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Bachelor of Science or Arts in Information Networking and Telecommunications, Concentration: Media Studies

In the Media Studies 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:

Download the program requirements.

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

INT MAJOR CORE (18 Credit Hours)

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

CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS: MEDIA STUDIES (15 Credit Hours)

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

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

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

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

  • INT 291 Internetworking I (3 Credit Hours)
  • INT 420 Social Issues in Information Networking (3 Credit Hours)
  • INT 660 Global Telecommunications Policy (3 Credit Hours)
  • INT 662 Modern Telephony (3 Credit Hours)
  • INT 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

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

NEW MEDIA

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

ELECTRONIC SPORTS

  • INT 340 Media Performance (3 Credit Hours)
  • INT 479 Internship in INT/Advanced Sports Announcing (3 Credit Hours)
  • INT 625 Advanced Media Writing (3 Credit Hours)
  • INT 629 Media Management & Sales (3 Credit Hours)
  • INT 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)
  • INT 636 Computer Editing of Video (3 Credit Hours)
    or INT 634 Graphics and Effects for Video & Film (3 Credit Hours)
  • INT 629 Media Management & Sales (3 Credit Hours)
  • INT 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)
  • INT 625 Advanced Media Writing (3 Credit Hours)

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY

  • INT 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)
  • INT 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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