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School of Communications and Theater
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Founded 1967 
Concetta M. Stewart, Dean 
2020 N. 13th Street
215-204-8421 
www.scat.temple.edu


GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

The School of Communications and Theater is concerned not only with high standards of professional work, but also with encouraging the next generation of artists, teachers, and media managers to develop an intellectual background and a sense of social responsibility. Toward this end, SCAT students take at least half of their coursework (63 semester hours) in disciplines outside the School. For some, history and political science are related areas of interest; others choose literature and the arts; still others choose business, economics, or the social sciences. In this way, the School participates in providing not only professional training but also a broad humanistic education for its students. 

The faculty of the School come from diverse backgrounds. Some have extensive professional experience as filmmakers, journalists, television producers, theater directors, speechwriters, advertising executives, and public relations practitioners. Others have come to Communications and Theater through academic study, doing graduate work and continuing the practice of research and scholarship while teaching at Temple. 

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HISTORY 

The study of communication began formally at Temple University with the founding of the Department of Journalism in 1927. It was the first such department in the Commonwealth. Theater was an extracurricular activity at Temple until 1931, when formal courses were developed. 

Radio-Television became an instructional division in 1947 and extensive film offerings were added in 1967. That year Journalism and Radio-Television-Film joined Theater to form the School of Communications and Theater. In 1987 the highly respected Department of Speech moved to the School from the College of Arts and Sciences. A year later, Speech became two departments; Rhetoric and Communication and Speech-Language-Hearing. 

The School was restructured in 1995. Radio-Television-Film is now the Department of Film and Media Arts and the Department of Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Mass Media; Journalism has become Journalism, Public Relations, and Advertising; Rhetoric and Communications has become Speech Communication. In 1998, the Department of Communication Sciences (Speech-Language-Hearing) moved to the College of Allied Health Professions. 

Renowned for their professional experience, research and teaching, our faculty prepare our graduates for a wide range of careers in communication industries as well as lead graduate students towards Ph.D., M.F.A., M.A. and M.J. degrees. 
 

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SPECIAL FACILITIES 

The School of Communications and Theater is housed in buildings designed for teaching, research and production. The Theater Department, located in Tomlinson Hall, features two theaters and rehearsal rooms, costume and scene shops. 

The primary location of the School is Annenberg Hall, which houses the Departments of Film and Media Arts; Broadcasting, Telecommunications, and Mass Media; and Journalism, Public Relations, and Advertising. Television and film production areas (studios, and editing, graphics, and film labs) and WRTI, the University's public radio station, occupy the first floor. Located on the lower level are extensive video and film editing areas, a 75-seat multi-media screening room, and  photographic labs. The third floor includes computerized news writing and editing rooms, a New Media lab, and a modern graphics laboratory with Macintosh computers and a laser printer. The Blitman Library provides an extensive collection of materials relating to communications and computer access to library resources throughout Temple. The Department of Speech Communication is located in Weiss Hall. 

SPECIAL PROGRAMS 

Temple Update 

Temple Update is a production course in which students can gain experience producing, reporting, and editing for a half-hour weekly news magazine format. The program airs on a cable outlet. The course gives the students the opportunity to produce material for a resume tape and provides students with valuable experience in field work, news writing, video editing, and the pressure of a live program. 

Internship Program 

Although the requirements may vary, internships are available to junior and senior students of every department in the School. Internships are for academic credit and must involve professional activity related to their course of study. Also, they must be approved by the administrator or faculty member charged with supervising internships. 

Los Angeles Summer Internship & Study Program 

Offered by the Film and Media Arts Department, in conjunction with Emerson College, the Los Angeles Summer Internship & Study Program is open to all Temple University students on both the upper-level undergraduate (63 credit hours completed) and graduate levels, who have an interest in working within the Hollywood entertainment industry. This eight-credit program runs from late May through July. It includes an on-site internship and six weeks of concurrent coursework. 

Temple/London 

The School of Communications and Theater program in London is for undergraduate students. Students spend the fall semester in London studying British theater and media with an international faculty. 

Enrollment in the London program is also open to qualified students from other universities and colleges to foster an intellectual exchange among students of varied collegiate backgrounds. Courses are designed to make the best use of the uniqueness of London and of the United Kingdom. 

Summer seminars in London are also an important feature of the School's special programs. Realizing the inestimable value of direct contact with professionals and other experts, the School of Communications and Theater offers an annual seminar on British mass media. These seminars are offered for graduate and undergraduate credit and can be an integral part of a student's coursework.

The seminars, like the fall semester program, are open to qualified students from other universities and colleges and to others who choose to continue their education in a less formal manner than in a prescribed program of study. 

See International Studies for more information about Study Abroad options. Current information on the London program is available from the Office of the Dean, (215) 204-1961. 
 

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POLICIES AND REGULATIONS 

University policies and regulations generally apply to all undergraduate students and provide a framework within which schools and colleges may specify further conditions or variations appropriate to students in their courses or programs. 

Academic Standing 

A student must maintain a 2.0 cumulative average to remain in good standing. 

Advising 

Students in the School of Communications and Theater are advised by professional academic advisers and faculty advisers. New students (up to 30 credits), transfer students in their first semester, interdepartmental majors, undeclared students and students on academic probation make advising appointments in the Advising Center on the third floor of Annenberg Hall. All other students are advised by faculty in their respective departments. See the department office for assignment to the appropriate adviser.

Most students will be eligible to register for classes via touch-tone telephone. However, all students should meet with their advisers prior to the eligible phone registration period. 

Students preparing to graduate will file necessary paperwork one semester prior to the graduation date. At that time, an appointment should be made in the Academic Advising Center for a graduation review. 

Credits Not Applied Toward the Degree 

Credits earned in the following courses are not applied toward a degree in the School of Communications and Theater: all courses in Military Science, Topical Studies, SRAP, ELECT, Composition 0045, and Mathematics 0015. Students returning to campus after an absence of three or more years must use the Bulletin in effect at the time of readmission or any subsequent Bulletin. Credits more than ten years old may not be applied toward a degree in the School. 

Dean's List 

Each semester, undergraduate students who achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or above for the semester with 12 or more credits toward the degree and with no grade of I or NR are selected for the Dean's List. Letters of congratulation are sent to each of these students. 

English 0040 Requirement 

Students enrolled in English 0040 may not be enrolled in Journalism 0150. Satisfactory completion of the English 0040 requirement is a prerequisite for enrolling in Speech Communication courses numbered 0050 or above. 

Transfer Students 

Refer to Undergraduate Admissions for general information on transferring courses to Temple. In addition to these criteria, each department in the School of Communications and Theater will evaluate any credit to be transferred into a major. This evaluation generally is done at the first meeting with a faculty adviser during the first semester. The maximum number of credits allowed to transfer in the major are: 20 hours in Broadcasting, Telecommunications, and Mass Media, 21 hours in Communications and Theater Interdepartmental degree, 21 hours in Film and Media Arts, 12 hours in Speech Communication, and 20 hours in Theater. 

The Department of Journalism, Public Relations, and Advertising allows only 12 s.h. of journalism-related courses from another Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC) accredited program and no more than 9 s.h. from a non-accredited program. Transfer students should meet with a JPRA faculty adviser to determine equivalent credit for Journalism or Mass Communication courses they wish to transfer.

Transfer students are eligible to take advantage of internships, the Honors program, and the Temple/London program and should discuss the specific requirements with an adviser after matriculating at Temple. 

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