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Communication Studies & Theatre

Ramesh Rao, Chair
Cecelia Culler, Secretary

Faculty

Pamela Arkin, MFA, Associate Professor of Theatre
Eric Koger, MFA, Assistant Professor of Theatre
Gene Muto, MFA, DA, Professor of Theatre
Melissa Panzarello-Koger, MFA, Assistant Professor of Theatre
Ramesh Rao, PhD, Professor of Communication Studies
William Stuart, PhD, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies
Pamela Tracy, PhD, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies & Director of Longwood Seminar

COMMUNICATION STUDIES PROGRAM

MISSION STATEMENT

Longwood's Communication Studies program engages students in the study of how human beings communicatively enact their own lives and the world around them. Our students explore how we create meaning, connect with others, enact culture, organize, manage conflict, and exert influence through interaction. Students and faculty work together in a collaborative environment. Our studies reflect a core belief that the integration of theory and practice is vital for academic, professional, and personal success.

Areas of study include public relations, print and broadcast journalism, the influence of popular media, conflict resolution, written and spoken professional communication, organizational communication, interpersonal communication, and intercultural communication. The Communication Studies community respects diverse voices and strives to build critical awareness of the ethical and practical ramifications of our everyday communication choices.

(Students under the previous catalog would still be able to complete the BA in Communication Studies. Students under the previous catalog would substitute new course COMM 210 Media and Society for the past COMM 320 Mass Media Theory and Effects.)

Students are required to select one of the two concentrations that follow:

Concentration in Mass Media

In conjunction with the core curriculum in Communication Studies, the Mass Media Concentration is designed to prepare students to become effective critics and consumers of mass media, and to prepare students for careers in a marketplace increasingly dominated by convergent media. To this end, students learn skills in print reporting, writing and production, broadcast writing, production, and editing, creation of digital communication.

Concentration in Organizational and Strategic Communication

In conjunction with the core curriculum in Communication Studies, the Organizational and Strategic Communication Concentration is designed to cultivate in students an understanding of the processes through which human beings organize themselves to accomplish goals. To this end, students explore ways in which organizations communicate with internal and external publics, and the ways in which organizations are enacted at the interpersonal communication level. Students pursuing the Organizational and Strategic Communication Concentration may choose to enter careers such as Public Relations, Event Planning, and Human Resources.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES MAJOR, BA DEGREE

A. General Education Requirements 41 credits

B. Additional Requirements for the BA Degree 6 credits

C. Major Requirements 47 credits

1. Communication Studies Core: 23 credits
COMM 101 Public Speaking 3 credits
COMM 200 Communication Theory 3 credits
COMM 210 Media & Society 3 credits
COMM 310 Interpersonal Communication 3 credits
COMM 400 Communication Ethics 3 credits
COMM 460 Communication Research Methods 3 credits
COMM 461 Senior Seminar 3 credits
COMM 492 Communication Internship 3 credits*
(*One credit from COMM 492 satisfies General Education Goal 15)

2. Concentration: 24 credits
ART 221 Graphic Design I 3 credits*
COMM 241 Basic Media Reporting and Writing 3 credits
COMM 322 Media Law 3 credits
COMM 325 Media Criticism 3 credits
COMM 341 Advanced Media Reporting and Writing 3 credits
COMM 343 Broadcast Production 3 credits
COMM 410 Computer-Mediated Communication 3 credits
COMM 443 Advanced Broadcast Production 3 credits
(*Pre-requisite for ART 221: ART 120)

D. General Electives 26 credits

E. Total credits required for BA in Communication Studies 120
(Mass Media Concentration)

COMMUNICATION STUDIES MAJOR, BA DEGREE
Organizational and Strategic Communication Concentration

A. General Education Requirements 41 credits

B. Additional Requirements for the BA Degree 6 credits

C. Major Requirements 47 credits

1. Communication Studies Core: 23 credits
COMM 101 Public Speaking 3 credits
COMM 200 Communication Theory 3 credits
COMM 210 Media & Society 3 credits
COMM 310 Interpersonal Communication 3 credits
COMM 400 Communication Ethics 3 credits
COMM 460 Communication Research Methods 3 credits
COMM 461 Senior Seminar 3 credits
COMM 492 Communication Internship 3 credits*
(*One credit from COMM 492 satisfies General Education Goal 15)

