Catalog 2012-2013

Communication and Theatre

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THE BACHELOR OF ARTS IN COMMUNICATION (B.A.C.) and the BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS IN THEATRE (B.F.A.) are pre-professional degrees intended to equip students for careers and graduate programs focusing on particular professional fields.

Courses in the Department of Communication and Theatre that satisfy General Education Program Requirements

  • The only course with the prefix COMA that counts toward the university general education program element in the Arts (AR) is COMA 120: Media in the World.
  • COMA 303: Gender Communication meets the Alternative Perspectives Diversity (A) requirement
  • COMA 304: Intercultural Communication meets the Cross-Cultural Perspectives Diversity (C) requirement.
  • THEA 271: China Through Film meets the Cross-Cultural Perspectives Diversity (C) and Arts (AR) requirements.
  • The following courses from Theatre and Dance may be used to meet the general education program element in the Arts (AR):
    • THEA 160, 220, 222, 230, 235, 250, 255, 270, 271, 355, 359, 453, 455, and DANC 170.

Communication Core Courses

Students who major in Communication must complete the Communication Core. Foundational coursework in Communication uses the COMA designation; these specific courses may be formal prerequisites to other coursework in Communication.

  • COMA 101 or 190: Introduction to Communication (4)
  • COMA 102: Communication Ethics (4)
  • COMA 212: Public Speaking (2)
  • COMA 215: Writing in Communication Careers (4)
  • COMA 399: Career Preparation (1)
  • COMA 495: Internship (1 to 12)
  • COMA 499: Capstone (2)

Declaration of Major

Students may declare a major in Communication upon successful completion of COMA 101(190): Introduction to Communication.

Students wishing to declare a major in Theatre (B.A. or B.F.A. degree options) must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 or higher. No prior coursework in Theatre is required.

Minor Requirement for Communication Major

Students pursuing concentrations in the Bachelor of Arts in Communication (B.A.C.) degree must complete a minor.

Minor Requirement for Theatre Majors

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and the Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Theatre requires the completion of either a minor approved by the major advisor or a self-directed study program that includes the following areas:

  • 4 semester hours in English (Writing)
  • 4 semester hours in English (Literature)
  • 8 semester hours in Social Sciences

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN COMMUNICATION (B.A.C.) DEGREE

Students in this program select from the following concentrations: Communication Studies, Conflict and Global Peacebuilding, Journalism, and Public Relations/Advertising.

  • Communication Studies
    44 semester hours, plus a minor
    • Communication Core Courses (see list above)
    • 12 semester hours from: COMA 301, 305, 306, 401
    • COMA 303: Gender and Communication (4)
    • COMA 304: Intercultural Communication (4)
    • 8 semester hours in electives selected in consultation with an advisor
    • Minor Required: A recognized university minor
    • May substitute 1 semester hour COMA 225/425 (co-curricular work in speech and debate, or theatre, or student media) for COMA 495 requirement.
    • Must complete 8 semester hours of college-level foreign language study. (High school language study does not count. Courses to not count towards meeting the PLU Entrance Language Requirement.)
  • Conflict Management and Global Peacebuilding
    44 semester hours, plus a minor
    • Communication Core Courses (see list above)
    • COMA 304: Intercultural Communication (4) or COMA 306: Persuasion (4) or  COMA 401: Visual Culture (4)
    • COMA 313: Dialog (2) or COMA 214: Group Communication (2)
    • COMA 340: Conflict and Communication (4)
    • COMA 341: Journalism and Conflict (4)
    • COMA 342: Applied Research (4)
    • COMA 441: Conflict and Peacebuilding (4)
    • COMA 442: Negotiation (2) or completion of a Pierce County Dispute Resolution Certificate
    • 4 semester hours of electives selected in consultation with advisor or completion of an approved Study Away experience (COMA 391 or 393)
    • Minor Required: (Option 1 or Option 2)
      • Option 1: Anthropology, Environmental Studies, Global Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, or Women's and Gender Studies.
      • Option 2: Completion of 8 semester hours of college-level foreign language study. (High school language study does not count. Courses do not count towards meeting the PLU Entrance Language Requirement.)
  • Journalism
    44 semester hours, plus a minor
    • Communication Core Courses (see list above)
    • COMA 120: Media and the World (4)
    • COMA 275: Digital Arts Lab (2)
    • COMA 302: Media Ethics (2)
    • COMA 343: Multimedia Writing and Reporting (4)
    • COMA 344: Multimedia Research and Editing (4)
    • COMA 421: Communication Law (4)
    • COMA 427: Application Seminar: Advanced Co-curricular Production (4) or COMA 426: Application Seminar: Media Lab (4)
    • 4 semester hours of electives chosen in consultation with advisor
    • Minor Required: A recognized university minor

