Department of Broadcasting

Sports Broadcasting

  1. University General Education Curriculum: 43 s.h.
  2. Core Courses: 15 s.h.
    BC 100, 102, 141, 142, 247, 425†
  3. Directed Electives: 26 s.h.
    1. Sports Broadcasting
      BC 136, 246, 256, 312, 326, 426,
    2. Plus 8 s.h. of Sports Broadcasting Practica
                  BC 201/301, 203/303, 204/304, 205/305, 206/306, 207/307, 208/308, 209/309, 211/311, 213/313, 214/314, 216/316, 217/317, 218/318, 219/319, 220/320
    1. Any Approved Minor: 16–20 s.h.
    2. Open Electives: 17-21 s.h.

    †BC 425 fulfills the Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) graduation requirement.

    Core Classes

    100 Introduction to Broadcasting. (3)Introduction to the historical, programming, physical, legal, social, and economic aspects of broadcasting and cable.

    102 Introduction to Broadcast Research and Writing. (3)Course focuses on finding, researching, and presenting material for a variety of media, purposes, and audiences. Includes study of interviewing, writing, and copy editing skills and library use. Prerequisites: BC 100.

    141 Audio Production I. (3) Introduction to audio production techniques, from simple voice and field recording to multitrack mixdown procedures. Content produced will be suitable for broadcast and internet distribution. Not open to students who have completed BC 250.

    142 Video Production I. (3) Introduction to video production techniques including portable camera operation and techniques, and editing certification training on Final Cut Pro. Content produced will be suitable for broadcast and internet distribution. Not open to students who have completed BC 261.

    247 Introduction to Studio Production. (3) Introduction to studio-based, live and live-to-tape television production. Students acquire creative and technical skills and learn how to work as a production team. Course will prepare students for internships and careers in studio production. Prerequisite: BC 100, or permission of instructor.

    425 Broadcast/Cable Law and Ethics. (3) Laws covering the broadcast/cable industry in America from the Communication Act of 1934 to the present. Ethical considerations faced by broadcasters and cablecasters. Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) course. Prerequisite: Senior standing or permission of instructor.

    Sports Broadcasting

    136 Sports, Media and Society. (3) A critical analysis of issues in sports media and the history of sports broadcasting in American culture. Examines the ethics, literature, racial and gender issues, and the business of sports broadcasting.

    246 Broadcast Sports Writing. (3) Students learn the fundamentals of the broadcast sports writing process for the broadcast media. Includes an overview of the history of broadcast sports writing in American culture. Prerequisite: BC 136.

    256 Interactive Web Sportscasting. (3) Examination of and instruction in new media technologies to deliver sports media content. Emphasis on the interactive nature of the online experience as it changes traditional notions of presentation and distribution. Prerequisites: BC 102, and 246.

    312 Broadcast Sports Performance. (3) Students receive instruction on play-by-play announcing and on the preparation and extemporaneous discussion of player and team statistics and other appropriate sportsrelated information. Prerequisites: BC 200 and 222.

    326 Sports Production I. (3, repeatable to 6) Theory and practice of remote radio and television sports production for volleyball, soccer, and baseball. Prerequisites: BC 100, 102, 141 and 142; ENG 180 and 280.

    426 Sports Production II. (3, repeatable to 6) Theory and practice of remote radio and television sports production for football, basketball, softball, and baseball. Students produce and direct coverage of sporting events. Prerequisites: BC 326.

    Sports Broadcasting Practica

    Applied Studies (Practica): (1 s.h./semester, repeatable to a maximum of 10 semesters) Instruction in and practical application of sports broadcasting announcing, production, or reporting techniques for various sports. Prerequisites: Written consent of instructor. Enrollment in upper division courses (300 level) requires a grade of C or better in the lower division prerequisite course (200 level) having the same title.

    201/301 Football Announcing
    203/303 Basketball Announcing
    204/304 Soccer Announcing
    205/305 Volleyball Announcing
    206/306 Baseball Announcing
    207/307 Softball Announcing
    208/308 Radio Sports Talk
    209/309 Board Operations for Sports
    211/311 Football Production
    213/313 Basketball Production
    214/314 Soccer Production
    216/316 Volleyball Production
    217/317 Baseball Production
    218/318 Softball Production
    219/318 Interactive Media Sports Production
    220/320 Sports Reporting