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Today there is more photography being made, consumed, and used for more purposes than any time in history – and there’s no sign of things slowing down. Major advances in image capture, image manipulation, and distribution have redefined what is possible. MTSU's Photography program is designed to help students see the world in new ways and capture what they see as, commercial photographers, visual artists, or photojournalists. The program is implemented in a state of the art digital facility, and also maintains traditional and alternative process darkrooms. This unique blend sets the program apart and establishes a foundation for the students to build upon and evolve with the medium of photography. MTSU’s Photography concentration is in the Department of Media Arts.

This program is approved for the Academic Common Market.


What We're Doing

Kristine Potter

Guggenheim Photography Fellowship winner brings expertise to MTSU 

Kristine Potter has never stayed in one place long but has found that wherever she goes, photography is sure to follow. “I went to the University of Georgia for undergrad, where I earned a BFA in Photography and a BA in Art History. From there, I moved to Paris, France, on a crazy whim and ended up getting a full-time job in a high-end photo lab, printing for artists, fashion houses, and journalists. Eventually, I longed to get back into a rigorous conversation about my own photography and so I applied to the MFA program at Yale - where I was accepted and attended 2003 to 2005.” In the time between teaching at Purchase College in New York, and joining the Photography faculty in 2020, Kristine has received several awards, including the 2018 Guggenheim Fellow in Photography and 2019 Grand Prix Images Vevey. She has been published in several publications like Manifest and Oasis and her work is in numerous public and private collections, including, The Georgia Museum of Art, 601 Artspace, Swiss Camera Museum, and Foundation Vevey. Her wide talent showcase has mixed well with the MTSU facilities and Kristine has been very hands-on with all of it. “I am teaching courses at all levels, from the darkroom to the digital lab, and helping to create opportunities for the students post-graduation. The McFarland Building is a really special place. The facilities are incredible and the whole building just has a good vibe. Students are able to explore photography in a wide range of applications. We are educating students to prepare them for life, but they are also receiving practical training that they can apply to a wide range of jobs.”

Photography students learn in a building all their own

Photography students learn in a building all their own

Photography students at MTSU enjoy their own dedicated space—the recently renovated McFarland Building—filled with classrooms and functional areas that enhance learning and overall growth as people. The building is roughly divided into a “dry side” and “wet side,” says Jonathan Trundle, Photography program coordinator. The dry side includes two digital classrooms as well as an open digital lab for use outside class. Equipped with large format scanners and printers, the area also includes space for socializing. A camera obscura in one of the classrooms “allows students to see the physics of light and puts them inside a camera to see how it works,” explains Trundle. A student gallery gives Photo majors opportunities to prepare and display work from their portfolios. The wet side includes two traditional darkrooms and one alternative process darkroom. Spacious tabletop and photo studios, the latter with an infinity wall, inspire imagination and foster creativity. However, students will find aids beyond equipment that make their work easier. A strategically placed squeegee panel for wet prints and detailed instructions for operating various equipment and gear are touches Trundle has added as student and curricular needs became apparent. “I want to encourage students to “use light to tell stories,” he says.


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MTSU's Photography program prepares students for commercial, artistic, and photojournalistic career paths. Prospective professional opportunities include

  • Aerial photographer
  • Archivist/historian
  • Artist
  • Automotive photographer
  • Cinematographer
  • Commercial/advertising photographer
  • Corporate photographer
  • Creative/art director
  • Digital imaging
  • Documentary photographer
  • Educator
  • Fashion or food photographer
  • Freelance photographer
  • Gallery curator/owner
  • Industrial photographer
  • Medical photographer
  • Photo editor
  • Photo lab owner/operator
  • Photo restoration
  • Photo retouching
  • Photographer's assistant
  • Photojournalist
  • Portrait photographer
  • Product photographer
  • Real estate / architectural photographer
  • Staff photographer
  • Studio owner
  • Videographer
  • Virtual reality photographer

Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • Chattanooga Times Free Press
  • Cracker Barrel
  • Jack Daniels
  • MTSU Photo Services
  • Nissan
  • "Paw" Magazine
  • Saks 5th ;Avenue
  • Southern Living Magazine
  • The Nashville Zoo
  • The Tennessean

Students may choose from five Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees in the Department of Media Arts.

For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS tab above. 

Students may minor in any program that is not under the same degree as their major. Animation majors are required to have an Art minor. 

Master of Science (M.S.) degree is available in Media and Communication.

Photography, B.S.

Media Arts 
615-898-2085
Shannon Randol, program coordinator
Shannon.Randol@mtsu.edu

The Photography program combines aesthetic and technical skills with a foundation of photographic theory and history to prepare students for careers in commercial photography, creative/artistic photography, and documentary photography.

The Photography program is housed in a modern freestanding building with secured, ID card swipe access for students. Facilities include two digital classrooms with camera obscuras, a digital lab with scanners and printers, a spacious studio with an infinity wall (cyclorama), a large tabletop studio, two traditional darkrooms with enlargers and sinks, an alternative process darkroom, and a student photo gallery. 

The Photography program is home of the Baldwin Photographic Gallery, known for its exhibits of works by many of the world's most renowned photographers. The Baldwin Photographic Collection and Archive which contains numerous masterpieces of photography are also managed by the Photography program.

