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[College of Communication and Information Sciences]

DEPARTMENT OF TELECOMMUNICATION AND FILM (TCF)

Dr. Loy A. Singleton, Chairperson
Office: 484 Phifer Hall

The major in telecommunication and film requires a total of 124 hours of coursework for graduation, of which 36 will be taken in the major. Due to accreditation requirements, total hours taken in the major are restricted, and 65 hours must be taken in liberal arts.

In addition to the general education requirements, the core curriculum requirements, the requirements for the major sequence, and the requirements for the minor, all telecommunication and film students must complete 12 hours of classes outside the major or minor (called the special requirement).

Because the curriculum is subject to strict accreditation requirements, students should see the department adviser regularly, beginning with the first semester on campus.

Core Curriculum and General Education Requirements

I. Freshman composition (FC): 6 hours EN 101 (3)
EN 102 (3)
or by exam1
 
II. Humanities (HU) and fine arts (FA): 12 hours fine arts (3)
literature sequence (6)
COM 123 (3)
 
III. Natural science (N) and mathematics (MA): 11 hours natural science (4)
natural science (4)
mathematics (3)
 
IV. History (HI) and social/behavioral sciences (SB): 12 hours history sequence(3)
social and behavioral sciences (6)
HI or SB (3)
 
V. Premajor requirements: 12-14 hours MC 101 Introduction to Mass Communication
MC 102 Introduction to Media Writing
computer science or foreign language sequence (6-8)

Additional University of Alabama Core Requirements

Writing (W): 6 hours2


1Or EN 103, if eligible.
2Courses in the major, minor, and special requirement with a W designation may be used to fulfill this requirement.

Additional Requirements for the Major Sequences

Audio/Video Production Sequence
TCF 100; TCF 120, TCF 140, or TCF 150; and TCF 215
One 200-level and one 300-level TCF production course
Three additional TCF courses, 300-level or above, of which at least one must be 400-level
Two 400-level MC courses

Broadcast News Sequence
TCF 100, TCF 332, TCF 333, TCF 334, and TCF 433; TCF 381 or TCF 387
Two additional TCF courses, 300-level or above
MC 401
One additional MC 400-level course

Management Sequence
TCF 100; TCF 120, TCF 140, or TCF 150; and TCF 215
One additional 200-level TCF production course
TCF 305 or 310; TCF 390; and TCF 445
One additional course from TCF 447, TCF 448, or TCF 449
MC 401
One additional MC 400-level course

Technology, Policy, and Society Sequence
TCF 100 and TCF 215
TCF 475, TCF 420, TCF 445, TCF 447, and TCF 448
MC 401
MC 403 or MC 407
One additional MC 400-level course

Critical Studies in Film and Television Sequence
TCF 100; TCF 112; TCF 140 or TCF 150; TCF 215 or EN 409; and TCF 311
Six hours selected from TCF 340, TCF 411, TCF 440, TCF 441, and TCF 433
One additional TCF course, 300-level or above
MC 403 or MC 407 One additional MC 400-level course

Minors for Telecommunication and Film Majors

Students majoring in telecommunication and film may choose one of four options when selecting their minors:

Requirements for a Minor in Telecommunication and Film

A minor in telecommunication and film is available to all students except those majoring in journalism, advertising, or public relations. At least 21 hours, and no more than 27 hours, are required in College of Communication and Information Sciences minors. Requirements for the minor are MC 101 and MC 102, TCF 100, and 12 additional hours of TCF courses, of which 6 hours must be in courses numbered 300 or above.

SAMPLE CURRICULUM FOR THE MAJOR IN TELECOMMUNICATION AND FILM

FRESHMAN YEAR
First Semester Second Semester
Course Hours Course Hours
EN 101 3 COM 123 3
MC 101 3 EN 102 3
Fine arts (FA) 3 MC 102 3
Natural science (N) 4 TCF 100 3
Social/behavioral sciences (SB) 3 Natural science (N) 4
___ ___
16 16
 
SOPHOMORE YEAR
First Semester Second Semester
Course Hours Course Hours
English literature 3 English literature 3
History 3 Major 3
Major 3 Major 3
Major 3 Minor 3
Math 3 Social/behavioral sciences (SB) 3
___ ___
15 15
 
JUNIOR YEAR
First Semester Second Semester
Course Hours Course Hours
Foreign language or computer science 3-4 Foreign language or computer science 3-4
Major 3 Major 3
Minor 3 Minor 3
Social and behavioral sciences (SB) 3 Minor 3
Special requirement 3 Special requirement 3
___ ___
15-16 15-16
 
SENIOR YEAR
First Semester Second Semester
Course Hours Course Hours
Major 3 Elective* 3-5
Major 3 General A&S elective 3
Minor 3 Major 3
Minor 3 Minor 3
Special requirement 3 Special requirement 3
___ ___
15 15-17


*Elective hours vary and may or may not be necessary to reach the 124 hours required for graduation.

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