Undergraduate Course Catalog

Telecommunications

T. Pollard, Chairperson

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

Digital production—Offers skills and applications courses using digital technology to create content for distribution across multiple platforms, including interactive and mobile media, tablets, podcasts, and the Web, plus television, radio, and film. Concentration areas include digital audio, digital video, emerging media, and digital sports production. Prepares students for careers in developing and changing media arenas.

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

News—Offers courses in electronic news and information programming, focusing on writing, reporting, producing, and ethical decision-making. This program is offered jointly with the Department of Journalism. Prepares students for careers as multi-platform journalists.

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 media facilities managed by students and professional staff. The department has a history of providing practical learning opportunities through internships at numerous media outlets, including broadcast operations, film studios, ad agencies, and production facilities. The department’s track record includes student Academy Awards® and more than 30 regional Emmy® winners, plus honors from the Society of Professional Journalists, Radio Television Digital News Association, Indiana Association of School Broadcasters, College Sports Video Summit, the Heartland Film Festival, and the Indianapolis International Film Festival.

Before applying to become a Telecommunications major or minor, students complete the pre-Telecommunications core of TCOM 101, 204, 206, 207, and 284. (News students do not take courses in the pre-TCOM core.) 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 concentration in the department, but are eligible to select the Film/Screenwriting minor offered jointly by TCOM and the Department of English.

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 concentration, including concentration 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/Screenwriting minors not majoring in TCOM have no departmental language requirement.

Telecommunications courses generally are open only to declared departmental majors, minors, or pre-TCOM students; all other students must request permission to enroll from the department chair. All TCOM courses at the 300- and 400-levels must be completed at Ball State University. No more than 6 hours of transfer credits are accepted in any Telecommunications major or minor, and transfer credits are limited to 100- and 200-level courses.


MAJOR IN TELECOMMUNICATIONS (BA), 45-57 hours

The news concentration is a joint program of the telecommunications and journalism departments. TCOM students choosing the news concentration should 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 department coordinator during their final semester. Pre-telecommunications core courses are not required of TCOM students choosing the news concentration.

Students must earn a grade of C (2.0) or above in all courses required in news, including all prerequisites. 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 Proficiency Program requirement.

News students must earn a minimum of 72 credit hours in courses outside the departments of journalism and telecommunications (JOUR, NEWS, and TCOM). News students also are required to complete four semesters or the equivalent of a single modern or classical language. 

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News concentration, 38 hours  

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210
247
101
103
105
108
109
120
121
122
131
132
133
197
221
233
240
270
315
340
370
397
409

Professional Development
Econ & Stats for the Media
Media and American Society
Introduction to Visual Comm
Journ Storytelling: Intro
Fndtns Great Storytellers
Fndtns Ethic Legal Principles
Newsgathering: Research
Newsgathering: Interviewing
Storytelling: Covering Events
Multimedia: Stills
Multimedia: Audio
Multimedia: Video
Immersion: Student Media
Storytelling: Covering Issues
Multimedia: Reporting
Current Issues 1
Audience Analysis: Communities
News Editing
Current Issues 2
Audience Analysis: Operations
Immersion: Special Topics (3-9) 
Fndtns Ethical Legal Issues

1
3
3
3
2
 1 
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
3
3
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1
2
1
1
3
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38 hrs
2 hours from
   

JOUR

369
479

Paid Internship (0-3)
Unpaid Internship (0-3)

2

3 hours from

POLS

130
237
American National Government (3)
State and Local Politics (3)

3
3 hours from
   

CCIM
SOC

280
100

Social Media (3)
Principles of Sociology (3)

3

6 hours from

JOUR


NEWS
TCOM


311
312
322
418
324
326
426

News Feature Writing (2)
Opinion Writing (2)
Sportswriting and Reporting (2)
Specialty Reporting (2-6)
News Videography (2)
Presentation Techniques (2)
News Producing (2)

6

2 hours from

JOUR
TCOM

413
422

Advanced Newswriting Reporting (2)
Adv Video/Audio Reporting (2)

2

3 hours from

ANTH


COMM
PHIL

POLS

SOC

111
311
342
290
202
203
474
475
235
421
422

Anth, Culture, & Globalization (3)
Ethnicity and Race (3)
American Culture (3)
Intercultural Communication (3)
Ethics (3)
Social Philosophy (3)
Women and Politics (3)
Minority Group Politics (3)
Sociology of Gender (3)
Racial & Cultural Minor US (3)
Analysis of Social Inequality (3)

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57 hrs

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

(The other concentrations in telecommunications include the pre-telecommunications core and one concentration from: digital production; film and media studies; sales and promotion. News concentration does not include pre-telecommunications core.)