  • Public Relations/Advertising
    46 semester hours, plus a minor
    • Communication Core Courses (see list above)
    • COMA 275: Digital Arts Lab (2)
    • COMA 342: Applied Research (4)
    • COMA 360: Public Relations Writing (4)
    • COMA 361: Public Relations Principles and Practices (4)
    • COMA 362: Advertising (4)
    • COMA 461: Public Relations Planning and Management (4)
    • 8 semester hours in electives selected in consultation with advisor
    • Minor Required: A recognized university minor

BACHELOR OF ARTS (B.A.) DEGREE

THEATRE

  • Acting/Directing
    42 semester hours, plus a minor
    • THEA 160: Introduction to Theatre (4)
    • THEA 220: Voice I - Voice and Articulation (2)
    • THEA 230: Movement I (2)
    • THEA 250: Acting I - Fundamentals (4)
    • THEA 255: Stage Technology (4)
    • THEA 270: Dramatic Literature (4)
    • THEA 330: Script Analysis (4)
    • THEA 350: Acting II - Scene Study (4)
    • THEA 360: Theatre History I (4)
    • THEA 365: Theatre History II (4)
    • THEA 470: Play Direction (4)
    • THEA 499: Capstone (2)
    • Minor Required: Selected in consultation with advisor
  • Design/Technical
    44 semester hours, plus a minor
    • ARTD 101: Drawing I (4)
    • ARTD 110: Graphic Design I or ARTD  102: 2D Design/Color Theory (4)
    • COMA 212: Public Speaking (2)
    • THEA 160: Introduction to Theatre (4)
    • THEA 250: Acting I - Fundamentals (4)
    • THEA 255: Stage Technology (4)
    • THEA 355: Lighting Design (4) or THEA 455: Scenic Design (4)
    • THEA 360: Theatre History I (4)
    • THEA 365: Theatre History II (4)
    • THEA 495: Internship (2) or both THEA 225: Practicum (1) and THEA 425: Practicum (1)
    • THEA 499: Capstone (2)
    • Minor Required: Selected in consultation with advisor


In addition to the requirements listed above, candidates for the B.A. degree in theatre must meet the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Foreign Language Requirement.

BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS (B.F.A.) DEGREE

THEATRE

  • Acting/Directing
    60 semester hours, plus a minor
    • THEA 160: Introduction to Theatre (4)
    • THEA 220: Voice I - Voice and Articulation (2)
    • THEA 222: Voice II - Stage Dialects (2)
    • THEA 230: Movement I (2)
    • THEA 235: Movement II (2)
    • THEA 250: Acting I - Fundamentals (4)
    • THEA 255: Stage Technology (4)
    • THEA 270: Dramatic Literature (4)
    • THEA 320: Stage Makeup (2)
    • THEA 330: Script Analysis (4)
    • THEA 350: Acting II - Scene Study (4)
    • THEA 360: Theatre History I (4)
    • THEA 365: Theatre History II (4)
    • THEA 450: Acting III - Shakespeare (4)
    • THEA 470: Play Direction (4)
    • THEA 495: Internship (2) or both THEA 225: Practicum (1) and THEA 425: Practicum  (1)
    • THEA 499: Capstone (2)
    • A minimum of 6 semester hours of electives selected in consultation with advisor
    • Minor Required: Selected in consultation with advisor
  • Design/Technical
    54 semester hours, plus a minor
    • ARTD 160: Drawing (4)
    • ARTD 196: Design I - Fundamentals (4)
    • COMA 212: Public Speaking (2)
    • THEA 160: Introduction to Theatre (4)
    • THEA 225: Theatre Practicum (1)
    • THEA 250: Acting I - Fundamentals (4)
    • THEA 255: Stage Technology (4)
    • THEA 320: Stage Makeup (2)
    • THEA 330: Script Analysis (4)
    • THEA 355: Lighting Design (4)
    • THEA 360: Theatre History I (4)
    • THEA 365: Theatre History II (4)
    • THEA 425: Theatre Practicum (1)
    • THEA 455: Scenic Design (4)
    • THEA 495: Internship (2)
    • THEA 499: Capstone (2)
    • 4 semester hours in electives selected in consultation with advisor
    • Minor Required: Selected in consultation with advisor

MINORS

Communication: 20 semester hours, including COMA 101(190) or 120; 4 semester hours of two-credit elective skills classes; plus 12 semester hours from 300- or 400-level communication courses selected in consultation with advisor.

