Telecommunication Media Studies - BS

Telecommunication Media Studies focuses on media industries, technologies, and communication systems in 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 may be useful in a broad variety of careers, from media and telecommunication industries, through communication-related positions in business, government, or non-profit organizations, to higher education. The curriculum is designed to educate citizens for a productive future in a changing world. Our students may become industry leaders, government regulators, spokespeople, politicians, writers, artists, activists, and informed citizens.

The BA and BS are both available. The BS is more directed and requires a quantitative background.

Core Requirements
COMM 230/JOUR 230Communication Technology Skills3
COMM 307/JOUR 301Mass Communication, Law, and Society3
or COMM 354   or Political Economy of Telecommunication 
COMM 330Technology and Human Communication3
COMM 345/FILM 345Media Industries3
COMM 350Theories of Mediated Communication3
COMM 375Media Audiences3
COMM 400 to 4806
Telecommunication Electives 1
Select three of the following:9
Programming I
Structured Programming in C
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
Business, Government and Society
Survey of Management
Distance Networking for Training and Development
Women, Minorities and the Mass Media
College and University Requirements
ENGL 104Composition and Rhetoric3
ECON 202Principles of Economics3
COMM 308Research Methods in Communication3
ISYS 210Fundamentals of Information Systems3
ISYS 250Business Programming Logic and Design3
or SOCI 220   or Methods of Social Research 
or STAT 307   or Sample Survey Techniques 
MATH 141Finite Mathematics3
or MATH 166   or Topics in Contemporary Mathematics II 
POLS 206American National Government3
POLS 207State and Local Government3
STAT 303Statistical Methods3
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
Mathematical Concepts—Calculus
Business Calculus
Engineering Mathematics I
Introduction to Logic (or higher)
American history elective6
Creative arts elective 33
International and cultural diversity 4
Language, philosophy and culture elective 33
Language, philosophy and culture or creative arts elective 33
Life and physical sciences elective9
Literature in English 26
Social and behavioral sciences electives 33
Minor 515-18
General Electives 60-6
Total Semester Credit Hours120
1

COMM 203 and COMM 243 cannot be taken as electives. Courses in the Core Requirements not selected to meet those requirements may be selected as electives.

2

ENGL 203 will count toward the Communication requirement or the Literature in English requirement, but not both.

3

COMM course may not be used to fulfill this requirement

4

Courses may also be used to satisfy any other requirement.

5

Sequences approved by the College of Liberal Arts, except Communication. No more than 9 semester credit hours may be at a lower-division (100 and 200) level. A minor must be declared before a student completes 75 semester credit hours. Minimum grade of C is required.

6

Maximum of 9 semester credit hours of any combination of military science and physical activity courses.

Students take 24 credit hours of the required program core courses and 9-10 credit hours of telecommunication media studies 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.