Departments & Programs


Major in Telecommunications

Students learn about the organizations and institutions involved in the electronic media and the impact of those organizations and institutions on society. Students can study the effects of the media; the economics and management of the media; how video, audio, and multimedia messages are created; and many other aspects of telecommunications. The curriculum emphasizes the impact of technology on communications, considers international as well as domestic contexts, and explores historical as well as contemporary concerns. Many graduates enter the electronic media industries; others find careers in such related areas as advertising, consulting, and communications planning. Some pursue graduate degrees in communications, law, business, or other fields.

Required Courses

Once admitted, students plan a program of study with the academic advisors. Faculty members provide assistance with course selection and career development. Graduation requires completion of the degree requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences plus the following departmental requirements:

  1. A minimum of 30 credit hours and up to a maximum of 42 credit hours in telecommunications.
  2. T101, T205, T206, and T207 or equivalent course work approved by the director of undergraduate studies.
  3. At least 12 credit hours within one of the three areas of study: Media and Society, Design and Production, and Industry and Management.
  4. At least 15 credit hours at the 300–400 levels.

Students may earn only one of the following four credentials: major in telecommunications, minor in telecommunications, Certificate in Game Studies, or Certificate in New Media and Interactive Storytelling.