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Southern Illinois University



College of Mass Communication and Media Arts


Television Studies Minor

Students who are interested in learning more about the impact that media has on their lives can earn a minor in Television Studies through Southern Illinois University Carbondale's Department of Radio, Television and Digital Media. With the endless possibilities of available media outlets, it is essential to understand the ever-changing media landscape and culture. The minor allows students, including those who do not plan to work in the industry or become media professionals, the opportunity to gain a critical ability to understand how media is involved in their lives.

A total of 15 credits is required for the minor. The student must complete RTD 200: Understanding Media. The student must also complete at least nine credit hours in 300 or 400-level Radio, Television and Digital Media courses in the areas of media studies and media industries, as well as one 300 or 400-level production course to obtain a minor. All courses for a minor in Television Studies must be completed with a grade of C or higher.

Interdisciplinary Minor: Game Design and Development

The minor in Game Design and Development (GDD) is a multi-disciplinary minor offered by the School of Information Systems and Applied Technologies (ISAT) and the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts (MCMA).  The purpose of this minor is to prepare students who wish to enter the field of game design and development.  The Game Design and Development minor requires 18 credits.  The courses required to complete this minor include:  ISAT 340 or CP 260, IST 209G, RTD 487, RTD 361, IST 392 or MCMA 499, and one elective course.  The approved electives for this minor are:  IST 309, IST 312, IST 426D, IST 446, RTD 331, RTD 496, CP 361, CP 454, and CP 470C, CP 470W, CP 472.  All prerequisites for these courses must be fulfilled prior to enrollment in each course.  All courses for this minor must be completed with a grade of C or better.  All students who wish to enroll in this minor must do so through the ISAT advisor or the Cinema and Photography or Radio, Television, and Digital Media advisors in MCMA.  MCMA students may not count a course taken to fulfill the requirements of this Minor as one of the courses required to fulfill either an RTD or CP major.