2. Concentration: 24 credits
COMM 280 Fundamentals of Public Relations 3 credits
COMM 350 Persuasion Theory 3 credits
COMM 362 Organizational Communication 3 credits
COMM 364 Applied Organizational Communication 3 credits
COMM 366 Conflict Resolution 3 credits
COMM 420 Intercultural Communication 3 credits
COMM 470 Gender and Communication 3 credits
COMM 481 Crisis Communication 3 credits

D. General Electives 26 credits

E. Total credits required for BA in Communication Studies 120
(Organizational and Strategic Communication Concentration)

Minor: Communication Studies

18 Credit hours including:
COMM 101 Public Speaking/3 credits
COMM 200 Communication Theory/3 credits
And a selection of 12 credit hours from among the following courses:
COMM 210 Media & Society 3 credits
COMM 241 Basic Media Reporting and Writing 3 credits
COMM 280 Fundamentals of Public Relations 3 credits
COMM 310 Interpersonal Communication 3 credits
COMM 322 Media Law 3 credits
COMM 325 Media Criticism 3 credits
COMM 330 Small Group Communication 3 credits
COMM 340 Nonverbal and Visual Communication 3 credits
COMM 341 Advanced Media Reporting and Writing 3 credits
COMM 343 Broadcast Production 3 credits
COMM 350 Persuasion Theory 3 credits
COMM 362 Organizational Communication 3 credits
COMM 364 Applied Organizational Communication 3 credits
COMM 366 Conflict Resolution 3 credits
COMM 382 PR Cases 3 credits
COMM 386 PR Campaigns 3 credits
COMM 400 Communication Ethics 3 credits
COMM 410 Computer-Mediated Communication 3 credits
COMM 420 Intercultural Communication 3 credits
COMM 443 Advanced Broadcast Production 3 credits
COMM 460 Communication Research Methods 3 credits
COMM 461 Senior Seminar 3 credits
COMM 470 Gender and Communication 3 credits
COMM 481 Crisis Communication 3 credits
COMM 495 Special Topics in Communication Studies 3 credits

COMMUNICATION STUDIES COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

General Education Course *
Writing Intensive Course **
Speaking Intensive Course ***

ENGL 150, COMM 101 and COMM 200 (with grades of C or better in each) are prerequisite to all 300- and 400-level Communication Studies Courses

Communication Studies 101. Public Speaking. Introduces students to the basic concepts of human communication, with special emphasis placed on competencies in public speaking. 3 credits. ***                 

Communication Studies 200. Communication Theory. Introduces students to communication as an academic discipline by exploring how meaning is created and shared in multiple contexts such as: intrapersonal, interpersonal, small group, organizational, public, mass mediated, and intercultural. Fundamental theories from each context are covered. Prerequisite: COMM 101 (with a grade of C- or better) 3 credits.

Communication Studies 210.  Media & Society. This course examines the economic and social organization of mass media, the content of media messages, the relationship between media and the public, the growth of new media technologies, and current dilemmas facing media policy makers.  Prerequisite: COMM 101 (with grade of "C" or better). 3 credits.

Communication Studies 220. Basic Media Reporting and Writing. Introduction to basic reporting and writing skills for use in print, broadcast, and online media. Includes news and feature reporting and writing, as well as writing for promotional and public relations purposes. Prerequisite: COMM 101 (with grade of "C" or better). 3 credits.

Communication Studies 280. Fundamentals of Public Relations. This course is an introduction to public relations principles and concepts. Students are introduced to the history and development of public relations as a profession, to the range of responsibilities and functions that public relations practitioners assume in a variety of organizations, and to the significant issues and trends that influence the practice of public relations. Prerequisite: COMM 101 & 200 (with grades of "C" or better). 3 credits.

Communication Studies 292. Internship in Communication Studies. A semester-long, on-the-job learning experience designed to apply the principles of communication studies. 1-18 credits.

Communication Studies 295. Special Topics in Communication Studies. Selected topics in communication studies. The topics may vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit when topics change. 1-3 credits.