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Pre-telecommunications core  

TCOM

101
204
284

Foundations of TCOM
Media Analysis & Criticism
Intro to Electronic Media Law

3
3
1

2 hours from

TCOM

206
207
208

Writing Elec Media-Scriptwrtng (1)
Writing Elec Media-Copywriting (1)
Writing Elec Media-Newswriting (1)

2





9 hrs
Four semesters or equivalent of modern or classical language at the college level are required.
Complete one concentration  
Digital production concentration, 36-38 hours

TCOM



330
331
332
384
408

Beginning Audio Production
Media Aesthetics
Beginning Video Production
Electronic Media Law
Med Ethics/Soc Responsibility

4
1
4
3
3

   

15 hrs
Choose one concentration
Digital production: Digital audio

TCOM

333
433

Advanced Audio Production
Audio Production Seminar

3
3

3 hours from

TCOM



334
350
351
444
450
487
499

Advanced Video Production (3)
Motion Graphics and Design (3)
Web Development (3)
TCOM Management (3)
Seminar in Emerging Media (3)
Video Production Seminar (3-6)
Production Seminar/Spl Proj (3)

3

     
9 hrs
Digital production: Digital sports production  

NEWS 



TCOM

105 
120
121
122
334
381
383
487

Journ Storytelling: Intro 
Newsgathering: Research
Newsgathering: Interviewing
Storytelling: Covering Events
Advanced Video Production
Sports and Electronic Media (3-6)
Digital Sports Seminar
Video Production Seminar (3-6)

2
1
1
1
3
3
3
3

6 hours from    

NEWS 
SPTA

221 
290
345
402

Storytelling: Covering Issues (3)
Revenue Generation in Sport (3)
Sport Communication (3) 
Sport Event and Facility Mgt (3)

 

6

     

23 hrs
Digital production: Digital video

TCOM

334
487

Advanced Video Production
Video Production Seminar (3-6)

3
3

3 hours from

TCOM



333
350
351
444
450
499

Advanced Audio Production (3)
Motion Graphics and Design (3)
Web Development (3)
TCOM Management (3)
Seminar in Emerging Media (3)
Production Seminar/Spl Proj (3)

3

     

9 hrs
Digital production: Emerging media

TCOM

350
351
450

Motion Graphics and Design
Web Development
Seminar in Emerging Media (3)

3
3
3

     

9 hrs
Digital audio, digital video, and emerging media concentrations also are required to take 6 hours from both of the following two groupings   
6 hours from     

ENG





213
285
306
307
310
410
425

Intro to Digital Literacies (3)
Intro to Creative Writing (3)
Creative Nonfiction Writing (3)
Fiction Writing (3)
Screenwriting (3)
Adv Screenwriting (3)
Film Studies (3)

6

ENG 306, 307, and 310 require ENG 285 as a prerequisite. ENG 410 requires ENG 310 as a prerequisite.

 

6 hours from

ACC

BUSA
COMM






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FIN

MGT
MKG
TGRA

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201
202
101
251
290
310
320
322
330
375
201
202
110
255
300
300
286
387
103
220
232
233
250
280
326

Principles of Accounting 1 (3)
Principles of Accounting 2 (3)
Introduction to Business (3)
Bus and Prof Comm (3)
Intercultural Communication (3)
Communication and Democracy (3)
Persuasion (3)
Comm and Popular Culture (3)
Small Group Decision Making (3)
Presentational Communication (3)
Elementary Microeconomics (3)
Elementary Macroeconomics (3)
Personal Finance (3)
Introduction to Investments (3)
Managing Behavior in Org (3)
Principles of Marketing (3)
Digital Photography 1 (3)
Digital Photography 2 (3)
Aesthetics of Theatre 1 (3)
Stagecraft (3)
Acting 1 (3)
Acting 2 (3)
Directing 1 (3)
Practicum (0-1)
Stage Lighting Technology (3)









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45-47 hrs
ACC 202 requires ACC 201 as a prerequisite. ECON 202 requires ECON 201 as a prerequisite. THEA 233 requires THEA 232 as a prerequisite. THEA 250 requires THEA 103, 104 and permission of the instructor as prerequisites. 
Film and media studies concentration, 36 hours

TCOM


301
307
360
363
365
384
408
465

Emerging Media and Culture
Television Studies
World Film History 1
Film Genres
Documentary Film History
Electronic Media Law
Med Ethics/Soc Responsibility
Film Theory Seminar

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

12 hours from

COMM
ENG



HIST
TCOM

322
285
310
410
425
435
357
361
464

Comm and Popular Culture (3)
Intro to Creative Writing (3)
Screenwriting (3)
Adv Screenwriting (3)
Film Studies (3)
American History through Film (3)
Spec Topics Film/Media Stds (3)
World Film History 2 (3)
Media and Controversy (3)

12

     