Students are encouraged to participate in the MTSU Photo Society, a student organization that conducts photo workshops, photo safaris, and other photo-related activities.

NOTE: Majors must complete all major course requirements with a grade of C (2.00) or better.

Admission to Candidacy

To be admitted to candidacy in the Photography concentration, the student must meet the following requirements:

  1. 36 hours completed before applying for candidacy
  2. Passing grade in EMC 1010 
  3. Grade of B- (2.67) or better in each of the following:

PHOT 1050 

PHOT 1800 

PHOT 2000 

PHOT 2500 

PHOT 2900 

PHOT 3200 

  1. Grade of C (2.00) or better in each of the following:

          EMC 1020 / RIM 1020 / JOUR 1020 

          ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020 

ART 1610 

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses

Photography, B.S., Academic Map   

Degree Requirements

General Education41 hours
Major Requirements57 hours*
     College Core   9 hours
     Photography Requirements  48 hours
Auxiliary Major Requirement3 hours
Minor15-18 hours
Electives1-4 hours
TOTAL120 hours

*This program requires courses that can also fulfill requirements of the General Education curriculum. If program requirements are also used to fulfill General Education requirements, the number of elective hours will increase.

General Education (41 hours)

General Education requirements (shown in curricular listings below) include courses in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences.

The following course required by the program meets General Education requirements:

Major Requirements (57 hours)

College Core (9 hours)

 

  • EMC 1020 - American Media and Social Institutions  3 credit hours  
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    EMC 1020 - American Media and Social Institutions

    3 credit hours

    (Same as JOUR 1020/RIM 1020.)

    The power of the mass media and its effect on social institutions and practices. Develops skills of qualitative and quantitative social science research in the area of mass communication processes; examines media as social, cultural, and economic institutions that shape the values of American society, its political dialogues, its social practices, and institutions.

  • JOUR 1020 - American Media and Social Institutions  3 credit hours  
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    JOUR 1020 - American Media and Social Institutions

    3 credit hours

    (Same as EMC 1020/RIM 1020.) The power of the mass media and its effect on social institutions and practices. Develops skills of qualitative and quantitative social science research in the area of mass communication processes; examines media as social, cultural, and economic institutions that shape the values of American society, its political dialogues, its social practices, and institutions.

  • RIM 1020 - American Media and Social Institutions

    3 credit hours

    (Same as EMC 1020/JOUR 1020.) The power of the mass media and its effect on social institutions and practices. Develops skills of qualitative and quantitative social science research in the area of mass communication processes; examines media as social, cultural, and economic institutions that shape the values of American society, its political dialogues, its social practices, and institutions.

(may be counted in General Education)

  • VFP 3020 - Screenwriting I  3 credit hours  
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    VFP 3020 - Screenwriting I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020; VFP 2020; Media Arts major

    Techniques of creating and writing for film and video production in both the studio and field environment. Integrates writing for visual impact and audio/integration of sound and examines formatting needs of varying non-fiction and fiction story platforms for screen-based media.

  • IAM 3060 - Writing for Interactive Experiences  3 credit hours  
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    IAM 3060 - Writing for Interactive Experiences

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020 with C or better. Introduces fundamental principles of writing for interactive experience for specific audiences. Encourages students to explore content development; looks at creation of meaning in interactive media while providing skills in content development.

  • JOUR 2710 - Media Writing  3 credit hours  

    JOUR 2710 - Media Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020 or equivalents. Theory and practice of writing for print and electronic media according to the techniques, styles, and formats of various media. Laboratory required.

  • JOUR 4250 - Mass Media Law  3 credit hours  
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    JOUR 4250 - Mass Media Law

    3 credit hours

    (Same as EMC 4250.) Prerequisites: JOUR 1020 and JOUR 2710; junior standing. Examination of legal guarantees and restrictions on the flow of information using the case study method. Focus on libel, privacy, obscenity, and the special restrictions placed on advertising, broadcasting, cable TV, and the Internet.

  • EMC 4250 - Mass Media Law  3 credit hours  
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    EMC 4250 - Mass Media Law

    3 credit hours

    (Same as JOUR 4250.) Prerequisites: EMC 1020; junior standing. Examines legal guarantees and restrictions on the flow of information using the case study method. Focuses on libel, privacy, obscenity, and the special restrictions placed on advertising, broadcasting, cable television, and the Internet.  

  • PHOT 4190 - Ethics and Law for Visual Communicators

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; junior status with declared major.

    Background in ethics and law for the visual communicator. Focus on ethical philosophies, ethics case studies, and solutions to ethical dilemmas; copyright, privacy, and libel law.

    Normally offered Spring only

Photography Requirements (48 hours)

  • EMC 1010 - Orientation to Media Arts

    1 credit hour

    Introduces Media Arts majors to its degree programs, degree requirements, descriptions of curriculum, student resources and opportunities, career options, and critical goals for graduating seniors. Meetings may include lectures, guest lecturers, and site visits. Freshmen should enroll in this course no later than their second semester. Transfer students should enroll in this course during their first semester at MTSU. This course or a pre-approved substitute is required for candidacy in all majors in the Department of Media Arts.

