Western Kentucky University

Broadcasting

 

Video montage of activities in the Broadcasting Major at WKU

Thanks for navigating to the Major in Broadcasting. This major is divided into three area of concentrations, Broadcast Journalism, Film and Video Production, and Station Operations and Management. Each concentration requires 39 hours to graduate with the major designation. All courses in each concentration enjoy access to facilities housed in the Mass Media and Technology Hall, which was first opened to classes in August 2003.  The first broadcast production course at Western was a radio class offered in 1939. The major was established in 1965. This tenure has provided us a rich history in broadcasting, which translates into many alumni and friends 'out there.'

Our facilities include a three-camera digital television studio, two Avid editing labs with a total of twenty-eight stations, running editing programs from Avid DV Pro to Avid DS. Adobe Photoshop, AfterEffects, and Newtek Lightwave 3D Animation programs add to the power of the Avids.

For those who prefer Apple's Final Cut Pro, we have an 18-station MAC lab running FCP4. We have 20 video field kits, of which 15 are Sony DVCAM camcorders, with tripods, microphones and light kits. For the film folks, we have eight 16MM film cameras and one Oxberry dual-column animation stand.

The broadcast program integrates classroom learning with hands-on practical media experience. Our student media includes Newschannel12  a 30-minute nightly newscast, Extra Point a weekly 30-minute TV sports show and the Red Zone a weekly radio sports show.  Our 24/7/365-student radio station WWHR-91.7 has a 20 ' 30 mile range. The station and a control room with a 53 input digital audio board share a recording studio in the Mass Media & Tech Hall.  The campus PBS and NPR broadcast stations offer additional opportunities to gain experience in news, production, traffic and promotions. 

That's a real quick look at our facilities; You are invited to browse around our site for more information on our faculty and courses of study. You can schedule a tour and spend some time with us by clicking here for WKU TOURS  Have admissions set up a campus tour, or e-mail the broadcasting program coordinator directly at ron.demarse@wku.edu  You may also contact him at 270-745-4144.

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Major in Broadcasting (Reference number 726)

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

For students entering the University or declaring the major in fall 2008 and thereafter. (all other students refer to your University Catalog for the year you entered the University)

Prospective majors may take no more than 18 hours in the major before admission. Students must meet the following requirements before they can be admitted:

1. Completion of 30 hours of course work applicable to the baccalaureate degree with a minimum overall grade point average of 2.7.

2. Required courses include COMM 145 or COMM 161 (preferably COMM 161), HIST 119 or 120, the university math requirement, and at least a 'C' in ENG 100.

3. Completion of the following courses with at least a 'C,' according to the intended sequence:

                  Broadcast News : BCOM 185, and either 201 or 265

                  Radio/TV Operations : BCOM 185, and either 201 or 261

                 TV/Film Production: BCOM 185, and either 201 or 266

CURRICULUM:   The major in broadcasting requires a minimum of 39 semester hours and leads to a Bachelor of Arts Degree. A grade of "D" in any course will not be accepted toward the major and may not be used as a prerequisite. One-half of the hours earned in the major must be at the 300/400 level. Effective fall 2013, students must take a minimum of 72 semester hours in courses outside of the School of Journalism & Broadcasting unit including the University's general education requirements. In addition to meeting institutional requirements for graduation, the broadcasting major must have a minor or second major outside of the School of Journalism & Broadcasting, the Department of Communication, and Film Studies that is approved by the major faculty advisor. Students may not select a minor in film studies, communication studies, or from those offered within the School, unless taken as a second minor.

Only 3 hours of internship or co-op may be counted within the major. One-hour workshops may be repeated in different topics up to 4 hours. Only 3 hours of workshop credit may be counted within the 39-hour major.

Students entering the major may choose from three concentrations for their study emphasis as listed below. Pre-requisites are in parentheses.

BROADCAST NEWS CONCENTRATION

Required courses for all majors (12 hours)

BCOM 185 Introduction to Broadcasting

BCOM 201 Process and Effects of Mass Communication

BCOM 301 Mass Communication Law and Ethics (BCOM 201, PS 110)

BCOM 325 Survey of Writing TV & Radio (BCOM 185 or 201)

Additional requirements within news sequence (21 hours)

BCOM 265 Basic Broadcast News (BCOM 185 or 201)

BCOM 266 Basic Television Production (BCOM 185 or 201)

BCOM 335 News Discovery and Selection (BCOM 265)

BCOM 365 Intermediate Broadcast News (BCOM 335)

BCOM 368 News Videography & Editing (fall) (BCOM 265, 266) (JOUR 261 News/Ed & PJ majors)

BCOM 465 Adv. Broadcast News (spring) (BCOM 365, 368)

Select one of the following three courses (3 hours)

BCOM 385 Broadcast Commercial Sales (junior standing)

BCOM 326 Radio/TV Performance (BCOM 266)

BCOM 485 Broadcast Operations & Mngmnt (2nd sem. Jr.)

