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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 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 hoursEN 101 (3)
EN 102 (3)
or by exam*
 
II. Humanities (HU) and fine arts (FA): 12 hoursfine arts (3)
literature sequence (6)
COM 123(3)
 
III. Natural science (N) and
    mathematics (MA): 11 hoursnatural science (4)
natural science (4)
mathematics (3)
 
IV. History (HI) and social and
    behavioral sciences (SB): 12 hoursfrom history sequence (3)
social and behavioral sciences (6)
HI or SB (3)
 
 
V. Pre-major requirements:
    9–11 hoursMC 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
Two 400-level MC courses

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

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 MC 400-level course

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

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
Two 400-level MC courses

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
CoursesHours
EN 1013
MC 1013
Fine arts (FA)3
Natural science (N)4
Social/behavioral sciences (SB)3
___
16
Second Semester
CoursesHours
COM 1233
EN 1023
TCF 1003
Elective*3
Natural science (N)4
___
16
SOPHOMORE YEAR
First Semester
CoursesHours
English literature3
History (HI)3
Major3
Major3
Math3
___
15
Second Semester
CoursesHours
English literature3
Major3
Minor3
Social/behavioral sciences (SB) or History (HI)3
___
15
JUNIOR YEAR
First Semester
CoursesHours
Foreign language or computer science (FL or C)3–4
Major3
Minor3
Social/behavioral sciences (SB)3
Special requirement3
___
15–16
Second Semester
CoursesHours
Foreign language or computer science (FL or C)3–4
Major3
Minor3
Minor3
Special requirement3
___
15–16
SENIOR YEAR
First Semester
CoursesHours
Major3
Major3
Minor3
Minor3
Special requirement3
___
15
Second Semester
CoursesHours
Elective*3–5
General A&S elective3
Major 3
Minor3
Special requirement3
___
15-–17

*Elective hours vary and may or may not be necessary to reach the 120 hours required for graduation.
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