  • EMC 3001 - Success in Media Arts

    1 credit hour

    Prerequisite: EMC 1010; junior status

    Introduces students who have just achieved candidacy in Media Arts to best practices for success in Media Arts. Project management key topic. Emphasizes the value and importance of portfolio-quality work samples, experience points for resumes, and extracurricular experiences. 

  • PHOT 1050 - Basic Digital Photography

    3 credit hours

    Introduces simple and multiple image photography, principles, methods, theory, and practice for both Photography majors and non-Photography majors. Explores digital camera anatomy, operating, and handling while discussing proper in-camera exposure, metering, focusing, shutter speeds, apertures, depth of field, and camera accessories. Basic principles of lighting, design, and image composition discussed. Digital darkroom techniques and image manipulation using tools such as Photoshop included. Emphasis placed on  cameras with manual controls. Students required to own a digital camera with manual controls. Must have working knowledge of the Macintosh computer system.

    Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.

  • PHOT 1800 - Narrative Strategies in Photography

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PHOT 1050 

    Explores the capacity to tell a story as a predominant aspect of still photography and photo-related imagery. Sequence, series, the grid, linear and nonlinear approaches, and literary models explored as the deep structure of subject. Includes lectures, films, readings, writing, and workshops aimed at helping students understand these strategies and their practical applications.

  • PHOT 2000 - History of Photography

    3 credit hours

    Investigates intersections between photography and artistic, cultural, political, and societal concerns prior to and since the introduction of photography. Photographers, photographic processes, and movements within photography framed through ideas and topics as they relate to broader concepts of how photography has shaped and been shaped by outside forces.

    Normally offered Fall only

  • PHOT 2500 - Photographic Lighting I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites:  PHOT 1050 and PHOT 1800 

    Introduces and uses artificial light sources to establish foundational lighting control techniques. Demonstrates the use of various lighting sources such as on-camera flash, battery powered off-camera flash, constant lights, and related tools to modify light. Balancing artificial light with existing natural or ambient light sources.

  • PHOT 2900 - Photography Sophomore Seminar

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: PHOT 1050, PHOT 1800, PHOT 2000, and PHOT 2500 

    Helps students develop a sense of analysis, synthesis, assessment, and self-reflection regarding their own photographic production and the work of their peers. Engages students in critiques, readings, writing, and class discussions while working to prepare a professional portfolio of images that best present their overall aptitude and interests. Serves as a culminating experience for minors and as a preparatory experience for the photo major candidacy.

    Normally offered in Spring semester only.

  • PHOT 3100 - Contemporary Issues in Photography

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy

    Introduces theoretical and critical issues of photographic practices. Enhances photographic language by discussing photographs, photographers, and contemporary issues within the practice of photography. Students read and respond to selected essays, critical articles, and critical reviews of photography and photographic exhibitions.

    Normally offered in the Spring semester only.

  • PHOT 3200 - Advanced Digital Photography

    3 credit hours

    Use of digital cameras and flatbed scanners as image capture devices and digital printers as image output devices. Software programs, applications, and discussion topics focus on camera operation, file formats, and the aesthetic and ethical issues surrounding photography. Software applications used to explore creative and experimental possibilities for processing and manipulating photographs.

    Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.

  • PHOT 3300 - Picturing People  3 credit hours  

    PHOT 3300 - Picturing People

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy

    Students will engage with numerous modes of photographing people through lectures, writing, photographic production, and group critique. Explores commercial and fine art applications of portraiture while also considering their relationship to other known modes of capture such as vernacular photos, photojournalism, and surveillance. Practical photographic strategies in portraiture will be taught alongside the important considerations of ethics, privacy, and law.

  • PHOT 4001 - Professional Practices in Photography

    3 credit hours

    Corequisite: PHOT 4900 

    Designed to be taken in the senior year; advises students on aspects of launching their careers post-graduation. Includes lectures and instruction by the professor and visiting professionals; covers building a portfolio, promoting work, finding exhibition and residency opportunities, creating online presence, finding jobs, keeping financial records, and photo-related legal issues.

    Normally offered Fall only.

  • PHOT 4900 - Photography Capstone I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Senior standing; PHOT 3200, and project proposal approved by instructor prior to registration period.

    Students use learned skills and concepts to develop a semester-long photography project of their personal choice. Project can be completed in a variety of photographic medium(s) discussed and approved by instructor prior to registration period. Exhibition is required during the annual MTSU Photography Student Show. 

    Normally offered Fall only

  • PHOT 4910 - Photography Capstone II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; PHOT 4900 

    Part two of two required courses for photography students in their senior year. Students will continue work on the self-directed project from Capstone I. Course culminates in written thesis and required exhibition during the MTSU Photography Capstone Show.

    Normally offered Spring only.

Photography Electives (13 hours)

  • EMC 4900 - Independent Study in Media Arts

    1 to 3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy and permission of department.

    Provides opportunities for individually designed problems, work experiences, or research projects related to the development of professional competencies in a major field of study. Requires approval of instructor.