45 hrs
ENG 310 requires ENG 285 as a prerequisite. ENG 410 requires ENG 310 as a prerequisite.
Sales and promotion concentration, 36 hours

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TCOM






247
306
340
344
345
346
384
408
444

Econ & Stats for the Media
Programs and Audiences 
Electronic Media Sales
Electronic Media Promotion
Advanced Media Sales
Sales and Promotion Writing
Electronic Media Law
Med Ethics/Soc Responsibility
TCOM Management

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

9 hours from

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ENG
JOUR

MKG





251
320
322
330
375
231
250
261
300
310
320
325
420
425
427

Bus and Prof Comm (3)
Persuasion (3)
Comm and Popular Culture (3)
Small Group Decision Making (3)
Presentational Communication (3)
Professional Writing (3)
Introduction to Advertising (3)
Principles of Public Relations (3)
Principles of Marketing (3)
Consumer Behavior (3)
Advertising Management (3)
Professional Selling (3)
Integrated Mkg Communications (3)
Seminar in Adv Prof Selling (3)
Sales Management (3)

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45 hrs
MKG 310, 320, 420 requires MKG 300 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/SCREENWRITING, 18 hours

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ENG

TCOM

285
310
360
363

Intro to Creative Writing
Screenwriting
World Film History 1
Film Genres

3
3
3
3

3 hours from

ENG

410
425

Adv Screenwriting (3)
Film Studies (3)

3

3 hours from    

TCOM 

361
365
465

World Film History 2 (3) 
Documentary Film History (3)
Film Theory Seminar (3)

3





18 hrs

Minors in creative writing may count ENG 285 in both minors. Majors in the TCOM digital production concentration may count ENG 285 and ENG 310 in both the major and minor.  

The Minor in Film/Screenwriting is not open to TCOM majors in film and media studies concentration.

MINOR IN TELECOMMUNICATIONS, 24 hours

Two semesters or equivalent of modern or classical language at the college level are required. 

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TCOM

101
204
284

Foundations of TCOM
Media Analysis & Criticism
Intro to Electronic Media Law

3
3
1

2 hours from

TCOM

206
207
208

Writing Elec Media-Scriptwrtng (1)
Writing Elec Media-Copywriting (1)
Writing Elec Media-Newswriting (1)

2

TCOM

384
408

Electronic Media Law
Med Ethics/Soc Responsibility

3
3

9 hours from TCOM electives

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24 hrs

CERTIFICATE IN EMERGING MEDIA JOURNALISM, 18 hours  

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280
105
130
131
132
133
233
449

Social Media
Journ Storytelling: Intro
Multimedia: Design
Multimedia: Stills
Multimedia: Audio
Multimedia: Video
Multimedia: Reporting
Legal and Ethical Issues

3
2
1
1
1
1
3
3

3 hours from
NEWS

221
229
Storytelling: Covering Issues (3)
Multimedia: Production (3)
 
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18 hrs

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: JOUR 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: successful completion of a departmental language usage proficiency exam; JOUR 101 and NEWS 105 for students majoring in journalism or telecommunications news concentration; TCOM 101 and NEWS 105 for students majoring in telecommunications digital sports production concentration.  

121 Newsgathering: Interviewing (1)
Strategies for preparing and conducting interviews. Emphasis on effective questioning techniques, note taking, and the development of listening skills through in-class and field assignments.         
    Prerequisite: successful completion of a departmental language usage proficiency exam; JOUR 101 and NEWS 105 for students majoring in journalism or telecommunications news concentration; TCOM 101 and NEWS 105 for students majoring in telecommunications digital sports production concentration.  

122 Journalistic Storytelling: Covering Events (1)
Exploration of storytelling across multiple platforms. Preparation of stories using the inverted pyramid, sound bites, video, and online layering. Emphasis on news conferences, speeches, and sport events.         
    Prerequisite: successful completion of a departmental language usage proficiency exam; JOUR 101 and NEWS 105 for students majoring in journalism or telecommunications news concentration; TCOM 101 and NEWS 105 for students majoring in telecommunications digital sports production concentration.  

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.         
    Open only to students in a journalism department program and students in the telecommunications news concentration.  

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.         
    Open only to students in a journalism department program and students in the telecommunications news concentration.  

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.         
    Open only to students in a journalism department program and students in the telecommunications news concentration.  

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.         
    Open only to students in a journalism department program and students in the telecommunications news concentration.

197 (497) Immersion: Student Media (1)
Introduction to news-oriented student media at Ball State University including the missions, audiences, and process of each student media organization. Includes experience in journalistic storytelling for student media.
    Prerequisite: NEWS 105.

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, and successful completion of a departmental language usage proficiency exam or permission of the journalism department chairperson.
    Open only to students in a journalism department program and students in the telecommunications news concentration.

