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Begin Date: Summer Session 2006
End Date: Summer Session 2010

Telecommunications - ARCHIVE

University Park, College of Communications (TELCM)

PROFESSOR MATTHEW JACKSON, Head, Department of Telecommunications

The Telecommunications program seeks to prepare informed, responsible professionals for leadership roles in the electronic information industries. The program stresses the societal, cultural and economic impact of electronic media.

This major is designed for students interested in all electronic media, including the broadcasting, cable, satellite, Internet and telephone industries. Telecommunications dominates all facets of our lives, including how we communicate, conduct business, entertain and inform ourselves, and participate in democracy. The telecommunications curriculum explores the structure and operation of these industries as well as the laws and policies that regulate their use. Graduates go on to careers at local radio and television stations; broadcast, cable and satellite networks; Internet service providers; wired and wireless telephone companies; and other related industries. The major emphasizes the business and legal parameters of telecommunications, making it an excellent preparation for law school or graduate school and careers in government policy and the entertainment field.

Students must select at least 80 credits in courses outside the College of Communications, including at least 65 in the liberal arts and sciences.

For the B.A. degree in Telecommunications, a minimum of 120 credits is required.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(3 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in ELECTIVES)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in ELECTIVES, GENERAL EDUCATION course selection, or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES: 21 credits

BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 24 credits
(3 of these 24 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR, GENERAL EDUCATION, or ELECTIVES and 0-12 credits are included in ELECTIVES if foreign language proficiency is demonstrated by examination.)
(See description of Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements in this bulletin.)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 33 credits[1]
(This includes 3 credits of General Education GS courses.)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (9 credits)
COMM 180(3) (Sem: 3-4)
COMM 387(3), COMM 381(3) (Sem: 5-6)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (24 credits)
ECON 002 GS(3) or ECON 014 GS(3) (Sem: 3-4)
Students must meet with a faculty advisor to approve their course selections from the following areas:
Select 15 credits from COMM 283W(3), COMM 383(3), COMM 384(3), COMM 385(3), COMM 386(3), COMM 479(3), COMM 484(3), COMM 485(3), COMM 487(3), COMM 489W(3), COMM 490(3), COMM 491(3), COMM 492(3), COMM 493(3), COMM 495(3) (Sem: 5-8)
Select 6 credits in social aspects from COMM 205 US(3), COMM 403(3), COMM 304(3), COMM 405(3), COMM 408(3), COMM 409(3), COMM 410 IL(3), COMM 411(3), COMM 413W(3), COMM 417(3), COMM 418(3), COMM 419 US;IL(3), COMM 496(1-3) (Sem: 5-8)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 2006

Blue Sheet Item #: 34-01-021

Review Date: 8/30/05

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