Telecommunication Media Studies - BA

Telecommunication Media Studies focuses on media industries, technologies, and communication systems in current, cultural and historical contexts, their audience processes and effects, and social implications of the media.

The Telecommunication Media Studies major provides students with tools for understanding the media and their roles in social life theoretically, historically and critically. The degree allows students to choose a broadly based communication and media studies major or a more specialized study of telecommunication and information systems. Students can choose Communication courses that address media industries, law and policy, technology and society, media audiences, processes, and effects, and the theory, history, and criticism of media, culture, and communication.

A degree in Telecommunication Media Studies is useful in a broad variety of careers, including media and telecommunication industries, as well as communication-related positions in business, government, non-profit organizations, and higher education. The curriculum is designed to educate citizens for a productive future in a changing world. Our students may become broadcasters, producers, industry leaders, government regulators, spokespeople, politicians, writers, artists, activists, and informed citizens.

The BA and BS are both available. The BA is a more flexible, liberal arts media-oriented degree.

Core Requirements
COMM 230/JOUR 230Communication Technology Skills3
COMM 308Research Methods in Communication3
COMM 330Technology and Human Communication3
COMM 350Theories of Mediated Communication3
COMM 360Cultural History of the Media3
COMM 401 to 4806
Telecommunication Electives 1
Select four of the following:12
Programming I
Structured Programming in C
Introduction to Film Analysis
Introduction to Film Analysis
Business Programming Logic and Design
Network Communications and Infrastructure
Database Programming
Business Object Oriented Programming with Java
Complex Business Application Design
American Mass Media
Mass Communication, Law and Society
The Mass Media and Politics
Public Opinion
Foundations of Networking in Education
Women, Minorities and the Mass Media
College and University Requirements
ENGL 104Composition and Rhetoric3
ECON 202Principles of Economics3
POLS 206American National Government3
POLS 207State and Local Government3
Select one of the following:3
Writing about Literature 2
Technical and Business Writing
Public Speaking
Communication for Technical Professions
Argumentation and Debate
Select one of the following:3
Mathematics for Business and Social Sciences
Finite Mathematics
Topics in Contemporary Mathematics II
Select one of the following:3
Mathematical Concepts—Calculus
Business Calculus
Engineering Mathematics I
Introduction to Logic (or higher)
Foreign language14
Literature in English 26
Life and physical sciences elective9
Language, philosophy and culture elective 33
Creative arts elective 33
Language, philosophy and culture or creative arts elective 33
Social and behavioral sciences elective 33
American history elective6
International and cultural diversity 4
Minor 515-18
General Electives 60-4
Total Semester Credit Hours120

Students take 21 credit hours of the required program core courses and 12 credit hours of telecommunication elective courses for a total of 33 credit hours. At least 12 credits must be at the upper-division level. At least 12 credits must be taken in residence at Texas A&M University. Minimum grade of C in each course. No more than 3 credit hours of COMM 484; no more than 6 credit hours of COMM 485.

Teaching Certification

Students desiring certification to teach communication in secondary schools of Texas may either major in communication (College of Liberal Arts) or in another field, but in either case, they must include the following courses in their degree plans:

COMM 203Public Speaking3
COMM 210Group Communication and Discussion3
COMM 243Argumentation and Debate3
COMM 301Rhetoric in Western Thought3
COMM 305Theories of Communication3
COMM 315Interpersonal Communication3
COMM 350Theories of Mediated Communication3
COMM 330Technology and Human Communication3
or COMM 340   or Communication and Popular Culture 
or COMM 435/FILM 445   or Rhetoric of Television and Film 
THAR 407Performing Literature.3
Total Semester Credit Hours27

Additional education courses are required. More complete information on the requirements for teacher certification may be found in the College of Education and Human Development section under secondary teacher certification.