Programs and Degree Requirements

Curriculum 

The curriculum in the Department of Theatre and Communication Studies is designed to educate and train students in the strategies of verbal, nonverbal, and written communication. Both Communication Studies and Theatre majors are provided quality instruction in theoretical and practical concepts to aid in the understanding of the communication process.

Majors in Communication Studies take courses to prepare them for careers in areas such as corporate communication, communication education, government and politics. Theatre Arts majors are prepared for careers in theatrical directing, theatre and film performance, technical theatre production, play and script writing, and theatre management.

Departmental courses prepare all students, regardless of major, for graduate and professional studies as specialists in oral and written communication and provide them with a foundation to manage communications. Students from other programs may elect to minor in either Communication Studies or Theatre.

Degree Requirements

All students in the Department of Theatre and Communication Studies must fulfill the following requirements: Earn a grade of "C' or better in all major/required and elective Communication Studies and or Theatre courses; and have a minimum overall cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better. Students completing a minor in Communication Studies and Theatre should meet with the department chairperson to develop their minor concentration of six courses. 

Communication Studies Core Courses
Students who major in the Communication Studies Department are required to complete the following core courses:

CSTA 200

Oral and Written Presentation Skills

CSTA 201

Voice and Diction

CSTA 211

Communication Theory and Rhetoric

CSTA 301

Rhetoric of Persuasion

CSTA 304

Business and Professional Speech

CSTA 305

Interpersonal Communication

CSTA 306

Speech for Radio/Stage/TV/Film

CSTA 311

African American Communication

CSTA 404

Organizational Communication

CSTA 455

Entertainment Law or CMMA 425 Communication Law

CSTA 482

Directed Study or CSTA 489 Internship

CSTA 490

Speech Communication and Theatre Arts Seminar

CMMA 201

Survey of Media and Society

CMMA 315

Mass Communication Research or approved substitute

CSTA 490

Speech Comm and Theatre Arts Seminar

Theatre Core Courses
Students who major in the Theatre Department are required to complete the following core courses:

CSTA 201

Voice and Diction

CSTA 251

Oral Interpretation

CSTA 252

Theatre Appreciation

CSTA 254

Acting I

CSTA 255

Stagecraft

CSTA 316

Lighting and Design

CSTA 351

Development of Drama I

CSTA 352

Development of Drama II

CSTA 353

Play Production Methods

CSTA 354

Acting II

CSTA 410

Costume Design

CSTA 452

Theatre Arts Management

CSTA 453

Directing: Play and Script Analysis

CSTA 454

Children's Theater

CSTA 455

Entertainment Law or CMMA 425 Communication Law

CSTA 456

African American Theatre

CSTA 482

Directed Study or CSTA 489 Internship

CSTA 489

Internship

CSTA 490

Speech Communication and Theatre Arts Seminar