Theatre: 20 semester hours, including THEA 160, 250, 255, and 270, plus 4 semester hours in upper-division electives selected in consultation with advisor.

Dance Performance: 20 semester hours, including DANC 170, 222, 240, 462; THEA 230, 235, 355; 4 semester hours in electives from: PHED 223, 225, 362 or THEA 225, 491, or MUSI 120. Some DANC courses are cross-listed with the Department of Movement Studies and Wellness Education.

Publishing and Printing Arts: Cross-listed with the Department of English. See the description of the minor under Publishing and Printing Arts.

Specialized Business Minor in Marketing for Communication and Theatre Majors:  20 semester hours, including BUSA 201, 305, 308, 364; and 4 semester hours from BUSA 363 or 387.

Communication and Theatre

COMA 101: Introduction to Communication

Introduces the study of human communication. Students will learn and apply a wide array of analytical theory and techniques across diverse human experiences from interpersonal to public communication and mass communication contexts to become more aware and effective communicators. (4)

COMA 102: Communication Ethics

Studies the basic principles of moral philosphy and explores ethical issues involving those engaged in communication professions such as journalism, public relations, broadcasting, and advertising. Students use case studies to learn to recognize ethical dilemmas and develop strategies for dealing with them. (2)

COMA 120: Media in the World - AR

Introduces the critical study of mass communication and its influence on community and culture. The course will survey how the technical, economic and behavioral elements of media influence its structure and content. (4)

COMA 190: Inquiry Seminar - F

A four-credit seminar to introduce students to the methods and topics of study within a particular academic discipline or field. Students practice the academic skills that are at the center of the General Education Program. (4)

COMA 211: Debate

This course introduces the practice of academic and political debate. It introduces principles and theories of argument. Students will have opportunities for in-class and public debates. (2)

COMA 212: Public Speaking

Introduces the basic techniques of public speaking. Students complete several speeches and learn the basic skills of speechmaking, including topic selections, research, organization, audience analysis, and delivery. Required of all Design/Tech majors. (2)

COMA 213: Communication Writing

Examines principles of clear written expression that are needed for communication coursework and in communication-related careers. Focus is on writing mechanics, style, documentation formats, database searching, making claims clearly, and supporting claims with evidence in ways that are appropriate to context, purpose and audience. (2)

COMA 214: Group Communication

Studies how people interact in groups. Introduces theoretical constructs regarding the role of groups in organizational and social settings. Provides experience in analyzing and improving group performance and interaction. (2)

COMA 215: Writing in Communication Careers

Introduces students to the fundamental standards and expectations in communication writing. Includes styles and formats routinely used in both academic and professional communication writing and research. Also includes writing for multiple audiences. Reviews basic grammar, sentence and paragraph structures. This course will conclude with an EXIT EXAM (grammar/syntax/clarity) that must be passed to proceed to any major/concentration in the department. (4)

COMA 222: Video Production

Analysis and application of program design, writing and production tools and techniques. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite: Communication core or consent of instructor. (2)

COMA 223: Audio Production

Introduction to the techniques and technologies related to contemporary audio production as used in television and radio broadcasting, the recording industry, film, and other media applications. (2)

COMA 225: Practicum

One semester hour credit may be earned each semester, but only four semester hours may be used to meet university requirements. Students put classroom theory to practical application by individually completing a project relating to an aspect of communication. An instructor in the area of interest must approve the project and agree to provide guidance. (1)

COMA 235: Communication in Professional Settings

This course explores oral and written communication in the workplace by blending theory with practical application and skill development. Communication behavior in organizations, writing in professional contexts, interviewing; group communication; and public presentations will be examined. (4)

COMA 275: Digital Arts Lab

Students explore the processes involved in preparing messages for visual presentation. Integrates design concepts with technical applications in print, web and video presentation. Includes open lab opportunity. (2)

COMA 287: Special Topics in Communication

To provide undergraduate students with new, one-time, and developing courses not yet available in the regular curriculum. The title will be listed on the student term-based record as ST: followed by the specific title designated by the academic unit. (1 to 4)

COMA 288: Special Topics in Communication

To provide undergraduate students with new, one-time, and developing courses not yet available in the regular curriculum. The title will be listed on the student term-based record as ST: followed by the specific title designated by the academic unit. (1 to 4)

COMA 289: Special Topics in Communication

To provide undergraduate students with new, one-time, and developing courses not yet available in the regular curriculum. The title will be listed on the student term-based record as ST: followed by the specific title designated by the academic unit. (1 to 4)

