Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018


Mass Communications (COM) with a concentration in Broadcast-Program and Production (PGM)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

8 Semester Plan

124 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 09.0102

College of Arts & Sciences


Major Description

The Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications is a pre-professional, hands-on program that allows students to be prepared for careers in Advertising, Public Relations, and Multimedia Journalism.

Limited Access - This major has additional admissions requirements as listed in this section.

This is a limited access program.

Students must meet the following requirements to gain entrance into MMC 2100 – Writing for the Mass Media:
  1. 2.75 Overall GPA
  2. Completion of ENC 1101 and ENC 1102 with a minimum grade of C not C- in each
  3. Minimum of 30 hours (including at least 15 semester hours for which grades and a grade point average have been awarded)
  4. Minimum score of 60 percent (120 out of a possible 200 points) on the Mass Communications English Diagnostic Test OR 70 percent (140 out of a possible 200 points) for students who transfer MMC 2100 or its equivalent

All majors must complete MMC 2100 Writing for the Media, and MMC 3602 Mass Communications and Society, with a minimum grade of C not C- before any other Mass Communications course may be taken. Students failing to achieve a minimum grade of C not C- in both MMC 2100 and MMC 3602 will be disallowed as majors in the School.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet Foundations of Knowledge and Learning General Education Requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university. If students transfer with fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the students must meet the university's entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

Students must complete 18 semester hours (may not include ENC or LIT prefix courses) outside the Mass Communications curriculum and beyond the 36 hours of general education requirements prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at the community college, they must be completed before the degree is granted. A grade of C (not C-) is the minimum acceptable grade.

Students are encouraged to complete the following prerequisites, or major, support, or elective courses if available, during the program of study at the community college, and when feasible in General Education and State Communication Requirement (formerly known as Gordon Rule Writing) and State Computation Requirement (formerly known as Gordon Rule Math) courses.

  • English Composition (minimum grade of C not C-)
  • MMC 3602 Mass Communications and Society

Prior to being admitted to the School of Mass Communications, a student must:

  1. Complete a minimum of 30 semester hours including all General Education requirements and six hours of English composition (with a minimum grade of C not C-),
  2. Earn a 2.75 overall GPA,
  3. Pass a School-administered English Diagnostic Test.

A maximum of nine (9) semester hours in Mass Communications courses will be accepted from a community college or other lower-level program toward a degree in Mass Communications. It is suggested that the nine hours include the equivalent of the School core curriculum and one sequence introductory course. Approval by an appropriate advisor is required.

Total Major Hours: 43 Hours

Major Core

The Mass Communications major requires six (6) hours of core curriculum courses (MMC 2100 and MMC 3602) and 31 hours of required and elective sequence courses for a total of 37 hours in Mass Communications within the 124-hour degree requirement. Six hours in Mass Communications writing courses (three hours in addition to MMC 2100) are a part of the graduation requirement.

  • 80 hours in courses outside the School of Mass Communications, including 65 hours in liberal arts courses (as approved by the School).
  • No more than 44 hours of Mass Communications courses may be applied toward the bachelor's degree within the 124-hour graduation requirement.

Major Core Courses - 6 Hours

Concentration Core Courses - 27 Hours

Required Courses (21 credit hours):

  • MMC 4200 History and Principles of Communications Law
  • RTV 2100 Writing for Radio and TV
  • RTV 3001 Introduction to Telecommunications
  • RTV 3301 Broadcast News
  • RTV 4542 TV Production and Direction
  • RTV 4321 Electronic Field Production
  • RTV 4500 Telecommunications Programming and Management

Other Requirements (6 credit hours):

The following courses are required outside the School to complete sequence requirements:

Concentration Elective Courses - 10 Hours

  • Ten (10) credit hours, selected with advisor’s approval

Research Opportunities

All undergraduate students in any degree program can participate in undergraduate research. There are a number of options to receive academic credit for a mentored research experience and to have the experience show on the official transcript. Students who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 2912 or IDS 4914 courses. These courses will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office for Undergraduate Research will assist students in understanding the various course options.

Additional Major Information

Concentration Advising

Daniel Shelnutt, Academic Advisor

Major Faculty

Associate Director: W. Garcia; Professor: F.W. Pearce; Associate Professors: K. Burns, S. Liu, R. Watson, K. Page Werder; Assistant Professors: J. Applequist, J. Brown, J. Hayes, K. Walker; Instructors: T. Bell, C. Gugerty, K. Hawley, C. O'Brien, K. Arnold Ruyle, D. Smith, W. Whitt, R. Wilber; Courtesy Professor: J. Gathegi; Emerita: D.S. Bagley III, E.J. Friedlander, L.Z. Leslie, R. Miller, B.K. Petersen.

Major Other Information

Most Mass Communications courses have prerequisites as specified in the course descriptions (these prerequisites are separate from the State Mandated Common Prerequisites for program admission listed below). Refer to each prerequisite listed to determine progressive prerequisites for each course. Students should also note that the Mass Communications major is a four-semester program at a minimum and the majority of courses are offered only during the day.

All material submitted by students as assignments in writing, reporting, editing, photography and electronic news gathering and production classes is subject to publication or broadcast. The School uses a variety of online, print and electronic media outlets.

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