Communication and Theatre

253.535.7761 www.plu.edu/communication-theatre/ coth@plu.edu
Amy Young, Ph.D., Chair

The Bachelor of Arts in Communication (B.A.C.) and the Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) with a major in theatre 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: Introduction to Media Studies.
  • COMA 303: Gender and 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, 215, 250, 255, 260, 265, 271, 355, 359, 36, 365, 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 120: Introduction to Media Studies (4)
  • COMA 211, 212, and/or 214: Public Speaking (4 total)
  • COMA 215: Writing in Communication Careers (4)
  • COMA 399: Career Exploration (2)
  • COMA 495: Required Internship (2 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 coursework and successfully complete an audition conducted by the theatre faculty.

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Communication

Bachelor of Arts in Communication (B.A.C.) Degree

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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Degree and Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) Degree

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American Sign Language (ASLS) - Undergraduate Courses

ASLS 101 : American Sign Language - A

Introduction to American Sign Language using conversational methods. Covers vocabulary, grammatical usage, and culturally appropriate behavior within the deaf community. (4)

ASLS 102 : American Sign Language - A

An introduction to American Sign Language (ASL) to develop visual and spatial awareness. Vocabulary, grammar usage, receptive skills and culturally appropriate behavior when interacting with deaf people, community, and their history. (4)

Communication (COMA) - Undergraduate Courses

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 120 : Introduction to Media Studies - AR

This course combines the study of visual media theories and analysis with the processes of actual media production. Initially, the class examines contemporary and classical genres of creative media, such as television, narrative and non-narrative film, advertising, PR, marketing and promotional campaigns to explore meanings, values and the ways in which media have become major parts of human existence, experience and expression globally. Reflecting ongoing developments in media, the course also provides an overview of the languages of creative media, exploring topics such as: fundamentals of scriptwriting, cinematography, editing, the soundtrack, directors, and the numerous and varied tasks involved with production, all culminating in student-generated creative works. (4)

COMA 190 : FYEP190: Inquiry Seminar

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. May be repeated up to 8 semester hours. (0 to 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 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 242 : Mediation

This course focuses on the formal process of mediation. Students learn the concepts, principles, and practices of mediation, and engage in mediation activities so as to learn the key skills. (4)

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 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 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 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 or consent of instructor. (4)

COMA 305 : Argumentation 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, 120, or consent of instructor. (4)

COMA 313 : Dialogue

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, 212, or consent of instructor (2)

COMA 315 : Facilitation

This course teaches students how to effectively facilitate meetings, workshops and residential gatherings. Students learn the communication theories, concepts, principles and practices necessary to effective facilitation. Students will learn facilitation styles, formats, and designs. (4)

COMA 340 : Conflict and Communication

Studies the role of communication in the development and management of human and global conflict. Research 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. Prerequisite: COMA 215 or consent of instructor. (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 or consent of instructor. (4)

COMA 344 : Multimedia Production

Course incorporates contemporary methods, styles and formats used in production 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 101, 215 or consent of instructor. (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, 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, 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, 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 Study Away

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

COMA 393 : Communication Study Away

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. (2)

COMA 401 : Contemporary Issues in Media and 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, 212, 215, or consent of instruction. (4)

COMA 421 : Media and 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, 120, 212, 215, or consent of instructor. (4)

COMA 426 : Application Seminar: MediaLab

Students engage in all aspects of multimedia productions for various student media outlets. Professional standards of production and ethics will be used to evaluate all productions. May be repeated for up to 8 semester hours. (0 to 4)

COMA 429 : Student Media Participation, Leadership, and Management

This course offers students who participate in student media outlets vast opportunities to rigorously reflect on their collective and individual projects. Each student will develop her/his own list of student media products and design deadlines and outcomes for her/his work. Students will routinely discuss the ethical and production issues involved in student media productions. Any student participating in student media is welcome to take this course. May be repeated for up to 8 semester hours. (0 to 4)

COMA 431 : Application Seminar: Advanced Forensics

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. Prerequisites: COMA 211, 212, or consent of instructor. (1 to 4)

COMA 441 : Approaches to Peacebuilding

This course focuses on communication theory central to conflict and peacebuilding. The course presents various case studies of conflict from domestic to global and what peacebuilding entails in those cases. Importantly, the course distinguishes Peacemaking (political agreements) from Peacebuilding (citizen, municipal, NGO efforts). This course focuses on, analyzes, and develops approaches for conflict and peacebuilding in interpersonal, community, and global contexts. Prerequisite: COMA 340 or consent of instructor. (4)

COMA 461 : Strategic Communication Campaigns

Examination of issues such as campaign planning, issue management, crisis communication, global public relations, grassroots mobilization, message strategy, and design. 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. May be repeated for credit. (1 to 4)

COMA 495 : Required Internship

Fulfills the internship requirement for Communication majors with concentrations in Media, Mass Communication, and Journalism, Strategic Communications, and Conflict Peacebuilding. The course meets formally to combine communication theory, career development skills and practical application through job-related experiences. Prerequisite: COMA 399. (2 to 12)

COMA 496 : Supplemental Internship

This is for students pursuing additional internships beyond the COMA 495 internship requirement for receiving a B.A.C. degree. This course has a curriculum and requires independent meetings with the faculty internship advisor. Prerequisite: COMA 399. (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. Prerequisite: COMA 399. (2)

Communication (COMA) Graduate Course Offered for M.B.A. Program

COMA 543: Conflict and Negotiation: This course examines the sources and development of conflict and develops negotiation as a tool for managing conflict situations. Emphasis is on understanding conflict interactions and reaching agreement through negotiation. (3)

