Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts

Application Filing Periods

Applications for admission to the Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts (BECA) major are accepted by the University's Office of Enrollment Services only during the application filing periods of October 1 to November 30 (for admission the following fall) and August 1 to September 30 (for admission the following spring). Applications received outside of these two filing periods will not be considered.

Prerequisite Core  

All majors must complete the core courses (BECA 200, BECA 300GW, and BECA 340) with grades of C or better in each (C- is not acceptable). The prerequisite core courses are normally completed by the end of the sophomore year. Transfer students admitted to SF State as BECA majors should plan to complete the core during the first semester of their junior year. A minimum of six of the nine units must be completed at SF State.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply aesthetic theory to the practice of media production.

  2. Use effective communication strategies, including media terminology as appropriate, in the creation and analysis of electronic and digital media content.

  3. Integrate research-related media theory into the conception and distribution of media content.

  4. Conceptualize, design, and write stories for electronic and digital media.

  5. Demonstrate proficiency in fundamental and advanced media production concepts and techniques.

  6. Analyze and write about electronic and digital media’s role in and impact on culture and society.

  7. Critically evaluate business trends and the legal and regulatory frameworks of electronic and digital media industries.

  8. Promote ethical standards and social justice in the creation and distribution of electronic and digital media.

Steps to Change Major

Undeclared majors and students enrolled in other disciplines at SF State who seek to change their major to Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts should fill out the Change of Major online.

Assistance to Enhance Writing Competence

GE Area A2 is a prerequisite for BECA 300GW. BECA majors who successfully complete BECA 300GW will have satisfied the University Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR). Students may improve their skills by taking composition courses or by completing writing tutorials.

Supervised and Independent Work Experience

The department encourages students to participate in independent production, internship, and supervised teaching experiences as a part of their program of study. Students may count a total of six units combined from the courses BECA 576, BECA 685, BECA 695, and BECA 699 toward satisfying major requirements. No more than four units of BECA 685 may count toward the degree, and no more than six units from any other individual course may be counted toward the major.

Transfer Students

Students transferring to the BECA program from a California community college or other institution should strive to complete the SF State Lower-Division Transfer Pattern. Transfer students are encouraged to complete the equivalent of GE Area A2, BECA 200, BECA 231, and BECA 241 before matriculation to SF State. Many of the transfer equivalents to these courses are offered at California community colleges and can be verified via the Assist website (www.assist.org). Please contact a faculty advisor if your course is not listed. Up to nine units of courses from California community colleges may be directly applied to fulfilling BECA major requirements.

Mandatory Advising

Students in the major are encouraged to meet with a major advisor every semester, but are required to meet with a faculty advisor at the following points in their study:

  1. When the student has two full semesters remaining before graduation (typically 18 to 25 units left to complete in the major) the student must obtain the department’s graduation checklist/course equivalency form from beca.sfsu.edu or the BECA office. Faculty advisors will assist students in completing the checklist and will approve transfer course equivalencies. In addition, the student will be asked to list on the form a proposed "itinerary" of required and elective courses to be taken in the last two semesters. This advising is meant to help the student graduate in a timely manner. The form must be signed by the advisor.

  2. Upon applying for graduation, students must meet with an advisor to determine that their DPR accurately reflects their electives.

Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts (B.A.) — 45 Units

Core (9 Units)

BECA 200Introduction to Electronic Communication3
BECA 300GWBroadcast and Electronic Communication Arts Research - GWAR3
BECA 340Media Aesthetics I3

Foundation Areas (15 Units)

Units selected from the following areas. At least one course or course sequence must be taken in each of the four areas, plus one additional course from any of the four areas.

Audio and Video Production
BECA 231Audio Production Basics3
BECA 241TV Studio Basics3
BECA 246Electronic Field Production I3
Media Writing
BECA 370Writing for Electronic Media3
BECA 470Dramatic Writing for Television and Electronic Media3
BECA 560Radio and Television News Writing3
BECA 570Writing for Electronic Media Genres3
BECA 670Writing for Interactive Electronic Media3
Business & Legal Aspects
BECA 324Law and Regulation of Electronic Media3
BECA 423Economic Aspects of Broadcasting and Electronic Media3
BECA 428Electronic Media Management3
BECA 460Industry of Broadcast News3
Media Theory & Criticism
BECA 321Critical Study of Popular Culture3
BECA 390The Age of Information3
BECA 422Social Aspects of Electronic Media3
BECA 463Ethics and Responsibility in the Electronic Media3

Electives in a Focus Area (21 units)

Seven elective courses must be approved by a BECA faculty advisor. Twenty-one units selected from upper-division BECA courses (300 level or above), which may include no more than 6 units from other departments. Upper-division (300 level or above) units from foundation courses not used to fulfill foundation requirements in any of the areas listed above may be counted as electives in an area of emphasis with the approval of a BECA faculty advisor. 

