WCU's broadcasting concentration gives you the opportunity to work and learn in an advanced, network-quality digital television studio or in Jackson County's only FM radio station, comparable to any major market radio station.
You'll work with faculty who have extensive professional experience to guide you in building "real-world" communications and broadcasting skills for your career.
WCU is the only campus in the UNC system requiring professional internships in broadcasting —you'll work in the media prior to graduation and discover the networking and mentoring opportunities that will help you start your professional career. And there's more —WCU's program in broadcast sales is recognized by the broadcasting industry as one of the very top in the field.
Liberal Studies - University Required 42 hours
Communication Core (19 hours)
Required Practical Course:
COMM 240 - Writing for Communication Credits: 3
Required Theory Course:
COMM 350 - Communication Theory and Criticism Credits: 3
Required Professional Courses:
COMM 296 - Introduction to Professional Development Credits: 3
COMM 483 - Internship in Communications Credits: 3, R9
COMM 496 - Seminar in Professional Development Credits: 1
Select two (2) of the following communication courses:
COMM 301 - Interpersonal Communication Credits: 3
COMM 312 - Small Group & Team Communication Credits: 3
COMM 345 - Public and Mediated Speaking Credits: 3
COMM 415 - Intercultural Communication Credits: 3
Broadcasting (21 hours)
COMM 254 - Radio Production I Credits: 3
COMM 255 - Television Production I Credits: 3
COMM 352 - Writing for Broadcast Credits: 3, R6
LAW 406 - Media Law Credits: 3
Select two (2) of the following Broadcasting courses:
COMM 283 - Radio Practicum I Credits: 3
COMM 284 - Television Practicum I Credits: 3
COMM 351 - Introduction to Television Studies Credits: 3
COMM 354 - Radio Production II Credits: 3
COMM 355 - Television Production II Credits: 3
COMM 383 - Radio Practicum II Credits: 3
COMM 384 - Television Practicum II Credits: 3
COMM 456 - The Business of Broadcasting Credits: 3
COMM 457 - Radio and Television Programming Credits: 3
COMM 458 - Broadcast Sales and Promotion Credits: 3
COMM 493 - Selected Topics in Communication Credits: 3, R9 (with approval of advisor)
COMM 494 - Communication Projects Credits: 1-3, R6 (with approval of advisor)
Select three (3) hours of communication department electives.
To complete the program: A total of 40 hours is required, including a minor, second communication concentration, second major, or other approved program and student selected general electives. At least 30 hours taken at WCU must be at the junior-senior level to meet one of the general university degree requirements.
Total hours required for the degree: 120
Note: The above information is not an official listing of the coursework required for the B.S. degree in Communications/Broadcasting. For an official listing of the required courses you should consult the official Western Carolina University catalog of courses.