Overview

The sports broadcasting track was designed to prepare students for the ever-expanding field of sports media. Students on this track have direct access to sports broadcasting opportunities through Youngstown State University Athletics, including NCAA Division I sports, via Horizon League and Missouri Valley Conference (i.e., Penguin football) streams and broadcasts. Students learn the process of preparing content through the pre- and post-production phases as well as evaluation of the content. Courses include Broadcast Sports Producing & Writing, Broadcast Sports Performance, Cross-Platform Sports Broadcasting, Sports Media Production, and Sports Field Production.

The telecommunication studies-sports broadcasting track curriculum is designed to prepare students in pursuit of careers not only in sports media but also in expanding avenues of communication such as cross-platform sports production (i.e., preparing sports content for multiple platforms), media sales and advertising, writing and editing, and independent production. Sports media internships are available at regionally based, national and international media organizations such as ESPN and Fox Sports affiliates and flagship locations.

Possible Careers

  • Camera operator
  • Digital media producer, director, editor
  • On-air host
  • Media sales
  • Media management
  • Multimedia producer
  • Public and media relations
  • Radio DJ
  • Sports journalist, blogger
  • Sports media content producer
  • Sports media director, editor
  • Social media manager, content creator
  • Sports TV/Radio show host, producer
  • Sports video blogger (vlogger)
  • Video producer, director, editor

Complementary Minors

  • Advertising and Public Relations
  • Business
  • Creative Writing
  • Digital Media
  • Electronic Commerce Tech
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Graphic Design
  • Interactive Design
  • Journalism
  • Magazine and Specialty Reporting
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Multimedia and Web Design
  • Multimedia Reporting
  • Photography
  • Professional Writing and Editing
  • Social Media Campaigns
  • Web Communications

Admission Policy

Students who declare an intent to major in telecommunication studies, whether on the media arts track or sports broadcasting track, will be assigned to the "Pre-Telecommunication" (Pre-TCOM) category. Upon completion of 15 semester hours while in the Pre-TCOM category, and completion of ENGL 1550, TCOM 1570 OR 1580, and TCOM 1581 (with grades of "A" or "B" in all three), students will be reassigned to the "Telecommunication Studies" (TCOM) category and track of choice (media arts OR sports broadcasting).

Students may transfer to the Pre-TCOM, but not TCOM, category from another program at YSU or from another institution. Students who have completed associate- or bachelor-level degrees also may enter the Pre-TCOM, but not TCOM, category. Upon completion of 15 semester hours while in the Pre-TCOM category, and completion of ENGL 1550, TCOM 1570 OR 1580, and TCOM 1581 (with grades of "A" or "B" in all three), students will be reassigned to the TCOM category.

Students who have interrupted their attendance at YSU for three consecutive semesters or more will be assigned to the Pre-TCOM category upon return (even if the student was a TCOM major). After completion of 15 semester hours while in the Pre-TCOM category, and completion of ENGL 1550, TCOM 1570 OR 1580, and TCOM 1581 (with grades of "A" or "B" in all three), students will be reassigned to the TCOM category.

COURSETITLES.H.
General Education Requirements
Core Competencies12
Writing 1
Writing 2
Communication Foundations
Mathematics Requirement (e.g., MATH 2623, STAT 2625)
Arts and Humanities6
Natural Sciences7
Social Science6
Social and Personal Awareness6
General Education Elective or First-Year Experience Course (e.g., CCAC 1500)3
FNLG 1550Elementary Foreign Language4
FNLG 2600Intermediate Foreign Language4
Major Requirements
TCOM 1500Orientation to Telecommunication Studies1
TCOM 1510Sports Field Production 11
TCOM 1570Elements of Sports Production and Law3
TCOM 1581Telecommunication Technologies2
TCOM 2682Scriptwriting for Electronic Media3
TCOM 2683Media Operations and Performance3
TCOM 3792Broadcast Sports Producing and Writing3
TCOM 3793Broadcast Sports Performance3
TCOM 3794Cross-platform Sports Broadcasting3
TCOM 3795Sports Media Production 13
TCOM 4887Theories and Criticisms of Telecommunication3
TCOM 4889Broadcast Sports Internship3
TCOM 4899Capstone2
TCOM Electives7
Select a minimum of 7 s.h. of TCOM Electives.
Minor Requirements (some minors require more than 18 credits)18
Electives (students must complete 48 hours of upper division courses; 37xx and above)14
Total Semester Hours120
Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallS.H.
ENGL 1550 Writing 1 3
MATH XXXX Approved General Education 3
TCOM 1500 Orientation to Telecommunication Studies 1
TCOM 1570 Elements of Sports Production and Law 3
TCOM 1581 Telecommunication Technologies 2
NS XXXX Natural Science GER + lab 4
 Semester Hours16
Spring
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 3
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations 3
TCOM 1510 Sports Field Production 1 1
TCOM 2682 Scriptwriting for Electronic Media 3
TCOM 2683 Media Operations and Performance 3
AH XXXX GER Arts & Humanities 3
 Semester Hours16
Year 2
Fall
TCOM 3792 Broadcast Sports Producing and Writing 3
Minor Course 3
NS XXXX GER Natural Science 3
SPA XXXX GER Social & Personal Awareness 3
FNLG 1550 Elementary Foreign Language 4
 Semester Hours16
Spring
TCOM 3793 Broadcast Sports Performance 3
Minor course 3
AH XXXX GER Arts & Humanities 3
SS XXXX GER Social Sciences 3
FNLG 2600 Intermediate Foreign Language 4
 Semester Hours16
Year 3
Fall
TCOM 3794 Cross-platform Sports Broadcasting 3
Minor course 3
SPA XXXX GER Social & Personal Awreness 3
SS XXXX GER Social Sciences 3
 Semester Hours12
Spring
TCOM 4887 Theories and Criticisms of Telecommunication 3
TCOM 3795 Sports Media Production 1 3
TCOM XXXX Upper-division Elective 3
Upper-division Minor course 3
GER XXXX General Education elective 3
 Semester Hours15
Year 4
Fall
TCOM 4889 Broadcast Sports Internship 3
Upper-division Minor course 3
Upper-divsion General Elective 3
Upper-divsion General Elective 3
Upper-divsion General Elective 3
 Semester Hours15
Spring
TCOM 4899 Capstone 2
TCOM XXXX Upper-division Elective 3
Upper-division Minor course 3
Upper-divsion General Elective 3
Upper-divsion General Elective 3
 Semester Hours14
 Total Semester Hours120