Communication Studies 310. Interpersonal Communication. This course will examine various communication patterns including nonverbal and intercultural communication. Students will study theories and concepts through text readings, class activities, and lectures. Students will understand that people, even if witnessing similar sights, may have different perspectives. 3 credits. **

Communication Studies 311, 312. Studies Abroad. Primarily intended for transfer of credit earned abroad in courses in communications studies. 1-18 credits.

Communication Studies 320.  Media Law. This course examines the impact of law on public communication, with emphasis on ethics and law regarding broadcast, print, and online media. Prerequisite: COMM 101 & 210 (with grades of "C" or better). 3 credits.

Communication Studies 325. Media Criticism. A critical examination of the influence of mass media through reading, viewing and discussion to build awareness of the influence of media in personal life and develop media literacy skills. Prerequisite: COMM 101 & 200 (with grades of "C" or better). 3 credits.

Communication Studies 330. Small Group Communication. Examines the complex personal and communication dynamics of small groups. Topics include leadership, influence, conflict, task management, organization, interdependence, and others. Students actively participate in group projects and meetings to demonstrate successful small group techniques. 3 credits.

Communication Studies 340. Nonverbal and Visual Communication. Theory, research, and practice into the realm of intentional and unintentional nonverbal communication. Study of unspoken communication genres includes kinesic, affective, ocular, haptic, paralinguistic, proximic, environmental, chronemic, and artifactual. Exploration of semiotics and other visual communication areas. 3 credits.

Communication Studies 341. Advanced Media Reporting and Writing. Advanced practices of the news gathering process with an emphasis on examining records, interviewing news sources, evaluating credibility of Internet sources and analyzing newsworthiness of information.  Students will write news stories for print and broadcast media. Prerequisite: COMM 241 (with grade of "C" or better). 3 credits.

Communication Studies 343.  Broadcast Production. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the world of broadcasting, providing both hands-on experience in front and behind the microphone and camera, and a working knowledge of the important theoretical and practical issues related to a broadcasting career. 3 credits.

Communication Studies 350. Persuasion Theory. This course is designed to promote the understanding of the fundamental principles and theories of persuasive communication. Theories are considered for application in producing and consuming persuasive discourse. Prerequisite: COMM 101 & 200 (with grade of "C" or better). 3 credits.

Communication Studies 362. Organization Communication. Explores the communication processes humans use to organize themselves to accomplish goals.  Theoretical approaches to organizing are considered, including classical, systems, cultural, critical, and postmodern approaches. Organizational communication processes such as entry, learning, planning, and evaluation are examined in their relation to common organizational outcomes such as satisfaction, productivity and commitment. COMM 101 & 200 (with grades of "C" or better). 3 credits.

Communication Studies 364. Applied Organizational Communication. Development of advanced communication skills with a special focus on business and professional life. Students will learn advanced public speaking skills including business report presentations, persuasive speaking, collaborative meeting management, team presentations, and speech writing. Prerequisite: COMM 101 & 200 (with grades of "C" or better). 3 credits. 

Communication Studies 366. Conflict Resolution. This course introduces students to the origins of the field of conflict and to current communication-oriented perspectives in a wide range of arenas - from intimate relationships to group, inter-group, organizational and negotiation settings. Students will understand the opportunities for conflict management through negotiation, mediation, and arbitration. Prerequisite: COMM 101 & 200 (with grades of "C" or better). 3 credits.

Communication Studies 382. Public Relations Cases. Provides an in-depth look at a wide variety of public relations challenges and opportunities that face public relations practitioners. Students examine actual case studies to evaluate the context, goals, strategies, and outcomes in each case. Particular attention is given to whether clients and/or their PR practitioners made ethical choices. Prerequisite:  COMM 280 (with grade of "C" or better). 3 credits.

Communication Studies 386. Public Relations Campaigns. Students learn phases and steps involved in creating a public relations campaign, including research, planning, budgets, scheduling, implementation and evaluation. Special attention is paid to primary research methods.  Students plan a campaign for an actual client. Prerequisite: COMM 280 (with grade of "C" or better). 3 credits.

Communication Studies 390. Directed or Independent Study Must be approved by the head of the department. Maybe repeated as 391. 1-18 credits.

Communication Studies 392. Internship in Communication Studies. A semester-long, on-the-job learning experience designed to apply the principles of communication studies. 1-18 credits.