Focus Areas

Twenty-one units of elective courses in BECA or related areas are required for the major. These courses should be upper-division and should be taken within one of the focus areas listed below or in an individualized focus area designed by a student in consultation with a department advisor.

The focus areas are advisory and are meant to provide guidance for students so they develop extensive knowledge or expertise in one subject area. Students should meet with a department advisor every semester to decide which specific courses to take and how many to choose from the ones listed for a given emphasis.

Upon approval of a departmental advisor, units used in the 21-unit block of electives may include transfer units from another college or university, as well as units taken in other departments in this University. BECA department courses identified as foundation classes, but not used to fulfill foundation unit requirements, may be included in the 21 units of electives. Variable topic and experimental courses and senior seminars may also be included in the twenty-one units of electives.

Sample Focus Areas with Possible Courses

Audio Production and Music Recording
BECA 330Audio Production II3
BECA 335Audio for Video3
BECA 430Advanced Audio Production I3
BECA 530Advanced Audio Production II3
BECA 533Advanced Music Recording Workshop3
BECA 535Advanced Audio for Video3
BECA 576Internship in Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts3
or other courses by advisement
Electronic Media Journalism
BECA 460Industry of Broadcast News3
BECA 462The Television Documentary in the United States3
BECA 550The Broadcast Interview3
BECA 560Radio and Television News Writing3
BECA 561News Reporting for Television3
BECA 562Television & Video Documentary Production3
BECA 576Internship in Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts3
BECA 660Television Center News4
BECA 665News Reporting and Producing for Radio3
or other courses by advisement
Business Aspects of Electronic Media
BECA 324Law and Regulation of Electronic Media3
BECA 423Economic Aspects of Broadcasting and Electronic Media3
BECA 428Electronic Media Management3
BECA 463Ethics and Responsibility in the Electronic Media3
BECA 505KSFS Radio and Podcasting II3
BECA 576Internship in Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts3
BECA 640Television and Video Production Planning3
or other courses by advisement
Educational and Instructional Media
BECA 370Writing for Electronic Media3
BECA 425Television and Video Program Design3
BECA 536Creativity and Design Thinking in Electronic Media3
BECA 576Internship in Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts3
BECA 580Media in Community Service3
BECA 626Corporate and Institutional Media Production3
BECA 640Television and Video Production Planning3
BECA 646Electronic Field Production II3
or other courses by advisement
Electronic Media Theory and Criticism
BECA 321Critical Study of Popular Culture3
BECA 324Law and Regulation of Electronic Media3
BECA 390The Age of Information3
BECA 422Social Aspects of Electronic Media3
BECA 460Industry of Broadcast News3
BECA/WGS 485Women and Media3
BECA/ITEC 487Children and Television3
BECA 490Television and Social Change3
BECA 500International Broadcasting3
BECA 576Internship in Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts3
BECA 590New Electronic Communication Technologies3
BECA 600Senior Seminar3
or other courses by advisement
Interactive Media
BECA 390The Age of Information3
BECA 547Video Editing II3
BECA 590New Electronic Communication Technologies3
BECA 593Interactive and Transmedia Electronic Media Workshop3
BECA 626Corporate and Institutional Media Production3
BECA 648Digital Video Editing II3
BECA 670Writing for Interactive Electronic Media3
BECA 693Interactive Electronic Media Workshop II3
or other courses by advisement
Radio Production and Programming
BECA 305KSFS Radio and Podcasting I3
BECA 310Sonic Storytelling with Radio and Podcasting3
BECA 435Aesthetics of Sound3
BECA 505KSFS Radio and Podcasting II3
BECA 510Music Performance Recording and Production3
BECA 576Internship in Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts3
BECA 665News Reporting and Producing for Radio3
or other courses by advisement
Television/Video Production
BECA 370Writing for Electronic Media3
BECA 415Advanced Television Production Workshop3
BECA 425Television and Video Program Design3
BECA 440Media Aesthetics II3
BECA 462The Television Documentary in the United States3
BECA 515Television Center Crew3
BECA 516Television News Crew3
BECA 545Television Directing I3
BECA 547Video Editing II3
BECA 562Television & Video Documentary Production3
BECA 576Internship in Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts3
BECA 580Media in Community Service3
BECA 640Television and Video Production Planning3
BECA 646Electronic Field Production II3
BECA 647Advanced Video Production3
BECA 648Digital Video Editing II3
or other courses by advisement
Writing for the Electronic Media
BECA 370Writing for Electronic Media3
BECA 425Television and Video Program Design3
BECA 462The Television Documentary in the United States3
BECA 470Dramatic Writing for Television and Electronic Media3
BECA 560Radio and Television News Writing3
BECA 561News Reporting for Television3
BECA 562Television & Video Documentary Production3
BECA 570Writing for Electronic Media Genres3
BECA 576Internship in Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts3
BECA 670Writing for Interactive Electronic Media3
or other courses by advisement

