2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog


Sports Broadcasting Program, BS/BA

The Department of Film, Television and Digital Media offers a major in sports broadcasting. Admission to the major is by competitive application and is not guaranteed.

Each year more students apply to the sports broadcasting program than can be accommodated by existing faculty and facilities. In order to provide a personal and quality educational experience, the department must limit undergraduate admission through competitive application.

Applications are accepted each spring (only) for admission to the major the following fall. Students interested in applying for admission into the sports broadcasting major should contact the Department of Film, Television and Digital Media for additional information and to obtain application instructions. Admission to the major is separate from admission to the University; admission to the University does not guarantee admission to the major.

All sports broadcasting majors must complete for graduation:

  • A minimum of 124 semester hours overall, including at least 42 hours at the 30000 level or above
  • TCU Core Curriculum requirements
  • A minimum of 37 semester hours in sports broadcasting, including at least 12 hours at the 30000 level or above
  • A grade of "C" or better in all courses taken in the department
  • FTDM 10113 - History of Broadcasting; FTDM 20523 Business of Media; FTDM 21113 Sports Broadcasting; FTDM 21713 Introduction to Remote Sports Production; FTDM 40901 Senior Seminar
  • A minor of at least 18 hours; all requirements of the minor department must be followed

Students pursuing the BA degree also must demonstrate competency in a foreign language equivalent to completion of one of the following:

CHIN 20063Intermediate Chinese II

3

FREN 20063Fourth Semester College French

3

GRMN 20063Intermediate German

3

GREE 20063Fourth Semester College Greek (Hellenistic)

3

ITAL 20063Fourth Semester College Italian

3

JAPN 20063Fourth Semester College Japanese

3

SPAN 20203Intermediate Spanish 2

3

SPAN 20213Intensive Intermediate Spanish 2

3

This requirement can be met either by satisfactory completion of coursework taken at or transferred to TCU or by presenting satisfactory scores on recognized standardized tests (AP, CLEP or SAT II). Required scores on standardized tests are in the Credit by Exam booklet available from the Office of Admission. For languages not taught at TCU, 6 semester hours at the sophomore level, transferred from another accredited institution, will satisfy this requirement. Students also may prove evidence of competency in the non-English language by successfully completing one academic year in a secondary or post-secondary institution in which the language of instruction is other than English, for which the student will receive 12 credit hours.

It is strongly recommended that sports broadcasting majors complete their course requirements in the following order:

Step One: Sports Broadcasting Prerequisites

FTDM 10113History of Broadcasting

3

FTDM 21113Sports Broadcasting

3

Step Two: Sports Broadcasting Core Requirements

FTDM 21713Introduction to Remote Sports Production

3

FTDM 20523Business of Media

3

Step Three: Sports Broadcasting Production Courses

Complete four of the following:

FTDM 21513Sports Radio

3

FTDM 31713Remote Sports Production

3

FTDM 31723Producing the Live Sports Event

3

FTDM 31733Audio Production for Sports: Television and Radio

3

FTDM 41113Sports Play-by-Play

3

FTDM 41333Post-Production for Sports

3

FTDM 41383Sports Documentary Production

3

Step Four: Sports Broadcasting Industry and Analysis Courses

Complete three of the following:

FTDM 30513Audience Research

3

FTDM 30523Media Marketing and Promotions

3

FTDM 30573Broadcast and Cable Programming

3

FTDM 40523Management for Broadcast, Cable, and Film

3

FTDM 41580Topics in Sports Media

3

FTDM 41713Global Sports Media

3

KINE 30713Psychology of Sport

3

KINE 30723Sociology of Sport

3

Step Five: Additional Requirements

Students must complete both of the following courses:

FTDM 30860Internship in Film, Television, and Digital Media

1-3

FTDM 40901Senior Seminar in Film, Television, and Digital Media

1

FTDM 30860 requires a minimum of 3 hours

FTDM 40901 to be taken during last semester

Responsibility for knowing course prerequisites lies with the student. Students who wish to apply for "permission of instructor" or "permission of department" to take a class must submit a written request prior to registration. The department does not guarantee that all who wish to enroll in these classes will be accepted.