Undergraduate Course Catalog

Telecommunications

J. Misiewicz, Chairperson

The Department of Telecommunications (TCOM) offers programs and courses designed to prepare students for careers in emerging media industries as well as the traditional media of television, radio, and film. Students can choose from these options:

Film and television studies—Offers courses examining relationships between visual media and society, focusing on critical thinking and multiple academic approaches. Prepares students for graduate studies in film, electronic media, and related fields.

News track—Offers courses in electronic news and information programming, focusing on writing, reporting, producing, and ethical decision-making. Prepares students for careers in broadcast and online journalism.

Digital production—Offers skills and applications courses using digital technology to create content for television, radio, and film, as well as interactive products, including DVDs, CD-ROMs, blogs, podcasts, and Web sites. Prepares students for careers in this developing and changing media arena.

Sales and promotion—Offers courses in the theory and practice of selling and promoting media time and content. Prepares students for careers in sales, promotion, and management.

TCOM emphasizes experiential and immersive learning through its media facilities, which include television and radio outlets managed by both students and professional staff. The department has a history of providing practical learning opportunities at numerous media outlets, including broadcast facilities, film studios, ad agencies, and production houses. Student internships across the country have been part of TCOM for more than 30 years.

Before applying to become a telecommunications major or minor, students complete the pre-telecommunications core of TCOM 101, 204, 206, 207, and 208. A grade of C (2.0) in each pre-TCOM course and an overall grade-point average of 2.5 in the pre-TCOM core courses are required. Majors cannot choose more than one option in the department, and are not eligible to select either minor offered by the department.

To graduate as a telecommunications major or minor, students must earn a grade of C (2.0) or above in all courses required by the department (pre-TCOM and option, including option classes outside the department) and achieve a grade-point average of 2.5 in all courses required by the department (pre-TCOM and option, including option classes outside the department). All telecommunications majors also must earn credit in four semesters or the equivalent of one modern or classical language; all telecommunications minors must earn credit in two semesters or the equivalent of one modern or classical language. Students may earn credit for previous language study through placement tests administered by the Department of Modern Languages and Classics. Film minors have no departmental language requirement.

Telecommunications courses generally are open only to declared departmental majors, minors, or pre-TCOM students; all other students must receive permission from a course instructor before enrolling. All TCOM courses at the 300-level and 400-level generally must be completed at Ball State University, although transfer credit may be accepted for TCOM 330, 332, and 384. However, no more than 12 hours of transfer credits are accepted in the major and no more than 6 hours of transfer credits are accepted in either minor.


MAJOR IN TELECOMMUNICATIONS, 45-58 hours

The news track is a joint program of the telecommunications and journalism departments. TCOM students choosing the news track are encouraged to meet with a faculty advisor in journalism or telecommunications during their first semester in the program. Students also are required to attend an orientation during the first year of study and complete an exit interview with the appropriate track coordinator during their final semester. Pre-telecommunications core courses are not required of TCOM students choosing the news track. 
    Students must earn a grade of C (2.0) or above in all courses required in the news track. Students also must earn a grade of C (2.0) in any prerequisite before taking the next course. Prerequisites for all courses are strictly enforced. Before enrolling in NEWS 120, 121 or 122, students must successfully complete the language usage proficiency examination (LUPE). Successful completion of this examination does not satisfy the University Core Curriculum Writing Competency Examination requirement. 
    News track students must earn a minimum of 80 credit hours in courses outside the departments of journalism and telecommunications (JOURN, NEWS, and TCOM). At least 65 of these hours must be from liberal arts areas. 
    The following course categories are recognized as liberal arts: AFA, AHS, AMSTU, ANAT, ANTH, APHYS, ART, ASIAN, ASTRO, BIO , BOT, CC, CFA, CH, CHEM, CS, COMM, DANCE, ECON, ENG, FL, FR, GEOG, GEOL, GER, GRK, HIST, HONRS, HSC, ITAL, JAPAN, LAT, MATHS, MUHIS, NREM, PFW, PHIL, PHYCS, PHYSL, POLS, PSYSC, RELST, SCI, SOC, SP, SS, THEAT, WELNS, WMNST, and ZOOL. 
    News track students are required to complete four semesters or the equivalent of a single modern or classical language.

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CR HRS

News track option, 42 hours  

JOURN
NEWS





















ECON
SOC

101
105
108
109
120
121
122
130
131
132
133
210
221
233
240
270
315
340
370
371
397
409
497
247
100

Med Am Soc
Journ Story
Fndtns Story
Fndtns Ethcs
News Gth Res
News Gth Int
Jrn Stor Evt
Media Design
Media Stills
Media Audio
Media Video
Prof Dev Sem
Jrn Stor Iss
Media Rpt
Curr Iss New
Audnc Cmnty
News Editing
Curr Iss Ldrs
Audnc Opers
Audnc Inter
Immers Topic
Fndtns Legal
Immers Media
Econ-Media
Principles

3
2
 1 
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
3
3
1
1
2
1
1
1
3
2
3
3
3

2 hours from
JOURN

369
479
Internship (0-3)
Unpaid Int (0-3)


2

2 hours from
TCOM
JOURN
326
311
Lng Form Rpt (2)
News Ftr Wrt (2)