Restricted electives (6 hours) Chosen in consultation with departmental advisor.

Some suggested electives include: BCOM 261, 328, 329, 360, 361, 385, 429,
461 (1hr), 467 (1hr), 491, COMM 247, JOUR 495.

General Education requirements *

ECON 150 or 202 or 203 (Category C)

PS 110 American National Govt (Category C)

GEOG 121 Meteorology (Category D) (D/L)

One of the following two courses

GEOG 110 World Regional Geography (Category E)

COMM 263 Fundamentals of Comm. & Culture (Category E)

General Elective requirement

PS 250 International Politics

Suggested courses outside of major and General Education

PS 310      State Government -- Prerequisite: PS 110

HIST 349 The United States since 1945

 

TELEVISION/FILM PRODUCTION CONCENTRATION

Required courses for all majors (12 hours)

BCOM 185 Introduction to Broadcasting

BCOM 201 Process and Effects of Mass Communication

BCOM 301 Mass Communication Law and Ethics (BCOM 201, PS 110)

BCOM 325 Survey of Writing for Television & Radio (BCOM 185 or 201)

Additional Requirements within sequence (24 hours)

BCOM 266 Basic Television Production (BCOM 185 or 201)

BCOM 366 Video Editing, Aesthetics & Techniques (BCOM 266 or permission)

BCOM 367 Field Production (BCOM 366)

BCOM 379 Producing Video and Film (spring) (BCOM 366)

BCOM 380 Intermediate Post Production (fall) (BCOM 366)

BCOM 466 Directing Television and Film (fall) (BCOM 379)

BCOM 482 Television Program Production (spring) (BCOM 466)

Restricted Electives (6 hours)

Six additional hours chosen from the list below or from any BCOM/JOUR/FILM course in consultation with department faculty advisor. FILM 201 Intro to Cinema, BCOM 350 Screenwriting, 376 Film Production, 378 Film Animation, 467 Workshop (1), 480 Adv. Post Production, 485 Broadcast Management, 491 Internship, ENG 309 Documentary Film, ENG 365 Literature & Film, ENG 366 Narrative Film, ENG 465 Film Genres, 466 Film Theory, JOUR 131 Digital Photo,     JOUR 261 Multimedia, JOUR 341 Prin. of Advertising, JOUR 348 Interactive Design, JOUR 495 Collaborative Journalism.

General Education requirements *

ECON 150 or 202 or 203 (Category C)

PS 110 American National Government (Category C)

One of the following two courses

GEOG 110 World Regional Geography

COMM 263 Communication & Culture (Category E)

Suggested courses in General Education

PHYS 103 Light, Color and Vision (Category D) (D/L)

PHYS 130 Acoustics of Music and Speech (Category D) (D/L)

HIST 349 The United States since 1945

RADIO & TELEVISION OPERATIONS CONCENTRATION

Required courses for all majors (12 hours)

BCOM 185 Introduction to Broadcasting

BCOM 201 Process and Effects of Mass Communication

BCOM 301 Mass Communication Law and Ethics (BCOM 201, PS 110)

BCOM 325 Survey of Writing for Television & Radio (BCOM 185 or 201)

Additional Requirements within sequence (18 hours)

BCOM 261 Basic Radio Production (BCOM 185 or 201)

BCOM 265 Basic Broadcast News (BCOM 185 or 201)

BCOM 266 Basic Television Production (BCOM 185 or 201)

BCOM 360 Electronic Media Programming & Research (fall)(BCOM 301)

BCOM 385 Broadcast Commercial Sales (Junior Standing)

BCOM 485 Broadcast Operations and Management (2nd semester jr. or senior standing)

One of the following two courses (3 hours)

BCOM 361 Advanced Radio Production (BCOM 261)

BCOM 366 Video Editing, Aesthetics & Techniques (BCOM 266 or permission)

Upper Division Electives (6 hours) within the School of J&B or the university

approved by departmental faculty advisor. BCOM 491 Internship strongly recommended.

General Education requirements *

ECON 150 or 202 or 203 (Category C)

PS 110 American National Government (Category C)

One of the following two courses

GEOG 110 World Regional Geography

COMM 263 Communication & Culture (Category E)

Suggested courses outside of major and General Education

ACCT 200 Introductory Accounting

HIST 349 The United States since 1945 (spring)

MGT 210 Organization and Management

MKT 220 Basic Marketing Concepts (sophomore standing)

PHIL 115 Elementary Logic

PSY 371 Sales Psychology (PSY 100)

PHIL 320 Ethics (One course in philosophy or sophomore status.)

*Students transferring to WKU with 60 or more hours  will be exempt from department required courses in general education and general electives, but must meet general education requirements of the University and the liberal arts/sciences requirements of the School of Journalism & Broadcasting.
 

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