Communication Studies 400. Communication Ethics. This course is a survey designed to provide an understanding of the ethical and philosophical framework of decision-making. We will examine contemporary and classic case studies from all areas of the communication discipline. Ethics are relevant in all communication arenas: interpersonal communication, organizational communication, mass communication, and related fields, and we shall try and understand the practice and relevance of ethical behavior in all these areas. Prerequisite: COMM 101 & 200 (with grades of "C" or better). 3 credits.

Communication Studies 410. Computer-mediated Communication. Theory, research, and practical application of new communication technologies. Explores the impact of various communication technologies on individuals and society. Students also are trained in the use of communication technologies in order to complete an applied project. 3 credits.

Communication Studies 420. Intercultural Communication. A study of intercultural communication in the classroom and business worlds, defining and identifying the different cultures at work in our society, exploring the problems resulting from poor intercultural communication, and finding ways to improve communication between differing cultures. 3 credits. **

Communication Studies 443. Advanced Broadcast Production. The purpose of this course is to explore editorial issues, aesthetic principles and professional standards and practices of broadcast news, field producing and reporting. Students will learn advanced skills in producing, viewing, listening to, and analyzing videotapes and radio newscasts. Pre-requisites: COMM 220 & COMM 343 (with grade of "C" or better in each). 3 credits.

Communication Studies 460. Communication Research Methods. Explores communication research processes including philosophical underpinnings, qualitative and quantitative methods, and data analysis. Students learn to become competent researchers and critics of scholarship. 3 credits.

Communication Studies 461. Senior Seminar. A capstone course designed to help students prepare for commencement.  It is structured as a seminar/tutorial, culminating in the creation of an undergraduate thesis or equivalent project.  Pre-requisite: COMM 460 (with grade of "C" or better). 3 credits.  **    ***

Communication Studies 470. Gender and Communication. Study of advanced communication theories and research focusing on the relationships among gender identity and communication in the following communication contexts: organizations, interpersonal relationships, family, mass media and popular culture, education and health. 3 credits. **

Communication Studies 481. Crisis Communication. Introduces students to the study of crisis communication. The course addresses key issues including threat assessment, crisis plans, and strategies for handling crises when they occur. Pre-requisite: COMM 280 (with a grade of "C" or better). 3 credits.

Communication Studies 490. Directed or Independent Study. Must be approved by the head of the department. 1-18 credits.

Communication Studies 492. Communication Internship. Directed practicum of experiential learning in a professional setting. Students perform relevant task to the discipline and profession. An internship contract must be agreed upon by the professional supervisor, faculty advisor, and student. Prerequisite: Completion of 24 credits in Communication Studies with a minimum GPA of 2.5. 3 credits.

Communication Studies 495. Special Topics in Communication Studies. Selected topics in communication studies. The topics may vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit when topics change. 1-3 credits.

Communication Studies 498. Honors Research in Communication Studies. Students conduct research in communications studies under the direction of a faculty member and the Senior Honors Research Committee. May be repeated as 499. 3 credits.

300 and 400 level Communication Studies Electives (Please see the Undergraduate Catalog for descriptions of Communication Studies Electives in other departments.)

THEATRE PROGRAM

Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre

MISSION STATEMENT

In order to provide a cohesive body of knowledge in the various fields of performance art, the Department of Communication Studies and Theatre at Longwood is committed to excellence in teaching, advancement of knowledge, and cultural enrichment. To this end, the Department provides two programs of study: Traditional Liberal Arts Studies in Theatre and Pre-professional Training for Theatre Practitioners.

Theatre in the Liberal Arts
BACHELOR OF ARTS
Visual and Performing Arts
Concentration in Theatre
Applied Theatre Generalist

That the study of Theatre is integral to the Liberal Arts is beyond question. Before there were studies in history, language, technology, or psychology, there was theatrical performance. Through song, dance, and mimesis prehistoric peoples sought to explain the relationship between their cultures and the universe. Theatre is one of the most ancient and, therefore, one of the most traditional of studies. Concepts of history and tradition, development of language, human behavior, multiculturalism, psychological development, and even emerging technologies have traditionally been the subjects and themes of dramatic literature and performance from prehistory to today. With the broad array of theatre course offerings at Longwood students have the opportunity to achieve a traditional and holistic view of the world through the study of literature, performance art, and technological development. At the end of their studies, students in the BA program will be prepared for graduate study in a wide variety of traditional liberal arts fields and other areas (including law, communication studies, and business) and for careers in education, production, and performance.

