Bachelor of Science in Radio-Television-Film

To be awarded the degree of Bachelor of Science in Radio-Television-Film, the candidate must complete 120 semester hours of coursework and must fulfill the University's General Requirements for graduation and the Core Curriculum requirements, the college graduation requirements given in Special Requirements of the College, and the requirements given in Special Requirements of the Major, Prescribed Work, and Major Requirements below.

Core Curriculum

All students must complete the University’s Core Curriculum, as well as the requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Radio-Television-Film listed below under Prescribed Work. In some cases, a course required for the BSRTF may also be counted toward the core curriculum; these courses are identified below.

Prescribed Work

  1. Three semester hours in English or rhetoric and writing in addition to the courses required by the core curriculum.
  2. Three courses with a writing flag; one course with a quantitative reasoning flag; one course with a global cultures flag; one course with a cultural diversity in the United States flag; one course with an ethics and leadership flag; and one course with an independent inquiry flag. The same course cannot be used to satisfy the global cultures and cultural diversity flags even if the course carries both flags. Courses that fulfill flag requirements are identified in the Course Schedule. They may also be used to fulfill other degree requirements.
  3. Three semester hours of coursework in the Moody College of Communication dealing with the study of communication issues concerning at least one minority or non-dominant group within the United States. Courses that fulfill this requirement may also be used to fulfill other degree and flag requirements. A partial list of these communication and culture courses is given in the  Communication and Culture Requirement section under the Moody College of Communication's Degrees and Programs section; a complete list is available in the college’s Student Advising Office before registration for each semester and summer session. The courses are also identified in the Course Schedule.
  4. Students must demonstrate intermediate proficiency in a single foreign language. Courses taken to meet this requirement may not be taken on a pass/fail basis. Credit may be earned by examination for any part of a foreign language sequence. An extensive foreign language testing program is available at the University. Students with knowledge of a language are encouraged to take appropriate tests both to earn as much credit as possible and to be placed at the proper level for further study. Students should consult with an academic adviser for information on testing.
  5. At least 36 semester hours of upper-division coursework.
  6. No more than 12 semester hours of transfer credit in journalism may be counted toward the degree.
  7. Enough additional coursework to make a total of 120 semester hours. No more than 48 hours in radio-television-film and no more than 36 semester hours in one field of study may be counted toward the degree, except as indicated under Major Requirements below.

Special Requirements of the Major

To enroll in upper-division radio-television-film courses, a student must have a University grade point average of at least 2.25 and a grade point average in courses in the Moody College of Communication of at least 2.00. Students who do not fulfill this requirement will be dropped from upper-division radio-television-film courses, normally before the twelfth class day. The grade point average requirement is waived for the transfer student during the first semester of coursework, while he or she is establishing a University grade point average.

In addition, a student with a major in radio-television-film must have a grade of at least C in each course taken in the Moody College of Communication that is counted toward the degree; if the course is offered on the pass/fail basis only, the student must have the symbol CR.

To enroll in some upper-division radio-television-film courses, the student must earn specific grades in prerequisite courses. In addition, enrollment in a few upper-division courses requires the consent of the instructor. Course prerequisites and the departmental consent process are described in Department of Radio-Television-Film.

It is not recommended that a student majoring in radio-television-film register for more than nine semester hours in radio-television-film in one long-session semester or more than six semester hours in a summer session.

Major Requirements

1. At least 36 but no more than 48 semester hours of radio-television-film, of which at least 21 hours must be upper-division. All students must take Radio-Television-Film 307, 308, 317 and 318 and three courses chosen from the following:

RequirementsHours
RTF 320CIntroduction to Digital Media3
RTF 321CHistory of American Television3
RTF 321FMedia Analysis and Criticism3
RTF 322CFilm History3
RTF 324FSocial Theories of Media3
RTF 330GTopics in Media Research3
RTF 330KIntroduction to Research Methods3
RTF 331JPolicy Issues in New Communication Technologies3
RTF 331KFilm, Video, and Television Theory3
RTF 331MNew Communication Technologies3
RTF 331NThe Information Society3
RTF 331PTopics in New Communication Technologies3
RTF 334Programming and Audiences3
RTF 335Television Analysis and Criticism3
RTF 342Topics in Global Media3
RTF 342TInternational Telecommunications3
RTF 345Studies in Film History3
RTF 347CThe Business of Media3
RTF 348Studies in Media Industries3
RTF 359Studies in Media and Culture3
RTF 359SStudies in Media and Culture3
RTF 359SStudies in Media and Culture3
RTF 365Topics in Media and Society3
RTF 365CMedia and Policy3
RTF 365DMedia Literacy (Topic 2)3
RTF 368SUndergraduate Thesis3
RTF 370Film Analysis and Criticism3

2. At least six semester hours of coursework must be taken in the Moody College of Communication but outside the department. 

3. No Moody College of Communication course to be counted toward the degree may be taken on the pass/fail basis, unless the course is offered only on that basis.

Areas of Study

The curriculum in radio-television-film is designed to prepare students to be versatile and well-equipped for positions in fields related to media. The program aims to train students to analyze the role of communication media in societies, to write and speak well, and to create media projects and programs. The curriculum is multidisciplinary and includes courses in the history and analysis of media systems, including film, television, and new media; global media; production and screenwriting; digital media; critical and cultural studies; ethnic, gender, and minority studies; and communication technologies and policies. Each student’s program of study is planned by the student and an undergraduate adviser to meet the student’s academic and professional goals. 

Students who plan to take production courses should be aware that these courses may require five to ten hours of independent production or studio time a week in addition to the class meetings listed in the Course Schedule. All costs of production, such as the cost of film and film processing, actors’ fees, and location fees, are borne by the student. The cost of most equipment is covered by tuition.

Order and Choice of Work

First Year

  1. The student may take three courses from the following group each semester:
    1. Rhetoric and Writing 306.
    2. Courses to be counted toward the American history, American and Texas government, social and behavioral sciences, mathematics, and science and technology requirements of the core curriculum.
    3. Courses in a foreign language.
    4. Courses that meet flag requirements.
  2. Radio-Television-Film 307 and 308.
  3. Enough additional coursework to raise the student’s course load to 15 or 16 hours each semester. Courses should be chosen with the guidance of a college adviser.

First-year students may not take two beginning foreign language courses in the same semester. First-year students may not take more than eight semester hours in one department.

Second Year

  1. The student must take three courses from the following group each semester; four are recommended:
    1. English 316L316M316N, or 316P, and any three-semester-hour course in English or rhetoric and writing.
    2. Courses to be counted toward the American history, American and Texas government, social and behavioral sciences, mathematics, and science and technology requirements of the core curriculum.
    3. Courses in the foreign language, unless the language requirement has been fulfilled.
    4. Courses that meet the flag requirements.
  2. Radio-Television-Film 317 and 318.
  3. Enough additional coursework, if needed, to raise the student’s course load to 15 or 16 hours each semester.

Third and Fourth Years

  1. Any remaining courses in the core curriculum and the prescribed work.
  2. Three upper-division radio-television-film courses to be counted toward the Media Studies portion of the major requirements.
  3. Fifteen additional semester hours of coursework in radio-television-film, of which 12 hours must be upper-division.
  4. Enough additional coursework to meet overall university-wide degree requirements.