  • PHOT 3510 - Documentary Practices in Photography

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy

    Explores the traditional and non-traditional forms of photographic documentary practice. Considers the conventions of journalism, editorial, and photo essays alongside more contemporary modes of subjective documentary, post documentary, and socially activist practices. Explores image and text as a foundational component of much documentary work. Students will engage in practical experiences related to documentary photographic practices.

  • PHOT 3520 - Alternative Processes in Photography

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: PHOT 1050, PHOT 3200 or PHOT 3540, or permission of instructor

    Explores building cameras, hand coating emulsions, and working with historic printing processes. Topics include but not limited to pinhole cameras, solargraphy, lumen prints, anthotype process, cyanotype process, cyanotype toning, gum bichromate prints, Van Dyke process, and generating large scale digital negatives. Students will coat, expose, and process their own materials while working with sunlight and a UV light box.

  • PHOT 3530 - Archiving Photography

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: PHOT 1050 and PHOT 3200 

    Discusses identification, preservation, digitization, and archiving of various photographic mediums. Will restore existing material for future generations. Topics include image restoration, media handling, and reproduction. Methods to acquire source materials for use.

  • PHOT 3540 - Exploring Camera Formats

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PHED 1050 

    Introduces the aesthetic and technical possibilities of various camera formats. Students choose to work with cameras such as miniature, 35mm, medium and large format, panoramic 360° cameras as they relate to specific image considerations. Handling, processing, digitization of, and printing from these different formats demonstrated and discussed. There are limited opportunities for short-term loans of equipment, so students should be prepared to provide their own camera(s).

  • PHOT 3550 - Photographic Lighting II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: PHOT 1050, PHOT 1800, and PHOT 2500 

    Studio lighting course focusing on various aspects of a professional commercial photography practice. Students gain experience in assessment of lighting schematics, proper handling of gear, and various camera trigger devices while working with product, fashion, and portrait style images. Introduces full frame DSLR cameras, medium format cameras, macro photography, and professional lighting equipment. Utilizes studios equipped with tabletop, seamless backdrops, and the Cyc wall.

    Normally offered in Spring only.

  • PHOT 3580 - Photography Practicum  1 to 3 credit hours  

    PHOT 3580 - Photography Practicum

    1 to 3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; junior standing, and permission of instructor.

    Practical experience in an on-campus setting. A minimum of 75 hours work for each hour of credit. Required to be present and work for the class during evening and weekend times during the semester when needed. Note: Total university credit for internship, practicum, and individual problems courses cannot exceed 6 credits. Pass/Fail.

  • PHOT 4000 - Photography Internship  1 to 3 credit hours  

    PHOT 4000 - Photography Internship

    1 to 3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; senior standing and permission of department chair or instructor.

    Practical experience for advanced students in a professional setting. A minimum of 75 hours work plus other assignments will be required for each hour of credit. Note: Total university credit for internship, practicum, and individual problems courses cannot exceed 6 credits. Pass/Fail.

  • PHOT 4500 - Special Topics in Photography

    1 to 3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy in Photography or permission of instructor. Introduces and explores various subject matters, approaches, and/or topics in the medium of photography. May be repeated for up to 9 hours with different topic.

  • PHOT 4510 - Photobooks  3 credit hours  

    PHOT 4510 - Photobooks

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy

    Investigates the history of photobooks as well as the contemporary relevance of the medium as a powerful vehicle for photographic projects. The form of the object itself, the sequence of images, inclusion of text, and design elements are deeply considered as elemental considerations in the creation of photobooks. Students work towards self-publishing their own book over the semester. Best suited for students who have a body of images that they would like to explore in book form.

Auxiliary Major Requirement (3 hours)

  • ART 1610 - Two-Dimensional Design

    3 credit hours

    The principles and techniques of design and their application to two-dimensional art forms. Six-hour studio course. TBR Common Course: ART 1340

Minor (15-18 hours)

Electives (1-4 hours)

Recommended Curriculum: Photography

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Freshman Fall

  • EMC 1010 - Orientation to Media Arts

    1 credit hour

    Introduces Media Arts majors to its degree programs, degree requirements, descriptions of curriculum, student resources and opportunities, career options, and critical goals for graduating seniors. Meetings may include lectures, guest lecturers, and site visits. Freshmen should enroll in this course no later than their second semester. Transfer students should enroll in this course during their first semester at MTSU. This course or a pre-approved substitute is required for candidacy in all majors in the Department of Media Arts.

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  
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    (Comm) 

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required to meet degree requirements.

  • MATH 3 credit hours
  • PHOT 1050 - Basic Digital Photography

    3 credit hours

    Introduces simple and multiple image photography, principles, methods, theory, and practice for both Photography majors and non-Photography majors. Explores digital camera anatomy, operating, and handling while discussing proper in-camera exposure, metering, focusing, shutter speeds, apertures, depth of field, and camera accessories. Basic principles of lighting, design, and image composition discussed. Digital darkroom techniques and image manipulation using tools such as Photoshop included. Emphasis placed on  cameras with manual controls. Students required to own a digital camera with manual controls. Must have working knowledge of the Macintosh computer system.

    Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.

  • EMC 1020 - American Media and Social Institutions  3 credit hours  
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    EMC 1020 - American Media and Social Institutions

    3 credit hours

    (Same as JOUR 1020/RIM 1020.)