2

2 hours from
TCOM
JOURN
324
312
News Video (2)
Opinion Wrt (2)


2

2 hours from
TCOM
JOURN
NEWS
426
322
418
Producing (2)
Sports Wrt (2)
Speclty Rpt (2-6)



2

2 hours from
TCOM
JOURN
422
413
Adv Vid Rpt (2)
Adv Wrt Rpt (2)


2

3 hours from
POLS

130
237
Amer Nat Gov (3)
State Loc Pol (3)


3

3 hours from

ANTH


COMM
PHIL

POLS

SOC


WMNST

111
311
342
290
202
203
474
475
235
421
422
314

Anth Cul Glb (3)
Ethnicity (3)
Amer Culture (3)
Intercul Com (3)
Ethics (3)
Social Phil (3)
Women Poltcs (3)
Minor Group (3)
Women (3)
Minorities (3)
Trends (3)
WS Symp Comm (3)












3


58 hrs
POLS 475 requires POLS 130 as a prerequisite.

(The other options in telecommunications include the pre-telecommunications core and one option from: digital production; film and television studies; sales and promotion. News track does not include pre-telecommunications core.)

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CR HRS

Pre-telecommunications core  
TCOM


101
204
284
Foundations
Analysis Crt
Intro Law

3
3
1

2 hours from
TCOM


206
207
208
Script Wrt (1)
Copy Wrt (1)
News Wrt (1)



2


9 hrs
Four semesters or equivalent of modern or classical language at the college level are required.

Complete one option  
Digital production option, 39 hours

TCOM




330
331
332
384
408

Begin Audio
Med Aesthtcs
Begin Video
Elec Med Law
Soc Respons

4
1
4
3
3

Choose one sequence, 12 hours from
Digital audio

TCOM


299X
333
433

Exp Dev Tpcs (1-3)
Adv Audio
Audio Sem

1
3
3

Two additional ID digital corps courses


2

3 hours from
TCOM




334
350
444
487
499
Adv Video (3)
I & I (3)
Management (3)
Video Sem (3-6)
Spc Proj Sem (3)





3


Digital video

TCOM

ID

334
487
151

Adv Video (3)
Video Sem (3-6)
Final Cut L 1

3
3
1

Two additional ID digital corps courses


2

3 hours from
TCOM



333
350
444
499
Adv Audio (3)
I & I (3)
Management (3)
Spc Proj Sem (3)




3

Emerging Media

TCOM


ID

350
351
450
151

I & I
Adv I & I
I & I Sem
Final Cut L 1

3
3
3
1

Two additional ID digital corps courses


2


All sequences complete the following:
6 hours from

ENG




231
285
310
410
425

Prof Writing (3)
Intr Cr Wr (3)
Screenwrt (3)
Adv Scrnwrt (3)
Film Studies (3)





6

ENG 310 requires ENG 285 as a prerequisite. ENG 410 requires ENG 310, 425 as prerequisites.


 

6 hours from

ACC

BUSAD
COMM






ECON


FIN

ITGRA

MKG
MGT
THEAT






TCOM

201
202
101
251
290
310
320
322
330
375
201
202
247
110
255
286
387
200
200
103
220
232
233
250
280
326
391
397
Prin Acct 1 (3)
Prin Acct 2 (3)
Intro Busins (3)
Bus Prof Com (3)
Intercul Com (3)
Spchmkg Demo (3)
Persuasion (3)
Comm Pop Cul (3)
Grp Dec Mkg (3)
Presen Comm (3)
Elem Micro (3)
Elem Macro (3)
Econ-Media (3)
Pers Finance (3)
Intro Fin In (3)
Dig Photo 1 (3)
Dig Photo 2 (3)
Fundamentals (3)
Mngnt Prin (3)
Aesthetics 1 (3)
Stagecraft (3)
Acting 1 (3)
Acting 2 (3)
Directing 1 (3)
Theat Pract (1-3)
Stg Lighting (3)
Internship (1-6)
Immersion 1 (1-6)




























6


48 hrs
ACC 202 requires ACC 201 as a prerequisite. ECON 202 requires ECON 201 as a prerequisite. THEAT 233 requires THEAT 232 as a prerequisite. THEAT 326 requires THEAT 220 and permission of the department chairperson as a prerequisite.

Film and television studies option, 36 hours

TCOM



307
363
384
408

TV Genres
Film Genres
Elec Med Law
Soc Respons

3
3
3
3

15 hours from
TCOM











301
306
330
331
332
344
360
361
365
381
464
465
Elec Med His (3)
Prog and Aud (3)
Begin Audio (4)
Med Aesthtcs (1)
Begin Video (4)
Promotion (3)
W Film His 1 (3)
W Film His 2 (3)
Hist Doc Flm (3)
Sports (3)
Film Censor (3)
Sem Flm Thry (3)












15

6 hours from
ENG



285
310
410
425
Intr Cr Wr (3)
Screenwrt (3)
Adv Scrnwrt (3)
Film Studies (3)




6

3 hours from
ANTH
COMM
HIST
SOC
342
322
435
333
Amer Culture (3)
Comm Pop Cul (3)
US Hist Film (3)
Media (3)




3


45 hrs
ENG 310 requires ENG 285 as a prerequisite. ENG 410 required ENG 310, 425 as prerequisites.

