Course FAQs

Q: What classes should I take in my first year as a MSP major?

A: The MSP Department strongly encourages students to take courses both in the University Core or Gen Ed curriculum, AND in their major as soon as they declare MSP as their major. (See the Undergraduate Bulletin for suggested schedules.) Students should bear in mind the requirements below, including the prerequisite structure, when choosing their first year schedules.
Within your first two semesters as a MSP major, you should complete:

  • MSP core courses 1011, 1021, & 1701
  • AT LEAST ONE of the foundational prerequisites in your area of study:
  • Media Production students should complete MSP 1701  Introduction to Media Technology
  • Media Business students should complete MSP 1655  Media Management & Organization
  • Media Analysis students should complete MSP 2141  Media Research

There is much writing involved in all facets of the MSP major–-even in courses that are not designated as “Writing Intensive”-–including project proposals, scripts, research papers, and more.

Q: How many credits may I take in my major?
A: You must take at least 42 credits to earn a BA in MSP, but you may not exceed 54 credits.

Q: Is there a limit on how many credits I can take in other SMC departments (Advertising,   Journalism, Strategic Communication)?
A: You may not take more than 71 credits in all SMC departments INCLUDING MSP. For example, if you take the maximum number of MSP credits (54), you may not take more than 17 credits of Advertising, Journalism and Strategic Communication.

Q: What are the requirements for the BA in MSP?
A: In addition to completing the University CORE or Gen Ed curriculum, MSP majors must complete a minimum of 40 credits and a maximum of 54 credits of MSP courses. Certain specific courses must be taken at certain point in your academic career. Within your first 45 credits as a MSP major, you must take:

  • MSP 1011 – Intro to Media Communication Theory
  • MSP 1021 – Media & Society
  • MSP 1701 – Intro to Media Technology

After completing a total of 90 credits, you must take:

  • MSP 4039 – Senior Seminar

PLUS in your Junior or Senior year, you must also complete EITHER:

  • an Internship (MSP 4785 for 3 or 4 credits)


  • a Practicum (MSP 4487  TUTV Practicum; MSP 4887  Radio Production Practicum; MSP 4596  TV News Practicum; MSP 4597 Sports Production Practicum; 4687 Recording Industry Practicum; or MSP 4787  TV Production Workshop)

All MSP majors must complete 4 additional courses numbered between 2000 – 4890.

Q: What is the Academic Advising process?

A:  The following bullet points are the general outline for advising, beginning upon entry until exiting at graduation.

  • Incoming Freshmen and New Transfers see SMC  Advising Center (Annenberg Hall 09) upon entry
  • Afterward, students see MSP Faculty Advisers on a voluntary basis
  • At 90 credits, students MUST file an Application for Graduation

Q: How do I apply for Graduation?

A: Please follow the instruction below:

1. Applying for Graduation is done through Self-Service Banner (SSB)

Log onto TU Portal and in the upper left corner  click “Student Tools”

Next on the right hand side of the page click “Apply to Graduate” and follow the steps from there.

2. Schedule face-to-face “Grad Check” w/ SMCAdvising
3. Pay graduation fee

More information, including deadlines can be found at:

Q: Journalism 1011 and MSP 1021 sound like the same class to me. Can I take Journalism C055 instead of MSP 1021 and still meet MSP requirements?
A: No, they are significantly different courses and MSP majors must take MSP 1021. JOURN 1111 focuses on only one facet of media – Journalism – and its role in society whereas MSP 1021 covers social processes of all Mass Media. There is one exception – students who have credits for JOURN 1111 that transfer into Temple from another institution may waive MSP 1021.

Q: Is there a limit to the number of credits that I can transfer in as MSP courses? 

A: Yes. No more than 20 credits may be transferred in as MSP courses.

Q: What if I’ve transferred fewer than 45 credits into Temple? 

A: Your requirements are the same as students who started at Temple as Freshmen.

Q: Are there any minimum grade requirements?
A: Yes. There are two important grade requirements. First, a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA is required to graduate. Second, any course that is intended to meet one of the above requirements for the BA must be passed with at least a C-. Required courses in which a student earns either an F or a D must be re-taken and passed with at least a C-. Grades of D+ or D are only acceptable in elective courses.

Q: How do prerequisites work?
A: A prerequisite is a course that you have to take and pass before you can take another course. For example, MSP 1701– Introduction to Media Technology is the prerequisite for all Introductory-level Production courses (2741 – Intro to Internet Studies & Web Authoring, 2701 – Introduction to Media Production, 3771 – Radio Production, 2721 – Voice-Over Techniques, 2751– Audio for Media). Any students who wish to take an Intro-level Production course must first complete 1701. All prerequisites must be met unless exempted in writing by the instructor.

Q: How do I know if there is a prerequisite for a class and, if so, what it is?
A: Course descriptions found in the Undergraduate Bulletin will include information about prerequisites. If you are using Owl Net to register for courses online, a letter “P” icon will appear next to the name of any course that has a prerequisite, and if you click on that “P”, information about the prerequisite will be displayed.

Q: OK, so when can I take my internship?
A: To participate in the Internship program in MSP, you must complete a three-step process:
1. Apply for admission into the Internship program when you have:

  • Junior or Senior Standing
  • No Incompletes
  • 2.5 minimum GPA
  • 2.75 GPA for MSP students who began their studies in the 2009-2010 school year
  • MSP 1011, 1021, and 1701 completed

Applications are available online and in the MSP Department office in Annenberg Hall 205.

  • Secure your internship – you will have to contact potential employers directly and apply for an internship just as you would apply for a job.  The Internship Director maintains a listing of contact information for employers for whom MSP students have interned in the past and, once you’re accepted into the Internship program, you may have access to that information through the Internship Director.  The MSP office also maintains directories of contact information for various Media organizations from trade magazines.  You are welcome to visit the office to browse these materials at any time.
  • Register for MSP 4785 – Internship through the MSP Department office.

Q: How many credits can I take for my Internship?

A: The MSP 4785 Internship may be taken for a minimum of 3 credits and a maximum of 4 credits. The MSP 4786 elective Internship can be taken for 1-3 credits.

Q: What determines the number of credits my Internship is worth?

A: Internship credits are based on the number of hours you spend per week at your Internship.  The following scale applies:

  • 16+ hours per week = 4 credits
  • 12 – 15 hours per week = 3 credits
  • 10 – 12 hours per week = 2 credits
  •   8 – 10 hours per week = 1 credit

Q: Is there someone I can contact if I have questions about Internships?

A: Dr. Elizabeth Leebron Tutelman is the MSP Internship Coordinator.  She can be reached by e-mail at or by phone at: 215 204-2483.

Q: What’s the deal with all of these “Intermediate Topics” and “Advanced Topics” courses?

A: These are “Special Topics” courses.  Specific classes offered under this designation will change each term and can be different from section to section.

Q: What kinds of classes are offered as Special Topics classes?

A: Actually, “Topics” classes tend to be very interesting.  In the past, we have offered courses such as How to produce a Talk Show, Sports Pitch to the Networks, Mobile Media,  New Music Technology, Video Project Management, Media Literacy, Music Marketing and others.

Q: How do I know what actual class is being offered under a Special Topics designation?

A: You have to pay attention to the class subtitle in Banner.  This is where the name of the course is given.

Q: What is the T.I.L.T. and what do I have to do about it?

A: T.I.L.T. stands for Temple Information Literacy Tutorial ­ it’s the “Library Literacy Test” and it must be completed by every student prior to graduation.  For more information or to take your TILT, visit and click on the link for TILT: Library Test.