2021-2022 Graduate Catalog

Master of Arts in Telecommunications

38 credits

The Master of Arts program in Telecommunications (Digital Storytelling) empowers students to craft compelling stories for a trans-media, multi-platform environment. Students have access to the latest technologies and leading-edge facilities, and learn to investigate, research, and study issues related to new forms of digital media.  The program prepares communication professionals for the multidisciplinary perspectives needed to produce and manage content for a variety of digital media, or to pursue doctoral studies in media and digital storytelling. The curriculum combines courses in digital media production with courses in media theory and research methods. Students also have the option to pursue either a creative project or thesis capstone.

Required Courses

TCOM 601Foundations of Digital Storytelling 1

3

TCOM 610Approaches to Creativity

3

TCOM 630Digital Production 1

3

TCOM 670Special Projects

1 TO 2

Choose one of the following:

TCOM 660Intercultural Immersion

3

TCOM 669Professional Experience

1

Total Credit Hours:1-3

Research methods, 3 credits from

PR 680Journalism and Mass Communication Research Methods

3

TCOM 602Foundations of Digital Storytelling 2

3

Total Credit Hours:3

Research requirement, 6 credits from

CRPR 698Creative Project

3 OR 6

or

THES 698Thesis

1 TO 6

Total Credit Hours:6

Design requirement, 6 credits from

ICS 667Advanced Security Topics

3

JOUR 623Visual Storytelling

3

TCOM 631Digital Production 2

3

TCOM 632Digital Media Design Seminar

3

TCOM 633Digital Audio Production

3

Total Credit Hours:6

Production and applications, 9-11 credits from

COMM 614Contemporary Rhetoric and Public Issues

3

COMM 650Communication Training in Organizations

3

COMM 690Seminar in Communication

3

ICS 620Information and Communication Technologies, Standards and Lab I

4

ICS 642Regulatory Research in Context/Problems in Information Communication

3

ICS 660Human Factors, Needs Assessment, and User-Driven Design

3

JOUR 613Seminar in Literary Journalism

3

JOUR 614Writing Literary Journalism

3

JOUR 615Data Journalism and Research Methods

3

TCOM 631Digital Production 2

3

TCOM 632Digital Media Design Seminar

3

TCOM 633Digital Audio Production

3

TCOM 669Professional Experience

1

TCOM 680Seminar in Current Topics

3 TO 6

TCOM 690Directed Study

3 TO 6

Total Credit Hours:9-11

Total Credit Hours: 38

Other courses that meet the student’s needs may be substituted, assuming that the student meets the course prerequisites and is preapproved by the program coordinator. Courses from English, history, theatre, marketing, art, music technology, architecture, and the Teachers College may be particularly useful supplements to the study of telecommunications.