Catalog 2013-2014

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 Elements
  • 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, 222, 235, 250, 255, 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 Majors

The Bachelor of Arts in Communication (B.A.C.) requires the completion of 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
Admission Requirements for the B.F.A. Program

Admission to the B.F.A. program will be by application at a time after the completion of THEA 160. Successful applicants must have a 2.50 cumulative grade point average in their college course work and successfully complete an audition conducted by the Theatre faculty.

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN COMMUNICATION (B.A.C.) DEGREE
Major in Communication
44 or 46 semester hours, plus a minor
CONCENTRATIONS

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)
  • 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
Major in Theatre
44 semester hours, plus a minor
CONCENTRATIONS
Acting/Directing
44 semester hours, plus a minor
  • THEA 160: Introduction to Theatre (4)
  • THEA 215: Voice and Movement I (4)
  • THEA 250: Acting I - Fundamentals (4)
  • THEA 255: Theatre Production (4)
  • THEA 290: Stage Management (2) OR THEA 320: Stage Makeup I (2) OR THEA 346: The Audition (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 380: Directing I (4)
  • THEA 499: Capstone (2)
  • Electives: 4 semester hours selected in consultation with advisor
  • Minor Required: recognized university minor
Design/Technical
44 semester hours, plus a minor
  • THEA 160: Introduction to Theatre (4)
  • THEA 225: Theatre Practicum (1)
  • THEA 250: Acting I - Fundamentals (4)
  • THEA 255: Theatre Production (4)
  • THEA 260: Stagecraft (4)
  • THEA 265: Fundamentals of Design (4)
  • THEA 330: Script Analysis (4)
  • THEA 355: Lighting Design (4) OR THEA 453: Costume Design (4) OR THEA 455: Scenic Design (4)
  • THEA 360: Theatre History I (4)
  • THEA 365: Theatre History II (4)
  • THEA 425: Theatre Practicum (1)
  • THEA 499: Capstone (2)
  • Elective: 4 semester hours selected in consultation with advisor
  • Minor Required: recognized university minor
BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS (B.F.A.) DEGREE
Major in Theatre
60 semester hours, plus a minor
CONCENTRATIONS
Acting/Directing
  • THEA 160: Introduction to Theatre (4)
  • THEA 215: Voice and Movement I (4)
  • THEA 250: Acting I - Fundamentals (4)
  • THEA 255: Theatre Production (4)
  • THEA 315: Voice and Movement II (4)
  • THEA 320: Makeup I (2)
  • THEA 321: Makeup II (2)
  • THEA 330: Script Analysis (4)
  • THEA 346: The Audition (2)
  • THEA 350: Acting II - Scene Study (4)
  • THEA 360: Theatre History I (4)
  • THEA 365: Theatre History II (4)
  • THEA 380: Directing I (4)
  • THEA 450: Acting III - Shakespeare (4)
  • THEA 480: Directing II (4)
  • THEA 499: Capstone (2)
  • Elective: 4 semester hours selected in consultation with advisor
  • Minor Required: recognized university minor
Design/Technical
60 semester hours, plus a minor
  • THEA 160: Introduction to Theatre (4)
  • THEA 225: Theatre Practicum (1)
  • THEA 250: Acting I - Fundamentals (4)
  • THEA 255: Theatre Production (4)
  • THEA 260: Stagecraft (4)
  • THEA 265: Fundamentals of Design (4)
  • THEA 330: Script Analysis (4)
  • 8 semester hours from: THEA 355: Lighting Design (4) OR THEA 453: Costume Design (4) OR THEA 455: Scenic Design (4)
  • THEA 360: Theatre History I (4)
  • THEA 365: Theatre History II (4)
  • THEA 390: Visual History - Period Costume and Décor (4)
  • THEA 425: Theatre Practicum (1)
  • THEA 496: Advanced Scenographic Design (4)
  • THEA 499: Capstone (2)
  • Electives: 8 semester hours selected in consultation with advisor
  • Minor Required: recognized university minor
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 330, 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 Kinesiology.

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 362 or 363.