    The power of the mass media and its effect on social institutions and practices. Develops skills of qualitative and quantitative social science research in the area of mass communication processes; examines media as social, cultural, and economic institutions that shape the values of American society, its political dialogues, its social practices, and institutions.

  • JOUR 1020 - American Media and Social Institutions  3 credit hours  
    OR(Soc/Beh Sci) OR  dotslash:(Soc/Beh Sci) OR title:OR 
    (Soc/Beh Sci) OR 

    JOUR 1020 - American Media and Social Institutions

    3 credit hours

    (Same as EMC 1020/RIM 1020.) The power of the mass media and its effect on social institutions and practices. Develops skills of qualitative and quantitative social science research in the area of mass communication processes; examines media as social, cultural, and economic institutions that shape the values of American society, its political dialogues, its social practices, and institutions.

  • RIM 1020 - American Media and Social Institutions  3 credit hours  
    Soc/Beh Sci(Soc/Beh Sci)  dotslash:(Soc/Beh Sci) title:Soc/Beh Sci 
    (Soc/Beh Sci) 

    RIM 1020 - American Media and Social Institutions

    3 credit hours

    (Same as EMC 1020/JOUR 1020.) The power of the mass media and its effect on social institutions and practices. Develops skills of qualitative and quantitative social science research in the area of mass communication processes; examines media as social, cultural, and economic institutions that shape the values of American society, its political dialogues, its social practices, and institutions.

Subtotal: 13 Hours

Freshman Spring

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing  3 credit hours  
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    (Comm) 

    ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required to meet degree requirements.

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I  3 credit hours  
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    HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. Discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2010

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II  3 credit hours  
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    HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. Discusses the era from 1877 to the present. May be used to satisfy one part of the the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2020

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History  3 credit hours  
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    HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement. TBR Common Course: HIST 2030

  • HIST 2040 - Survey African American History I  3 credit hours  
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    HIST 2040 - Survey African American History I

    3 credit hours

    The role of African Americans in establishing and shaping the American nation. Covers their historical development and contributions to American art, music, literature, and religion. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

    NOTE: HIST 2040 is not a prerequisite for HIST 2050.

  • HIST 2050 - Survey African American History II

    3 credit hours

    The role of African Americans in shaping the American nation and creating a twentieth-century racial identity. Covers their historical development and examines their contributions to American art, music, literature, and religion. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication  3 credit hours  
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    (Comm) 

    COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introduces principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement. TBR Common Course: COMM 2025

  • ART 1610 - Two-Dimensional Design

    3 credit hours

    The principles and techniques of design and their application to two-dimensional art forms. Six-hour studio course. TBR Common Course: ART 1340

  • PHOT 1800 - Narrative Strategies in Photography

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PHOT 1050 

    Explores the capacity to tell a story as a predominant aspect of still photography and photo-related imagery. Sequence, series, the grid, linear and nonlinear approaches, and literary models explored as the deep structure of subject. Includes lectures, films, readings, writing, and workshops aimed at helping students understand these strategies and their practical applications.

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Sophomore Fall

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture  3 credit hours  
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    OR(Hum/FA) OR  dotslash:(Hum/FA) OR title:OR 
    (Hum/FA) OR 

    ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  
    (Hum/FA)(Hum/FA)  dotslash:(Hum/FA) title:(Hum/FA) 
    (Hum/FA) 
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

  • HUM 2610 - World Literatures  3 credit hours  
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    (Hum/FA) 

    HUM 2610 - World Literatures

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Representative works of French, German, and Hispanic authors in English translation. No foreign-language proficiency required. Carries General Education credit.

  • Natural Sciences 4 credit hours
  • PHOT 2000 - History of Photography

    3 credit hours

    Investigates intersections between photography and artistic, cultural, political, and societal concerns prior to and since the introduction of photography. Photographers, photographic processes, and movements within photography framed through ideas and topics as they relate to broader concepts of how photography has shaped and been shaped by outside forces.

    Normally offered Fall only

  • PHOT 2500 - Photographic Lighting I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites:  PHOT 1050 and PHOT 1800 

    Introduces and uses artificial light sources to establish foundational lighting control techniques. Demonstrates the use of various lighting sources such as on-camera flash, battery powered off-camera flash, constant lights, and related tools to modify light. Balancing artificial light with existing natural or ambient light sources.

  • VFP 3020 - Screenwriting I  3 credit hours  
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    VFP 3020 - Screenwriting I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020; VFP 2020; Media Arts major

    Techniques of creating and writing for film and video production in both the studio and field environment. Integrates writing for visual impact and audio/integration of sound and examines formatting needs of varying non-fiction and fiction story platforms for screen-based media.

  • IAM 3060 - Writing for Interactive Experiences  3 credit hours  
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    IAM 3060 - Writing for Interactive Experiences

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020 with C or better. Introduces fundamental principles of writing for interactive experience for specific audiences. Encourages students to explore content development; looks at creation of meaning in interactive media while providing skills in content development.

  • JOUR 2710 - Media Writing  3 credit hours  

    JOUR 2710 - Media Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020 or equivalents. Theory and practice of writing for print and electronic media according to the techniques, styles, and formats of various media. Laboratory required.

