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, the requirements and policies listed in Academic Policies and Procedures, and the requirements given in Prescribed Work, Major Requirements, and Special Requirements of the Major, below.

Core Curriculum

All students must complete the University’s Core Curriculum. In some cases, a course required for the Bachelor of Science in Radio-Television-Film may also be counted toward the core curriculum.

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 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 requirements. A complete list is available on the college’s Student Advising website before registration for each semester and summer session.
  4. Students must satisfy a foreign language and culture requirement in one of the following ways: (a) Demonstrating intermediate proficiency in a single foreign language; (b) Taking two consecutive courses in one language and one approved culture course in a culture that is relevant to the language. A list of approved culture and language courses and combinations will be posted on the Student Advising website before registration for each semester and summer session. 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 six semester hours of coursework must be taken in the Moody College of Communication but outside the Department of Radio-Television-Film.
  6. At least 36 but no more than 48 semester hours of radio-television-film as described in Major Requirements, below.
  7. Enough additional coursework to make a total of 120 semester hours.

Major Requirements

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; 9 hours chosen from the following: Radio-Television-Film 321C, 321D322D, 323C, 324C, 326C, 328C, 330K, 331K331M, 331N, 331P, 335, 342, 342S, 345, 345C, 347C, 347P, 352, 359, 359S, 365, 365C, 365D, 368S (Topic 2), 370, 377H; and 15 additional hours of radio-television-film.

Special Requirements of the Major

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

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.

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 science, visual and performing arts, 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.

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 science, visual and performing arts, 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.