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, and Major Requirements, 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. Six semester hours of coursework focusing on communication foundations: Communication 301E and 302E.
  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. 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.
  4. At least 36, but no more than 48, semester hours of radio-television-film as described in Major Requirements, below.
  5. 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; nine upper-division hours chosen from the following: Radio-Television-Film 321C, 321D322D, 323C, 324C, 326C, 328C, 331K, 331P, 331R335, 342, 342S, 345, 345C, 347C, 347P, 352, 359, 359S, 365, 368S (Topic 2), 370, 377H377S; and 15 additional hours of radio-television-film.

Courses

Because prerequisites are subject to change, students should consult the Course Schedule before registering.

For Radio-Television-Film 307, 308, 317, and 318 during Fall and Spring semesters, the department restricts enrollment during the first registration period to radio-television-film majors. During later registration periods, courses in which space is available may be opened to non-majors.

Most upper-division radio-television-film courses in production are restricted to radio-television-film majors.

Students wishing to add a course not accessible online due to major restrictions, prerequisites, etc., may try to pursue a radio-television-film late add by contacting the instructor of the course. Late adds begin on the fifth class day of the semester and require a late add form.

The Department of Radio-Television-Film reserves the right to retain and to use for noncommercial purposes copies of all work completed by students as part of departmental course assignments.

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. Communication 301E.
  4. 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.
    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. Communication 302E.
  4. 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.