2017-2018 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    Aug 18, 2018  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Television, Radio and Film, BS

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Michael Schoonmaker, Chair
318 Newhouse 3, 315-443-9240


Frank Biocca, Richard L. Breyer, Fiona Chew, Richard Dubin, Larry Elin, Imraan Farukhi, Keith Giglio, Tula Goenka, Sharon R. Hollenback, Barbara E. Jones, Patricia H. Longstaff, Douglas Quin, Michael Schoonmaker, Evan Smith, Olivia Stomski, Robert J. Thompson, Donald C. Torrance

The Television, Radio and Film curriculum engages students in the vital dimensions of 21st-century storytelling: critical thinking, writing, foundations of multimedia storytelling, diversity, law and policy, visual and aural aesthetics, business principles and practices, collaboration, global perspective, ethics and a capstone project.

The heart of the major is the purposeful selection of specialized, elective coursework from a broad range of topics. TRF faculty advisors connect each student to coursework that will best meet their individual interests and needs. The TRF department offers a number of popular culture courses in association with the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture, http://tvcenter.syr.edu/

Students are encouraged to participate in our Semester in Los Angeles (http://lasemester.syr.edu/) and study abroad opportunities (http://suabroad.syr.edu/).

Alumni have gone on to pursue a wide variety of careers as producers, writers, directors, designers, agents, editors, executives, attorneys, and media educators.

Student Learning Outcomes

 1. Identify the principles and laws associated with free speech and press for the US, as well as compare the American system of freedom of expression with others around the world, including the right to dissent, to monitor and criticize power, and to assemble and petition for redress of grievances

2. Describe how professionalization has historically shaped the institutions in communications. Use knowledge of the history of the media industry to adapt to current communications work environment

3. Explain mass communications in relation to social identities such as gender, race ethnicity, sexual orientation and, as appropriate, other forms of diversity in American society

4. Recognize how the diversity of peoples and cultures has shaped mass communications in a global society

5. Apply theories and concepts of design and visual communication to the use and presentation of images and information

6. Recognize professional ethical principles and apply them in pursuit of truth, accuracy, fairness and diversity

7. Critically, creatively, and/or independently consider problems and issues relevant to the communications professions

8. Conduct research and/or evaluate information by methods appropriate to the communications professions

9. Write correctly and clearly in forms and styles appropriate for the communications professions, audiences and purposes they serve

10. Evaluate their own work and that of others for accuracy and fairness, clarity, appropriate style and grammatical correctness

11. Apply basic numerical and statistical concepts

12. Apply tools and technologies appropriate for the communications professions in which they work

13. Explore entertainment media practices to synthesize core curricular concepts practice and achieve intermediate proficiency in a selected area of emphasis

Major Requirements

This is a 38-credit major. Students majoring in Television, Radio and Film must fulfill the following requirements:


*COM 346 - Race, Gender, and the Media  or COM 348 - Beauty and Diversity in Fashion Media  can be used to satisfy the diversity requirement instead of COM 344  and an approved course in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Additional Requirements

Global Experience Requirement

Ethics Requirement

Specialized Electives (12 credits)

TRF majors work closely with their academic advisor to tailor upper-division Newhouse course work (300-level or higher) to their individual learning and career goals. Students are welcome to explore other areas of communications outside of TRF, as long as they work closely with their advisor to secure permission. Specialized electives in TRF include more than 50 courses. Among them are the following:

Total: 38 Newhouse credits required.

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