No matter the selected sequence, TCF majors use all types of electronic mass media to tell stories. Whether the platform is creative fiction or hard-hitting news, documentaries, or sports, students in TCF learn the skills needed to tell these stories in the most effective way possible. Students also examine the meaning of story and how it influences culture and society, and how culture and society influence the story itself. Students tell their stories through both digital media and social media, and may also study video gaming. TCF majors develop technical skills, managerial competence, reasoning ability, and ethical judgment so they can become leaders in all types of electronic media. Telecommunication and film courses reflect a liberal arts and sciences orientation, with a professional focus.

The major in Telecommunication & Film requires a total of 120 hours of coursework for graduation, of which 33 will be taken in the major. Of the 120 hours required for this degree, 72 hours must be taken in courses outside of JN/APR/MC/TCF.

All Telecommunication & Film students must complete a minor with at least a 2.0 minor grade point average or complete a double major. With the assistance of an adviser in the minor department, students should declare a minor before or during the third year of full-time enrollment. TCF majors may not complete a minor offered by the Department of Journalism & Creative Media or the Department of Advertising & Public Relations

In addition to the general education requirements, the requirements for the major sequence, and the requirements for a minor, all Telecommunication & Film students must complete 12 hours of classes at the 300-level or higher outside the major or minor (called the special requirement). 

Because the curriculum is subject to accreditation requirements, students should see the department adviser regularly, beginning with the first semester on campus.

Core Curriculum and General Education Requirements

Written Composition

EN 101English Composition3
EN 102 or English Composition (if eligible or by exam)3
EN 103 Advanced English Composition
Total Hours6

Foreign Language or Computer Science

Foreign Language (FL) 18
Computer Science (CS) 1, 26

Humanities, Literature, and Fine Arts

COM 123 or Public Speaking3
COM 124 Honors Public Speaking
Fine Arts (FA)3
Literature Sequence (L)6
Total Hours12

Natural Science and Mathematics

Natural Science (N)8
Mathematics (MA)3
Total Hours11

History and Social/Behavioral Sciences

MC 101Intro To Mass Communic3
History (HI)3
Social/Behavioral Sciences (SB)3
HI or SB3
Total Hours12

Writing

Writing (W) 36
Total Hours6
1

 Students must select either a FL or CS sequence

2

Courses that meet the CS requirement have a 3 hour prerequisite

3

 Courses in the major, minor, and special requirement with a W designation may be used to fulfill the W requirement

Additional Requirements for the Major Sequences

Media Production Sequence

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TCF 100Intro To Telecommunication3
TCF 201Intro to Video Production3
TCF 361Intro to Post Production3
TCF 387Tcf Internship1-3
Two additional TCF 300-level production courses6
Two additional TCF 400-level production courses6
One TCF 300- or 400-level critical studies course3
One MC 400-level course3
Total Hours28-30

Electronic Reporting Sequence

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TCF 100Intro To Telecommunication3
TCF 286Intro to Reporting (Formerly TCF 331, Intro to Reporting)3
TCF 288News Shadowing Intern1
TCF 332Intermediate Electronic Reporting3
TCF 333Advanced Electronic Reporting3
TCF 334Electronic News Capstone/Portfolio3
TCF 335New Media3
TCF 387Tcf Internship1-3
Select one of the following:3
Broadcast News Analysis
History Mass Communctn
Political Communication
Media Management
MC 401Mass Comm Law & Regultn3
One additional TCF 300-level or above course3
Total Hours29-31

Production Management Sequence

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TCF 100Intro To Telecommunication3
TCF 201 or Intro to Video Production3
TCF 145 Media Production
TCF 215Writing Presentn Telecom3
TCF 357Production Management3
TCF 367Advanced Prod. Management3
TCF 437Specializations in Production Management3
TCF 438Producing3
One MC 400-level course3
One additional TCF 300-level or above course3
One additional MC or TCF 400-level course3

Critical Studies in Film and Television Sequence

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TCF 100Intro To Telecommunication3
TCF 112Motion Pict Hy Criticism3
TCF 145Media Production3
TCF 215Writing Presentn Telecom3
TCF 311Critical Stdy Television3
Select two of the following:6
International Cinema
Seminar in Critical Studies
Broadcast News Analysis
Sem In American Cinema
Documentary Production
MC 407Mass Communic Research3
One additional TCF 300-level course3
One additional MC or TCF 400-level course3
Total Hours30

Documentary Sequence

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TCF 100Intro To Telecommunication3
TCF 201Intro to Video Production3
TCF 215Writing Presentn Telecom3
TCF 241The Documentary Form3
TCF 361Intro to Post Production3
TCF 387 or Tcf Internship1-3
TCF 380 Independent Study
TCF 411Seminar in Critical Studies3
One additional TCF 400-level course3
One MC 400-level course3
One additional MC or TCF 400-level course3
Total Hours28-30

TCF majors work in television, film, radio, and internet, as newscasters, sportscasters, directors, producers, videographers, editors, radio announcers, documentarians, production managers, lighting designers, film critics, program directors, marketing and promotion directors, technical directors, sound technicians, television critics, media sales reps, scriptwriters, entertainment interviewers, play-by-play announcers, audience analysts, researchers, general managers, production assistants, etc.

Types of Jobs Accepted

Entry level jobs include news reporter, sports reporter, videographer, editor, production assistant, media sales representative, or office worker in programming or promotion.

Jobs of Experienced Alumni

Our alumni hold top positions in media organizations and commonly become television directors, movie producers, national news reporters, and national sports reporters.

Learn more about opportunities in this field at the Career Center

Sample Curriculum for the TCF Major

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
EN 1013COM 1233
MC 1013EN 1023
Fine arts (FA)3TCF 1003
Natural science (NS)4Elective13
Social/behavioral sciences (SB)3Natural science (NS)4
 16 16
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
English literature3English literature3
History (HI)3Major3
Major3Minor3
Major3Social/behavioral sciences (SB) or History (HI)3
Math3 
 15 12
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
Foreign language or computer science (FL or C)3-4Foreign language or computer science (FL or C)3-4
Major3Major3
Minor33Minor3
Social/behavioral sciences (SB)3Minor3
Special requirement3Special Requirement3
 15-16 15-16
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
Major3Elective13-5
Major3General A&S elective3
Minor3Major3
Minor3Minor3
Special requirement3Special Requirement3
 15 15-17
Total Hours: 119-123
1

Elective hours vary and may or may not be necessary to reach the 120 hours required for graduation.