Sports Broadcasting Major

The FTDM department offers a Sports Broadcasting major, available as a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science. In the program, students acquire the technical skills to produce sports programs at the professional level as well as the analytical skills to understand and articulate the social and cultural roles sports events play in countries around the globe.

Admission to the major

Admission to the major is by competitive application and is not guaranteed. Each year, there are more qualified applicants than can be accommodated by existing faculty and facilities. In order to provide a personal and quality educational experience, the department must limit undergraduate admission through competitive application.

Applications are accepted each spring (only) for admission to the major the following fall. Students interested in applying for admission into the sports broadcasting major should contact the Department of Film, Television and Digital Media for additional information and to obtain application instructions.

Admission to the major is an entirely separate process from admission to the University; admission to the University does not guarantee admission to the major.

University Requirements

  • A minimum of 120 semester hours is required to graduate from TCU. At least 42 semester hours must be earned at the 30000-level or above.
  • All TCU students must complete the Core Curriculum requirements as described elsewhere in the TCU catalog.

Major Requirements

Course requirements and order

After successful admission to the Sports Broadcasting major, students are required to complete the following requirements for graduation. It is strongly recommended that Sports Broadcasting majors complete their course requirements in the following order:

  1. Sports Broadcasting Prerequisites
  2. Sports Broadcasting Core Requirements
  3. Sports Broadcasting Production Courses (Complete four of the following courses)
  4. Sports Broadcasting Industry and Analysis Courses (Complete two of the following courses)
  5. Additional Requirements

Sports Broadcasting Board of Advisors

In order to better advise students and provide opportunities for their growth, the FTDM department has also secured a Sports Broadcasting Board of Advisors. Each person has agreed to serve for a two-year term.

Jean Palmer-Savigny ’96, Manager of Remote Operations, SportsNet inNew York
Lance Barrow, Senior Producer, CBS Sports in New York
Reid Ryan ’95, President, Ryan-Saunders Baseball and owner, Round Rock Express and Corpus Christi Hooks
Missy Moore ’96, Producer, San Diego Padres Pre/Post game show
Anthony Oppermann ’04, Director of Broadcasting, Redding Phillies
John Blake, Executive Vice-President, Texas Rangers
Mike Ryan, Senior Program Director, ESPN in Bristol, Conn.