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  Sep 19, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog

University Studies: Journalism and Visual Media Concentration, B.A. or B.S.


Students enrolled in the B.S. or B.A. in University Studies may choose the journalism and visual media concentration. This concentration allows students to study issues related to news, writing, photography, and publications. It will appeal to students who have an interest in travel and destination journalism. The concentration is offered only at the Texas Tech University Hill Country campus in Fredericksburg, Texas.

Required courses are:


About the University Studies Bachelor's Program


University studies is an interdisciplinary major that encourages integrative learning, fosters new areas of learning and discovery by facilitating student learning across department and college boundaries. Administered by the Division of Undergraduate Education and Student Affairs within the Office of the Provost, a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in University Studies provides a unique course of study that allows students flexibility in choosing three distinct areas of study. Each area is referred to as a “concentration.” Although the three concentrations exist as separate programs within the university, they are normally unavailable as a combination of courses in an existing degree program. For example, a student might focus on a specialization in environmental journalism with concentrations in journalism, plant and soil sciences, and environmental toxicology. Each area exists in different colleges as part of separate degree programs, but only a major in university studies will allow students to study the three concentrations as a unit.

Coursework in the B.A. or B.S. degrees must total 120 semester hours. Prerequisites for courses selected in the areas of concentration must be completed and, depending on the concentration, may not count toward the 18-hour minimum per area of concentration. A total of 40 upper-division hours is required for the degree.

Students seeking a B.A. or B.S. in University Studies will be required to make a C or better in 15 hours of Integrative Studies from the following: INTS 2310 , INTS 3310 , INTS 4300 , INTS 3301  or INTS 4320 , and INTS 4350 . Concentration areas must combine in such a way that they provide an integrative or thematic specialization without significantly replicating any existing departmental major. Students must be in good academic standing to apply for the major.

Students interested in a university studies degree must begin the process by contacting a university studies degree advisor to organize a course of study that meets existing university and degree standards. With the degree advisor’s assistance, each student must develop a degree plan that consists of (1) a concentration declaration form and (2) a degree plan incorporating a listing of all courses completed and/or in progress as well as a listing of all intended or enrolled courses related to the degree and major. A student choosing to change an already established area of concentration must be appropriately advised by a university studies advisor and submit a new degree plan. A final audit of degree requirements will be conducted prior to the start of a student’s final term.

Credit by Exam. Seniors must receive written permission from the Office of the Provost prior to attempting credit by examination and provide proof of notification upon registering for an exam in Academic Testing Services.

Grading Practices. Credits for a course in which a grade of D is earned may not be applied toward fulfillment of any concentration area. No course may be used more than once on a degree plan unless it has been approved by the Office of the Provost or has the statement “may be repeated for credit” in the official published course description.

Final 30 Hours. The final 30 credit hours applied to a degree program must be completed with Texas Tech University enrollments. Credit for courses taken at other institutions must have prior written approval from the Office of the Provost.

Communication Literacy Requirement. Students attending Texas Tech University for the first time in the Fall 2017 term or later will complete a Communication Literacy requirement in their program(s) of study.

Texas Tech University’s transition from the Writing Intensive requirement to the Communication Literacy requirement signals the university’s awareness that in addition to the fundamental role that writing plays in enabling students to explore, develop, focus, and organize a message, other types of communication must also be taught as appropriate for a student’s discipline. Throughout each program of study, then, students must be given ample opportunity to develop their skills in forms of communication central to that program.

Communication Literacy courses for the University Studies major are INTS 2310 , INTS 4300 , and INTS 4350 .

Contact: University Studies, 164 Drane Hall, T 806.742.7100, F 806.742.7219, www.depts.ttu.edu/universitystudies

Recommended Curriculum


First Year


Fall

Total: 16

Spring

Total: 16

Second Year


Fall

Total: 15

Spring

Total: 15

Third Year


Fall

  • INTS 4300 - Perspectives in Integrative Studies 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • Concentration Area 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • Concentration Area 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • Concentration Area 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • Concentration Area 3 Semester Credit Hours
Total: 15

Spring

  • Concentration Area 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • Concentration Area 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • Concentration Area 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • Concentration Area 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • Concentration Area 3 Semester Credit Hours
Total: 15

Fourth Year


Fall

Total: 15

Spring

Total: 13

Total Hours: 120


Prerequisites for courses selected in the concentration areas must be completed and, depending on the concentration, may not count toward the 18-hour minimum in each concentration.

If an entering student has not completed two years of a single foreign language in high school or has not transferred at least two semesters of a single foreign language from another college, the student must complete at least two semesters (or its equivalent) of a single foreign language at the first-year level as a graduation requirement.

* Choose from the university’s core curriculum.

† Choose from the university’s multicultural list.