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DEPARTMENT OF TELECOMMUNICATION AND FILM (TCF)

Dr. Gary A. Copeland, Chairperson
Office: 484 Phifer Hall

The major in telecommunication and film requires a total of 120 hours of coursework for graduation, of which 33 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 at the 300-level or higher, outside the major or minor (called the special requirement).

Because the curriculum is subject to strict accreditation requirements, students should see the department advisor 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 exam*
   
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  
from history sequence (3)
social and behavioral sciences (6)
HI or SB (3)
   
V. Pre-major requirements: 9–11 hours  
MC 101 Introduction to Mass Communication
computer science or foreign language (6–8)

Additional University of Alabama Core Requirements

Writing (W): 6 hours*

*Courses in the major, minor, and special requirement with a W designation may be used to fulfill this requirement.

Additional Requirements for the Major Sequences

Media Production Sequence
TCF 100, TCF 201, TCF 215, and TCF 387
One 300-level and one 400-level TCF production course
Two additional TCF courses, 300-level or above, of which at least one must be 400-level
One 400-level MC course
One additional 400-level course in MC or TCF

Electronic News Sequence

Newsroom Emphasis:
TCF 100, TCF 288 (1 hr), TCF 331, TCF 332, TCF 333, TCF 334, TCF 335 and TCF 433; TCF 387 (2 hrs)
One additional TCF course, 300-level or above
MC 401

Sports Emphasis:
TCF 100, TCF 288 (1 hr), TCF 331, TCF 321, TCF 333 (sports), TCF 334 (sports), TCF 335 and TCF 433; TCF 387 (2 hrs)
One additional TCF course, 300-level or above
MC 401

Entertainment Emphasis:
TCF 100, TCF 145, TCF 288 (1 hr), TCF 331, TCF 321, TCF 334 (sports or newsroom), TCF 335 and TCF 433; TCF 387 (2 hrs)
One additional TCF course, 300-level or above
MC 401

Production Management Sequence
TCF 100, TCF 201 or TCF 145, TCF 215, TCF 357, TCF 367, TCF 437, and TCF 438
One addition TCF course, 300-level or above
MC 401
One additional 400-level course in MC or TCF

Media Management Sequence
TCF 100, TCF 145, and TCF 215
One additional TCF 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 400-level course in MC or TCF

Critical Studies in Film and Television Sequence
TCF 100; TCF 112; TCF 145; TCF 215 or EN 409; and TCF 311
Six hours selected from TCF 340, TCF 411, TCF 433, TCF 440,
and TCF 441
One additional TCF course, 300-level or above
MC 407
One additional 400-level course in MC or TCF

Documentary Sequence
TCF 100; TCF 201; TCF 215; TCF 241; TCF 361; TCF 387 or TCF 380 (with CPT); TCF 441
One additional TCF course, 400-level or above
One 400-level MC course
One additional 400-level course in MC or TCF

Minors for Telecommunication and Film Majors

Students majoring in telecommunication and film may choose one of the following 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, TCF 100, and 15 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  
Courses Hours
EN 101 3
MC 101 3
Fine arts (FA) 3
Natural science (NS) 4
Social/behavioral sciences (SB) 3
  ___
  16
   
Second Semester  
Courses Hours
COM 123 3
EN 102 3
TCF 100 3
Elective* 3
Natural science (NS) 4
  ___
  16
   
SOPHOMORE YEAR
   
First Semester  
Courses Hours
English literature 3
History (HI) 3
Major 3
Major 3
Math 3
  ___
  15
   
Second Semester  
Courses Hours
English literature 3
Major 3
Minor 3
Social/behavioral sciences (SB) or History (HI) 3
  ___
  15
   
JUNIOR YEAR
First Semester  
Courses Hours
Foreign language or computer science (FL or C) 3–4
Major 3
Minor 3
Social/behavioral sciences (SB) 3
Special requirement 3
  ___
  15–16
   
Second Semester  
Courses Hours
Foreign language or computer science (FL or C) 3–4
Major 3
Minor 3
Minor 3
Special requirement 3
  ___
  15–16
 
SENIOR YEAR
First Semester  
Courses Hours
Major 3
Major 3
Minor 3
Minor 3
Special requirement 3
  ___
  15
   
Second Semester  
Courses Hours
Elective* 3–5
General A&S elective 3
Major 3
Minor 3
Special requirement 3
  ___
  15–17
   
*Elective hours vary and may or may not be necessary to reach the 120 hours required for graduation.

 

 

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