COMA 291: Directed Study

To provide individual undergraduate students with introductory study not available in the regular curriculum. The title will be listed on the student term-based record as DS: followed by the specific title designated by the student. (1 to 4)

COMA 301: Media and Cultural Criticism

This course examines the role of media in producing systems of meanings and artifacts that shape popular culture and ideology. Students learn to use critical perspectives as lenses for studying texts of popular culture and for writing cultural criticism for popular and specialized audiences. (4)

COMA 302: Media Ethics

Applies principles of moral philosophy to ethical issues involving those engaged within mass communication professions. Emphasis on encountering and resolving contemporary ethical issues in mass communication environments. Prerequisites: COMA 102 and 120. (2)

COMA 303: Gender and Communication - A

This course examines the relationship between gender and communication in human interaction and media representations. Comparison and contrast of male and female communication styles, language usage and speech practices. Role of media in shaping gender ideals and possibilities. Prerequisites: COMA 101, 102, or consent of instructor. (4)

COMA 304: Intercultural Communication - C

Studies the nature of communication among people of diverse cultures. The course examines contemporary theory and research and examines a variety of cultural variables including: cultural backgrounds, perception, social organization, language, and nonverbal aspects of messages. Prerequisites: COMA 101, 102, or consent of instructor. (4)

COMA 305: Argument and Advocacy

Studies how people use reason giving in social decision-making. Analysis of genres, forms, and techniques of arguers. Focus is on methods of creating, understanding, and criticizing arguments. (4)

COMA 306: Persuasion

The study of persuasion as a means of personal and social influence through rhetoric. Examines both rhetorical and social scientific traditions of study, ethical and social implications of contemporary persuasion in political, commercial and other contexts. Opportunity for original research projects. Prerequisites: COMA 101, 102, 120, 213 or consent of instructor. (4)

COMA 312: Advanced Public Speaking

Focuses on improving skill in public speaking. Introduces theories and techniques for effectively participating in various speaking contexts. Provides experience through writing and delivering a range of different kinds of public speeches. Prerequisites: COMA 101, 102, 212, or consent of instructor. (2)

COMA 313: Dialog

Explores the process of using dialog as a way of facilitating conflict resolution. Focus is on creating supportive communication climates and methods for listening. Prerequisites: COMA 101, 102, 212, 215 or consent of instructor (2)

COMA 321: The Book in Society

A critical study of the history of book culture and the role of books in modern society. Cross-listed with ENGL 311. (4)

COMA 322: Publishing Procedures

A workshop introduction to the world of book publishing, involving students in decisions about what to publish and how to produce it. Cross-listed with ENGL 312. (4)

COMA 340: Conflict and Communication

Studies the role of communication in the development and management of human and global conflict. Reserach and theories of prominent conflict and peace scholars along with significant case studies are used to analyze and understand sources of conflict and methods for building peace. Prerequisite: COMA 101 or consent of instructor. (4)

COMA 341: Journalism and Conflict

Surveys the theories, practices and ethical considerations for reporting on conflicts throughout the world. Conflict-sensitive (sometimes called Peace Journalism) journalism is an alternative journalistic paradigm which seeks to enhance public understanding of conflicts by broadening the coverage of conflict from a war journalism model which emphasizes the roles of governmental decision-makers, and battle-related news reporting to a conflict-sensitive model which emphasizes understanding the roots of conflict; the perspectives of all sides in the dispute; and the need for on-going coverage after the cessation of hostilities. (4)

COMA 342: Applied Research

An investigation of research methods critical to professional and academic communication. Key methods and constructs include informational interviewing, database search, survey and focus group design and administration, and basic data analysis. (4)

COMA 343: Multimedia Writing and Reporting

Introduces students to various professional methods of writing across multimedia platforms. Students will engage in research, organization and presentation of non-fiction multimedia stories. In addition, students will learn to evaluate various multimedia products. Prerequisite: COMA 215. (4)

COMA 344: Multimedia Research and Editing

Course incorporates contemporary methods, styles and formats used in comprehensive research and editing for multimedia products. Students will oversee development and design of non-fiction multimedia presentations while adhering to professional standards of media structure. Prerequisite: COMA 275. (4)

COMA 360: Public Relations Writing

Introduces principles and processes involved in writing for an organization's diverse publics. Integrates persuasive techniques and communication theory with writing and production practice. Prerequisites: COMA 101, 102, 212, 215 or consent of instructor. (4)

COMA 361: Public Relations: Principles and Practices

Introduces the theories, methods, and practice of public relations. Emphasizes technical and analytical skills. Prerequisites: COMA 101, 102, 212, 215 or consent of instructor. (4)