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: JOUR 103; NEWS 131, 132, 133, and 221 for journalism and telecommunication majors; or NEWS 105 and 221 or 229 for students enrolled in the emerging media journalism certificate or license addition in journalism.
    Open only to students in a journalism department program and students in the telecommunications news concentration.

240 Current Issues 1 (1)
Exploration and discussion of current events and issues of international, national, state, local, and campus importance, with emphasis on how these events are covered to make them both meaningful and interesting.                 
    Prerequisite: JOUR 101. 

270 Audience Analysis: Communities (1)
Exploration of the relationship between news organizations and the communities they serve with emphasis on how to produce content that reflects cultural, ethnic, racial and gender diversity.
    Prerequisite: JOUR 101 and NEWS 105.

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. 

340 Current Issues 2 (1)
Exploration of current events, with an emphasis on their importance and context.                 
    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. 

397 Immersion: Special Topics (3-9)
Participation in a project-based immersive experience designed to enhance racial, socio-economic, gender, or cultural awareness. Extensive preparation and presentation of a significant multimedia project.         
    Prerequisite: NEWS 221 and permission of the department chairperson.
    A total of 9 hours of credit may be earned.

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 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. 

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)
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 Emerging Media and Culture (3)
Study of the impact of new media on contemporary culture, including hands-on exploration of fads and phenomena and discussion of academic and industrial studies related to new technologies. Includes independent research projects.         
    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 Television Studies (3)
Addresses the cultural, social, and political impact of television through audience theory, genre theory, and visual studies. Students will watch programs critically, engage in discussions of current theory, and write analyses of programming. Topics vary by 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.         
    Open only to approved telecommunications majors and minors.  

324 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.         
    Open only to students in the telecommunications news concentration or a journalism department program.  

326 Presentation Techniques (2)
Exploration of techniques used to enhance vocal and on-camera presentation across multiple media platforms.
    Prerequisite or parallel: TCOM 324.
    Open only to students in the telecommunications news concentration 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, and Web-based revenue streams. Skills development in client discovery, qualifying, ad plan creation and presentation, writing and speaking skills, and 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 Motion Graphics and Design (3)
Explores emerging media technologies with an emphasis on motion graphic design. Introduces essential skills in color grading, 2-D animation, graphic design, motion graphics, video compositing, special effects, and distribution of linear media 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 and 331 and 332.         
    Open only to approved telecommunications majors and minors.  

351 Web Development (3)
Design, development, and analysis of dynamic Web sites. Design element expanded to include audience considerations, interactivity, multi-screen layout, HTML and CSS coding, and usability. Students design and create sites for fixed and mobile use.         
    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 and 331 and 332.         
    Open only to approved telecommunications majors and minors.  

357 Special Topics in Film and Media Studies (3-6)
Overview of current theoretical discussions related to the aesthetic, social, historical, and/or industrial state of film and media. Students will utilize research and critical reading skills by producing essays designed to develop skills in scholarly 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.
    A total of 6 hours of credit may be earned.
    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.         
    Open only to approved telecommunications majors and minors and film/screenwriting 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-1945 national cinema movements exemplified by Neo-Realism and the French New Wave films.         
    Open only to approved telecommunications majors and minors and film/screenwriting 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.         
    Open only to approved telecommunications majors and minors and film/screenwriting 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.         
    Open only to approved telecommunications majors and minors and film/screenwriting 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.         
    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 majors in telecommunications, journalism, or sport administration.  

383 Digital Sports Seminar (3)
A variable topic seminar focusing on issues pertaining to the business of digital sports production.                 
    Open only to approved majors in telecommunications, journalism, or sport administration. 

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 JOUR 275. 
    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. 

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)
Student-driven immersive team experience involving telecommunications, supervised by an 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; 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 Media Ethics and 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 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. 
    Open only to students in the telecommunications news concentration 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.
    Open only to students in the telecommunications news concentration 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 Digital Post-Production Workshop (3)
Post-production techniques for assembly of video productions. Topics include non-linear editing, compression theory, color theory, digital delivery, metadata, and formatting for second screens. Advanced motion graphics and visual effects as they relate to post-production workflows.         
    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 and 331 and 332.                 
    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. 
    Open only to approved telecommunications majors and minors. 

450 Seminar in Emerging Media (3)
Examines emerging media and digital design on multiple levels, from choosing of metaphors to creation of complex interactive experiences.         
    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 and 331 and 332.         
    Open only to approved telecommunications majors and minors.  

464 Controversy and Media Studies (3)
Explores controversy in film and other media. Seminars may focus on topics such as controversy in media history, censorship, controversial content, and the social impact of shock value.         
    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.  

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.                 
    Open only to approved telecommunications majors and minors and film/screenwriting 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)
Student-driven immersive team experience involving telecommunications, supervised by department 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.
    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.  

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