Complementary Studies

Twelve units of Complementary Studies are required of all candidates for the Bachelor of Arts degree in BECA. These units must come from courses bearing a prefix other than BECA, and not cross-listed with BECA. BECA majors will be offered several pathways toward completing this requirement, each of which is designed to facilitate graduation in a timely manner:

  1.  12 units in a single foreign language;
  2.  12 units taken in an approved study abroad program (e.g., CSU Study Abroad);
  3.  12 units taken as partial completion of a second major, minor, or a certificate; or
  4.  12 units in a related discipline.

With approval from a BECA advisor, up to 6 units of Complementary Studies may be used to count toward the major.

Students who have earned AA-T or AS-T degrees and are pursuing a similar B.A. degree at SF State are required to fulfill the Complementary Studies requirement as defined by the major department. Students should consult with a major advisor about how transfer units and SF State units can best be applied to this requirement to ensure degree completion within 60 units.

General Education Requirements

Requirement Course Level Units Area Designation
Oral Communication LD 3 A1
Written English Communication I LD 3 A2
Critical Thinking LD 3 A3
Physical Science LD 3 B1
Life Science LD 3 B2
Lab Science LD 1 B3
Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning LD 3 B4
Arts LD 3 C1
Humanities LD 3 C2
Arts or Humanities LD 3 C1 or C2
Social Sciences LD 3 D1
Social Sciences: US History LD 3 D2
Social Sciences: US & CA Government LD 3 D3
Lifelong Learning and Self-Development (LLD) LD 3 E
Physical and/or Life Science UD 3 UD-B
Arts and/or Humanities UD 3 UD-C
Social Sciences UD 3 UD-D
SF State Studies
Courses certified as meeting the SF State Studies requirements may be upper or lower division in General Education (GE), a major or minor, or an elective.
American Ethnic and Racial Minorities LD or UD 3 AERM
Environmental Sustainability LD or UD 3 ES
Global Perspectives LD or UD 3 GP
Social Justice LD or UD 3 SJ

Note: LD = Lower-Division; UD = Upper-Division.

First-Time Student Roadmap

Find the correct roadmap (A, B, C, or D):

  1. Select the row that matches your English Course choice for A2.*
  2. Select the column that matches your QR Category (found at your student center under Math Alert).
  3. Click the Roadmap that lines up with your row and column.

For example, if you are taking ENG 104 as your first English course and your student center math alert says you are QR Category III, you should choose Roadmap D.

Pathway QR Cat I/II QR Cat III/IV
ENG 114 Roadmap A Roadmap C
ENG 104/ENG 105 Roadmap B Roadmap D

*Composition for Multilingual Students: If taking ENG 209 as your first English course, choose the ENG 114 row. If taking ENG 204 for your first English course, choose the ENG 104/ENG 105 row.

Transfer Student Roadmap

For students with an AS-T in Film, Television and Electronic Media. This roadmap opens in a new tab.

This degree program is an approved pathway (“similar” major) for students earning the ADT in Film, Television and Electronic Media

California legislation SB 1440 (2009) mandated the creation of the Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) to be awarded by the California Community Colleges. Two types of ADTs are awarded: Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) and Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T). 

Note: no specific degree is required for admission as an upper-division student. However, the ADT includes specific guarantees related to admission and graduation and is designed to clarify the transfer process and strengthen lower-division preparation for the major.

An ADT totals 60 units and in most cases includes completion of all lower-division General Education requirements and at least 18 units in a specific major. (The Biology, Chemistry, and Environmental Science AS-T degrees defer 3 units in lower-division GE area C and 3 units in lower-division GE area D until after transfer.) Students pursuing an ADT are guaranteed admission to the CSU if minimum eligibility requirements are met, though not necessarily to the CSU campus of primary choice.