Sales and promotion option, 36 hours
TCOM







ECON
306
340
344
345
346
384
408
444
247
Prog and Aud
Elec Med Sls
Promotion
Adv Med Sls
Sales Writing
Elec Med Law
Soc Respons
Management
Econ-Media

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

9 hours from
COMM




ENG
JOURN

MKG






251
320
322
330
375
231
250
261
300
310
320
325
420
425
427
Bus Prof Com (3)
Persuasion (3)
Comm Pop Cul (3)
Grp Dec Mkg (3)
Presen Comm (3)
Prof Writing (3)
Intro Advert (3)
Prin of P R (3)
Prin Market (3)
Consmr Behav (3)
Advertsg Mgt (3)
Prof Selling (3)
Int Mkg Comm (3)
Adv Selling (3)
Sales Manage (3)















9


45 hrs
MKG 310, 320 requires MKG 300 as a prerequisite. MKG 420 requires MKG 300, 320 or JOURN 250 as a prerequisite. MKG 425 requires MKG 300, 325 and permission of the department chairperson as a prerequisite. MKG 427 requires MKG 300 and 325 as a prerequisite.


MINOR IN FILM, 24 hours

Film minors are encouraged, but not required, to take at least two semesters of French.
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CR HRS

TCOM




360
361
363
464
465
W Film His 1
W Film His 2
Film Genres
Film Censor
Sem Flm Thry

3
3
3
3
3

9 hours from
ANTH
AHS
ENG
FL
HIST



342
264
425
306
422
434
435
499
Amer Culture (3)
Film Analysis (3)
Film Studies (3)
For Cul Film (3)
Amer Pop Cul (3)
Am Life 1865 (3)
U S Hist Film (3)
Sel Top Am (3-6)








9


24 hrs
ENG 425 required ENG 210 or 150 as a prerequisite. The film minor is not open to telecommunications majors.


MINOR IN TELECOMMUNICATIONS, 24 hours

Two semesters or quivalent of modern or classical language at the college level are required.
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CR HRS

TCOM


101
204
284
Foundations
Analysis Crt
Intro Law

3
3
1

2 hours from
TCOM


206
207
208
Script Wrt (1)
Copy Wrt (1)
News Wrt (1)



2

TCOM

384
408
Elec Med Law
Soc Respons

3
3

9 hours from TCOM electives

9


24 hrs


EMERGING MEDIA JOURNALISM CERTIFICATE,
18 hours

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CR HRS

NEWS








105
130
131
132
133
229
233
339
449

Journ Story
Media Design
Media Stills
Media Audio
Media Prod
Media Prod
Media Rpt
Soc Med Int
Law & Ethics

 3 
1
1
1
3
3
3
3
3


18 hrs

TELECOMMUNICATIONS (TCOM)

101 Foundations of Telecommunications. (3)
Introduction to the technology, industries, and regulatory structures involved in the electronic media. Provides an overview of the history of broadcasting, cable, and telecommunications, with special emphasis on emerging technologies. 
    Open only to approved pre-telecommunications students.

204 Media Analysis and Criticism. (3)
Critical approaches to multiple media texts, examining their relationships to society and culture. 
    Prerequisite: TCOM 101. 
    Open only to approved telecommunications majors and minors and pre-telecommunications students.

206 Writing for Electronic Media: Scriptwriting. (1)
Introduction to scriptwriting for electronic media. Basic principles and elements used in the creation of entertainment scripts for media programs. 
    Prerequisite: TCOM 101. 
    Open only to approved telecommunications majors and minors and pre-telecommunications students.

207 Writing for Electronic Media: Copywriting. (1)
Introduction to copywriting for electronic media. Basic principles and elements used in the creation of advertising and promotion, including advertising objectives and creative strategy. 
    Prerequisite: TCOM 101. 
    Open only to approved telecommunications majors and minors and pre-telecommunications students.

208 Writing for Electronic Media: Newswriting. (1)
Introduction to newswriting for electronic media. Basic principles and elements used in the writing and reporting of news stories. 
    Prerequisite: TCOM 101. 
    Open only to approved telecommunications majors and minors and pre-telecommunications students.

284 Introduction to Electronic Media Law. (1)
Introduction to legal and ethical issues facing today’s telecommunications professional. Overview of basic tenets and their relationship to traditional and emerging media technologies and industries. 
    Prerequisite: TCOM 101. 
    Open only to approved telecommunications majors and minors and pre-telecommunications students.

288 Critical Issues in the News. (1-3)
Discussion and research on the background and circumstances of significant local, state, national, and international issues and how the news media deal with them. 
    Prerequisite: TCOM 101. 
    A total of 3 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 1 in any one semester or term. 
    Open only to approved telecommunications majors and minors and pre-telecommunications students.

299X Experimental/Developmental Topics. (1-3)
Topics relevant to the discipline. Course titles to be announced before each semester. 
    Prerequisite: pre-telecommunications core courses with C (2.0) or better grades in each, and a 2.5 grade-point average for these courses. 
    A total of 9 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 3 in any one semester or term. 
    Open only to approved telecommunications majors and minors. Does not count toward the telecommunications major or minor.

