Any student admitted to Texas State may declare and be admitted to the program under a temporary status called pre-mass communication. Once a student has accumulated at least thirty credit hours and meets the requirements outlined below, the student will be admitted to the school in full-major status. Students who fail to meet these requirements will not be admitted to the major.
· An overall GPA of at least a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
· A grade of a "C" or higher in the following courses or their equivalents: ENG 1310, ENG 1320, COMM 1310, MC 1100B* and MC 1301.
*Or a score of 70 or higher on the school's grammar, spelling and punctuation (GSP) test.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q: Am I still limited to taking any combination of the MC 1100B or the GSP a maximum of three times?
A: No, you can take MC 1100B or the GSP as many times as you wish. We encourage you to complete this requirement within your first year of enrollment if you enter Texas State from high school. If you enter Texas State from another college or university we encourage you to complete this requirement within your first semester of enrollment.
Q: If I’ve already failed any combination of the MC 1100B or the GSP three times, can I still take MC 1100B or the GSP again?
A: Yes you can. The new policy is retroactive regardless of past scores or your catalog.
Q: Is the GSP test still the final for MC 1100B?
A: No, the class will have assignments and a traditional class final. However, the components of the class and the GSP test are the same.
Q: When is the MC 1100B class offered?
A: Fall, Spring and Summer semesters
Q: Why was this change implemented?
A: Because writing is the foundation of our field, we encourage students to take MC 1100B and/or the GSP test early in their college career. Successfully completing this requirement early allows students to transition through their classes and stay on track for graduation.
You may take the actual GSP at the Round Rock Campus Testing Center <http://www.rrc.txstate.edu/resources/osc/testing> (Avery Bldg., Room 301) or in ASB-North (San Marcos Campus). To schedule the GSP at the Round Rock Campus, contact Carla Everett, firstname.lastname@example.org or 512-716-4020. For more information, visit http://www.rrc.txstate.edu/resources/osc/testing.
The Round Rock Writing Center at Texas State provides GSP tutoring. You can make an appointment for an individual tutoring session. Before your appointment, study the GSP Review (below) and take the Online GSP Practice Test.
To take the practice GSP on the TRACS site:
1. Go to TRACS and log in using your Texas State username and password.
2. Click on "Membership" in the lefthand menu to see the sites to which you belong.
3. Click "Joinable Sites," search for "GSP 2012-2013," and click "Join."
4. Go to the Writing Center GSP tab that has been added to the top of your TRACS site.
5. Click on "Assessments," then on the Sample GSP, to begin taking the test.
The practice GSP is not timed (though the real test allows only 90 minutes). After you finish the test, click "submit for grading." Your test results, along with statistics about the test, will be available in the Assessments tab.