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Broadcasting Courses

As a broadcasting major, there are courses you're required to take in your concentration, other communication courses, and courses in other subjects. For a full list of the courses you need to take, visit the online catalog.

Below are the communication courses you must take as a broadcasting major.

Required Broadcasting Courses

Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication with a concentration in Broadcasting

Based on 2015-2016 Catalog Curriculum

CMCN 170 – Media and Society
History, economic, legal and technological influences of mass media. Professional practices within the media as well as advertising, public relations, and the international flow of communication.

CMCN 212 – Introductory Newswriting
Journalistic writing for print and broadcast journalists and public relations writers. Includes writing leads, AP style, inverted pyramid format, and media law and ethics.

CMCN 250 – Audio Production
Theory and practice of digital audio production, including sound recording and editing techniques. Also covers writing, producing, and announcing.

CMCN 309 – Interview Theory and Technique
Interviews as communication transactions; conducting and synthesizing information from varying formats, such as journalistic interviews, personal interviews, and symposium interviews.
CMCN 310 – Public Speaking
Theory and practice for the preparation and delivery of speeches. Preparation for professional presentations. Use of multimedia technologies in oral presentations.

CMCN 338 – Internet Communication
Historical and interdisciplinary theoretical framework for computer-mediated communication; applications include HTML.

CMCN 345 – Social Media Communication
Exploration of theories and applications of social media through the design and production of text and graphics.

CMCN 350 – Principles of Electronic Media
Introduction to radio, TV, cable, and Internet media; explains the business and technology of those industries and their impact on society.

CMCN 357 – Broadcast Newswriting
Theory and practice of broadcast journalism with emphasis on reporting for radio. Covers news values, narrative strategies, reporting and interviewing techniques in production of a news program.

CMCN 384 – Communication Theory
Concepts including functions and effects of mass media on society, persuasion, influences on mass media content, and interpersonal/organizational communication.
CMCN 475 – Communication Research
Methodologies, techniques, and research designs used in mass media, advertising, and public relations; management utilization of formative, informational, and evaluative research to support decision making.

CMCN 385 – Communication Law and Ethics
Historical and philosophical context of First Amendment freedoms of speech and the press; privacy laws, free press and fair trial, protection of news sources, obscenity laws, regulation of advertising and broadcasting, and the news media as a business.

CMCN 455 – TV News Production
Theory and practice in news gathering, writing, editing, producing, and performance for television news.
CMCN 460 – TV/Film Producing and Directing
Individual and group projects in creating, pre-producing, producing, directing and editing video-taped materials; advanced TV techniques.
CMCN 465 – Documentary Filmmaking
Essential creative, analytical and production skills, research, documentation, writing, and production for television and filmmaking.

CMCN 469 – Digital Media Convergence
Capstone course. Theoretical and practical instruction incorporating audio, video, and graphics in a multimedia environment. Portfolio validation required for completion.

CMCN 490 – Internship
Students gain work experience in companies and organizations, learn how to develop a résumé, interview for employment and advance in their profession.

CMCN 360 – Television Production
Camera, audio, lighting, control room operation, producing and directing.

CMCN 365 – Single-Camera Production
Advanced video and film style field production and digital editing for a variety of program formats including commercial, news, and entertainment. Emphasizes preproduction planning, production, and post-production stages.