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2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog 
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Converged Broadcast Media, BA

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In the converged broadcast media program, you will receive a comprehensive education in media convergence, broadcast television, and their social media and Internet components. In addition, you will learn about live TV news broadcasting, live on-location production, sports, entertainment and political events coverage.

The Bachelor of Arts with a major in converged broadcast media integrates a broad and thorough overview of the ever-changing electronic news media, with intermediate and advanced courses in writing and reporting for radio, television and the Internet; interviewing and performance; shooting and editing for television; television and radio news producing; news media analysis; electronic news management; plus classes in legal and ethical issues and covering cross-cultural communities. Students further develop their skills through NTTV, KNTU-FM and their web sites. An optional certificate in television news producing is also available within the major.

To qualify, students must successfully complete at least 42 hours of college courses before applying for major status (see “Admission to the Major ”). Initial requirements must be completed with a minimum 2.75 GPA before applying for major status. Students must have and maintain a minimum 2.75 GPA in all university courses to complete this major.

CBCM admission and initial requirements

Only CBCM majors and RTVF majors may take RTVF and CBCM courses. Entering students interested in  majoring in CBCM must fulfill initial requirements and will be advised by the RTVF department. Admission to the university does not guarantee admission to the CBCM major. The RTVF department’s initial requirements must be fulfilled before a student may apply for  CBCM major status. Entering students who elect to pursue the major in converged broadcast media will not be classified as CBCM majors until they fulfill the initial requirements. To do this, a student must successfully complete 42 hours of college courses including the CBCM/RTVF requirements listed below with a UNT grade point average of 2.75 or better and a C or better in each CBCM/RTVF course. Students may apply for CBCM major status when all of the required classes have been completed.

Admission to the major

Before applying for CBCM major status, a student must first complete:

42 hours of college courses, including

  • COMM 1010 - Introduction to Communication   or equivalent (contact the Department of Radio, Television and Film  for list).
  • The Communication (English Composition and Rhetoric) requirement of the University Core Curriculum with a grade of C or better.
  • The Mathematics requirement of the University Core Curriculum.
  • The foreign language requirement at least through the 1020 level (or the placement equivalent).

Requirements to enroll in RTVF 1310, RTVF 2210 or CBCM 2400

Students who wish to enroll in RTVF 1310 , RTVF 2210  or CBCM 2400  must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Entering freshmen with no college credit must successfully complete at least 12 hours of UNT course work with a UNT GPA of 2.75 or better.
  2. Transfer students with college credit must transfer a minimum of 12 hours of course work accepted by UNT with a GPA of 2.75 or better. Students who do not meet this requirement must successfully complete at least 12 hours of UNT course work with a GPA of 2.75 or better.

Note: Students may not register for any upper-level RTVF/CBCM courses until full-major status is attained.

Continued enrollment in RTVF/CBCM courses

Students must meet the following minimum standards for continued enrollment in RTVF/CBCM courses:

  1. Complete RTVF 1310 , RTVF 2210  and CBCM 2400  with a grade of C or better. Students earning less than a C in any one of these three courses will be allowed to repeat that course only once. Students failing to earn a C or better on the second attempt will not be allowed to repeat these courses and will not be awarded major status in the department.
  2. Have at least a 2.75 UNT GPA. CBCM majors must maintain a UNT GPA of 2.75. CBCM students whose GPAs fall below this standard will be informed of their status by the RTVF department and may not take any classes in the RTVF department until they return their UNT GPA to 2.75 or better.

Degree requirements

Hours required and general/college requirements

A minimum of 120 semester hours, of which 42 must be advanced, and fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree as specified in the “University Core Curriculum ” in the Academics section of this catalog and the College of Arts and Sciences  requirements.

Major requirements

Other course requirements





Hours required for electives may vary based on course selection and the University Core Curriculum requirements. Electives may be required to satisfy the advanced hour requirement (42) and/or the minimum total hours required for the degree. For specific information see an academic advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Other requirements

COMM 1010  or equivalent. A minimum 2.75 cumulative UNT GPA is required to graduate. Only 12 hours of RTVF/CBCM courses taken at other institutions may be applied toward the major.

Students must observe prerequisites for each CBCM/RTVF course. If a student has not completed prerequisites for a course with a grade of C or better, the student is subject to administrative drop from the course without notice. Prerequisites are listed with individual course descriptions.

Because of the high demand for many RTVF/CBCM courses, students who miss the first class without consent of the instructor are subject to be dropped from the course so that other students may be added. Students who miss the first day of class because of illness or some other acceptable excuse should notify the department office the day of the absence.

Students may register for only one section of a course at a time. Students registered for more than one section of a course will be dropped from all sections of that course without notice. The policy does not apply to courses such as special topics, which may bear the same course number but different topics and are therefore different courses.

Specific competency and departmental approval for internship, seminar and special problems courses are required.

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