Welcome to the Webtrack online advising and registration tutorial for communication studies. Please watch the following videos to understand your graduation and communication studies major requirements, and which placement tests to take. After you have reviewed the videos, please complete a short Quiz to to be cleared for registration. Your registration time is noted on the Webtrack homepage.
Within the Core Curriculum, there is one area we need to review in more detail: CORE A2 Rhetoric and Composition
To complete the Core A2 Rhetoric and Composition requirement, we need to determine which rhetoric and composition course or courses you will be taking. You will need to complete the Directed Self Placement (DSP) which is a self-assessment and takes between 1–2 hours to complete. First, make sure you have created a myUSF account. Then:
- Log in to myUSF
- On your main dashboard, click the square button that says "Canvas" OR the "Canvas Link" as shown below.
- Click on "Dashboard" in Canvas, and you should see the Directed Self Placement. If you do not see the DSP, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your 8 digit student ID number.
- Follow the directions within the Directed Self Placement
When you complete the DSP, you'll be instructed to choose which Rhetoric course to register for.
If you choose RHET 195, your core A2 requirement will be completed upon successful completion of this course. Please know that spaces in RHET 195 are limited. If you choose this course and cannot obtain a spot, please write to rhetoricandlanguage@usfca.
If you choose RHET 110 or 110N, you must also complete RHET 120 (or other selected course options carrying A2 credit). RHET 120 fulfills your Core A2 requirement. Rhetoric 110N has a writing lab component that provides you with additional academic support, and you will earn six credits instead of four.
If you choose RHET 106, you must also complete RHET 110 or RHET 110N and RHET 120 (or other selected course options carrying A2 credit). RHET 120 fulfills your Core A2 requirement. Rhetoric 110N has a writing lab component that provides you with additional academic support, and you will earn six credits instead of four.
Transfer students: Many transfer students will take core A2 classes such as RHET 250 or 295, or a specialized writing course designed for certain majors. Some transfer students choose to start with RHET 110 or 110N. Your writing requirement is fulfilled upon successful completion of any Core A2 class.
Communication Studies Majors (Bachelor of Arts) must demonstrate 3rd semester language proficiency in a foreign language. If you want to take a placement test to determine your level of proficiency, here are the online tests we offer:
For Chinese, Filipino, Japanese: TAKE THE ONLINE FOREIGN LANGUAGE PLACEMENT TEST
For French, German, Italian, Spanish, Spanish Heritage:TAKE THE ONLINE FOREIGN LANGUAGE PLACEMENT TEST
Please make sure to Log In with your organization credential (usfca).
Please take these tests prior to registering for your classes. Plan ahead! The results from the French, German, Italian, Spanish and Spanish Heritage placement take 2 weeks to record on your account.
As a Communication Studies major you should take the following placement tests:
Directed Self Placement Course (to determine which rhetoric and composition course to take)
Foreign Language Placement Test (if you want to place into a higher class level, or place out of your language requirement)
Access the Placement Tests webpage to get more information and to take the tests.
Here are some additional informational videos we recommend you watch. They will provide more information and help you with the registration process.