Program Overview:

Radio/Television/Film Major

The major in radio/television/film is the study of media, educating students in its history, theory and production. The interdisciplinary program offers a range of perspectives on media forms from cinema to broadcast television, alternative media to emerging technologies. The major is dedicated to integrating theory and practice and to creating intersections with other disciplines, primarily through courses in critical studies, which are supplemented by coursework in production and writing. RTVF students become fluent in media analysis through the study of the history and social, economic and political dimensions of cinema, broadcast media, and new media. Courses are taught by cultural theorists and practicing media creators who lead majors in developing and honing their technical and critical abilities and social sensibility.

In developing critical thinking and persuasive writing skills and fluency in media and culture, RTVF majors are prepared for careers in media content creation and production, communications, business and management, education, arts and entertainment, and for further study in culture, media and the performing arts.

Program Goals

Graduates will be prepared to:

  • Demonstrate critical thinking, research and analysis of media forms
  • Demonstrate practical media skills and effective use of equipment and technologies
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the historical development of media forms— film, video, television, Internet, and digital text—and the parallel development of critical approaches to studying these media
  • Write persuasively and communicate effectively 

Program Requirements

Students are required to complete 42 units, leading to the bachelor of philosophy in communication (BPhilCom) degree. The degree program includes major requirements, distribution requirements (including a writing requirement), and electives. Minors are optional.

RTVF Major Requirements

RTVF core courses
  • RTVF 190 Media Construction
  • RTVF 220 Analyzing Media Texts
  • RTVF 230 Media Contexts
  • 1 200-level RTVF course or COMM ST 275 Persuasive Images: Rhetoric of Popular Culture
8 300-400 level courses
  • 6 courses must be in RTVF
  • 2 courses in any department of the School of Communication

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Distribution Requirements

English - 2 units
  • ENGLISH 111 or 205
  • ENGLISH 113 or PERF ST 103

Humanities – 3 units

  • 3 courses from the following areas: art history, classics, comparative literary studies, English literature, foreign languages (up to two units), history, music history, philosophy, religion, and some courses in African American studies, foreign languages with literature, gender studies, performance studies, radio/television/film, Slavic languages and literature and theatre.

Psychology – 3 units

Social Sciences – 3 units

  • 3 courses from the following areas: anthropology, economics, history, linguistics, political science, sociology, and some courses in African American studies, gender studies, psychology and statistics.

Science – 3 units

  • 4 courses from the following areas: astronomy, biological sciences, chemistry, earth and planetary sciences, engineering, geography, information systems, mathematics, physics and some courses in anthropology, psychology, radio/television/film and statistics

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Up to 16 elective courses, depending on transfer credits