301 History of Electronic Media. (3)
Historical approach to the technological, economic, political, and cultural aspects of electronic media. Emphasis on major local, national, and international developments in radio, television, telephony, and other technologies. 
    Prerequisite: pre-telecommunications core courses with C (2.0) or better grades in each, and a 2.5 grade-point average for these courses. 
    Open only to approved telecommunications majors and minors.

306 Programs and Audiences. (3)
Analysis and appreciation of the complexity of programming decisions through examination of concepts, strategies, and techniques practiced by broadcasters. 
    Prerequisite: pre-telecommunications core courses with C (2.0) or better grades in each, and a 2.5 grade-point average for these courses. 
    Open only to approved telecommunications majors and minors.

307 TV Genres. (3)
Examines genre study, the most fundamental critical discourse available for evaluating television art. Provides practical experience in genre criticism through use of verbal and written skills. 
    Prerequisite: pre-telecommunications core courses with C (2.0) or better grades in each, and a 2.5 grade-point average for these courses. 
    Open only to approved telecommunications majors and minors.

324 (323) News Videography. (2)
Creation of polished news stories using engaging video with emphasis on acquiring and editing sequenced video and compelling natural sound. Geared across platforms to include content for emerging media as well as television and the Web. 
    Prerequisite: NEWS 221, 233 or 234 or 235. 
    Open only to students in the telecommunications news track or a journalism department program.

326 (420) Long-form Video and Audio News Reporting. (2)
Development of long-form news stories from conceptualization to delivery across multiple platforms. Emphasis on detail and production values that go beyond traditional broadcast news. Focus on refined multimedia skills, in-depth interviewing, and investigative research. 
    Prerequisite: NEWS 221, 233 or 234 or 235. 
    Open only to students in the telecommunications news track or a journalism department program.

330 Beginning Digital Audio Production. (4)
Covers the basic skills and techniques required for audio production in radio, television, film, and Web applications. Requires completion of a prescribed array of projects. Various studio and field recording experiences involving digital equipment are offered. 
    Prerequisite: pre-telecommunications core courses with C (2.0) or better grades in each, and a 2.5 grade-point average for these courses. 
    Open only to approved telecommunications majors and minors.

331 Media Aesthetics. (1)
A study of visual aesthetics used in cinema, interactive, audio and video design. Students will learn image, motion, and non-linear design concepts through thoughtful analysis of classic and contemporary media. 
    Prerequisite: pre-telecommunications core courses with C (2.0) or better grades in each, and a 2.5 grade-point average for these courses. 
    Open only to approved telecommunications majors and minors.

332 Beginning Digital Video Production. (4)
Covers the basic skills of equipment operation in a studio and field environment. Requires completion of a prescribed array of projects. Various studio and field experiences involving digital equipment are offered. 
    Prerequisite: pre-telecommunications core courses with C (2.0) or better grades in each, and a 2.5 grade-point average for these courses. 
    Open only to approved telecommunications majors and minors.

333 Advanced Digital Audio Production. (3)
Application of elaborate audio acquisition and editing techniques for broadcasting, Internet, and cinema applications, including an introduction to surround sound. 
    Prerequisite: pre-telecommunications core courses with C (2.0) or better grades in each, and a 2.5 grade-point average for these courses; TCOM 330, 331, 332. 
    Open only to approved telecommunications majors and minors.

334 Advanced Digital Video Production. (3)
Production of complex storytelling projects. Finding the unusual story in the usual place. Shooting coverage, use of music, and advanced post-production techniques will be covered. All students will be required to produce multiple stories. 
    Prerequisite: pre-telecommunications core courses with C (2.0) or better grades in each, and a 2.5 grade-point average for these courses; TCOM 330, 331, 332. 
    Open only to approved telecommunications majors and minors.

340 Electronic Media Sales. (3)
Types and practices of retail and business-to-business advertising sales. Study includes radio, television, Web-based revenue streams. Skills development in client discovery, qualifying, ad plan creation and presentation, writing and speaking skills, understanding media and the marketplace. Media math-ratings and shares in television and radio. Cannot be taken concurrently with TCOM 345. 
    Prerequisite: pre-telecommunications core courses with C (2.0) or better grades in each, and a 2.5 grade-point average for these courses; TCOM 306. 
    Open only to approved telecommunications majors and minors.

344 Electronic Media Promotion. (3)
Methods, concepts, strategies, and creation of efficient and effective target-oriented program, audience, image, brand extension, and sales promotion campaigns. Media include radio, television, cable, and Web-based applications, using selected media to reach target demographic markets. 
    Prerequisite: pre-telecommunications core courses with C (2.0) or better grades in each, and a 2.5 grade-point average for these courses. 
    Open only to approved telecommunications majors and minors.

345 Advanced Media Sales/Buying. (3)
Study of media buying, TV ratings, media math, target media, station Web sales and integration, salesperson accountability, planning and projections, transition to management, case studies, copy and storyboards, presentation building, and execution. 
    Prerequisite: pre-telecommunications core courses with C (2.0) or better grades in each, and a 2.5 grade-point average for these courses; TCOM 340, 344. 
    Open only to approved telecommunications majors and minors.