Subtotal: 16 Hours

Sophomore Spring

  • PHOT 2900 - Photography Sophomore Seminar

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: PHOT 1050, PHOT 1800, PHOT 2000, and PHOT 2500 

    Helps students develop a sense of analysis, synthesis, assessment, and self-reflection regarding their own photographic production and the work of their peers. Engages students in critiques, readings, writing, and class discussions while working to prepare a professional portfolio of images that best present their overall aptitude and interests. Serves as a culminating experience for minors and as a preparatory experience for the photo major candidacy.

    Normally offered in Spring semester only.

  • PHOT 3200 - Advanced Digital Photography

    3 credit hours

    Use of digital cameras and flatbed scanners as image capture devices and digital printers as image output devices. Software programs, applications, and discussion topics focus on camera operation, file formats, and the aesthetic and ethical issues surrounding photography. Software applications used to explore creative and experimental possibilities for processing and manipulating photographs.

    Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.

  • Social/Behavioral Science 3 credit hours
  • Natural Science 4 credit hours
  • Minor course 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 16 Hours

Junior Fall

  • EMC 3001 - Success in Media Arts

    1 credit hour

    Prerequisite: EMC 1010; junior status

    Introduces students who have just achieved candidacy in Media Arts to best practices for success in Media Arts. Project management key topic. Emphasizes the value and importance of portfolio-quality work samples, experience points for resumes, and extracurricular experiences. 

  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • Minor courses 6 credit hours
  • PHOT elective 3 credit hours

 

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I  3 credit hours  
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    HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. Discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2010

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II  3 credit hours  
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    HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. Discusses the era from 1877 to the present. May be used to satisfy one part of the the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2020

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History  3 credit hours  
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    HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement. TBR Common Course: HIST 2030

  • HIST 2040 - Survey African American History I  3 credit hours  
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    HIST 2040 - Survey African American History I

    3 credit hours

    The role of African Americans in establishing and shaping the American nation. Covers their historical development and contributions to American art, music, literature, and religion. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

    NOTE: HIST 2040 is not a prerequisite for HIST 2050.

  • HIST 2050 - Survey African American History II

    3 credit hours

    The role of African Americans in shaping the American nation and creating a twentieth-century racial identity. Covers their historical development and examines their contributions to American art, music, literature, and religion. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

Subtotal: 16 Hours

Junior Spring

  • PHOT 3100 - Contemporary Issues in Photography

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy

    Introduces theoretical and critical issues of photographic practices. Enhances photographic language by discussing photographs, photographers, and contemporary issues within the practice of photography. Students read and respond to selected essays, critical articles, and critical reviews of photography and photographic exhibitions.

    Normally offered in the Spring semester only.

  • PHOT 3300 - Picturing People  3 credit hours  

    PHOT 3300 - Picturing People

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy

    Students will engage with numerous modes of photographing people through lectures, writing, photographic production, and group critique. Explores commercial and fine art applications of portraiture while also considering their relationship to other known modes of capture such as vernacular photos, photojournalism, and surveillance. Practical photographic strategies in portraiture will be taught alongside the important considerations of ethics, privacy, and law.

  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • PHOT electives 6 credit hours

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Senior Fall

  • EMC 4250 - Mass Media Law  3 credit hours  
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    EMC 4250 - Mass Media Law

    3 credit hours

    (Same as JOUR 4250.) Prerequisites: EMC 1020; junior standing. Examines legal guarantees and restrictions on the flow of information using the case study method. Focuses on libel, privacy, obscenity, and the special restrictions placed on advertising, broadcasting, cable television, and the Internet.  

  • JOUR 4250 - Mass Media Law  3 credit hours  
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    JOUR 4250 - Mass Media Law

    3 credit hours

    (Same as EMC 4250.) Prerequisites: JOUR 1020 and JOUR 2710; junior standing. Examination of legal guarantees and restrictions on the flow of information using the case study method. Focus on libel, privacy, obscenity, and the special restrictions placed on advertising, broadcasting, cable TV, and the Internet.

  • PHOT 4190 - Ethics and Law for Visual Communicators

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; junior status with declared major.

    Background in ethics and law for the visual communicator. Focus on ethical philosophies, ethics case studies, and solutions to ethical dilemmas; copyright, privacy, and libel law.

    Normally offered Spring only

 

  • PHOT 4001 - Professional Practices in Photography

    3 credit hours

    Corequisite: PHOT 4900 

    Designed to be taken in the senior year; advises students on aspects of launching their careers post-graduation. Includes lectures and instruction by the professor and visiting professionals; covers building a portfolio, promoting work, finding exhibition and residency opportunities, creating online presence, finding jobs, keeping financial records, and photo-related legal issues.

    Normally offered Fall only.

  • PHOT 4900 - Photography Capstone I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Senior standing; PHOT 3200, and project proposal approved by instructor prior to registration period.

    Students use learned skills and concepts to develop a semester-long photography project of their personal choice. Project can be completed in a variety of photographic medium(s) discussed and approved by instructor prior to registration period. Exhibition is required during the annual MTSU Photography Student Show. 

