The broadcasting curriculum provides an in-depth historical and conceptual understanding of the nature and function of the media. Students learn to critically examine media products and work within media institutions. The interrelationship of media and culture is studied in the context of the postmodern era. International telecommunication policy is examined alongside U.S. broadcasting institutions.
At the same time, students learn advanced and sophisticated technical skills through lectures, production laboratories, and class projects, and through working on professional production teams that create media products for non-profit organizations. Students also produce programs of various genres for network television and for the Internet.
The department operates two fully equipped television studios, digital video and audio computer editing suites, multi-track audio recording facilities and a 24 station computer lab with current multimedia software. Students have opportunities for immediate hands-on preparation on MUTV-99, student produced programming for our campus cable TV channel, WIXQ, the campus radio station and networking opportunities through a variety of internships. The award-winning Millersville chapter of the National Broadcasting Society provides networking opportunities with media professionals each year at regional and national conferences. The local chapter of Alpha Epsilon Rho-- the oldest honor society in broadcasting — recognizes outstanding scholastic achievement.
The overarching goal is to offer students opportunities to incorporate critical and analytical skills with strong writing and technical production competencies. Faculty-student collaboration provides students with both research and production opportunities. Previous projects have included scholarly publications, documentaries, public service announcements, and a variety of other creative endeavors. Successful students are thereby prepared to enter the field in a variety of media production organizations or to pursue additional coursework at the graduate level.
See Academic Advisement list of majors for course descriptions and requirements.