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2012-13 Undergraduate Catalog 
2012-13 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Recording Industry, Commercial Songwriting Concentration, B.S.

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Department of Recording Industry 

The major in Recording Industry with a concentration in Commercial Songwriting requires 48 hours of Recording Industry courses in addition to 41 hours of General Education requirements. Recording Industry majors complete one minor.

Admission to Candidacy

Students are required to be admitted to candidacy to earn a degree as Recording Industry majors in the College of Mass Communication and as a prerequisite to enrollment in most upper-division courses within the college. To apply for candidacy, a student must have

  1. completed all academic enrichment requirements;
  2. completed all high school deficiencies;
  3. completed 45 hours (not to include academic enrichment courses);
  4. completed the math requirement (College Algebra or higher level math) with a minimum 2.00 (C) grade;
  5. completed candidacy courses (JOUR 1020 /EMC 1020 /RIM 1020 ; RIM 3000 , RIM 3010 , RIM 3600 ) with a minimum 2.00 (C) grade in each;
  6. maintained good standing (not on probation).

The department will open a limited number of candidacy slots in the concentrations each year. Candidacy will be granted three times per year, after the end of the Fall and Spring Semesters and Summer Term. Students may choose a dual concentration. Changing concentrations will require a reapplication to candidacy. Eighty-five percent of available slots in each concentration will be awarded based on the candidacy formula score. The candidacy formula can be found the department website,

Fifteen percent of available slots in each concentration will be awarded based on a faculty committee recommendation on an appeal application. Appeal applications will be accepted after formula slots have been announced early in the Fall and Spring Semester and Summer Term. Appeal recommendations will be based on exceptional circumstances and/or exceptional talent and/or diversity considerations.

Applications for admission to candidacy are available at the Recording Industry Department office and should be submitted by students during the semester in which they will have completed the foregoing requirements.

Students may not take other RIM courses, with the exception of the candidacy requirements, RIM 1230  and RIM 3650 , until they have successfully completed admission to candidacy.


*No more than 6 hours total are allowed toward the major from any combination of RIM 3580 , RIM 4000 , or RIM 4010 .

Commercial Songwriting concentration students may take up to 6 semester hours of their electives from the other concentrations in Recording Industry.

General Education Requirements

For General Education Mathematics, Recording Industry majors must take one of the following courses. MATH 1010  will not meet this requirement.

Computer Literacy Requirement

To meet the computer literacy requirement, Recording Industry majors should take one of the following courses or minor in Computer Science. CSCI 1000  will not meet this requirement.

Minors for Recording Industry Majors

All Recording Industry majors are required to complete one minor.

Commercial Songwriting concentration students must pick one minor from among Entrepreneurship , Writing , or Music .

Recommended Curriculum

Curricular listings include General Education  requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Following is a suggested pattern of study for the first two years. Students should see their advisors to develop their individual schedules. Certain prerequisites and sequences in particular major concentrations and minors require special attention.


Subtotal: 30 credit hours


Subtotal: 29-32 Hours


Subtotal: 31-28 Hours


Subtotal: 30 Hours

Total hours in program: 120

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