346 Sales and Promotion Writing. (3)
Introduces various writing skills needed by those entering the areas of telecommunications sales, promotion, and management. Practice proposal writing, grant writing, storyboarding, media kit development and business writing. 
    Prerequisite: pre-telecommunications core courses with C (2.0) or better grades in each, and a 2.5 grade-point average for these courses. 
    Open only to telecommunications majors and minors.

350 Interface and Interaction. (3)
Explores emerging media technologies, with an emphasis on foundation interface design techniques. Introduces and develops essential skills in non-linear editing, compositing, graphics, and animation. Web design approaches and color theory are presented at a preparatory level. Students learn formatting for television, Web, and mobile devices. 
    Prerequisite: pre-telecommunications core courses with C (2.0) or better grades in each, and a 2.5 grade-point average for these courses; TCOM 330, 331, 332. 
    Open only to approved telecommunications majors and minors.

351 Advanced Interface and Interaction. (3)
Analysis of interaction design of DVDs and dynamic Web sites. Foundational elements of TCOM 350 are expanded to include: advanced graphic design; audience considerations; interactivity; multi-screen layout; video compositing and usability. Motion graphics, color grading, 2-D animation, and special effects editing are explored in depth. Students learn advanced formatting for television, Web, and mobile devices. 
    Prerequisite: pre-telecommunications core courses with C (2.0) or better grades in each, and a 2.5 grade-point average for these courses; TCOM 350. 
    Open only to approved telecommunications majors and minors.

357 Theories of Emerging Media. (3)
An introduction to the several theories and models of mass communication. Advanced concepts of interaction between humans and technology are introduced. Exploration of new and emerging media, their facilitators and barriers for human interaction. 
    Prerequisite: pre-telecommunications core courses with C (2.0) or better grades in each, and a 2.5 grade-point average for these courses. 
    Open only to approved telecommunications majors and minors.

360 World Film History 1. (3)
History of world cinema from its beginning until World War II. Study of the continuing influence of American cinema, as well as key movements in other national cinemas before 1941, such as German Expressionism and the Soviet Montage School. 
    Prerequisite: pre-telecommunications core courses with C (2.0) or better grades in each, and a 2.5 grade-point average for these courses; or permission of the instructor. 
    Open only to approved telecommunications majors and minors and film minors.

361 World Film History 2. (3)
Continues the study of world cinema from World War II until the present. Study of the continuing influence of American cinema, as well as the post- l945 national cinema movements exemplified by Neo-Realism and the French New Wave films. 
    Prerequisite: pre-telecommunications core courses with C (2.0) or better grades in each, and a 2.5 grade-point average for these courses; or permission of the instructor. 
    Open only to telecommunications majors and minors and film minors.

363 Film Genres. (3)
Study of the general types and forms of film expressions, each identified with a specific tradition. Film genres include westerns, screwball comedies, gangster films, musicals, etc. 
    Prerequisite: pre-telecommunications core courses with C (2.0) or better grades in each, and a 2.5 grade-point average for these courses; or permission of the instructor. 
    Open only to telecommunications majors and minors and film minors.

365 History of Documentary Film. (3)
Survey of the history of non-fiction film, with focus on American and European work. Provides students the opportunity to view and discuss a number of historically significant documentaries. Examines the various styles and techniques of famous documentary filmmakers. 
    Prerequisite: pre-telecommunications core courses with C (2.0) or better grades in each, and a 2.5 grade-point average for these courses; or permission of the instructor. 
    Open only to approved telecommunications majors and minors and film minors.

381 Sports and Electronic Media. (3)
Examines the practical, social, and economic relationships between two major areas of American popular culture—the electronic media and sports. Combines aspects of announcing, production, sales and marketing, history, and policy. 
    Prerequisite: pre-telecommunications core courses with C (2.0) or better grades in each, and a 2.5 grade-point average for these courses; or permission of the instructor. 
    Open only to approved telecommunications majors, minors, and sports studies minors.

384 Electronic Media Law. (3)
Examines the relationship between the government and the electronic media in the United States. History and philosophy of the regulatory process and its effects on traditional and emerging media. 
    Prerequisite: TCOM 101, junior standing. 
    Not open to students who have credit in JOURN 325. 
    Open only to approved telecommunications majors and minors.

390 Independent Study. (1-3)
Academic project directed by a TCOM faculty member. Written proposal must be approved by department chairperson prior to term of study. 
    Prerequisite: pre-telecommunications core courses with C (2.0) or better grades in each, and a 2.5 grade-point average for these courses; permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 6 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 3 in any one semester or term. 
    Open only to approved telecommunications majors and minors.

391 Internship. (1-6)
Practical, supervised, on-the-job experience in media-related industry. Must submit written application to department and meet criteria before enrollment. TCOM majors and minors cannot exceed a total of 15 hours of credit in any combination of TCOM 391, 397, 399, and 497. 
    Prerequisite: pre-telecommunications core courses with C (2.0) or better grades in each, and a 2.5 grade-point average for these courses; permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 6 hours of credit may be earned. 
    Open only to approved telecommunications majors and minors with 125 or fewer total hours toward graduation.