COMA 362: Principles of Advertising

Introduces advertising theories and principles. Focuses on case studies and skills required in advertising practice. Prerequisites: COMA 101, 102, 212, 215 or consent of instructor (4)

COMA 387: Topics in Communication

Special topics in communication s intended for unique opportunities to explore communication issues, methods, and viewpoints outside the normal curriculum. (1 to 4)

COMA 388: Topics in Communication

Special topics in communication is intended for unique opportunities to explore communication issues, methods, and viewpoints outside the normal curriculum. (1 to 4)

COMA 389: Topics in Communication

Special topics in communication is intended for unique opportunities to explore communication issues, methods, and viewpoints outside the normal curriculum (1 to 4)

COMA 391: Communication Abroad

Exploration of communication systems and environments beyond the university in international cultural contexts. (1 to 4)

COMA 392: Communication Abroad

Exploration of communication systems and environments beyond the university in international cultural contexts. (1 ro 4)

COMA 393: Communication Abroad

Exploration of communication systems and environments beyond the university in international cultural contexts. (1 to 4)

COMA 399: Career Exploration

Introduces students through the process of educational planning. Focus is on internship preparedness and initial development of portfolio or other capstone projects. (1)

COMA 401: Visual Culture

Examines the central role of visual representation in contemporary culture and the ways in which we use, understand and are used by images. Emphasis on photography, film, television, new media, and commemorative art and architecture in the realms of advertising, politics, news, public advocacy and popular culture. Students will conduct research projects that analyze elements of visual culture. Prerequisites: COMA 101, 102, 212, 215 or consent of instruction. (4)

COMA 421: Communication Law

Focuses on the principles of communication law and its application to various communication practices. Examines court cases, federal and state statutes and First Amendment theories. Prerequisites: COMA 101, 102, 120, 212, 215 or consent of instructor. (4)

COMA 425: Communication Practicum

One semester hour credit may be earned each semester, but only four semester hours may be used to meet university requirements. Students put classroom theory to practical application by individually completing a project relating to an aspect of communication. An instructor in the area of interest must approve the project and agree to provide guidance. (1)

COMA 426: Application Seminar: MediaLab

Students engage in all aspects of multimedia productions for various constituents. Professional standards of production and ethics will be used to evaluate all productions. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Students must apply and be accepted for inclusion in this course/program. (2)

COMA 427: Application Seminar: Advanced Co-curricular Production

Students produce multimedia projects for various student media outlets. Professional standards of production and ethics will be used to evaluate all productions. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: COMA 275. (4)

COMA 441: Conflict and Peacebuilding

Through the use of case studies and significant scholarship, this course focuses on, analyzes, and develops approaches for conflict and peacebuilding in interpersonal, community, and global contexts. Prerequisite: COMA 101 or consent of instructor. (4)

COMA 442: Negotiation

Introduces the techniques necessary to break an impasse and reach an agreement. Skills include how to create an atmosphere that fosters negotiation, how to conduct difficult conversation and how to mediate "win-win" situations. (2)

COMA 461: Public Relations Planning and Management

Examination of public relations issues such as campaign planning, issue management, crisis communication, and global public relations. Integrates theoretical foundations and ethics. Focus on measurement and evaluation techniques. Prerequisite: COMA 361. (4)

COMA 487: Topics in Communication

Special topics in communication is intended for unique opportunities to explore communication issues, methods, and viewpoints outside the normal curriculum. (1 to 4)

COMA 488: Topics in Communication

Special topics in communication is intended for unique opportunities to explore communication issues, methods, and viewpoints outside the normal curriculum. (1 to 4)

COMA 489: Topics in Communication

Special topics in communication is intended for unique opportunities to explore communication issues, methods, and viewpoints outside the normal curriculum. (1 to 4)

COMA 491: Independent Studies

Investigations or research in area of special interest not covered by regular courses; open to qualified junior or senior students. A student should not begin registration for independent study until the specific area for investigation has been approved by a departmental sponsor. (1 to 4)

COMA 492: Independent Studies

Investigations or research in area of special interest not covered by regular courses; open to qualified junior or senior students. A student should not begin registration for independent study until the specific area for investigation has been approved by a departmental sponsor. (1 to 4)

COMA 493: Independent Studies

Investigations or research in area of special interest not covered by regular courses; open to qualified junior or senior students. A student should not begin registration for independent study until the specific area for investigation has been approved by a departmental sponsor. (1 to 4)

COMA 495: Internship

The internship experience is designed to combine classroom theory with practical application through job-related experiences. (1 to 12)

