Undergraduate

Telecommunications

Rapid advances in technology have enabled an evolution in the field of telecommunications. Unlike the days when traditional television networks were the sole producers, anyone can now create and publish media-rich content. The increase in consumer production and consumption of multimedia has driven the need to learn more about telecommunications applications, the implications on society, and the foundational aspects of the business. Three cognate options are available:

  • Applications. This cognate focuses primarily on audio, video and multimedia production using computers. Think of how technology has expanded the media with YouTube alone. If your interest is in producing various web media consider this option. You can also learn about gaming. Students who are interested in graduate school should consider further study in human-computer interaction design
  • Implications. This cognate introduces you to the impact of technology on society. It enables you to study media issues that interest you. Consider the impact of social media, a powerful tool for social change around the world. If you want to delve into topics such as this, consider the Implications option. Students who are interested in graduate school should consider further study in social informatics.
  • Foundations. This cognate focuses on the business side of the infrastructure. If you’re curious to learn about the business or technical infrastructure of telecommunications, networks, policymaking, regulations and other industry relevant topics, consider the Foundations option. Students who are interested in graduate school should consider an MS in Computer Science.

All Telecommunications cognates fulfill the Telecommunications minor.

Applications
This cognate area focuses on video and multimedia production using computers. The applications option requires the completion of 18 credit hours.
Required:

  • TEL-T 101 Media Life
  • TEL-T 206 Introduction to Design and Production
  • TEL-T 283 Introduction to Production Techniques and Practices OR TEL-T 284 Introduction to Interactive Media Design
Select 9 credit hours from the following:

  • TEL-T 351 Video Field and Post Production
  • TEL-T 353 Audio Production
  • TEL-T 354 Program Graphics and Animation
  • TEL-T 356 TV Studio Production
  • TEL-T 361 Flash for Games and Interactive Media
  • TEL-T 364 Introduction to 3D Digital Modeling and Animation
  • TEL-T 366 Multiplayer Game Design
  • TEL-T 367 Theory and Practice of Game Design
  • TEL-T 369 Sound Design
  • TEL-T 431 Video Documentary
  • TEL-T 435 Documentary Production
  • TEL-T 452 Topical Seminar in Design and Production
  • TEL-T 454 DVD Authoring
  • TEL-T 460 Projects in Game Design
  • TEL-T 461 Advanced Flash for Games and Interactive Media
  • TEL-T 464 Advanced 3D Digital Modeling and Animation
Implications
The implications cognate area allows students to tailor their studies to issues of particular interest.
Required:

  • TEL-T 101 Media Life
  • TEL-T 205 Introduction to Media and Society
Select 9 credit hours from the following:

  • TEL-T 311 Media History
  • TEL-T 312 Politics and the Media
  • TEL-T 314 Telecommunications Processes and Effects
  • TEL-T 316 Media Ethics and Professional Responsibility
  • TEL-T 317 Children and Media
  • TEL-T 416 Program Analysis and Criticism
  • TEL-T 424 Telecommunications and the Constitution
  • TEL-T 427 International Telecommunications
Foundations
The Foundations cognate area focuses specifically on the development and operation of advanced telecommunications networks.
Required:

  • TEL-T 101 Media Life
  • TEL-T 207 Introduction to Telecommunications Industry and Management
Select one course from the following:
  • TEL-T 322 Telecommunications Networks
  • TEL-T 326 Network Design
  • TEL-T 327 Data Communications

Select two courses from the following:

  • TEL-T 321 Policymaking in Telecommunications
  • TEL-T 322 Telecommunications Networks (if not used above)
  • TEL-T 326 Network Design (if not used above)
  • TEL-T 327 Data Communications (if not used above)
  • TEL-T 340 Electronic Media Advertising
  • TEL-T 343 Electronic Media Sales
  • TEL-T 344 Programming Strategies
  • TEL-T 347 Promotion and Marketing in Telecommunications
  • TEL-T 348 Audience Analysis
  • TEL-T 413 Global Media Issues
  • TEL-T 421 Economics of Communications Industries
  • TEL-T 422 Business Applications in Telecommunications
  • TEL-T 425 Telecommunications Regulation
  • TEL-T 427 International Telecommunications
  • TEL-T 441 Advanced Advertising Strategies
  • TEL-T 446 Telecommunications Management