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  • Telecommunication: Media and Society

    The Department of Telecommunication consistently ranks among the top five in the United States and is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

    About this Major

    To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college, and major requirements.


    Critical TrackingModel Semester Plan

    Telecommunication: Media and Society focuses on the theories, methods and techniques used to play, produce and distribute audio and video programs and messages; personnel and facilities management; marketing and distribution; media regulations, law and policy; and principles of broadcast technology. It prepares individuals to work in media organizations and those organizations that use electronic media, such as political campaigns, government, education and business.

    Students can also use the communication skills they acquire to pursue graduate degrees. Students majoring in telecommunication participate in the university's six broadcast stations, other on campus facilities such as the Gator Network and elective internships throughout the world.

    Required Core Coursework

    • MMC 1009 Introduction to Media and Communication * (1)
    • MMC 2121 Fundamentals of Writing for Communicators * (3)
    • RTV 2100 Writing for Electronic Media * (3)
    • RTV 3001 Introduction to Telecommunication * (3)
    • RTV 3405 Television and American Society * (3)
    • RTV 4432 Ethics and Problems in Telecommunication * (3) or
      MMC 3203 Mass Communications Ethics * (3)
    • RTV 4700 Telecommunication Law and Regulation or
      MMC 4200 Law of Mass Communication (3)
    • RTV 4905 Senior Project or Thesis (3)
    • VIC 3001 Sight, Sound and Motion * ( 4)
    • Media and Society Block: 9 credits
      • JOU 4004 History of Journalism (3)
      • MMC 3614 Media and Politics (3)
      • MMC 3703 Sports and Society (3)
      • MMC 4302 World Communication Systems (3)
      • RTV 3411 Race, Gender, Class and the Media (3)
    • Specialization electives: 12 credits
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    Critical Tracking

    Critical Tracking records each student’s progress in courses that are required for entry to each major. Please note the critical-tracking requirements below on a per-semester basis.

    Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

    Semester 1

    • 2.0 GPA on all work at all institutions

    Semester 2

    • • Complete 2 of 6 critical-tracking courses: AMH 2020, ECO 2013, POS 2041, RTV 2100 (MMC 2100 can be substituted for RTV 2100), RTV 3001 and an approved English elective
    • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.5 GPA on all work at all institutions

    Semester 3

    • Complete 2 additional critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.5 GPA on all work at all institutions

    Semester 4

    • Complete 1 additional critical-tracking course
    • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.5 GPA on all work at all institutions

    Semester 5

    • Complete all critical-tracking courses
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    Model Semester Plan

    To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold.

    Semester 1 Credits
    AMH 2020 United States since 1877
    State Core GE-S
    3
    ENC 1101 Expository and Argumentative Writing
    State Core GE-C; minimum grade of C required
    3
    IUF 1000 What is the Good Life
    GE-H
    3
    Mathematics
    State Core GE-M; minimum grade of C required
    3
    Physical or Biological Science
    State Core GE-P or B; minimum grade of C required
    3
    Total 15
    Semester 2 Credits
    ECO 2013 Principles of Macroeconomics 4
    Humanities
    State Core GE-H/N
    3
    Elective
    Inside college
    3
    English elective
    GE-C; ENC 1102 recommended; minimum grade of C required
    3
    Mathematics
    GE-M; minimum grade of C required
    3
    Total 16
    Semester 3 Credits
    MMC 1009 Introduction to Media and Communication
    Minimum grade of C required
    1
    MMC 2121 Writing Fundamentals for Communicators
    Minimum grade of C required
    3
    RTV 3001 Introduction to Telecommunication
    Minimum grade of C required
    3
    English elective
    Minimum grade of C required
    3
    Foreign language (Minimum grade of C required) or
    Quantitative option
    3
    Physical or Biological Science
    GE-P or B; minimum grade of C required
    3
    Total 16
    Semester 4 Credits
    POS 2041 American Federal Government
    GE-S
    3
    RTV 2100 Writing for Electronic Media
    Minimum grade of C required; MMC 2100 is accepted in lieu of RTV 2100
    3
    SPC 2608 Introduction to Public Speaking or
    ORI 2000 Oral Performance of Literature 1 (Minimum grade of C required)
    3
    VIC 3001 Sight, Sound and Motion
    Minimum grade of C required
    4
    Foreign language (Minimum grade of C required) or
    Quantitative option
    3
    Total 16
    Semester 5 Credits
    PSY 2012 General Psychology or
    SYG 2000 Principles of Sociology (GE-S)
    3
    RTV 3405 Television and American Society 3
    Media and Society block course 3
    Outside concentration 3
    Quantitative option or
    General elective
    2
    Specialization elective 3
    Total 17
    Semester 6 Credits
    Electives
    Inside college
    5
    Media and Society block, one course 3
    Outside concentration 3
    Specialization elective 3
    Total 14
    Semester 7 Credits
    MMC 3203 Mass Communications Ethics or
    RTV 4432 Ethics and Problems in Telecommunication
    Minimum grade of C required
    3
    RTV 4700 Telecommunication Law and Regulation or
    MMC 4200 Law of Mass Communication
    3
    Media and Society block, one course 3
    Outside concentration 3
    Specialization elective 3
    Total 15
    Semester 8 Credits
    AMH 2010 United States to 1877 3
    POS 2112 American State and Local Government or
    CPO 2001 Comparative Politics or
    INR 2001 Introduction to International Relations
    3
    RTV 4905 Senior Project or
    Thesis
    3
    Outside concentration 3
    Specialization elective 3
    Total 15

    Up to six credits of professional internship credit may count toward graduation.

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    Specialization electives: 12 credits required

    These courses cannot be used to meet other requirements:
    ADV 3008 Principles of Advertising or PUR 3000 Principles of Public Relations (3)
    ADV 4400 International Advertising (3)
    JOU 4302 Public Opinion/Editorial Analysis (3)
    MMC 3260 Communication on the Internet or RTV 3106 Interactive Media (3)
    MMC 4200 Law of Mass Communication (3)
    PUR 4404C International Public Relations
    RTV 4420 New Media Systems (3)
    RTV 4500 Telecommunication Programming (3)
    RTV 4506 Telecommunication Research (3)
    RTV 4700 Telecom Law and Regulation (3)
    RTV 4930 Special Study in Telecommunication (1-3)

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    Related Telecommunication Programs

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