COMA 499: Capstone - SR

The capstone focuses on integrating student-learning objectives with student experience through development and presentation of portfolio or projects. Students will make a public presentation of their capstone. (2)

Dance

DANC 170: Introduction to Dance - AR

This is a survey dance course that explores the history, roots, and cultural significance of dance as an art form. (4)

DANC 190: Inquiry Seminar - F

A four-credit seminar to introduce students to the methods and topics of study within a particular academic discipline or field. Students practice the academic skills that are at the center of the General Education Program. (4)

DANC 222: Jazz Dance Level I - PE

Cross-listed with PHED 222. (1)

DANC 240: Dance Ensemble - PE

Cross-listed with PHED 240. (1)

DANC 287: Special Topics in Dance

To provide undergraduate students with new, one-time, and developing courses not yet available in the regular curriculum. The title will be listed on the student term-based record as ST: followed by the specific title designated by the academic unit. (1 to 4)

DANC 288: Special Topics in Dance

To provide undergraduate students with new, one-time, and developing courses not yet available in the regular curriculum. The title will be listed on the student term-based record as ST: followed by the specific title designated by the academic unit. (1 to 4)

DANC 289: Special Topics in Dance

To provide undergraduate students with new, one-time, and developing courses not yet available in the regular curriculum. The title will be listed on the student term-based record as ST: followed by the specific title designated by the academic unit. (1 to 4)

DANC 362: Healing Arts of the Mind and Body - AR

Designed to introduce alternative therapies of mind-body processes. History, roots, practice, and cultural significances of several therapies and practices. Cross-listed with KINS 362. (4)

DANC 387: Special Topics in Dance

To provide undergraduate students with new, one-time, and developing courses not yet available in the regular curriculum. The title will be listed on the student term-based record as ST: followed by the specific title designated by the academic unit. (1 to 4)

DANC 388: Special Topics in Dance

To provide undergraduate students with new, one-time, and developing courses not yet available in the regular curriculum. The title will be listed on the student term-based record as ST: followed by the specific title designated by the academic unit. (1 to 4)

DANC 389: Special Topics in Dance

To provide undergraduate students with new, one-time, and developing courses not yet available in the regular curriculum. The title will be listed on the student term-based record as ST: followed by the specific title designated by the academic unit. (1 to 4)

DANC 462: Dance Production

An advanced choreography course combining choreography, costume design, staging, and publicity techniques for producing a major dance concert. Cross-listed with KINS 462. (2)

DANC 487: Special Topics in Dance

To provide undergraduate students with new, one-time, and developing courses not yet available in the regular curriculum. The title will be listed on the student term-based record as ST: followed by the specific title designated by the academic unit. (1 to 4)

DANC 488: Special Topics in Dance

To provide undergraduate students with new, one-time, and developing courses not yet available in the regular curriculum. The title will be listed on the student term-based record as ST: followed by the specific title designated by the academic unit. (1 to 4)

DANC 489: Special Topics in Dance

To provide undergraduate students with new, one-time, and developing courses not yet available in the regular curriculum. The title will be listed on the student term-based record as ST: followed by the specific title designated by the academic unit. (1 to 4)

DANC 491: Independent Study

To provide individual undergraduate students with advanced study not available in the regular curriculum. The title will be listed on the student term-based record as IS: followed by the specific title designated by the student. (1 to 4)

Sign Language

SIGN 101: Sign Language - A

An introduction to the structure of American Sign Language and to the world of the hearing impaired. Basic signing skills and sign language vocabulary; finger spelling; the particular needs and problems of deaf people. (4)

SIGN 102: Sign Language - A

An introduction to the structure of American Sign Language and to the world of the hearing impaired. Basic signing skills and sign language vocabulary; finger spelling; the particular needs and problems of deaf people. (4)

SIGN 287: Special Topics in Sign Language

To provide undergraduate students with new, one-time, and developing courses not yet available in the regular curriculum. The title will be listed on the student term-based record as ST: followed by the specific title designated by the academic unit. (1 to 4)

SIGN 288: Special Topics in Sign Language

To provide undergraduate students with new, one-time, and developing courses not yet available in the regular curriculum. The title will be listed on the student term-based record as ST: followed by the specific title designated by the academic unit. (1 to 4)

SIGN 289: Special Topics in Sign Language

To provide undergraduate students with new, one-time, and developing courses not yet available in the regular curriculum. The title will be listed on the student term-based record as ST: followed by the specific title designated by the academic unit. (1 to 4)

SIGN 291: Directed Study

To provide individual undergraduate students with introductory study not available in the regular curriculum. The title will be listed on the student term-based record as DS: followed by the specific title designated by the student. (1 to 4)