Pre-professional Training Program
BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS
Visual and Performing Arts
Concentration in Theatre
Specialist in Performance
Specialist in Technology

A faculty and staff of theatre historians, theoreticians, and professional artists mentor students who desire pre-professional training in Theatre Arts. The function of these mentors is to provide excellence in teaching and training through a sequence of theory, performance, and technical courses and through a program of main stage and studio theatrical productions. Students may opt for one of three tracks within the BFA Specialist program: Performance, Technology or Theatre Management. Longwood students are invited into the BFA program through auditions and examination of portfolios and are then evaluated and adjudicated by the faculty at the end of each year. Continuation in the BFA program is competitive, and rigorous professional standards are applied.

Description of DEGREE TYPES

I. Bachelor of Arts in Visual and Performing Arts with a Concentration in Theatre is a traditional liberal arts degree. Students who are pursuing the BA degree in Theatre are required to have a minor field of study, unless they have a double major, which substitutes for the minor.

There are two tracks in this degree program:

A.) Applied Theatre

This specialization is designed for students who want to pursue careers in the field of theatre in education. (An Education Endorsement is required in this track and substitutes for a minor field of study.)

B.) Generalist

This specialization is designed for students who want to study theatre (history, literature, theory, criticism, and aesthetics) in its broadest sense. As in any liberal art, the study of theatre provides students with a holistic curriculum and a broad background in thought, critical thinking, writing skills, analysis, and a general knowledge of literature, philosophy, and technology, all of which prepares them with a wide variety experiences and potential. Students who wish to pursue the M.A. or PhD in theatre work closely with their advisor to design a curriculum that combines a solid basis in theatre aesthetics and a strong background in another field, which would likely indicate a minor in an appropriate field, such as English, History, Anthropology, or Philosophy.

II. Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual and Performing Arts with a Concentration in Theatre is a pre-professional degree designed for students who, upon graduation, wish to work in the professional theatre as performers, technicians, or managers or who want to prepare for application to MFA. programs in graduate schools.

There are three tracks in this program:

A.) Performance

This specialization is designed for students who want to pursue careers as actors in professional theatres and for those who want to prepare for application to MFA. programs in graduate schools. Students work closely with the theatre performance faculty, who act as mentors. Performance students are required to audition each semester for each main stage production. This track is selective and competitive; students' work and competencies are reviewed each semester.

B.) Technology

This specialization is designed for students who want to pursue careers as stage designers, lighting designers, technical directors, or costumers and for those who want to prepare for application to MFA. programs at graduate schools. Technology students work closely with the theatre design faculty and staff, who act as mentors. Students are required to work in all design and technology areas each semester. This track is selective and competitive; students' work and capabilities are reviewed each semester.

Graduation Requirements

Core Courses - Required of all Theatre students

THEA 113 Acting I/3 credits
THEA 240 Technical Theatre/3 credits
THEA 330 Theatre History I/3 credits
THEA 331 Theatre History II/3 credits
THEA 430 Modern Drama/3 credits
THEA 431 American Drama/3 credits
THEA 461 Senior Thesis/3 credits
THEA 492 Internship/3 credits
(one credit of THEA 492 satisfies General Education Goal 15)

Take three credits from the following:

THEA 102 Theatre Performance/1 credit
THEA 103 Theatre Production/1 credit

Total/26 credits

Bachelor of Arts Degree
Visual and Performing Arts
Theatre Concentration: Applied Theatre or Generalist

A. General Education Core Requirements/41 credits.

B. Additional Degree Requirements/6 credits.
(3 credits must be a foreign language at the 202 level or above.)

C. Major Requirements. Applied Theatre/33-34 credits; Generalist/33 credits.

Applied Theatre:
Theatre Core/27 credits
Upper division theatre electives/6-7credits

Generalist:
Theatre Core/27 credits
Upper division theatre electives/6 credits

D. Minor and/or Education endorsement. 18-41 credits.

THEA 401 Methods of Teaching Theatre/3 credits
THEA 402 Teaching Technical Theatre/3 credits
THEA 433 Creative Dramatics for the Classroom/3 credits

See professional education requirements
(For those who are seeking careers in educational theatre, student teaching may be substituted for the Internship.)

