Broadcasting and Journalism

Sports Broadcasting

  1. University General Education Curriculum: 43 s.h.
  2. Core Courses: 15 s.h.
    BC&J 100, 101, 200, 201, 400†
  3. Option Courses: 21 s.h.
    1. BC&J 120, 212, 220, 221, 320, 321, 420
    2. 3 s.h. of Directed Elective. Any BC&J 300- or 400-level elective course
    3. Any Approved Minor: 16–20 s.h.
    4. Open Electives: 17-22 s.h.

    †BC&J 400 fulfills the Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) graduation requirement.


Core Classes

BC&J 100 Introduction to Mass Communication. (3)  

Introduction to the historical, programming, physical, legal, social, and economic aspects of the mass media.

BC&J 101 Digital Media Production I. (3)  

Introduction to digital media production including electronic field production (EFP) and studio camera theory and operation, and editing with an industry-relevant nonlinear digital editing platform. Not open to students who have completed BC 261.

BC&J 200 Introduction to AP Writing and Reporting. (3)  

Foundation course in gathering and writing news according to Associated Press style guidelines. Exercises in the assessment of newsworthiness in the coverage of local and regional events. IAI: MC 919.

BC&J 201 Introduction to Broadcast Writing and Reporting. (3)  

Foundation course in the gathering, writing, and presentation of news for the traditional broadcast and modern electronic media.

BC&J 400 (Formerly BC 425) Mass Communication Law and Ethics. (3)  

Legal rights and constraints on the mass media. Topics include prior restraint, source protection, libel, privacy invasion, indecency and the safe harbor, and other legal and ethical issues. Includes print, broadcast, satellite/cable, and web-based mass media. Not open to students with credit in BC 425 or JOUR 417. Writing Instruction in the Disciplines (WID) course. Prerequisite: Upper division standing or permission of instructor.


Sports Broadcasting

BC&J 120 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.

BC&J 212 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&J 100, or permission of instructor.

BC&J 220 Multimedia Sports Writing. (3)  

Fundamentals of the sports writing process for broadcast, streaming, and web-based media. Includes an overview of the history of broadcast sports writing in American culture. Prerequisite: BC&J 120.

BC&J 221 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.

BC&J 320 Sports Production I. (3, repeatable to 6)  

Theory and practice of remote radio and television sports production for volleyball, soccer, and baseball. Prerequisites: ENG 180 and 280.

BC&J 321 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 sports-related information. Prerequisite: junior standing.

BC&J 420 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. Prerequisite: BC&J 320.