2019-2020 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    Oct 25, 2020  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Television, Radio and Film, BS

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


Richard L. Breyer, Fiona Chew, Imraan Farukhi, Benjamin Frahm, Keith Giglio, Tula Goenka, J. Christopher Hamilton, Sharon R. Hollenback, Shaina Holmes, Barbara E. Jones, Ulf Oesterle, Douglas Quin, Michelle Santosuosso, Michael Schoonmaker, Evan Smith, Olivia Stomski, Robert J. Thompson, William Werde

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

Students are encouraged to participate in our Semester in Los Angeles and study abroad opportunities

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

In addition to the comprehensive Newhouse School learning outcomes listed in the School’s Educational Mission  students in the Television, Radio and Film major are expected to achieve the following additional learning outcome:

  • Create and produce entry-level, professional quality television, radio or film media by synthesizing the best practices and current theories of aural and visual media.

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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