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Bachelor of Science or Arts in Information Networking and Telecommunications, Concentration: Digital Media Production and Journalism

In the Digital Media Production and Journalism Concentration students develop converged media skills. Curriculum includes traditional broadcast, but also digital media production to reflect the needs of today’s media job market. If you’re interested in production, you’ll have unique opportunities in animation and motion picture production and can begin studio work as a freshman.

Our students and alumni regularly win awards and recognition, including Academy Awards for Visual Effects, Emmys, and National Association of Broadcasters and Kansas Association of Broadcasters awards.

Our graduates work at NBC, CBS, ABC, PBS, CNN, Fox affiliates, Honeywell, Steven Spielberg's Amblin Imaging, Eagle Communications, Cox Media and at the New York Film Institute. Some even own companies:

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Program Summary

Bachelor of Arts
General Education Coursework 65 hours
Core/Cross Concentration 39 hours
Emphasis/Free Electives 20 hours
TOTAL HOURS REQUIRED FOR DEGREE 124 hours

Bachelor of Science
General Education Coursework: 55 Credit Hours
Core/Cross Concentration: 39 Credit Hours
Emphasis/Free Electives: 30 Credit Hours
TOTAL HOURS REQUIRED FOR DEGREE: 124 Credit Hours

INFORMATICS MAJOR CORE (18 Credit Hours)

  • INF 250 Introduction to Web Development (3 Credit Hours)
  • INF 300 Foundations of Information Networking (3 Credit Hours)
  • INF 405 Research Methods in Information Networking (3 Credit Hours)
  • INF 430 Leadership in Information Networking (3 Credit Hours)
  • INF 490 Capstone Seminar in Information Networking (3 Credit Hours)
  • INF/POLS 610 Public Policy, Ethics and Law in Information Networking (3 Credit Hours)
    or COMM 626 Communications Ethics & Law (3 Credit Hours)

CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS: DIGITAL MEDIA PRODUCTION AND JOURNALISM (15 Credit Hours)

  • INF 140 Introduction to Electronic Media (3 Credit Hours)
  • INF 348 Beginning Audio Production (3 Credit Hours)
  • INF 633 Advanced Video Productions (3 Credit Hours)
  • INF 346 Video Production (3 Credit Hours)
  • INF 342 Campus Radio Stations Operations (3 Credit Hours)
    or INF 349 Campus Television Station Operations (3 Credit Hours)

CROSS CONCENTRATION ELECTIVE: WEB & MOBILE APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT (3 Credit Hours)
Choose one course.

  • INF 650 Interactive Systems Design (3 Credit Hours)
  • INF 651 Advanced Web Development (3 Credit Hours)
  • INF 658 Law of Cyberspace (3 Credit Hours)

CROSS EMPHASIS ELECTIVE: TELECOMMUNICATION/NETWORKING AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS (3 Credit Hours)
Choose one course.

  • INF 291 Internetworking I (3 Credit Hours)
  • INF 420 Social Issues in Information Networking (3 Credit Hours)
  • INF 660 Global Telecommunications Policy (3 Credit Hours)
  • INF 662 Modern Telephony (3 Credit Hours)
  • INF 680 Network Architecture and Data Communications I (3 Credit Hours)

EMPHASIS OPTIONS (15 Credit Hours of Electives)

You can add these options to further focus your degree on one area of emphasis:

PERFORMANCE

  • INF 340 Broadcast Performance (3 Credit Hours)
  • SLP 472 Problems in SLP: Professional Voice Clinic (1 Credit Hour)
  • INF 479 Internship in INT (2 Credit Hours)
  • INF 625 Electronic Journalism (3 Credit Hours)
  • INF 624 Media Continuity Writing (3 Credit Hours)
  • INF 629 Media Management & Sales (3 Credit Hours)

NEW MEDIA

  • INF 624 Media Continuity Writing
    or INF 625 Electronic Journalism (3 Credit Hours)
  • INF 636 Computer Editing of Video (3 Credit Hours)
  • INF 634 Graphics and Effects for Video (3 Credit Hours)
  • INF 629 Media Management & Sales (3 Credit Hours)
    or INF 678 Seminar in INT/Project Management (3 Credit Hours)
  • INF 651 Advanced Web Development (3 Credit Hours)

ELECTRONIC SPORTS

  • INF 340 Media Performance (3 Credit Hours)
  • INF 479 Internship in INT/Advanced Sports Announcing (3 Credit Hours)
  • INF 625 Advanced Media Writing (3 Credit Hours)
  • INF 629 Media Management & Sales (3 Credit Hours)
  • INF 322 Seminar in INT/Intro to Sports Announcing (3 Credit Hours)
  • PRODUCTION INT 638 Intensive Video Production (3 Credit Hours)
  • ENG 602 Topics in Writing: Screenwriting (3 Credit Hours)
  • INF 636 Computer Editing of Video (3 Credit Hours)
    or INF 634 Graphics and Effects for Video & Film (3 Credit Hours)
  • INF 629 Media Management & Sales (3 Credit Hours)
  • INF 678 Seminar in INT/Project Management (3 Credit Hours)

NEWS

  • COMM 240 News Reporting (3 Credit Hours)
  • COMM 345 Desktop Publishing and Publication Design (3 Credit Hours)
  • COMM 621 News Editing (3 Credit Hours)
  • COMM 622 Feature Writing (3 Credit Hours)
  • INF 625 Advanced Media Writing (3 Credit Hours)

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY

  • INF 348 Beginning Audio Production (3 Credit Hours)
  • MUS 678 Seminar in Music Technology I (3 Credit Hours)
  • MUS 678 Seminar in Music Technology II (3 Credit Hours)
  • MUS 498 Recording Practicum (2 semesters) (4 Credit Hours)
  • INF 658 Law of Cyberspace (3 Credit Hours)

OTHER

You may work with your advisor to develop other 15 hour emphasis options that meet your academic and career goals.

REQUIRED GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES

  • COMM 318 Introduction to Organizational Communication (3 Credit Hours)
  • MATH 110 College Algebra (or higher) (3 Credit Hours)
  • MATH 250 Elements of Statistics (3 Credit Hours)

RECOMMENDED CHOICES FOR FREE ELECTIVES

  • POLS 320 Introduction to Law (3 Credit Hours)

Leadership Studies Certificate

  • LDRS 300 Introduction to Leadership Concepts (3 Credit Hours)
  • LDRS 302 Introduction to Leadership Behavior (3 Credit Hours)
  • LDRS 310 Field Work in Leadership Studies (3 Credit Hours)
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