Communication 418

Broadcast Television History

John A. Courtright, Ph.D.

Elizabeth M. Perse, Ph.D.


Broadcast Television History is a special topics course in the Department of Communication's mass communication sequence. This course fills the 400-level course requirement and may also serve as an elective course for all Communication majors. In addition, this course is a second-writing course.

Broadcast Television History focuses on the Golden Age of television broadcasting and examines some of the dominant genres of that era, including comedy, variety, drama, western, action-adventure, music, and children's programming. Students will explore how societal structure, social norms, economic support, and U.S. broadcasting policy are reflected in the cultural products of television.