    Normally offered Fall only

  • Minor course 3 credit hours
  • PHOT elective 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Senior Spring

  • PHOT 4910 - Photography Capstone II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; PHOT 4900 

    Part two of two required courses for photography students in their senior year. Students will continue work on the self-directed project from Capstone I. Course culminates in written thesis and required exhibition during the MTSU Photography Capstone Show.

    Normally offered Spring only.

  • Electives 4 credit hours
  • Minor course 3 credit hours
  • Minor course/elective 3 credit hours
  • PHOT elective 1 credit hour

Subtotal: 14 Hours

Our adjunct faculty bring outstanding professional experience to our programs. Many are industry leaders with decorated careers and honors. Importantly, they are innovative educators who offer hands-on learning to our students to prepare them to enter and thrive in a dynamic, and oftentimes emerging, industry and professional world. They inspire, instruct, and challenge our students toward academic and professional success.

Photography

PHOT 1050 - Basic Digital Photography
3 credit hours

Introduces simple and multiple image photography, principles, methods, theory, and practice for both Photography majors and non-Photography majors. Explores digital camera anatomy, operating, and handling while discussing proper in-camera exposure, metering, focusing, shutter speeds, apertures, depth of field, and camera accessories. Basic principles of lighting, design, and image composition discussed. Digital darkroom techniques and image manipulation using tools such as Photoshop included. Emphasis placed on  cameras with manual controls. Students required to own a digital camera with manual controls. Must have working knowledge of the Macintosh computer system.

Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.

PHOT 1800 - Narrative Strategies in Photography
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PHOT 1050 

Explores the capacity to tell a story as a predominant aspect of still photography and photo-related imagery. Sequence, series, the grid, linear and nonlinear approaches, and literary models explored as the deep structure of subject. Includes lectures, films, readings, writing, and workshops aimed at helping students understand these strategies and their practical applications.

PHOT 2000 - History of Photography
3 credit hours

Investigates intersections between photography and artistic, cultural, political, and societal concerns prior to and since the introduction of photography. Photographers, photographic processes, and movements within photography framed through ideas and topics as they relate to broader concepts of how photography has shaped and been shaped by outside forces.

Normally offered Fall only

PHOT 2500 - Photographic Lighting I
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:  PHOT 1050 and PHOT 1800 

Introduces and uses artificial light sources to establish foundational lighting control techniques. Demonstrates the use of various lighting sources such as on-camera flash, battery powered off-camera flash, constant lights, and related tools to modify light. Balancing artificial light with existing natural or ambient light sources.

PHOT 2900 - Photography Sophomore Seminar
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: PHOT 1050, PHOT 1800, PHOT 2000, and PHOT 2500 

Helps students develop a sense of analysis, synthesis, assessment, and self-reflection regarding their own photographic production and the work of their peers. Engages students in critiques, readings, writing, and class discussions while working to prepare a professional portfolio of images that best present their overall aptitude and interests. Serves as a culminating experience for minors and as a preparatory experience for the photo major candidacy.

Normally offered in Spring semester only.

PHOT 3100 - Contemporary Issues in Photography
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy

Introduces theoretical and critical issues of photographic practices. Enhances photographic language by discussing photographs, photographers, and contemporary issues within the practice of photography. Students read and respond to selected essays, critical articles, and critical reviews of photography and photographic exhibitions.

Normally offered in the Spring semester only.

PHOT 3200 - Advanced Digital Photography
3 credit hours

Use of digital cameras and flatbed scanners as image capture devices and digital printers as image output devices. Software programs, applications, and discussion topics focus on camera operation, file formats, and the aesthetic and ethical issues surrounding photography. Software applications used to explore creative and experimental possibilities for processing and manipulating photographs.

Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.

PHOT 3300 - Picturing People
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy

Students will engage with numerous modes of photographing people through lectures, writing, photographic production, and group critique. Explores commercial and fine art applications of portraiture while also considering their relationship to other known modes of capture such as vernacular photos, photojournalism, and surveillance. Practical photographic strategies in portraiture will be taught alongside the important considerations of ethics, privacy, and law.

PHOT 3510 - Documentary Practices in Photography
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy

Explores the traditional and non-traditional forms of photographic documentary practice. Considers the conventions of journalism, editorial, and photo essays alongside more contemporary modes of subjective documentary, post documentary, and socially activist practices. Explores image and text as a foundational component of much documentary work. Students will engage in practical experiences related to documentary photographic practices.

PHOT 3520 - Alternative Processes in Photography
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: PHOT 1050, PHOT 3200 or PHOT 3540, or permission of instructor

Explores building cameras, hand coating emulsions, and working with historic printing processes. Topics include but not limited to pinhole cameras, solargraphy, lumen prints, anthotype process, cyanotype process, cyanotype toning, gum bichromate prints, Van Dyke process, and generating large scale digital negatives. Students will coat, expose, and process their own materials while working with sunlight and a UV light box.

PHOT 3530 - Archiving Photography
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: PHOT 1050 and PHOT 3200 

Discusses identification, preservation, digitization, and archiving of various photographic mediums. Will restore existing material for future generations. Topics include image restoration, media handling, and reproduction. Methods to acquire source materials for use.

