Roy H. Park School of Communications

Department of Television-Radio

Bachelor of Science

Nancy Cornwell, Associate Professor and Chair

The Department of Television-Radio offers a bachelor of science in television-radio, a four-year curriculum designed to prepare students for careers in media communications, including radio and television broadcasting, and other communication-related professions.

Majors in the department must elect one of five concentrations before registration for the first semester of their sophomore year. Transfer students must indicate a choice of concentration when applying for admission to the department. Concentration in a specific area is never at the expense of a broad education, and extensive study in the liberal arts is required.

Academic Policies

Television-radio majors must complete the departmental requirements and one set of concentration requirements. In addition to meeting general College guidelines for academic standing and Park School academic policies, majors in television-radio are required to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0. All majors must complete a minimum of 60 credits outside communications, which includes the distribution requirements, and a minimum of 50 percent of their credits (normally 60 credits) in courses designated as liberal arts (LA). Students applying for internal transfer to the B.S. in television-radio from other majors at Ithaca College (including majors within the Park School) must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25, but this minimum does not guarantee acceptance.

Television-Radio, B.S.
Audio Production Minor
International Communications Minor
Scriptwriting Minor

B.S. in Television-Radio

Requirements for the Major

*Denotes a liberal arts course

Departmental requirements

TVR 10100

Introduction to Media Production

 4

TVR 12100

Introduction to Mass Media*

 3

TVR 13100

Media Writing* or

 3

TVR 13400

Developing Story Narratives* 1

TVR 31200

Government and Media*

 3

TVR 32200

New Telecommunications Technologies

 3

TVR 46000

Senior Seminar: Topics in Media Effects*

 3

Total

19

1 Students in the scriptwriting concentration are required to take both TVR 13100 Media Writing and TVR 13400 Developing Story Narratives.

Additional requirements for the video production concentration

TVR 11500

Introduction to Field Production

4

TVR 21500

Intermediate Field Production

4

TVR 22500

Television Production and Direction

4

TVR 49100

Video Workshop

4

Choose one of the following:

TVR 26000

Quantitative Mass Media Research Methods* (3)

TVR 26200

Qualitative Mass Media Research Methods* (3)

TVR 29700

Documentary Research (4)

3-4

Choose one of the following:

TVR 12200

Media Aesthetics and Analysis*

CNPH 10100

Introduction to Film Aesthetics and Analysis*

TVR 13400

Developing Story Narratives* 2

3

2 Students who elect TVR 13400 Developing Story Narratives must also take TVR 13100 Media Writing as a core course.

Choose two of the following:

TVR 27100

Audio Production (4)

TVR 30400

Advanced Studio Production (4)

TVR 30900

Motion Graphics and Animation (4)

TVR 31000

Experimental Video (4)

TVR 31500

Advanced Field Production (4)

TVR 39700

Nonfiction Production (4)

      8

Total

30-31

Additional requirements for the audio production concentration

PHYS 16000

The Physics of Sound*

3

MUNM 25100

Music and the Media*

3

TVR 27100

Audio Production

4

TVR 37100

Advanced Audio Production

4

TVR 47100

Audio Workshop

4

Choose one of the following:

TVR 26000

Quantitative Mass Media Research Methods* (3)

TVR 26200

Qualitative Mass Media Research Methods* (3)

TVR 29700

Documentary Research (4)

3-4

Choose two of the following:

THPA 30600

Sound Technology* (3)

THPA 30700

Sound Design* (3)

MUMC 14500

Introduction to Electroacoustic Music* (2)

MUMC 24800

Digital Sound Production* (2)

MUMC 24900

Techniques and Analysis of Electroacoustic Music Composition* (2)

MUMC 25000

Digital Recording and Editing* (2)

MUMC 34800

Advanced Microphone Techniques (2)

MUMC 34900

Advanced Recording Techniques (2)

