College of Social and Behavioral Sciences2013-2014

Electronic Media and Film

Electronic Media and Film, Bachelor of Science

  • Available Emphasis Areas:
  • Media Production - Emphasis (ending Summer 2016)
  • Media Studies - Emphasis
  • Producer and Executive - Emphasis (ending Summer 2015)
  • Screenwriting - Emphasis (ending Summer 2015)

This degree allows students to explore visual culture as manifested in film and digital/new media. The program provides a framework that includes hands-on production, historical perspectives, and the essentials of programming. Students will gain proficiency in the visual and the aural as they explore the power of the media to educate and entertain.


What Can I Do with a Electronic Media and Film in Electronic Media and Film?

Electronic media is ever-changing film, television, radio, and the Internet and creating new career paths every day. If you're interested in being part of the evolution of the "information highway," there is opportunity to put yourself on the cutting edge with a degree in Electronic Media and Film. You'll garner strong written and oral communication skills while developing a critical understanding of the social, cultural, and political functions of electronic media industries.

Delve into the ethical issues of media culture and professional standards and apply your skills to all aspects of the field--production, transmission, and regulation and management of electronic media messages. Your classes will cover everything from creating a network newscast to producing and directing audio material.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:
  • Audio technician
  • Broadcast producer
  • Lighting designer
  • Reporter or news anchor

With further education, one of these paths is possible:
  • Cinematography
  • Media law
  • Media management
  • Public service

University Requirements

  • To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.

    • All of Northern Arizona University's liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
    • At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
    • At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
    • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.
    The full policy can be viewed here.



In addition to University Requirements:

  • 45 units of major requirements including 18 units of emphases requirements.
  • Be aware that you may not use courses with an EMF prefix to satisfy liberal studies requirements
  • Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 120
Highest Mathematics Required MAT 114
Emphasis, Minor, Certificate Required
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Optional
University Honors Program Optional
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Major Requirements
General Electives
  • Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit. 

    You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)

Additional Information
  • See the School of Communication page for information about the Communication Core, Advising and Student Responsibilities, and Graduation Requirements.
  • All majors must earn the grade of "C" or better in their freshman composition required course, and their foundation mathematics course.

  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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