E. General Electives for BA in Communication Studies - 22-23 credits

F. Total Credits Required for BA in Visual and Performing Arts, Theatre Concentration - 120

Total credits required for BA in Visual and Performing Arts, Theatre Concentration with PK-12 Teaching Endorsement - 121-122

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree
Visual and Performing Arts
Theatre Concentration: Specialist in Performance, Specialist in Technology, or Specialist in Theatre Management

A. General Education Core Requirements. 41 credits.

B. Additional Degree Requirements. 6 credits.
(3 credits must be a foreign language at the 202 level or above.)

C. Major Requirements. 54 credits.

Specialist in Performance:
Theatre Core/26 credits
THEA 214 Stage Makeup for the Actor/3 credits
THEA 215 Voice and Movement I/3 credits
THEA 315 Voice and Movement II/3 credits
THEA 316 Acting II/3 credits
THEA 317 Acting III/3 credits
THEA 320 Directing/3 credits
THEA 413 Acting IV/3 credits
THEA 414 Voice and Movement III/3 credits
Upper-division Theatre Elective/3 credits

Specialist in Technology:
Theatre Core/26 credits
THEA 241 Drafting for Theatrical Design/3 credits
THEA 275 Stage Management/3 credits
THEA 306 Stage Properties/3 credits
THEA 337 Costume Technology I/3 credits
THEA 338 Costume Technology II/3 credits
THEA 340 Scene Design/3 credits
THEA 342 Lighting Design/3 credits
THEA 344 Scene Painting/3 credits
THEA 345 Costume Design/3 credits

D. General Electives/20 credits

E. Total credits required for BFA in Visual and Performing Arts, Theatre Concentration - 120

MINOR IN THEATRE

20 credit hours including:
THEA 102 Theatre Performance/1 credit
THEA 103 Theatre Production/1 credit
THEA 113 Acting I/3 credits
THEA 240 Technical Theatre/3 credits
THEA 330 Theatre History I/3 credits
THEA 331 Theatre History II/3 credits
Theatre ELECTIVES/6 credits

THEATRE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

General Education Course *
Writing Intensive Course **
Speaking Intensive Course***

Theatre 101. Issues in Theatre. This course is designed for students who are interested in exploring modern society in the context of performing arts. Through a series of readings, videos, and live performances, students will see how theatre is an integral part of human culture. 3 credits. *

Theatre 102. Theatre Performance. This practicum course is open to students who are cast in Longwood Theatre productions. May be repeated for credit four times. Prerequisite: Audition. 1 credit. *

Theatre 103. Theatre Production. This practicum course is open to students who work in technical and management areas of Longwood Theatre productions. May be repeated for credit four times. Prerequisite: Portfolio/permission. 1 credit. *

Theatre 113. Acting I. This studio course is an introduction to the art of performance in the theatre. 3 credits.

Theatre 214. Stage Makeup for the Actor. Through a combination of lecture and laboratory demonstration, students learn the basic skills of stage makeup application and design. 3 credits.

Theatre 215. Voice and Movement I. This studio course is an introductory exploration of the physical and vocal skills required for effective performance. Emphasis is placed on developing self-awareness and control of the actor's instrument through relaxation and tension-release, proper breathing techniques, the improvement of resonance, articulation and projection. 3 credits.

Theatre 240. Technical Theatre. This course will give the student a basic understanding and appreciation of the technical side of theatre. It will provide a knowledge of the safe and proper way to handle scene shop equipment. 3 credits. ***

Theatre 241. Drafting for Theatrical Design. This is a lecture-studio course that deals with the fundamentals of theatrical drafting and mechanical drawing for those students who will be taking scene design, scene painting, and/or lighting design. Prerequisite: THEA 240 - minimum grade of C or permission. 3 credits.

Theatre 275. Stage Management. This lecture-studio course explores the role and responsibilities of the stage manager in academic, community, regional, and professional theatre settings. Prerequisite: THEA 240 - minimum grade of C. 3 credits.

