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  Academic Programs / Communications & Theater

Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Mass Media

Matthew Lombard, Ph.D., Chair

215-204-5401

lombard@temple.edu

Jack Klotz, Assistant Chair

215-204-5401

jklotz@temple.edu

Department Office:
Annenberg Hall Room 205

Undergraduate Contact:

Bill Mooney, Director of Recruiting
215-204-1884

bmooney@temple.edu
www.temple.edu/btmm

 

The Department of Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Mass Media provides programs of study in the production, management, institutions, and social processes of broadcasting, telecommunications and other communications systems.


Students examine both the history and the emerging future of communications technologies. In addition to coursework in their chosen area of study, all students completing the major will be required to demonstrate competency in critical and analytical skills and a level of computer literacy related to their disciplinary interests in research or creative work.

All students are expected to develop the following competencies:

  • Understanding the development of communication theories and technologies, along with approaches to communication drawn from the artistic, humanistic, and social sciences perspectives
  • Understanding the operation of communication organizations and their roles in society
  • Development of skills required to produce media content in a variety of genres and formats
  • Understanding of specialized vocabularies for the academic study of and for professional careers in media

Students may focus in one or more of the following four interrelated areas of coursework:

Production: the writing, editing, and producing of work in radio, television, music and emerging media particularly for commercial, corporate, and instructional purposes.
Organization and Management: business practices and strategies for media and telecommunications institutions, industries, and professional enterprises.
Institutions: history, economics, law, regulation, and policy pertaining to the broadcast, cable, and new technology industries.
Social Processes
: the psychological, social, cultural, and political analysis of media, particularly in terms of their impact on everyday life.

Theory and practice are balanced and integrated into all areas of study in Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Mass Media to allow the students to become well-rounded communications professionals, as well as knowledgeable media consumers.

Internships and Senior Seminar

All majors are required to take 1) an internship or practicum and 2) senior seminar, which together are designed to explore each student's professional future upon graduation. Hundreds of businesses, non-profit organizations, and institutions in the Philadelphia and New York metropolitan area and beyond cooperate in providing opportunities for BTMM students to work in relevant professional ways for course credit. Students interested in further academic degrees can serve as research assistants in related media organizations and institutions.  To qualify for an internship, students must have at least 63 credits, have a 2.5 GPA in the major, and have completed the BTMM foundation courses.

Requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Arts

Summary Requirements

  • Temple University Core Curriculum requirements, including completion of library orientation, also known as the Temple Information Literacy Tutorial (TILT).
  • School of Communications and Theater requirements.
  • Minimum of 40 credits in BTMM, maximum of 54 credits in BTMM.
  • Maximum of 71 credits in the School of Communications and Theater.

 


Major Requirements:

  • BTMM Foundation Courses: 0011 (Mass Communication Theory), 0020 (Mass Media and Society) and 0040 (Media in Everyday Life) completed in the first 45 hours at Temple University.  Students transferring in 45 or more credits may complete two out of the three BTMM foundation courses; at least one BTMM foundation course must be completed at Temple, unless exempted by the Chair of the department.
  • C- or better in BTMM Core 0011, 0020, 0040
  • C- or better in each course fulfilling requirements for major
  • At least four courses numbered above 0200 to 0389
  • No more than 20 semester hours of transfer credits may be applied to the BTMM major.
  • All prerequisites must be met unless otherwise exempted in writing
  • BTMM 0395: Senior Seminar in last 30 hours
  • At least one of the following: Internship (BTMM 0391) or Practicum (one of BTMM 0371, W372, or W377)
  • No more than 12 credits total among internship, practicum, independent study or independent project courses
  • GPA 2.00 in major
  • No more than 8 credits of Kinesiology activities courses

Suggested Semester-by-Semester Plan

Year 1 Fall        
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Eng C050 College Composition 3 CO 
Math C055 College Mathematics or other math core  3 QA
SCT    Freshman Seminar 1  
         
Select one Foundation course from:    
BTMM 0011 Mass Communication Theory 4  
BTMM 0020 Mass Media and Society 4  
BTMM 0040 Media in Everyday Life 4  
         
