Telecommunications

News and Information Option

Want to be a TV meteorologist, TV sportscaster, or TV reporter or anchor? Write, report, produce, and make ethical decisions as you learn about electronic news and information programming and prepare for your dream job in broadcast or online journalism.

This major is the only major at Ball State for sportscasters. If you are interested in meteorology (science of weather) but not the TV portion, check out that major in the Department of Geography.

You can also experience media convergence—newspaper, television, and online news organizations and staffs working in conjunction with one another. Ball State student newspaper and television news staffs converge in our state-of-the-art, high-definition convergence newsroom News Link Indiana, a student-produced, professionally guided, immersive learning news operation that will prepare you for the real world.

News and Information Sample Schedule

Freshman Year

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Course

Credit Hours

Course

Credit Hours

TCOM 101

3

TCOM 204

3

ENG 103

3

TCOM 206, 207, 208

3

HIST 150

3

ENG 104

3

COMM 210

3

PEFWL 100

2

COMM 210D

0

PEFWL 100L

0

SP 101 or other FL

4

SP 102 or other FL

4

TCOM 288

1

Subtotal

16

Subtotal

16

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Course

Credit Hours

Course

Credit Hours

TCOM 288

1

NEWS 202

3

JOURN 103

3

POLS 237

3

ECON 247

3

HIST 202

3

NEWS 201

3

SP 202 or other FL

3

SP 201 or other FL

3

PSYSC 100 or other Soc. Science

3

AHS or other Fine Arts

3

CC 205 or other distribution elective

3

Subtotal

16

Subtotal

18

Junior Year

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Course

Credit Hours

Course

Credit Hours

NEWS 420

3

ANTH 342 or other directed elective

3

TCOM 323

3

AHS 264 or other directed elective

3

ENG 285 or other directed elective

3

TCOM 384

3

HSC 160 or other Phys. Science

3

TCOM 426

3

ANTH 101 or other Soc. Science

3

MATHS 125

3

writing competency exam or ENG 392

0

TCOM 288

1

Subtotal

16

Subtotal

15

Senior Year

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Course

Credit Hours

Course

Credit Hours

TCOM 408

3

NEWS 485

3

ASTRO 100 or other Phys. Science

3

Any TCOM or other elective

3

Any TCOM or other elective

3

Any TCOM or other elective

3

Any TCOM or other elective

3

Any TCOM or other elective

3

Any TCOM or other elective

3

Any TCOM or other elective

3

Subtotal

15

Subtotal

15

Grand total: 127 credit hours; successfully completing the required number of credit hours for this program qualifies you to graduate with a bachelor of arts in news at the conclusion of the spring semester of your fourth year.

Department of Telecommunications
Ball Communication Building (BC) 201
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Phone: 765-285-1480
Fax: 765-285-9278
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