SIGN 387: Special Topics in Sign Language

To provide undergraduate students with new, one-time, and developing courses not yet available in the regular curriculum. The title will be listed on the student term-based record as ST: followed by the specific title designated by the academic unit. (1 to 4)

SIGN 388: Special Topics in Sign Language

To provide undergraduate students with new, one-time, and developing courses not yet available in the regular curriculum. The title will be listed on the student term-based record as ST: followed by the specific title designated by the academic unit. (1 to 4)

SIGN 389: Special Topics in Sign Language

To provide undergraduate students with new, one-time, and developing courses not yet available in the regular curriculum. The title will be listed on the student term-based record as ST: followed by the specific title designated by the academic unit. (1 to 4)

SIGN 487: Special Topics in Sign Language

To provide undergraduate students with new, one-time, and developing courses not yet available in the regular curriculum. The title will be listed on the student term-based record as ST: followed by the specific title designated by the academic unit. (1 to 4)

SIGN 488: Special Topics in Sign Language

To provide undergraduate students with new, one-time, and developing courses not yet available in the regular curriculum. The title will be listed on the student term-based record as ST: followed by the specific title designated by the academic unit. (1 to 4)

SIGN 489: Special Topics in Sign Language

To provide undergraduate students with new, one-time, and developing courses not yet available in the regular curriculum. The title will be listed on the student term-based record as ST: followed by the specific title designated by the academic unit. (1 to 4)

Theatre (THEA) courses

THEA 160: Introduction to Theatre - AR

This introductory course to theatre surveys the general nature of dramatic presentation; including elements of dramatic structure, types of drama, and the contributions of the actor, director, designer, technician, and audience. (4)

THEA 190: Inquiry Seminar - F

A four-credit seminar to introduce students to the methods and topics of study within a particular academic discipline or field. Students practice the academic skills that are at the center of the General Education Program. (4)

THEA 220: Voice I - Voice and Articulation - AR

Designed for the actor. This course focuses on vocal production in terms of phonation, resonation, articulation, etc., as well as oral interpretation (2)

THEA 222: Voice II - Stage Dialects - AR

Designed for the actor. This course studies stage dialects through ear training, memorization and readings, and the use of the International Phonetic Alphabet. Prerequisite: THEA 220 or consent of instructor. (2)

THEA 225: Theatre Practicum

One semester hour credit may be earned each semester, but only 4 semester hours may be used to meet university requirements. Students put classroom theory to practical application by individually completing a project relating to an aspect of theatre. An instructor in the area of interest must approve the project and agree to provide guidance. Required of all Design/Tech Majors. (1)

THEA 230: Movement I - AR

Beginning movement awareness course. This course provides a basic introduction to dance language and concepts. (2)

THEA 235: Movement II - AR

Intermediate movement awarness course. This course includes an introduction to movement observation, composition and improvisation. Prerequisite: THEA 230 or consent of instructor. (2)

THEA 250: Acting I - Fundamentals AR

This is an introductory course to acting. Students perform several scenes and monologues and learn the basic skills of scene selection, memorization, imagination, character, presentation, and delivery. (4)

THEA 255: Stage Technology - AR

Basic theory and procedure of all backstage elements in the theatre, costumes, scenery, props, lights, makeup, and management. (4)

THEA 270: Dramatic Literature - AR

This course surveys dramatic literature from its origins to the present day. Students examine the various genres of dramatic literature produced by a wide variety of cultures. (4)

THEA 271: China Through Film - AR, C

An exploration of the history and recent directions of Chinese cinema, the relationship between film and other Chinese media, film and the Chinese government, and the particular appeal of Chinese film on the international market. No prior study of Chinese required. Cross-listed with CHIN 271. (4)

THEA 287: Special Topics in Theatre

To provide undergraduate students with new, one-time, and developing courses not yet available in the regular curriculum. The title will be listed on the student term-based record as ST: followed by the specific title designated by the academic unit. (1 to 4)

THEA 288: Special Topics in Theatre

To provide undergraduate students with new, one-time, and developing courses not yet available in the regular curriculum. The title will be listed on the student term-based record as ST: followed by the specific title designated by the academic unit. (1 to 4)

THEA 289: Special Topics in Theatre

To provide undergraduate students with new, one-time, and developing courses not yet available in the regular curriculum. The title will be listed on the student term-based record as ST: followed by the specific title designated by the academic unit. (1 to 4)

THEA 320: Stage Makeup

Specialized work in planning and application of techniques, from straight makeup through aging, three-dimensional and special effects. (2)