Theatre 292. Internship in Theatre. A semester-long, on-the-job learning experience designed to apply the principles of theatre. 1-18 credits.

Theatre 295. Special Topics in Theatre. This directed study opportunity geared toward freshmen and sophomores who want to explore a special course of study in Theatre Arts. 1-3 credits.

Theatre 306. Stage Properties. This course is for students who will learn how to design and create stage properties. Course content will include hands-on projects, research, resources, and discussion of period styles. Prerequisite: THEA 240 - minimum grade of C. 3 credits.

Theatre 311, 312. Studies Abroad. This course is intended for transfer of credit earned abroad in the study of theatre. Prerequisite: Permission. 1-18 credits.

Theatre 315. Voice and Movement II. This studio course is a continued exploration of the physical and vocal skills required for effective stage performance. Emphasis is placed on the development of the actor's instrument through the study of period movement and the use of heightened language and verse. Classes are a combination of lecture, demonstration, and experiential exercises. Content is directed toward the specific needs of the actors. Prerequisite: THEA 215 - minimum grade of C. 3 credits.

Theatre 316. Acting II. This studio course is designed to develop fundamental acting skills through classroom exercises, scene study, and character analysis. Prerequisite: THEA 113 - minimum grade of C. 3 credits. ***

Theatre 317. Acting III. A practicum course in acting designed to further develop the actor's analytical, vocal, and physical skills. Emphasis will be placed on exploring advanced performance concepts in a variety of dramatic styles. Prerequisite: THEA 316 - minimum grade of C. 3 credits.

Theatre 320. Directing. This course introduces the student to the tools and techniques used by the interpretative artist in the production of a play. Training involves workshop exercises and scene studies. Prerequisite: THEA 316 - minimum grade of C. 3 credits. **

Theatre 330. History of Theatre I. This course is a study of the dramatic literature and the history of stage practices during the time of the Ancient Greeks to the time of Shakespeare. Prerequisite: ENGL 150 - minimum grade of C. 3 credits. **

Theatre 331. History of Theatre II. This course is a study of the dramatic literature and the history of stage practices from the time of the English Restoration to the Modern Period. Prerequisite: ENGL 150 - minimum grade of C. 3 credits. **

Theatre 337. Costume Technology I. This is a hands-on course in costume technology for the stage. Topics included in the course are basic sewing, identification and use of costume shop tools and equipment, safety, and wardrobing. Work on the department productions is required. Prerequisite: THEA 240 - minimum grade of C. 3 credits.

Theatre 338. Costume Technology II. This is an advanced extension of THEA 346, with a particular emphasis on costume crafts. Work on department productions is required. Prerequisite: THEA 240, THEA 337 - minimum grade of C. 3 credits.

Theatre 340. Scene Design. This is a lecture/studio course in which students analyze scripts for scenic needs and create scenic designs. Work on department productions required. Prerequisite: THEA 240 - minimum grade of C or permission. 3 credits.

Theatre 342. Lighting Design I. A lecture/studio course dealing with the basic skills necessary to the beginning lighting designer. Work on department productions required. Prerequisite: THEA 240 - minimum grade of C. 3 credits.

Theatre 344. Theory and Practice of Scene Painting. This is a lecture/studio course dealing with the fundamentals of scene painting, color theory, and their practical application. Work on department productions required. Prerequisite: THEA 240 - minimum grade of C. 3 credits.

Theatre 345. Costume Design. This is a course in costume design for the stage. Topics include script analysis, research, sketching and rendering, basic elements of design, costume history, and production. Prerequisite: THEA 240 - minimum grade of C. 3 credits.

Theatre 390. Directed or Independent Study. Must be approved by the head of the department. May be repeated as 391. 1-18 credits.

Theatre 399. Theatre Management. This course is designed to acquaint students with the problems and challenges facing producers and administrators who work in not-for-profit organizations, such as LORT theatres, dance companies and symphonies. Students explore concepts and procedures for staffing, fundraising, financing, marketing, planning, scheduling, and front-of-house management. Prerequisites: ENGL 101; ACCT, 240, 242; CIMS 170 - minimum grades of C. 3 credits.

