The communication studies and theatre arts programs include courses representing all aspects of the discipline. Required courses are interpersonal communication, listening, nonverbal communication, persuasion, and a senior-level research-oriented seminar. Directed electives allow choices from the other areas of the discipline.
The department of communication studies and theatre arts is composed of ten faculty Members and 10 adjunct instructors. Four faculty teach principally in the communication studies area; four teach principally in theatre; one teaches principally in digital film and television; and one teaches both theatre and digital film and television courses. All teach Fundamentals of Oral Communication. Faculty members direct the three co-curricular student activity programs offered by the department: forensics, theatre, and television. Faculty members also advise the student organizations associated with those three activities as well as the National Communication Association Student Club.
Because communication is so vital to all aspects of our personal and professional lives, the human communication or public communication track is an excellent choice for students preparing for a variety of professional careers, such as law, the clergy, college teaching, or international relations and negotiations. The professional and organizational communication track features the communication skills most needed by the student preparing for a career in the business, government, or nonprofit sector. Such employers recognize the centrality of good communication in the world of work, regardless of their specific field. Consequently, the student who chooses this track is prepared for a career in a variety of institutions—retail, service, health-related, charitable, governmental, educational—often in a management track. The digital film television track provides students with the necessary background for careers in film and television broadcasting, as well as for those who anticipate using these skills in other occupations. The theatre major is designed to expose students to all aspects of theatre. Students are required to take core courses in acting, directing, history and technology. Students choose a track in their area of special interest—performance, design/technical, management, or dramaturgy.
provides three areas of study within the human communication emphasis: professional and organizational communication, personal/cultural communication, and public communication. Students may select an emphasis that most closely matches their interests and career goals and in consultation with their department faculty adviser, may make choices among the course options provided.
Department of Communication Studies
and Theatre Arts
B24 Kleinpell Fine Arts