395 Honors Colloquium in Telecommunications. (3)
Exploration of selected issues in telecommunications with emphasis on individualized study and reporting. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. 
    Open only to honors program students.

397 Immersion 1. (1-6)
Intensive student-driven team experience involving telecommunications, supervised by faculty member. Team produces tangible outcome or product of benefit to campus, local, national, or international community. 
    Prerequisite: pre-telecommunications core courses with C (2.0) or better grades in each, and a 2.5 grade-point average for these courses; permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 6 hours of credit may be earned. 
    Open only to approved telecommunications majors and minors.

399 Practicum. (1-3)
Practical, supervised experience related to telecommunications. Must submit written application and detailed proposal to supervising faculty member. TCOM majors and minors cannot exceed a total of 15 hours of credit in any combination of TCOM 391, 397, 399, and 497. 
    Prerequisite: pre-telecommunications core courses with C (2.0) or better grades in each, and a 2.5 grade-point average for these courses; permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 3 hours of credit may be earned. 
    Open only to approved telecommunications majors and minors.

407 Business of the Media. (3)
Examines topics and decisions involved in maintaining media companies as viable businesses. Provides practical experience with day-to-day media business issues. 
    Prerequisite: pre-telecommunications core courses with C (2.0) or better grades in each, and a 2.5 grade-point average for these courses. 
    Open only to approved telecommunications majors and minors.

408 Social Responsibility. (3)
Political, economic, social, and governmental influences on telecommunications. Examines contemporary issues that confront media today and the ethics surrounding them. 
    Prerequisite: pre-telecommunications core courses with C (2.0) or better grades in each, and a 2.5 grade-point average for these courses; senior standing. 
    Open only to approved telecommunications majors and minors.

422 (421) Advanced Video and Audio Reporting. (2)
Developing and crafting news packages on assignment and under deadline for a variety of electronic platforms. Emphasis on crafting engaging, people-centered scripts, purposeful stand-ups, and compelling on-camera interviews. Includes strategies for finding information from public records and databases. 
    Prerequisite: TCOM 324 or 326. 
    Open only to students in the telecommunications news track or a journalism department program.

426 Electronic News Producing. (2)
Development and production of a live, full-service newscast on deadline with an emphasis on teamwork. Includes the gathering, writing, organizing and presenting of a news program across multiple platforms and for specific audiences. Evaluation of professional and student newscasts for substance and style. 
    Prerequisite: NEWS 221, 340, 370. 
    Open only to students in the telecommunications news track or a journalism department program.

433 Seminar in Digital Audio Production. (3)
Explores the history and application of multi-channel sound recording and exhibition in the recording, film, broadcast, and Internet industries. Provides specialized production experiences in surround sound composition, recording, editing, and exhibition techniques. 
    Prerequisite: pre-telecommunications core courses with C (2.0) or better grades in each, and a 2.5 grade-point average for these courses; TCOM 333. 
    Open only to approved telecommunications majors and minors.

434 Digital Video Production Workshop. (3)
Planning and producing an original video product. Particular focus on multiple storytelling styles and post-production techniques. 
    Prerequisite: pre-telecommunications core courses with C (2.0) or better grades in each, and a 2.5 grade-point average for these courses; TCOM 334. 
    Open only to approved telecommunications majors and minors.

435 Cinema Entertainment. (3)
Introduces the process required to direct and produce the short digital film. Emphasizes communication with actors and camera blocking. 
    Prerequisite: pre-telecommunications core courses with C (2.0) or better grades in each, and a 2.5 grade-point average for these courses; permission of the instructor. 
    Open only to approved telecommunications majors and minors.

436 Motion Graphics Production. (3)
Motion graphic design for television and multimedia explored through 2-D computer animation and digital compositing. Areas of inquiry include: behavior based animation, interactive filtering and effects, natural phenomena simulation, particle effects, motion masking, motion title creation, and cross application integration. 
    Prerequisite: pre-telecommunications core courses with C (2.0) or better grades in each, and a 2.5 grade-point average for these courses. 
    Open only to approved telecommunications majors and minors.

444 Management of Telecommunications. (3)
Problems and responsibility of management in the telecommunications industry. Consists largely of guest lecturers, class discussion, management role-playing, and computer projects to become familiar with administrative practices in the industry. 
    Prerequisite: pre-telecommunications core courses with C (2.0) or better grades in each, and a 2.5 grade-point average for these courses; senior standing. 
    Not open to students who have credit in TCOM 354. 
    Open only to approved telecommunications majors and minors.

450 Advanced Interface and Interaction. (3)
Examines interface and interaction design on many levels, from the choosing of metaphors to the creation of 3-D graphics. Class projects advance skills in interactive design, color grading, motion graphics, and special effects. Explores 3-D software in addition to introducing interactive scripting languages. 
    Prerequisite: pre-telecommunications core courses with C (2.0) or better grades in each, and a 2.5 grade-point average for these courses; TCOM 351. 
    Open only to approved telecommunications majors and minors.

