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Broadcasting, Telecommunications & Mass Media

Patrick Murphy, Ph.D., Chair



William Mooney, Assistant Chair



Department Office:
Annenberg Hall Room 205

Undergraduate Contact:

Amy Caples, Director of Recruiting




The Department of Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Mass Media expands students' knowledge and skills to create, evaluate, and manage media content and organizations.  With the urban and global communities as their living laboratories, students draw on their creativity, entrepreneurship, intellectual curiosity and analytical abilities to navigate digital media in our global society.

Theory and practice are integrated into all areas of study in the major.  BTMM students learn how to produce, evaluate and manage media content for traditional and emerging media in a variety of genres, including information (news and documentary), music, comedy, sports, drama, and commercial and noncommercial persuasion campaigns.  They study institutions that create, distribute and investigate media products (e.g., production studios, television and radio networks and audience measurement companies) and learn how to create and operate successful media businesses.  BTMM students learn to think purposefully and critically about media, and examine media roles in history, culture and society from many perspectives.  They also learn how to act ethically as they interact with the world both in careers in media institutions and as citizens.

The BTMM curriculum features courses in three areas:

1)  Media Production & Performance:  Coursework introduces students to conceptual and technical tools employed to create media content for the digital world.  Students who study in this area develop strong professional skills as well as critical and analytical abilities that enable them to evaluate content for various media.  They seek career opportunities as producers, writers, videographers, editors, recording engineers, web site designers and talent in traditional and emerging media.

2)  Media Business & Entrepreneurship:  The practical and ethical ways to start, operate or participate in an enterprise that creates, produces, and/or distributes media content.  Students who take these courses seek career opportunities as media entrepreneurs, media production freelancers, owners/operators of production companies or recording studios, web site developers, or founders/owners of a station, channel or network.

3)  Media Analysis:  Critical understanding of the roles of media in contemporary life, including media technology as a cultural force; the nature of media institutions, audiences, and texts; and the media as a source of shared social identities.  Students who take these courses are prepared for careers as media consultants, editorial or technical writers, community activists, corporate communication producers and market research analysts.

The flexible degree requirements allow students to emphasize one or more areas in the major, including:

-  TV Production

-  Radio Production

-  Media Performance

-  Web Design

-  Recording Industry

-  Media Management

-  Media Entrepreneurship

-  Investigation of Social Processes in Media

-  Investigation of Media Institutions

Requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Arts


Summary of Requirements:

- University requirements:

  • New students starting in the 2010-2011 academic year are required to complete the General Education (GenEd) curriculum.
  • All students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses, one of which must be at the 3000+ level. Writing-intensive courses are identified with the code "WI" in the RCI column.

- School of Communications and Theater requirements.


General Requirements:

  • Minimum of 40 credits in BTMM / maximum of 58 credits in BTMM
  • Maximum of 71 credits in the School of Communications and Theater
  • Each course that fulfills a requirement for the major must be passed with a C- or better
  • All prerequisites must be met unless exempted in writing
  • No more than 20 transfer credits may be applied to the BTMM major
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0 in the major
  • No more than 8 credits in Kinesiology and Dance activities courses

Course Requirements:

  • BTMM Foundation Courses: 1011 (Mass Communication Theory), 1021 (Mass Media and Society) and 1041 (Media in Everyday Life) must be completed within the first 45 credits at Temple University.  Students transferring in 45 or more credits need to complete only two 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.
  • At least four courses numbered from 3000- 4999, excluding Internship, Practicum, Independent Study and Independent Project
  • At least one of the following: Internship (BTMM 4785) or Practicum (BTMM 4596, 4597, 4787, or 4887)
  • BTMM 4039: Senior Seminar taken during final 30 credits

Internships and Senior Seminar:

The academic experience for all BTMM majors culminates with an internship or practicum and the Senior Seminar.  Together, these courses provide students the opportunity to explore their potential professional futures.

Internship opportunities exist locally (at virtually every media-oriented organization in the greater Philadelphia region), nationally (in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and other U.S. media markets), and internationally (in London, England, and Tokyo, Japan, through the School of Communications and Theater's International Studies program).  To qualify for an internship, students must have Junior or Senior standing, a minimum of 2.75 GPA in the major, and passing grades (C-) in the BTMM foundation courses.

There are four practicum options.  In the Broadcast Production Practicum (BTMM 4596), students produce a weekly live-to-tape TV newsmagazine that airs on local cable TV.  The Sports Production Practicum (BTMM 4597) is a weekly sports program produced by students.  A summer offering, TV Production Workshop (BTMM 4787), also fulfills the requirement for a practicum and involves the production of various content also for broadcast on local cable.  The Radio Practicum (BTMM 4887) involves work at Temple University's jazz and classical music radio station, WRTI 90.1 FM, a National Public Radio affiliate.


Suggested Semester By Semester Plan

Please note that this is a suggested academic plan. Depending on your situation, your academic plan may look different.