Upon verification that the ADT has been awarded prior to matriculation at SF State, students are guaranteed B.A. or B.S. completion in 60 units if pursuing a “similar” major after transfer. Determinations about “similar” majors at SF State are made by faculty in the discipline.

Degree completion in 60 units cannot be guaranteed when a student simultaneously pursues an additional major, a minor, certificate, or credential.

A sample advising roadmap for students who have earned an ADT and continue in a "similar" major at SF State is available on the Roadmaps tab on the degree requirements page for the major. The roadmap displays:

  • How many lower-division units required for the major have been completed upon entry based on the award of a specific ADT;
  • Which lower-division requirements are considered complete upon entry based on the award of a specific ADT;
  • How to complete the remaining 60 units for the degree in four semesters.

Students who have earned an ADT should seek advising in the major department during the first semester of attendance.

General Advising Information for Transfer Students

  1. Before transfer, complete as many lower-division requirements or electives for this major as possible.
  2. The following courses are not required for admission but are required for graduation. Students are strongly encouraged to complete these units before transfer; doing so will provide more flexibility in course selection after transfer.
    • a course in U.S. History
    • a course in U.S. & California Government

For information about satisfying the requirements described in (1) and (2) above at a California Community College (CCC), please visit http://www.assist.org. Check any geographically accessible CCCs; sometimes options include more than one college. Use ASSIST to determine:

  • Which courses at a CCC satisfy any lower-division major requirements for this major;
  • Which courses at a CCC satisfy CSU GE, US History, and US & CA Government requirements.

Remedial courses are not transferable and do not apply to the minimum 60 semester units/90 quarter units required for admission.

Additional units for courses that are repeated do not apply to the minimum 60 units required for upper-division transfer (for example, if a course was not passed on the first attempt or was taken to earn a better grade).

Before leaving the last California Community College of attendance, obtain a summary of completion of lower-division General Education units (IGETC or CSU GE Breadth). This is often referred to as a GE certification worksheet. SF State does not require delivery of this certification to Admissions, but students should retain this document for verifying degree progress after transfer.

Credit for Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or College-Level Examination Program courses: AP/IB/CLEP credit is not automatically transferred from the previous institution. Units are transferred only when an official score report is delivered to SF State. Credit is based on the academic year during which exams were taken. Refer to the University Bulletin in effect during the year of AP/IB/CLEP examination(s) for details regarding the award of credit for AP/IB/CLEP.

Students pursuing majors in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines often defer 6-9 units of lower-division General Education in Areas C and D until after transfer to focus on preparation courses for the major. This advice does not apply to students pursuing associate degree completion before transfer.

Transferring From Institutions Other Than CCCs or CSUs

Review SF State's lower-division General Education requirements. Note that, as described below, the four basic skills courses required for admission meet A1, A2, A3, and B4 in the SF State GE pattern. Courses that fulfill the remaining areas of SF State’s lower-division GE pattern are available at most two-year and four-year colleges and universities.

Of the four required basic skills courses, a course in critical thinking (A3) may not be widely offered outside the CCC and CSU systems. Students should attempt to identify and take an appropriate course no later than the term of application to the CSU. To review more information about the A3 requirement, please visit bulletin.sfsu.edu/undergraduate-education/general-education/lower-division/#AAEL.

Waiting until after transfer to take a single course at SF State that meets both US and CA/local government requirements may be an appropriate option, particularly if transferring from outside of California.

All Students Must Meet the Transfer Eligibility Requirements Outlined Below for Admission.

For more information, visit the Undergraduate Admissions section.

  • Complete 60 or more transferable semester units or 90 or more quarter units.
  • Earn a college grade point average of 2.0 or better in all transferable courses. Non-local area residents may be held to a higher GPA standard.
  • Be in good standing at the last college or university attended.
  • Complete 30-semester units (45-quarter units) of General Education, including four basic skills courses:
    1. One course in oral communication (same as CSU GE Area A1)
    2. One course in written composition (same as CSU GE Area A2)
    3. One course in critical thinking (same as CSU GE Area A3)
    4. One course in mathematics or quantitative reasoning (same as CSU GE Area B4)
  • The four basic skills courses and a minimum of 60 transferable semester units (90-quarter units) must be completed by the spring semester prior to fall admission, or by the fall semester prior to spring admission. Earn a C- or better grade in each basic skills course.