464 Film Censorship. (3)
Emphasizes the moral measurements and restraints that have affected the film industry almost since its inception. A chronology of events influencing both the direction and content of motion pictures. Examines governmental, legal, church, and community pressures and restraints. 
    Prerequisite: pre-telecommunications core courses with C (2.0) or better grades in each, and a 2.5 grade-point average for these courses; or permission of the instructor. 
    Open only to approved telecommunications majors and minors and film minors.

465 Seminar in Film Theory. (3)
Analysis of the key theorists in the history of world cinema as well as some influential critics of film. Includes a special focus on the documentary film. 
    Prerequisite: pre-telecommunications core courses with C (2.0) or better grades in each, and a 2.5 grade-point average for these courses; or permission of the instructor. 
    Open only to approved telecommunications majors and minors and film minors.

487 Seminar in Digital Video Production. (3-6)
Each seminar class will offer a variety of opportunities for students to hone their skills while working on a specific topic, or topics, throughout the semester. Emphasis on creating media for external distribution. The seminar may emphasize one particular technology, such as audio, video, or emerging media, or a combination, depending on the project. 
    Prerequisite: pre-telecommunications core courses with C (2.0) or better grades in each, and a 2.5 grade-point average for these courses; TCOM 334. 
    A total of 9 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 6 in any one semester or term. 
    Open only to approved telecommunications majors and minors.

497 Immersion 2. (1-6)
Intensive student-driven team experience involving telecommunications, supervised by approved faculty member. Team produces tangible outcome or product of benefit to campus, local, national, or international community. 
    Prerequisite: pre-telecommunications core courses with C (2.0) or better grades in each, and a 2.5 grade-point average for these courses; TCOM 397 or concurrent; permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 6 hours of credit may be earned. 
    Open only to approved telecommunications majors and minors.

499 Special Projects Seminar in Digital Production. (3)
Requires planning, writing, and producing a major project utilizing audio, video, or emerging media. Each project, as it moves through development, will serve as a case study for the class to discuss and evaluate. 
    Prerequisite: pre-telecommunications core courses with C (2.0) or better grades in each, and a 2.5 grade-point average for these courses; TCOM 433, 450, or 487. 
    Open only to approved telecommunications majors or minors.

NEWS (NEWS)

105 Journalistic Storytelling: Introduction. (2)
Introduction to journalistic storytelling, including writing, editing, and design. Emphasis on practical application of basic skills needed in multimedia newsrooms. Observation of student media required. 
    Open only to students majoring in journalism or telecommunications.

108 Foundations of Journalism: Great Stories and Storytellers. (1)
Introduction to the role of journalism in the United States with emphasis on the coverage of significant events and contributions of journalists who helped shape history and the profession. 
    Open only to students majoring in journalism or telecommunications.

109 Foundations of Journalism: Ethical and Legal Principles. (1)
Introduction to legal and ethical issues facing today’s journalism professional. Overview of basic tenets, including the First Amendment, libel, privacy, and intellectual property. 
    Prerequisite: JOURN 101.

120 Newsgathering: Research. (1)
Methods for identifying sources and assessing their reliability. Develops critical thinking skills needed to select, evaluate, synthesize, organize, and present information. 
    Prerequisite: JOURN 101; NEWS 105, 108; and successful completion of a departmental language usage proficiency exam.

121 Newsgathering: Interviewing. (1)
Strategies for preparing and conducting interviews. Emphasis on effective questioning techniques, notetaking, and the development of listening skills through in-class and field assignments. 
    Prerequisite: JOURN 101; NEWS 105, 108; and successful completion of a departmental language usage proficiency exam.

122 Journalistic Storytelling: Covering Events. (1)
Exploration of storytelling across multiple platforms. Preparation of stories using the inverted pyramid, soundbites, video, and online layering. Emphasis on news conferences, speeches, and sport events. 
    Prerequisite: JOURN 101; NEWS 105, 108; and successful completion of a departmental language usage proficiency exam.

130 Multimedia: Design. (1)
Introduction to basic multimedia design principles, visual communication theory and practice, typography, color, layout presentation, and design history. Emphasis on relationship between design and storytelling.

131 Multimedia: Stills. (1)
Introduction to still photography and its relationship to the multimedia storytelling process. Includes acquisition, selection and editing of photographs; composition and lighting; history, ethics, and legal principles.

132 Multimedia: Audio. (1)
Introduction to the role of sound in the multimedia storytelling process. Includes acquisition, selection, and editing of sound; proper recording techniques; ethical and legal principles.

133 Multimedia: Video. (1)
Introduction to the role of moving pictures in the multimedia storytelling process. Includes acquisition, selection, and editing of video; proper recording techniques and professional standards; ethical and legal principles.

201 Newswriting. (3)
Principles and practices of reporting and writing for multiple media (e.g., print, broadcast, online). Includes history of print and electronic media. Outside skills workshops and work at campus media required. 
    Prerequisite: JOURN 102 and 104 or 105 required for journalism majors; TCOM 206, 207, and 208 required for telecommunications majors.

202 News Reporting. (3)
Use of interviews, observation, and document research to produce news reports for print, broadcast, and online media. Special emphasis on public or community journalism. Outside skills workshops and work at campus media required. 
    Prerequisite: NEWS 201. 
    Not open to prejournalism students.

