Program of Study
Hands-on experience in the classroom. Apply what you learn by working with any one of our student-run media organizations. Create a digital media portfolio to share with potential employers.
Consider the Electronic Media/Broadcasting (EM/B) major in the Department of Communication at Appalachian State University. Here you will learn the skills needed to launch your career in the electronic media/broadcast field.
The EM/B curriculum provides a well-rounded introduction to the history, principles, and practices of digital media production. Students gain hands-on experience in all aspects of the digital storytelling process – from idea development to finished work.
Opportunities for practical and applied production experience include our award-winning and student-run media outlets: 90.5 WASU-FM The App, AppTV, The Appalachian news organization, and The Peel Literature and Arts Review.
Before students graduate, they will create digital media content and an online portfolio to showcase their work.
- A minor is required for all Communication majors.
- If double majoring with a major outside of Communication, a minor is not required.
- If double majoring IN Communication, a minor IS required.
- A foreign language is not required for Communication majors.
Resource limitations place a restriction on the number of students who can be served effectively by the department's Electronic Media/Broadcasting major. Only after a student has been accepted into the Electronic Media/Broadcasting major can they declare that major.
In order to apply for EM/B, students must have:
- Have at least 30 overall hours
- Have an overall GPA of 2.0 or higher
- Fall Semester - February 1st
- Spring Semester - September 15th
Transfer students should email firstname.lastname@example.org for guidance on the possibility of a summer declaration.
Many students in the Department of Communication are enrolled in at least one course that involves working with graphics, audio, or video. Students enrolled in video courses will need a computer capable of running Adobe Premier Pro. All other students will likely be successful if they have a computer capable of running Adobe Illustrator.
While computer labs are open, you may not want to rely on them to join online class meetings or to complete your assignments. Having a laptop computer will be very helpful.
Core Courses (6 Hours)
A 2.0 GPA is required in the core courses
COM 1200 - Thinking Through Communication (3)
COM 2101 - Public Speaking (3) OR
COM 2105 - Public Speaking in the Disciplines (3)
Major Core (30 Hours)
COM 1600 - Fundamentals of Electronic Media (3)
COM 2316 - Audio Production (3)
COM 2416 - Video Production 1 (3)
COM 3300 - Mass Media and Society (3)
COM 3301 - Writing for Electronic Media (3) [WID] OR
COM 3560 - TV Scriptwriting (3)
COM 3304 - Electronic Media Performance Techniques (3)
COM 3313 - Professional Ethics in Electronic Media (3)
COM 3316 - Television Studio Production (3)
COM 4300 - Media Sales (3)
COM 4317 - Electronic Media Regulation (3)
COM 4580 - Electronic Media/Broadcasting Senior Seminar (3)