   4-6

Total

25-28

Additional requirements for the scriptwriting concentration

TVR 12200

Introduction to Media Aesthetics and Analysis* or

CNPH 10100

Introduction to Film Aesthetics and Analysis

3

TVR 13400

Developing Story Narratives

3

CNPH 23300

Screenwriting

3

TVR 33300

Writing for Series Television

3

TVR 43100

Advanced Writing for Television

3

Choose one of the following:

TVR 26000

Quantitative Mass Media Research Methods* (3)

TVR 26200

Qualitative Mass Media Research Methods* (3)

TVR 29700

Documentary Research (4)

   3-4

Total

18-19

Additional requirements for the international communications concentration

POLT 12900

Introduction to Global Studies (politics)* or

ANTH 12900

Introduction to Global Studies (anthropology)*

3

TVR 22000

Global Flow of Information*

3

TVR 26200

Qualitative Mass Media Research Methods*

3

TVR 32400

European Mass Media*

3

TVR 32500

Seminar in Development Communications*

3

TVR 46200

Seminar in Geomedia*

3

Choose one of the following 3-credit courses (requires approval of adviser and department chair):

ECON 36200

Comparative Economic Systems*

ECON 36800

Current International Economic Issues*

ECON 41100

International Economics*

GERM 34100

German Cultural History*

POLT 30600

U.S. Foreign Policy*

POLT 32200

British Foreign Policy* (London Center)*

POLT 32500

Chinese Politics*

POLT 32600

Russian Politics*

POLT 32700

The Politics of Development*

POLT 32800

International Conflict*

POLT 33000

Western European Politics*

POLT 33100

Latin American Politics*

HIST 20300

Introductory Geography*

HIST 30700

United States as a World Power I, 1900-1945*

HIST 30800

United States as a World Power II, 1945 to the Present*

HIST 34200

Japan*

HIST 38200

Europe in the 20th Century*

SPAN 24300

Latin American Civilization*

SPCM 34700

Intercultural Communications*

SOCI 30300

Global Race and Ethnic Relations*

ANTH 22000

Southeast Asia, Its Peoples and Cultures*

ANTH 29000-29900

Seminar in World Ethnography: Selected Topics*

INTB 26500

International Business Operations

INTB 48000

Export/Import Operations

MKTG 38000

International Marketing

 3

Total

21

Additional requirements for the directed studies concentration

Choose one of the following:

TVR 26000

Quantitative Mass Media Research Methods*(3)

TVR 26200

Qualitative Mass Media Research Methods*(3)

TVR 29700

Documentary Research (4)

   3-4

Selected communications courses (approved by the department chair)

    12

Total

15-16

A plan of study that differs from other concentrations by at least two courses, together with a rationale, must be developed by the student in consultation with his or her adviser and approved by the chair of the television-radio department.

Supplemental requirements for all majors

Speech course

 3

WRTG xxxxx

Introductory writing course (except WRTG 10100; placement based on verbal SAT and a writing sample)

 3

Fine arts (FA) course

 3

Business or economics course

 3

Social or computer science course

 3

Total

15

Summary

Departmental requirements

    19

Concentration requirements

15-31

Supplemental requirements

    15

Electives

55-71

Total, B.S. in television-radio

   120

Minors

The minor programs of the television-radio department offer students an opportunity to extend and enhance their college experience. Some enrollment restrictions apply; see the individual descriptions.

Applications for minors are accepted in October for the following spring semester and March for the following fall semester. Information concerning admission criteria and program requirements is available in the dean's or department office. Students applying to any minor offered by the television-radio department must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25, but this minimum does not guarantee acceptance.

Course Duplication

A course that fulfills a requirement for a student's major and minor programs is counted toward the major. The minor discipline determines whether the requirement is to be waived or how else it must be fulfilled. Course duplication will only be considered an issue when a required course is specified by number and title in both the major and minor.

Special Academic Policy for Television-Radio Minor Programs

Minors are required to maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.50 in required television-radio (TVR prefix) courses, as well as an overall cumulative GPA of 2.50. As stated above, students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 in order to apply to any minor in the television-radio department, but this minimum does not guarantee acceptance.

