Billy Pittard, Chair
Barr, Bowen, Bratten, Gordon, Harris, Heigle, Heinrich, Jimison, Kalwinsky, McNulty, O’Neill, Sultan, Trundle, Zheng
This Department of Electronic Media Communication’s (EMC) purpose is to prepare students to work in all forms of electronic or digital media content. The department’s programs include Electronic Media Communication with specialties in Video and Film and Media Management, New Media Communication, and Photography. The department offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communication.
The department strives to provide hands-on learning experiences whenever possible. Facilities include a 40-foot high definition mobile television production lab, a 3,000 square foot TV/film studio with a high definition control room, a robotic studio and control room with virtual sets, video editing facilities, an animation lab, traditional and digital photography facilities, a student-run FM radio station, a student-run TV station with its own fully-equipped studio and control room, as well as a variety of cameras, lighting, and other field production equipment.
The Baldwin Photographic Gallery which exhibits the works of renowned photographers, students, and faculty resides in the department.
Students in the department may take up to 48 hours of coursework in the College of Media and Entertainment for application to the 120 hours presented for the first bachelor’s degree. A minimum of 72 hours must be taken outside the college. Total university credit for practicum and internship courses cannot exceed six hours. Students in Electronic Media Communication may not minor in any area of the College of Media and Entertainment. Students majoring in any of the EMC programs must earn a C (2.00) or better in each course taken in the College of Media and Entertainment in order to graduate.
All EMC programs require admission to candidacy upon completion of 45 semester hours of university-level coursework. Specific requirements are listed by program. Most upper-division courses in the department have admission to EMC candidacy as a prerequisite.
The Department of Electronic Media Communication will not accept more than 12 semester hours of transfer credit toward either a major or minor in the department. This is a maximum number of credits that will be accepted and does not constitute a guarantee that each student desiring to transfer up to 12 semester hours into the program will be granted credit for all transfer hours. Each case will be judged on an individual basis.
Transfer credit will normally be granted for theory/concept courses such as American Media and Social Institutions. Other courses that will normally be accepted from accredited institutions of higher learning include Introduction to Mass Communication and Writing for Media. On a case-by-case basis, a production course may be accepted as a lower division elective if the student earned a B or better in the course.
Further information on departmental procedures for awarding transfer credit is available from the department.
The Department of Electronic Media Communication periodically offers the following courses in Honors:
See Honors College for more information.