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Broadcast Communication Certificate Program

The Broadcast Communication Certificate Program is for individuals not seeking a master’s degree but would like to acquire or advance their skill set in the broadcasting industry. All courses provide a practical hands-on approach, without a concentration in theory and research.

Overview

The certificate program is comprised of 15 credit hours, which totals 5 classes. Classes are offered during the evening hours to accommodate working professionals or individuals who have responsibilities during the day. Students do not have to complete a thesis or capstone project.

Length of Program

Students may take classes at their own pace since there is no required timeframe to complete the certificate program. You may start the program in either the Fall or Spring semester. We do not offer classes during the Summer semesters.

Financial Aid

Please note that if you choose to pursue the certificate program you are not eligible to receive federal aid. Only students pursuing the Master of Arts in Communication are eligible to receive funding. Please visit our Financial Aid section for more information regarding aid for master’s students.

Certificate Curriculum (15 to 18 Credit Hours)

PRE

NUM 

COURSE TITLE  

HOURS

COM

514

AUDIO AND VIDEO PRODUCTION    
Theory and practice of audio and video production; hands-on experience in basic production for radio and television. This course may be waived if the student has an undergraduate degree in broadcasting or work experience with video equipment. (May be waived if student has an undergraduate degree in broadcasting or work experience with video equipment)

3

COM

518

BROADCAST NEWS
Theory and practice of audio and video production; hands-on experience in basic production for radio and television. This course may be waived if the student has an undergraduate degree in broadcasting or work experience with video equipment. (Prerequisites: COM 514 and 605 or permission)

3

COM

595

COMMUNICATION LAW
Studies current laws governing mass media. Role of the FCC, libel, privacy, and First Amendment issues.

3

COM

605

ADVANCED TELEVISION PRODUCTION
Advanced television editing techniques. Emphasis on writing, producing, and electronic editing. (Prerequisites: COM 514 or permission)

3

COM

626

MEDIA PROGRAMMING
Overview of programming categories, network and local formats, research and programming strategies.

3

COM

694

GRADUATE INTERNSHIP

3

COM

697

SPECIAL TOPICS: ADVANCED VIDEO EDITING (Prerequisites: COM 514 and 605 or permission)

3

COM

697

SPECIAL TOPICS: PUBLIC AFFAIRS PRODUCING
Identification and examination of selected topics in communication. May be repeated under different topic titles. (Prerequisites: COM 514 and 605 or permission)

3

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