Bachelor of Arts in Broadcasting, Telecommunications, & Mass media

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2010-2011 Academic Year

Year 1 - Fall
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
BTMM 1021 Mass Media & Society 4  
English 0802, 0812 or 0902 Analytical Reading & Writing 4  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Quantitative Literacy 4 GQ
BTMM Elective   BTMM Elective 3-4  
COMM+TH 1001 Freshman Seminar 1  
Semester Total     16-17  
Year 1 - Spring
BTMM 1011 Mass Communication Theory 4  
BTMM 1041 Media in Everyday Life 4  
Intellectual Heritage 0851 or 0951 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I 3 GY
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Human Behavior 3 GB
Elective   Elective 3  
Semester Total     17  
Year 2 - Fall
BTMM 3000-4999   3-4  
BTMM Elective   BTMM Elective 3  
Intellectual Heritage 0852 or 0952 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II 3 GZ
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Science & Technology I 3 GS
GenEd 08xx or 09xx U.S. Society 3 GU
Semester Total     15-16  
Year 2 - Spring
BTMM 3000-4999   3-4 WI
BTMM Elective   BTMM Elective 3  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Race & Diversity 3 GD
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Global/World Society 3 GG
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Science & Technology II 3 GS
Semester Total     15-16  
Year 3 - Fall
BTMM 3000-4999   3-4 WI
BTMM Elective (if needed)   BTMM Elective (if needed) 3-4  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Arts 3-4 GA
Electives   Electives 6-9  
Semester Total     15-16  
Year 3 - Spring
BTMM 3000-4999   3-4 WI
Electives   Electives 12  
Semester Total     15-16  
Year 4 - Fall
BTMM 4039 Senior Seminar 3  
Electives   Electives 13  
Semester Total     16  
Year 4 - Spring
BTMM 4785, 4596, 4597, 4787, or 4887 Internship or Practicum (at least one) 1-4 (*4596 & 4597:
Electives   Electives 12  
Semester Total     13-16  
Total Hours for BTMM: 124 (minimum)


Minor in Digital Media Technologies

The Digital Media Technologies Minor is a 21-23 semester hour interdisciplinary minor offered through the Broadcasting, Telecommunications, and Mass Media (BTMM) Department within the School of Communications and Theater and the Computer and Information Sciences (C+IN SC) Department within the College of Science and Technology. It is designed to expand students' knowledge of the information age and to empower them to understand how to communicate using emerging media and computer technologies. The ability to tell stories through emerging digital media technologies will be critically and analytically explored as students examine the science of those technologies. The algorithms of communicating via emergent technologies will be at the core of this minor. This program addresses serious gaps in the current curriculum because current students of media have little understanding of the science of digital media and fast evolving interactive web-based information sharing technologies.

The minor is available to undergraduate students in BTMM, Computer & Information Science, as well as other departments and colleges. Upon completion of the minor, students should be able to demonstrate the following competencies:

  1. Utilization of the hardware, software and technologies for integrating content for computers, the Internet, and mobile devices;
  2. Critical analysis of decisions made regarding the use of technology specifically in the social and ethical arenas;
  3. Understand the impact of current and emerging technologies locally and globally;
  4. Design and implementation of content for various media digitally;
  5. Ability to evaluate the science of technology as it impacts communications;
  6. Develop and refine presentation, analytical, problem solving and writing skills.

Transfer credits are not accepted for credit for the minor.

Students must receive the permission of their advisor before starting in this program. Minor credit is not given for BTMM grades below C. Students must maintain at least a 2.00 grade point average in the program for successful completion of the minor. Students with averages under 2.00 for more than two semesters will be dropped from the program. Students with averages under 2.00 may not begin the program.

Requirements for the minor in Digital Media Technologies are as follows:

Required (14 credits)
Department Course # Course Name Hours
BTMM 1701 Introduction to Media Technology 3
C+IN SC 1052 Introduction to Web Technology and Programming 4
C+IN SC 1056 Programming for the World Wide Web 4
BTMM 2741 Introduction to Cybermedia 3
Electives: Select Two (7 credits)*
Department Course # Course Name Hours
BTMM 4741 Cybermedia Workshop 4
BTMM 4252 Regulation and Public Policy 4
BTMM 4890 Advanced Topic Media Telecommunication
(User Generated Contents | Mobile Comm | Tele Presence)
BTMM 4614 Creating a Media Business 4
SCI TEC 4321 Entrepreneurship in Science and Technology 3
C+IN SC 2000+ C+IN SC 2000+ level course * 3-4
Total     21-23

*Other requirements:

  • For BTMM students, at least one (1) C+IN SC elective is required.
  • For C+IN SC students, at least one (1) BTMM elective is required.
  • For students of other backgrounds, at least one (1) BTMM and one (1) C+IN SC electives are required.
  • All prerequisites must be completed or permission by instructor received to enroll in minor courses.
  • Example C+IN SC Electives: C+IN SC 2109 (Database and File Management Systems), C+IN SC 3242 (Discrete Structures). Both courses accept C+IN SC 1052-1056 sequence as prerequisites.
  • For students taking the Digital Media Technologies minor, 5 courses applied toward completion of minor requirements must be distinct from the major requirements. As such, additional electives will be accepted in place of courses that are listed for both the major and the minor. For BTMM majors taking this minor, BTMM 2701 or 2751 will be accepted in place of the required BTMM 1701.
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