PHOT 3540 - Exploring Camera Formats
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PHED 1050 

Introduces the aesthetic and technical possibilities of various camera formats. Students choose to work with cameras such as miniature, 35mm, medium and large format, panoramic 360° cameras as they relate to specific image considerations. Handling, processing, digitization of, and printing from these different formats demonstrated and discussed. There are limited opportunities for short-term loans of equipment, so students should be prepared to provide their own camera(s).

PHOT 3550 - Photographic Lighting II
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: PHOT 1050, PHOT 1800, and PHOT 2500 

Studio lighting course focusing on various aspects of a professional commercial photography practice. Students gain experience in assessment of lighting schematics, proper handling of gear, and various camera trigger devices while working with product, fashion, and portrait style images. Introduces full frame DSLR cameras, medium format cameras, macro photography, and professional lighting equipment. Utilizes studios equipped with tabletop, seamless backdrops, and the Cyc wall.

Normally offered in Spring only.

PHOT 3580 - Photography Practicum
1 to 3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; junior standing, and permission of instructor.

Practical experience in an on-campus setting. A minimum of 75 hours work for each hour of credit. Required to be present and work for the class during evening and weekend times during the semester when needed. Note: Total university credit for internship, practicum, and individual problems courses cannot exceed 6 credits. Pass/Fail.

PHOT 4000 - Photography Internship
1 to 3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; senior standing and permission of department chair or instructor.

Practical experience for advanced students in a professional setting. A minimum of 75 hours work plus other assignments will be required for each hour of credit. Note: Total university credit for internship, practicum, and individual problems courses cannot exceed 6 credits. Pass/Fail.

PHOT 4001 - Professional Practices in Photography
3 credit hours

Corequisite: PHOT 4900 

Designed to be taken in the senior year; advises students on aspects of launching their careers post-graduation. Includes lectures and instruction by the professor and visiting professionals; covers building a portfolio, promoting work, finding exhibition and residency opportunities, creating online presence, finding jobs, keeping financial records, and photo-related legal issues.

Normally offered Fall only.

PHOT 4040 - Color Photo Communication II
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; PHOT 2000 and PHOT 3810 

A continuation of PHOT 3810 with emphasis placed on details toward the craft, honing a personal vision, and final portfolio presentation.

Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.

Normally offered Spring only

PHOT 4190 - Ethics and Law for Visual Communicators
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; junior status with declared major.

Background in ethics and law for the visual communicator. Focus on ethical philosophies, ethics case studies, and solutions to ethical dilemmas; copyright, privacy, and libel law.

Normally offered Spring only

PHOT 4220 - Advanced Photojournalism
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; PHOT 4060 and/or consent of instructor.

Builds on the basic information given in PHOT 4060. Advanced photographic techniques, including digital imaging, information on ethics and law as they pertain to the image maker, along with an examination of different styles of photojournalism addressed by classroom demonstration, lecture, and practical assignments.

Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.

Normally offered Spring only  

PHOT 4270 - Photo Illustration
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; PHOT 4060.

Studio lighting of various objects in table top settings such as fabrics, clothes, glassware, food, beverages, and how to make the object read well to a potential client or customer. Setting up of lighting scenarios demonstrated and various camera trigger devices used for stopping time and showing products in different ways. Introduces full frame DSLR cameras, large format view cameras, macro photography, and professional lighting equipment. Problems in advertising photography including the responsibility of understanding the truth in advertising.

Lecture/lab with three to six hours per week.

Normally offered Fall only

PHOT 4290 - Documentary Photography
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: PHOT 3810 and PHOT 4040 

Those students using color darkroom print material must have taken PHOT 4040. Students will photograph a semester-long photo project of personal choice in a documentary style. Research on the aspects of and photographers practicing contemporary documentary photography.

Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.

PHOT 4500 - Special Topics in Photography
1 to 3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy in Photography or permission of instructor. Introduces and explores various subject matters, approaches, and/or topics in the medium of photography. May be repeated for up to 9 hours with different topic.

PHOT 4510 - Photobooks
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy

Investigates the history of photobooks as well as the contemporary relevance of the medium as a powerful vehicle for photographic projects. The form of the object itself, the sequence of images, inclusion of text, and design elements are deeply considered as elemental considerations in the creation of photobooks. Students work towards self-publishing their own book over the semester. Best suited for students who have a body of images that they would like to explore in book form.

PHOT 4900 - Photography Capstone I
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Senior standing; PHOT 3200, and project proposal approved by instructor prior to registration period.

Students use learned skills and concepts to develop a semester-long photography project of their personal choice. Project can be completed in a variety of photographic medium(s) discussed and approved by instructor prior to registration period. Exhibition is required during the annual MTSU Photography Student Show. 

Normally offered Fall only

PHOT 4910 - Photography Capstone II
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; PHOT 4900 

Part two of two required courses for photography students in their senior year. Students will continue work on the self-directed project from Capstone I. Course culminates in written thesis and required exhibition during the MTSU Photography Capstone Show.

Normally offered Spring only.

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Contact Information

Shannon Randol, Program Coordinator
Shannon.Randol@mtsu.edu
615-898-2085

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Rebecca.Garrett@mtsu.edu
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Mailing Address

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Murfreesboro, TN 37132

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