THEA 330: Script Analysis

Students engage in intensive discussion of the major theories of drama and apply those theories to the analysis of selected plays and productions from a number of historical periods. (4)

THEA 345: Playwriting

Students will experiment with monologues, dialogue, scenes, characters, and action. The course will include analysis of scripts on paper and in production. (4)

THEA 350: Acting II - Scene Study

The students gain practical experience in the art of the actor through performance of partnered scenes from modern and contemporary theatre. This course focuses on the importance of analysis and the examination of current acting theory. Prerequisite: THEA 250 or consent of instructor. (4)

THEA 355: Lighting Design - AR

Stage lighting from the development of electricity and lighting devices, to computer controlled lighting instruments and design. Students will gain practical experience in hanging and focusing lighting instruments, color theory, electrical theory, and area lighting to suggest local. A final project consisting of a fully realized lighting design will culminate the course. (4)

THEA 359: Acting for the Non-Actor - AR

Specifically designed for those who have nourished a curiosity to explore the art of acting but have been intimidated by a lack of knowledge or prior experience. Not open to theatre majors or minors. (4)

THEA 360: Theatre History I

This course surveys the history of theatre from its origins through the end of the 18th century. Students will examine theatre as an institution that both reflects historical moments and participates in the forming of social values and ideas. (4)

THEA 365: Theatre History II

This course surveys the history of theatre from the end of the 18th century through the present day. Students will examine theatre as an institution that both reflects historical moments and participates in the forming of social values and ideas. (4)

THEA 387: Topics in Theatre

This course will be offered as needed, and it will allow the faculty and guest artists to explore areas of expertise and interest that are not normally taught as part of the curriculum. Concentrated study of a major theatrical period, movement, author, theme, genre, performance style, culture or technology (2 to 4)

THEA 388: Special Topics in Theatre

To provide undergraduate students with new, one-time, and developing courses not yet available in the regular curriculum. The title will be listed on the student term-based record as ST: followed by the specific title designated by the academic unit. (1 to 4)

THEA 389: Special Topics in Theatre

To provide undergraduate students with new, one-time, and developing courses not yet available in the regular curriculum. The title will be listed on the student term-based record as ST: followed by the specific title designated by the academic unit. (1 to 4)

THEA 425: Theatre Practicum

One semester hour may be earned each semester, but only four semester hours may be used to meet university requirements. Students put classroom theory to practical application by individually completing a project relating to an aspect of theatre. An instructor in the area of interest must approve the project and agree to provide guidance. Required of all Design/Tech Majors. (1)

THEA 450: Acting III - Shakespeare

This is an advanced course in acting designed to focus on language, interpretation, and enhancing audience appreciation and understanding. Advanced techniques in text analysis, focusing on scansion, the study of Shakespeare's folio, and in-depth scene study and performance. Prerequisites: THEA 220 and THEA 250, or consent of instructor. (4)

THEA 453: Costume Design - AR

Development of artistic and technical abilities in the field of costume design incorporating history, patterns, and renderings. (4)

THEA 455: Scenic Design - AR

Development of the artistic and technical abilities in the field of scenic design by incorporating varied periods and styles as well as preparation of models, rendering, and drafting. (4)

THEA 470: Play Direction

This course examines the role of the director, historically and critically, and includes intensive study that is both practical and theoretical in its approach to the art of play direction. Each student is required to direct a variety of scenes; a final project, consisting of a contemporary scene, will culminate the course. Prerequisites: THEA 250 and THEA 255, or consent of instructor. (4)

THEA 487: Special Topics in Theatre

To provide undergraduate students with new, one-time, and developing courses not yet available in the regular curriculum. The title will be listed on the student term-based record as ST: followed by the specific title designated by the academic unit. (1 to 4)

THEA 488: Special Topics in Theatre

To provide undergraduate students with new, one-time, and developing courses not yet available in the regular curriculum. The title will be listed on the student term-based record as ST: followed by the specific title designated by the academic unit. (1 to 4)

THEA 489: Special Topics in Theatre

To provide undergraduate students with new, one-time, and developing courses not yet available in the regular curriculum. The title will be listed on the student term-based record as ST: followed by the specific title designated by the academic unit. (1 to 4)

THEA 491: Independent Studies

Investigations or research in area of special interest not covered by regular courses; open to qualified junior or senior students. Requires pre-registration approved by a departmental sponsor. (1 to 4)

THEA 499: Capstone - SR

The capstone focuses on integrating student-learning objectives with student experience through development and presentation of portfolio or projects. Students will make a public presentation of their capstone. (2)

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