers, multimedia production, or organizing Communication-related events for fellow students in the dorm or the major.

Be sure to visit the How to Join  page of this website to learn about the process and important timelines you must follow to become a member of this fantastic program! 



Check out this Welcome Letter from Professors West and Phillips


Fall 2014

ALL students in the Communications Majors RAP will enroll in the following classes:

"Communication: First Year Introducation" -  COMM 101,
1 credit


"Intro to Media Prog and Institutions" - COMM 122,
3 credits 


"College Writing" - English 112 (Gen Ed CW), 3 credits a limited number of sections will be offered in each residential area both Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 semesters.

Spring 2015

  • RAP seminar.
  • Small sections of Gen Ed classes will be offered in each residence area.



Students will live together in Cance Hall in Southwest area of campus.  



Pamela R. Marsh-Williams, Ph.D.
Assistant Provost & Dean

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