Minor in Audio Production

Megan Roberts, Associate Professor and Coordinator

This minor provides broad-based knowledge of the theory and practice of audio production. Students learn the scientific and aesthetic aspects of sound, as well as a broad range of audio production techniques applicable to music, theater, and electronic media. Courses are drawn from the Park School, the School of Music, and the physics and theater arts departments in the School of Humanities and Sciences. Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 in order to apply to the minor, but that does not guarantee acceptance.

This minor is not open to television-radio majors.

Required courses for the minor

TVR 10100

Introduction to Media Production

4

PHYS 16000

The Physics of Sound

3

MUNM 25100

Music and the Media

3

TVR 27100

Audio Production

4

TVR 37100

Advanced Audio Production

4

Choose a minimum of 6 credits from the following:

THPA 30600

Sound Technology (3)

THPA 30700

Sound Design (3)

MUMC 14500

Introduction to Electroacoustic Music (2)

MUMC 24800

Digital Sound Production (2)

MUMC 24900

Techniques and Analysis of Electroacoustic Music Composition (2)

MUMC 25000

Digital Recording and Editing (2)

TVR 47100

Audio Workshop (4)

   6-7

Total

24-25

Additional requirements for the minor

All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of B or better to qualify the student for placement in advanced courses.

Minor in International Communications

Katalin Lustyik, Assistant Professor and Coordinator

The minor in international communications gives students from a variety of disciplines a broad knowledge of international communication theory and practice. It also provides knowledge of the global flow of information. Students have opportunities to relate theories and practices of international communication to their own disciplines.

This minor is not open to television-radio majors who have a declared concentration in international communications; it is open to all other television-radio majors. Television-radio majors with a minor in international communications will have the course TVR 12100 Introduction to Mass Media waived as a requirement for the minor, since that course is required for the major. Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 in order to apply for this minor, but this minimum does not guarantee acceptance. There is currently a moratorium on new students accepted into the minor. Interested students should meet with the department chair.

Required courses for the minor

TVR 12100

Introduction to Mass Media

3

POLT 12900

Introduction to Global Studies (politics) or

ANTH 12900

Introduction to Global Studies (anthropology)

3

TVR 22000

Global Flow of Information

3

TVR 26200

Qualitative Mass Media Research Methods

3

TVR 32400

European Mass Media

3

TVR 32500

Seminar in Development Communications

3

TVR 46200

Seminar in Geomedia

3

One additional elective from the list of international course options available from advisers or the department office

3

Total

24

Minor in Scriptwriting

Julie Blumberg, Assistant Professor and Coordinator

This minor is offered in cooperation with the Department of Cinema, Photography, and Media Arts and both the theater arts department and the writing department in the School of Humanities and Sciences. The minor develops skills and knowledge of this specialized discipline in both its dramatic and nondramatic aspects. Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 in order to apply to the minor, but this minimum does not guarantee acceptance.

This minor is not open to television-radio majors who have a declared concentration in scriptwriting; it is open to all other television-radio majors. Television-radio majors with a minor in scriptwriting will have the course TVR 12100 Introduction to Mass Media waived as a requirement for the minor, since that course is required for the major.

Required courses for the minor

TVR 10100

Introduction to Media Production

4

TVR 13400

Developing Story Narratives

3

TVR 33300

Writing for Series Television

3

TVR 43100

Advanced Writing for Television

3

THPA 16000

Introduction to Theater

3

CNPH 23300

Screenwriting

3

THPA 36500

Playwriting

3

Writing department elective (level 2 or above)

3

Total

25

Additional requirements for the minor

All students who are minors in scriptwriting must complete THPA 16000 Introduction to Theater before taking THPA 36500 Playwriting. All students who are minors in scriptwriting must complete TVR 10100 Introduction to Media Production before taking any of the level-3 courses. Students must receive a grade of B or better in all prerequisite courses. The writing department elective must be approved by the minor adviser.