BTMM Core Library Orientation (TILT) 0  
         
Select one Arts Core course from:    
FMA 0155 Intro to Film and Video Analysis 3  
Phil C061 Art and Society 3 AR
Theater C025 Acting for Non-Majors 3 AR
  or others   3  
Total       14  

Year 1 Spring           
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Math C065 Elements of Mathematical Thought 3 QB
  or other math core      
         
Select one Foundation Course from:    
BTMM 0011 Mass Communication Theory 4  
BTMM 0020 Mass Media and Society 4  
BTMM 0040 Media in Everyday Life 4  
         
Select one course from: Consult with Advisor    
BTMM  0055 Intro to Media Management and Organization 3  
BTMM 0070 Intro to Media Technology 3  
BTMM 0114 Mass Communication Research 3  
BTMM 0123 The Broadcasting System 3  
         
Select one American Culture Core course from:   AC
Anthro C064 American Culture 3  
Hist C068 U.S. History Since 1877 3  
THM X080 Leisure in American Culture 3 AC/WI 
  or others      
         
IH X051 Intellectual Heritage I 3 IA 
Total       16  

Year 2 Fall             
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
IH  X052 Intellectual Heritage II 3 IB 
         
Select one Sci & Tech Core course from:   SA
Phy C053 Physics: Motion & Matter 4  
Phy C055 Light, Art, and Nature 4  
Phy C067 Acoustics 4  
  or other science core   4  
         
BTMM    Select 100 or 200 level 3-4  
BTMM Foundation Select from 0011, 0020, 0040 4  
         
Select one Individual and Society course from:   IN
Anthro R060 Intro to Anthropology 3  
GUS R055 Urban Society: Race, Class and Community 3  
Law and Business C001 Law In Society 3  
Phil C062 Morality and the Law 3  
Soc R059 The Sociology of Race and Racism 3  
Soc C066 Money: Who Has It, Who Doesn't, Why It Matters 3  
  or other IN core   3  
Total       17-18    

Year 2 Spring           
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Select from: SB Science Courses   SB
Sci & Tech      3-4  
         
Select one International Studies/Lang course from:   IS
Lang 0051   3-4  
Anthro C061 Cultures of the World 3 IS
Anthro C065 Origins of Cultural Diversity 3 IS
Dance C115 Dance in Human Society 3 IS
  or other third world    3  
         
BTMM  Elective Select 0200-0389 3-4  
BTMM Elective 0100-0289 3-4  
Elective     Open Elective - Pick One 3  
Total       15-19    

Year 3 Fall             
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Select one Writing course from:     WI
BTMM W273 Writing Workshop 3  
  W321 History of Broadcasting 4  
  W333 Global Telecommunications 4  
  W343 Mass Media and Children 4  
  W349 Advanced Topics 3  
  W372 Broadcast Production Practices 3  
         
Select one Race course from:     RS
  Core   Race 3  
         
Elective     Open Elective -Pick One 3  
BTMM Elective 0100-0289 BTMM Elective - Pick One 3  
         
Select one International Studies/Lang course from:   IS
Lang 0052   3-4  
  or other third world   3  
Total       15-17    

Year 3 Spring           
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
BTMM  0200-0389 BTMM Elective - Select one 3-4  
Elective     Open Elective - Select one 3  
Elective     Open Elective - Select one 3  
BTMM  0200-0389 BTMM Elective - Select one 3-4  
Elective     Open Elective - Select one 2  
Elective     Open Elective - Select one 3  
Total       17-19    

Year 4 Fall             
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Elective     Open Elective - Select one 3  
BTMM 0391 Internship 2  
BTMM 0395 Senior Seminar 3  
BTMM  Elective BTMM Elective - Select one 3-4  
Elective    Open Elective - Select one 2  
Elective     Open Elective - Select one 3  
Total       16-17    

Year 4 Spring           
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
BTMM  Elective BTMM Elective - Select one 3-4  
BTMM 0391 Internship 2  
Elective    Open Elective - Select one 3  
Elective     Open Elective - Select one 3  
Elective     Open Elective - Select one 3-4  
Total       15-17    

*Four year total must equal 126 credit hours.

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