Theatre 401. Methods of Teaching Theatre. This is a concentrated study of contemporary practices, theory, and methods of teaching theatre in the secondary school. Emphasis will be placed on curriculum development, creating lesson plans, and formulating effective assessment guidelines. This is a reading intensive course. Prerequisite: Theatre Core - minimum grade of C or permission. 3 credits.

Theatre 402. Teaching Technical Theatre.  A concentrated study of contemporary practices, theory and methods of teaching technical theatre in the secondary school.  Emphasis will be placed on scenic, lighting and technical design.  Prerequisite: THEA 240 - minimum grade of C. 3 credits.

Theatre 408. Directing for the Teacher. In this course students are introduced to the methods, techniques, and vocabulary of the educational director. Students will learn how to use space, create stage pictures, learn stage composition, and learn how to break down and interpret the text. In addition, students will develop skills in planning, rehearsal procedures, and working with young adults. Prerequisite: THEA 250 -minimum grade of C. 3 credits.

Theatre 413. Acting IV. This course is an advanced practicum for actors, designed to address individual needs and interests. Emphasis is placed on preparing for professional auditions. Prerequisite: Permission; GPA 2.5 minimum. 3 credits.

Theatre 414. Voice and Movement III. This course is a continued exploration of the physical and vocal skills required for effective stage performance. Emphasis is placed on the development of the actor's instrument though the study of mask, mime, and period movement. Classes are a combination of lecture, demonstration, and experiential exercises. This study will include the use of the International Phonetic Alphabet. Content of the course will be directed toward the specific needs of the actors. Prerequisite: THEA 315 - minimum grade of C. 3 credits. **

Theatre 430. Modern Drama. In this course students will explore a catalog of traditional and avant-garde plays of the modern period and are required to read a significant body of modern dramatic criticism. Texts will be analyzed in the context of social and political movements, genre, and style. Prerequisite: ENGL 150 - minimum grade of C. 3 credits. **

Theatre 431. American Drama. This course is a study of the major developments of American theatre and drama, essentially from the 1920s to today. Major playwrights, stylistic developments, and the history of staging practices during the modern period are studied. Also explored are areas such as the American musical theatre, Broadway, off-Broadway and regional theatre movements. Prerequisite: ENGL 150 - minimum grade of C. 3 credits. **

Theatre 432. Elizabethan and Jacobean Theatre. This course is a practical study of selected works by Shakespeare and his contemporaries and involves the interpretation of text and the gathering of research sources. Prerequisite: ENGL 150 - minimum grade of C. 3 credits. **

Theatre 433. Creative Dramatics for the Classroom. This studio course is a practical exploration of resources, technologies, and application of creative dramatic activities for the classroom.

Theatre 447. Design and Technology. This is an advanced studies course in the technical aspects of theatrical production. Prerequisites: THEA 240 and permission. 3 credits

Theatre 448. Integrated Arts/Theatre. A study of the value and practical application of integrating the arts across all content areas of the elementary curriculum with a focus on theatre arts. Students will gain an understanding of the role of the creative process in the classroom and will investigate the various means of expressing ideas, emotions, and images through the use of creative dramatics, music and visual arts. Prerequisite: One course from ART 125, 160; MUSC 224, 225. 3 credits.

Theatre 461. Senior Seminar. This is a capstone course, requiring a final creative/theoretical thesis, portfolio, resume, and exit exam in Theatre History and Literature, and the creation of personal Web site. Prerequisite: Senior standing; GPA minimum 2.5. 3 credits. **  ***

Theatre 490. Directed or Independent Study. Must be approved by the head of the department. 1-18 credits.

Theatre 492. Internship in Theatre.  A semester-long, on-the-job learning experience designed to apply the principles of Theatre. 1-18 credits.

Theatre 495. Special Topics in Theatre. In this course, topics will vary from semester to semester, according to the expertise of the guest artist. Specific descriptions are available from academic advisors at the time of each offering. The course may be repeated for credit when topics change. Prerequisites: Permission and standing as a junior or senior. 1-3 credits.

Theatre 498. Honors Research in Theatre. Students conduct research in theatre under the direction of a faculty member and the Senior Honors Research Committee. May be repeated as 499. 3 credits.