The college requires a minimum of 120 semester hours for a Bachelor of Arts degree. Students must complete no fewer than 58 of those semester hours in the basic liberal arts. The college seeks to offer a curriculum that stays abreast of trends and changes in the field while providing a broad education in media and communication with introductory survey courses, media theory and society, media law, and news writing.
First-semester freshmen enrolling in the college must meet the university-wide admission requirements and present ACT or SAT scores when entering the college. Students enrolling in the college for the first time will be designated as premajors. Students enrolled in other colleges at Texas Tech may transfer into the college after earning at least 12 semester credit hours (excluding CLEP courses) with a GPA of 2.5 or higher (2.25 for media strategies majors).
The change from premajor status to a specific major will be accomplished after completion of the media and communication core curriculum and the following requirements:
University Core Curriculum Requirements – The core curriculum requirements ensure breadth in each academic program. These requirements have been incorporated into the college's undergraduate degree programs as per the state of Texas requirements listed in the Undergraduate Academics section of this catalog. Students should consult with an advisor in the Advising Center in Media and Communication prior to each registration period to ensure all requirements are being met in a manner consistent with timely graduation.
Course Load – A normal full-time course load is 15-19 hours per semester. In calculating the course load, the assistant dean for undergraduate students will consider all distance education courses as a part of the course load. Course loads in excess of 19 hours require approval by the assistant dean of the college. The maximum course load for a student on probation is 16 hours.
The normal course load for a single summer term is 6-8 hours. To meet graduation requirements, a graduating senior may petition to take 9 hours one term or a total of 15 hours in both terms.
Distance Education Courses – Approval for courses to be taken by distance education must be obtained in the Advising Center. All course prerequisites must be met to be granted enrollment. In all programs no more than 6 hours of distance education coursework may be completed during the final 30 hours of the degree. Students must have junior status to enroll in a 3000- or 4000-level distance course.
Catalog Selection – Students will use the catalog issued for the year in which they are first officially admitted to the college, or a more recent catalog if approved. However, if they later transfer to another institution or another college at Texas Tech and then desire readmission to the college, they will use the catalog in effect when they are readmitted. For graduation purposes, a catalog expires after seven years, at which time the current catalog becomes the catalog in effect.
Credit by Examination – A matriculated student may attempt credit by examination (described elsewhere in this catalog). Approval from the assistant dean for undergraduate students is required if the student is classified as a senior, if the student is taking the exam for a second time before six months have elapsed, or if more advanced material in the same subject has already been completed.
Grades of D – Semester credit hours for a course in which a grade of D is earned may not be applied toward fulfillment of the major, adjunct, minor, or teaching field requirements for any degree program.
Grading Practices – The college conforms to university grading practices as set forth in the Undergraduate Academics section of this catalog. In addition, the following regulations apply within the college.
Except for those courses designated "may be repeated for credit" in this catalog, no course may be used more than once on a degree plan unless approved by the assistant dean for undergraduate students.
Second Bachelor's Degree – Permission to enroll in courses to pursue a second bachelor's degree must be obtained from the assistant dean for undergraduate students. No second bachelor's degree is conferred until the candidate has completed at least 24 semester credit hours in residence, in addition to the courses counted toward the first bachelor's degree. Credit by examination courses will not satisfy the 24-hour residence requirement. A second bachelor's degree sought by a student who did not graduate from a public Texas university must include the required core curriculum.
Freshman Year – Entering freshmen develop their programs in consultation with an academic advisor. Students report to their advisors for individual conferences or group meetings as needed for the purpose of orienting themselves to academic regulations and procedures, curricula, and degree requirements in their respective areas of interest.
Students are urged to take required freshman courses, including MCOM 1100, during the freshman year. During the sophomore year the student should complete the second year of English and all other freshman requirements. Normally, core curriculum requirements should be completed by the end of the sophomore year. Freshmen should not enroll in junior-senior level courses.
Admission of Transfer Students – Students requesting permission to transfer from another academic institution must meet the university-wide admission requirements. Transfer students must present ACT or SAT scores when entering the college. No more than 21 hours of media and communication courses will be accepted in transfer. Students requesting permission to transfer from another college at Texas Tech must have a GPA of 2.5 (2.25 for media strategies majors) or better. In addition, they must provide the Advising Center with a transcript of all academic work. Approval will be granted at the Advising Center. The college will determine the applicability of any transferred credit to academic programs within the college. All transfer students will enter under the catalog in force at the time of transfer. The last 30 hours prior to graduation must be completed while enrolled in the college.
Final 30 Credit Hours – The final 30 semester credit hours of a degree program must be completed with Texas Tech enrollment. A maximum of 6 of these credit hours may be taken by Texas Tech distance education. Credit for courses taken without prior approval from the assistant dean for undergraduate students may not be applied to degree program requirements.
Degree Plan and Intention to Graduate – Students declare their major upon completion of the Media and Communication core curriculum. Students must file a degree plan declaring the major before completing 45 hours of coursework. In addition, the Intention to Graduate form must be submitted upon completion of 80 hours of coursework. Students who have completed 80 or more hours will have a hold placed on their records until they file the Intention to Graduate form.
Other general rules for all students, regardless of major, enrolling in media and communication courses are as follows:
Teacher Education – Students who want to teach journalism in secondary schools must complete a degree in journalism and take the necessary courses in the College of Education to be certified to teach. Students should contact the Teacher Certification Office in the College of Education. The following courses constitute the required courses from the journalism secondary teaching field: JOUR 2300, 2310, 3310, 3312, 3350, 3380, 3390, 4350, 4370, 3-hour journalism elective; PHOT 2310; MCOM 1300, 3300, and 3320. Passing the grammar, spelling, and punctuation exam prior to enrolling in JOUR 2310 is required.
Minors – The college offers minors in advertising, electronic media and communications, journalism, media strategies, and public relations. The requirements for each minor are discussed in the catalog section of the supervising department.
Requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Arts apply to all baccalaureate degrees offered through the college unless specifically shown to the contrary.
Bachelor of Arts – The curriculum established for this degree is designed to provide the foundation of a liberal arts education through a well-rounded study of the humanities, arts, mathematics, individual or group behavior, and natural sciences. It also provides the factual basis and insights requisite for specialized study and professional work in these fields.
General Requirements – See Undergraduate Credit by Examination in the Undergraduate Admissions section of this catalog for information on credit provided by test scores to meet these requirements. Students must take the specified number of hours in the areas listed below. Except for the humanities and multicultural requirement, a course may not be counted in two different areas of the general requirements nor may a course be counted in requirements for both a major and a minor (if selected).
Students who will graduate under a catalog previous to 2012-2013 must meet the Technology and Applied Science requirement of the core.
In addition to the above requirements, the student must take major and elective courses sufficient to total 120 semester credit hours. Students should have selected their major by the time they are enrolled in JOUR 2310 or have reached 45 hours. They will be required to complete a minimum of 39 hours for their major subject, including 6 hours of intensive writing courses. At least 18 hours of the major subject must be in courses at the junior-senior level. Students are expected to develop a degree plan no later than the second semester of the sophomore year. Forms and information are available in the Advising Center. Not more than 8 hours may be counted in applied music and/or music ensemble.
Course descriptions for the college's various specializations can be found within the catalog information for each department. Those courses with a MCOM prefix that are common to many disciplines within the college can be accessed by clicking on the link below.