Broadcasting Major

Our broadcasting students get extensive hands-on experience.

The Broadcasting major is designated as a “Pillar of Distinction” at West Liberty University. Over the next ten years, career opportunities for broadcast news analysts are projected to increase nationwide by six percent.

Our students receive hands-on instruction in our state-of-the-art studios at West Liberty Television, WLTV – 14 and radio station WGLZ. The TV station reaches more than 55,000 cable households in Hancock, Ohio, and Marshall County (West Virginia) via Comcast cable and can be viewed online. WGLZ is a 150-watt radio station serving 15,000 listeners in the West Liberty area. Broadcasting at 91.5 FM the station also can be heard online. Both stations are written, produced and staffed by our students.


The student graduating with a degree in broadcasting will be able to:

  • Produce a journalistic video story using professional video cameras and AVID editing systems
  • Operate remote production systems associated with live sports broadcasting
  • Operate studio production equipment associated with live news broadcasts
  • Produce and direct live studio productions
  • Write broadcast news and news magazine feature stories
  • Determine when additional information is needed for a given purpose
  • Evaluate the credibility of sources of information and opinion

The Bachelor of Science Communication: Broadcasting degree consists of 48 general studies credits, Communications core of 13 credits, 20 hours of Broadcasting foundations, 8 upper level hours in Broadcasting and 6 hours of restricted Broadcast electives. Broadcasting majors must complete a minor of at least 18 hours. The minor cannot be in a Communications related field. Many students choose to take additional elective credits beyond the required totals.

Broadcasting Major*  
General Studies 48
Communications Core 13
COM 201 Survey of Communications 3
COM 401 Communication Theory 3
COM 410 Communication Law and Ethics 4
Choose one from the following: 3
COM 311 Mass Media and Society 3
COM 323 Introduction to Cinema 3
COM 324 Documentary Film 3
Broadcasting Foundation 20
DMD 204 Radio Production 4
COM 224 Television Production I 4
COM 225 TV Field Production 3
COM 226 Remote Production 3
COM 232 Broadcast News Writing 3
DMD 362 Audio Documentary Production 3
Broadcasting Upper-Level 14
COM 321 TV Production II 3
COM 325 Television News Directing and Producing 3
COM 329 On-campus Internship 2
 COM 425 Television Studio News Directing & Prod. II 3
COM 452 Broadcast Practicum 3
Choose nine hours from the following: 9
COM 422 Non-linear Editing 3
COM 420 3-D Graphics and Animation 3
COM 418 Broadcast Performance 3
COM 429 Professional Internship 3-6
COM 478 Special Topics 3
COM 479 Special Problems 3
Minor and non-communications classes to total 120


*WLU Catalog 2015-2016
Broadcasting Program Requirements
1. Broadcasting majors must complete a minor of at least 15 hours.
2. All students must meet COM requirements of an overall GPA of 2.5 and maintain a GPA of at least 2.5 to take upper level courses.
3. A minimum of 40 upper-level courses must successfully be completed.