2021-2022 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    Jun 15, 2024  
2021-2022 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, Susan-Sojourna Collier, Imraan Farukhi, Benjamin Frahm, Keith Giglio, Tula Goenka, J. Christopher Hamilton, Shaina Holmes, Barbara E. Jones, Kelly Leahy, 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, http://tvcenter.syr.edu/.

Students are encouraged to participate in our Semester in Los Angeles (http://lasemester.syr.edu/) or NYC (https://newhouse.syr.edu/nyc) 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

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:

  • Demonstrate entry-level proficiency in a particular aspect of television, radio or film industry practices by synthesizing the best practices and current theories of the field.

Major Requirements

This is a 42-credit major. Students majoring in Television, Radio and Film must fulfill the following requirements:

Grammar Competency Requirement

Students must complete a grammar competency as part of their degree requirements. There will be two ways students can satisfy this competency:

  • First, by passing a grammar competency exam during their first semester on campus. The exam will be given twice - once before the end of the first week of classes and a second time prior to registration the next semester.  A passing grade on the exam will fulfill the competency requirement.
  • Secondly, by passing COM 101, a 0-credit grammar course which will be mandatory for students who fail the grammar competency exam.  This course can be repeated until a passing grade is earned and the competency is met.

 Students must meet the grammar competency to receive a degree.

Additional Requirements

Global Experience Requirement

The Global Experience requirement may be fulfilled by studying abroad or taking an approved class. A list of courses that fulfill this requirement can be found in the Newhouse Guide Book. If a student chooses to take a Newhouse class to fulfill this requirement, the additional Newhouse hours will be added to the 122 credits needed for graduation if the student has reached the Newhouse credit maximum.

Ethics Requirement

Specialized Electives (15 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: 42 Newhouse credits required

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