210 Professional Development. (1)
Provides opportunities and skills needed to secure internships and jobs in media-related professions. 
    Prerequisite: JOURN 101; NEWS 105, 109.

221 Journalistic Storytelling: Covering Issues. (3)
Developing issue-based news stories from idea to final presentation using traditional and emerging media technologies. Emphasis on topics related to the community, government, and the courts. 
    Prerequisite: NEWS 120, 121, 122.

229 Multimedia: Production. (3)
The use of video, stills, and graphics as elements of journalistic storytelling. Includes shooting and editing video and photos, creating photo galleries and audio slideshows. 
    Prerequisite: NEWS 130, 131, 132, 133. 
    Not open to journalism majors or telecommunications majors or minors.

233 Multimedia: Reporting. (3)
Development of multimedia reporting skills with an emphasis on the continuous update format and packaging stories for various platforms. Production of integrated news or feature stories for varied media. 
    Prerequisite: NEWS 130, 131, 132, 133, 221; or NEWS 105, 229.

234 Multimedia: Graphics. (3)
Survey of page design, type, and color theories, graphics reporting, Web design, and multimedia storytelling. Introduces the concepts of journalistic visual editing, journalistic graphics technology, and the history of visual journalism. 
    Prerequisite: NEWS 120, 121, 122, 130, 131, 132, 133.

235 Multimedia: Photos. (3)
Photojournalism in a multimedia world including basic digital photography, portable lighting, news value, history, and industry standard ethical concepts. DSLR camera, lens, and portable flash required for this course. 
    Prerequisite: NEWS 120, 121, 122, 130, 131, 132, 133.

240 Current Issues and News Experience. (1)
Discussion of current events and issues of international, national, state, local, and campus importance, with emphasis on how these events are covered. Story submissions to campus media required. 
    Prerequisite: JOURN 101; NEWS 105.

270 Audience Analysis: Communities. (1)
Discussion of current events and issues of international, national, state, local, and campus importance, with emphasis on how these events are covered. Story submissions to campus media required. 
    Prerequisite: JOURN 101; NEWS 105.

315 (JOURN 315) News Editing. (2)
Theory and practice in editing across media platforms with emphasis on the role of editors, content planning and direction; story development and organization; presentation techniques to maximize audience impact; and proper language usage. 
    Prerequisite: NEWS 221.

339 Social Media and Audience Interactivity. (3)
Exploration of interactive news products and delivery systems with emphasis on usability and emerging technologies. 
    Not open to journalism majors or telecommunications majors or minors.

340 Current Issues and Newsroom Leadership. (1)
Exploration of current events, with an emphasis on their importance and context. Students serve as peer mentors to those enrolled in NEWS 240. 
    Prerequisite: NEWS 240.

370 Audience Analysis: Operations. (1)
Use of audience measurement data, economic trends, and news management techniques to analyze, identify, and shape an effective news product. 
    Prerequisite: NEWS 240.

371 Audience Interactivity. (1)
Exploration of interactive news products and delivery systems with emphasis on useability and emerging technologies. 
    Prerequisite: NEWS 270.

385 Multimedia Storytelling. (3)
Explores journalistic storytelling produced by interactive media technologies. Students focus on portraying active narratives that present multi-sensory experiences. Topics include the use of animation and electronic visual imagery in news art and journalistic documentation while balancing content and production techniques. 
    Prerequisite: JOURN 102, 103; JOURN 345 or NEWS 202.

397 Immersion: Special Topics. (3)
Participation in an off-campus, immersive experience designed to enhance racial, socio-economic, gender, or cultural awareness. Extensive on-campus preparation and presentation of significant multimedia project. May not be taken concurrently with NEWS 497. 
    Prerequisite: NEWS 221, 233 or 234 or 235; junior standing; permission of the department chairperson.

409 Foundations of Journalism: Ethical and Legal Issues. (2)
The relationship between the government and the American news media, with particular emphasis on contemporary legal and ethical issues. 
    Prerequisite: NEWS 109, 221; junior standing.

418 (JOURN 418) Specialty Reporting. (2-6)
Development of reporting and writing skills needed to communicate the complexities of topics such as science, environment, business, or education to diverse media audiences. Topic of course will be announced in advance of each offering. 
    Prerequisite: NEWS 221. 
    A total of 6 hours of credit may be earned.

449 Legal and Ethical Issues. (3)
Examination of ethical and legal issues facing journalists, including libel, privacy, intellectual property, privacy and freedom of expression with an emphasis on emerging media journalism. 
    Not open to journalism majors or telecommunications majors or minors.

485 Advanced News Seminar. (3)
Covers multimedia storytelling. Working in teams, students produce integrated news or feature presentations for varied media. 
    Prerequisite: JOURN 437 for photojournalism majors; JOURN 445 for graphics majors; JOURN 413 for news-editorial majors; TCOM 426 for telecommunications majors.

497 Immersion: Student Media. (3)
Intensive student-driven media experience incorporating journalistic storytelling. Student teams produce tangible, professional-quality media content. May not be taken concurrently with NEWS 397. 
    Prerequisite: NEWS 221, 233 or 234 or 235; junior standing; permission of the department chairperson.