Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts (Fall 2020 Curriculum)

Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts (B.A.)

Core (9 Units)

Course List
Code Title Units
BECA 200 Introduction to Electronic Communication 3
BECA 300GW Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts Research - GWAR 3
BECA 340 Media Aesthetics I 3

Foundation Areas (15 Units)

Units selected from the following areas. At least one course or course sequence must be taken in each of the four areas, plus one additional course from any of the four areas.

Course List
Code Title Units
Audio and Video Production  
BECA 231 Audio Production Basics 3
BECA 241 TV Studio Basics 3
BECA 246 Electronic Field Production I 3
Media Writing  
BECA 370 Writing for Electronic Media 3
BECA 470 Dramatic Writing for Television and Electronic Media 3
BECA 560 Radio and Television News Writing 3
BECA 570 Writing for Electronic Media Genres 3
BECA 670 Writing for Interactive Electronic Media 3
Business & Legal Aspects  
BECA 324 Law and Regulation of Electronic Media 3
BECA 423 Economic Aspects of Broadcasting and Electronic Media 3
BECA 428 Electronic Media Management 3
BECA 460 Industry of Broadcast News 3
Media Theory & Criticism  
BECA 321 Critical Study of Popular Culture 3
BECA 390 The Age of Information 3
BECA 422 Social Aspects of Electronic Media 3
BECA 463 Ethics and Responsibility in the Electronic Media 3

Electives in a Focus Area (21 units)

Seven elective courses must be approved by a BECA faculty advisor. Twenty-one units selected from upper-division BECA courses (300 level or above), which may include no more than 6 units from other departments. Upper-division (300 level or above) units from foundation courses not used to fulfill foundation requirements in any of the areas listed above may be counted as electives in an area of emphasis with the approval of a BECA faculty advisor. 

Focus Areas

Twenty-one units of elective courses in BECA or related areas are required for the major. These courses should be upper-division and should be taken within one of the focus areas listed below or in an individualized focus area designed by a student in consultation with a department advisor.

The focus areas are advisory and are meant to provide guidance for students so they develop extensive knowledge or expertise in one subject area. Students should meet with a department advisor every semester to decide which specific courses to take and how many to choose from the ones listed for a given emphasis.

Upon approval of a departmental advisor, units used in the 21-unit block of electives may include transfer units from another college or university, as well as units taken in other departments in this University. BECA department courses identified as foundation classes, but not used to fulfill foundation unit requirements, may be included in the 21 units of electives. Variable topic and experimental courses and senior seminars may also be included in the twenty-one units of electives.

Sample Focus Areas with Possible Courses

Audio Production and Music Recording

Course List
Code Title Units
BECA 330 Audio Production II 3
BECA 335 Audio for Video 3
BECA 430 Advanced Audio Production I 3
BECA 530 Advanced Audio Production II 3
BECA 533 Advanced Music Recording Workshop 3
BECA 535 Advanced Audio for Video 3
BECA 576 Internship in Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts 3
or other courses by advisement  

 

Electronic Media Journalism

Course List
Code Title Units
BECA 460 Industry of Broadcast News 3
BECA 462 The Television Documentary in the United States 3
BECA 550 The Broadcast Interview 3
BECA 560 Radio and Television News Writing 3
BECA 561 News Reporting for Television 3
BECA 562 Television & Video Documentary Production 3
BECA 576 Internship in Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts 3
BECA 660 Television Center News 4
BECA 665 News Reporting and Producing for Radio 3
or other courses by advisement  

 

Business Aspects of Electronic Media

Course List
Code Title Units
BECA 324 Law and Regulation of Electronic Media 3
BECA 423 Economic Aspects of Broadcasting and Electronic Media 3
BECA 428 Electronic Media Management 3
BECA 463 Ethics and Responsibility in the Electronic Media 3
BECA 505 KSFS Radio and Podcasting II 3
BECA 576 Internship in Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts 3
BECA 640 Television and Video Production Planning 3
or other courses by advisement  

 

Educational and Instructional Media

Course List
Code Title Units
BECA 370 Writing for Electronic Media 3
BECA 425 Television and Video Program Design 3
BECA 536 Creativity and Design Thinking in Electronic Media 3
BECA 576 Internship in Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts 3
BECA 580 Media in Community Service 3
BECA 626 Corporate and Institutional Media Production 3
BECA 640 Television and Video Production Planning 3
BECA 646 Electronic Field Production II 3
or other courses by advisement  

 

Electronic Media Theory and Criticism

Course List
Code Title Units
BECA 321 Critical Study of Popular Culture 3
BECA 324 Law and Regulation of Electronic Media 3
BECA 390 The Age of Information 3
BECA 422 Social Aspects of Electronic Media 3
BECA 460 Industry of Broadcast News 3
BECA/WGS 485 Women and Media 3
BECA/ITEC 487 Children and Television 3
BECA 490 Television and Social Change 3
BECA 500 International Broadcasting 3
BECA 576 Internship in Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts 3
BECA 590 New Electronic Communication Technologies 3
BECA 600 Senior Seminar 3
or other courses by advisement  

 

Interactive Media

Course List
Code Title Units
BECA 390 The Age of Information 3
BECA 547 Video Editing II 3
BECA 590 New Electronic Communication Technologies 3
BECA 593 Interactive and Transmedia Electronic Media Workshop 3
BECA 626 Corporate and Institutional Media Production 3
BECA 648 Digital Video Editing II 3
BECA 670 Writing for Interactive Electronic Media 3
BECA 693 Interactive Electronic Media Workshop II 3
or other courses by advisement  

 

Radio Production and Programming

Course List
Code Title Units
BECA 305 KSFS Radio and Podcasting I 3
BECA 310 Sonic Storytelling with Radio and Podcasting 3
BECA 435 Aesthetics of Sound 3
BECA 505 KSFS Radio and Podcasting II 3
BECA 510 Music Performance Recording and Production 3
BECA 576 Internship in Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts 3
BECA 665 News Reporting and Producing for Radio 3
or other courses by advisement  

 

Television/Video Production

Course List
Code Title Units
BECA 370 Writing for Electronic Media 3
BECA 415 Advanced Television Production Workshop 3
BECA 425 Television and Video Program Design 3
BECA 440 Media Aesthetics II 3
BECA 462 The Television Documentary in the United States 3
BECA 515 Television Center Crew 3
BECA 516 Television News Crew 3
BECA 545 Television Directing I 3
BECA 547 Video Editing II 3
BECA 562 Television & Video Documentary Production 3
BECA 576 Internship in Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts 3
BECA 580 Media in Community Service 3
BECA 640 Television and Video Production Planning 3
BECA 646 Electronic Field Production II 3
BECA 647 Advanced Video Production 3
BECA 648 Digital Video Editing II 3
or other courses by advisement  

 

Writing for the Electronic Media

Course List
Code Title Units
BECA 370 Writing for Electronic Media 3
BECA 425 Television and Video Program Design 3
BECA 462 The Television Documentary in the United States 3
BECA 470 Dramatic Writing for Television and Electronic Media 3
BECA 560 Radio and Television News Writing 3
BECA 561 News Reporting for Television 3
BECA 562 Television & Video Documentary Production 3
BECA 570 Writing for Electronic Media Genres 3
BECA 576 Internship in Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts 3
BECA 670 Writing for Interactive Electronic Media 3
or other courses by advisement