Dance (DANC) - Undergraduate Courses

DANC 170 : Introduction to Dance - AR

An introductory dance history course combining lecture and movement practice to offer students a well-rounded appreciation of the art form. (4)

DANC 190 : FYEP190: Inquiry Seminar

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 I - PE

Introducing the techniques, vocabulary, and basic history of the jazz dance form, including learning and performing choreography in various jazz styles. Repeatable for credit up to 4 times. May not be repeated for PE credit. Cross-listed with PHED 222. (1)

DANC 240 : Dance Ensemble - AR

A course linked to the production and rehearsal process of the Spring Dance Concert. Students will collaborate creatively to develop best rehearsal practices in preparation for an annual dance concert. Repeatable for credit up to 4 times. (0 to 1)

DANC 251 : Ballet I - AR, PE

Designed for beginning to beginning/intermediate level dance students, this course is an opportunity for all students to actively practice the basic techniques, vocabulary, and traditions of classical ballet. Repeatable for credit up to 4 times. May not be repeated for PE credit. (2)

DANC 252 : Contemporary I - AR, PE

A technique course for beginning to beginning/intermediate level dance students. This course introduces basic techniques from the modern and post-modern eras, with an emphasis on contemporary practices, including structured improvisation and the fusion of multiple dance styles. Repeatable for credit up to 4 times. May not be repeated for PE credit. (2)

DANC 254 : Tap Dance I - PE

An introduction to the fundamentals of tap dance technique and history. Students will study rhythm, coordination, and artistry with an emphasis in the musical theatre style. Repeatable for credit up to 4 times. May not be repeated for PE credit. (1)

DANC 255 : Hip Hop I - AR, PE

A technique course exploring the movement, vocabulary, and history of the rich hip hop culture in America. Repeatable for credit up to 4 times. May not be repeated for PE credit. (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 301 : Dance in World Cultures - C

This course is a cross-cultural examination of dance traditions from around the world in their historical, critical, artistic, and socio-cultural contexts. Students will learn to contextualize a variety of dance traditions. They will participate in dance styles of various world cultures as they study cultural traditions and how they are expressed in movement. Dance of Africa, Asia, Europe, India, Middle East, and the Americas. (4)

DANC 322 : Jazz II - AR

This technique course challenges dance students to enhance their technical skills and knowledge of the vocabulary and history of the jazz dance form, including learning, creating, and performing choreography in various jazz styles. Repeatable for credit up to 4 times. Prerequisite: consent of instructor or DANC 222 and consent of instructor. (1)

DANC 351 : Ballet II - AR

Designed for intermediate to intermediate/advanced level dance students, this course challenges ballet students to enhance their technical skills and historical knowledge through discussion and dedicated physical practice. Repeatable for credit up to 4 times. Prerequisite: consent of instructor or DANC 251 and consent of instructor. (2)

DANC 352 : Contemporary II - AR

Designed for intermediate to intermediate/advanced level dance students. This rigorous technique course combines prominent techniques from the 4 modern and post-modern eras with a focus on diverse perspectives of this contemporary dance era, including contact improvisation and somatic exploration. Prerequisite: consent or instructor, or DANC 252 and consent of instructor. Repeatable for credit up to 4 times. (2)

DANC 362 : Healing Arts of the Mind and Body - A, 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 462 : Dance Production

A survey of the various aspects of dance production and performance, including artistic collaboration, lighting, costume, makeup, set design, promotions, marketing, and health and safety. Cross-listed with KINS 462. (2)

DANC 463 : Dance Composition and Choreography

A study of the principles of dance composition, relative to the art form’s mediums of body, space, and time. In this course, students engage in concentrated creative practice involving guided improvisation and choreographic exercises. (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)

Theatre (THEA) - Undergraduate Courses

THEA 160 : Introduction to Theatre - AR

A survey of 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 : FYEP190: Inquiry Seminar

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 200 : Theatre Rehearsal and Performance

Students perform, design, or work backstage on a specific production. (0)

THEA 215 : Voice and Movement - AR

Exploration of the actor's voice and body as vital tools for dramatic expression. (4)

THEA 225 : Theatre Practicum

Students apply classroom theory to practical application through performing, designing and/or working backstage or in production shops in faculty-directed productions. Repeatable for a maximum of 4 semester hours. (1)

THEA 250 : Acting I - Fundamentals - AR

An introductory course to acting in which students perform scenes and monologues and learn about scene selection, memorization, imagination, character, and presentation. (4)

THEA 255 : Theatrical Production - AR

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

THEA 260 : Stagecraft - AR

A combination of lecture and hands on experience in the execution of scenic designs for the stage including safety procedures, construction techniques and materials, theatrical rigging, welding, and organizational planning of theatrical production. Prerequisite: THEA 255. (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 275 : Scenic Painting

Color theory and techniques used for painting scenery in theatrical applications. (4)

THEA 279 : Hand Drafting

Hand drafting techniques to create light plots or scenic draftings for theatrical applications. (2)

THEA 280 : Computer-Aided Drafting

The use of computers and software to create light plots or scenic draftings for theatrical applications. (2)

THEA 285 : Costume Crafts and Construction

Costume production techniques, including sewing, use of equipment, knowledge of available materials, dyeing, and 3-D. (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 290 : Stage Management

The study and practice of stage management with an emphasis on functions of the stage manager in the theatrical production process. (2)

THEA 299 : The Profession of Theatre

An introduction of the various elements necessary to prepare for a life in the theatre, including portfolio and audition materials, agents and uniions, graduate schools and the profession. (2)

THEA 300 : Improvisation

Long and/or short form improvisation techniques in addition to a variety of exercises exploring terminology, character work and elements of comedy. (2)

THEA 330 : Script Analysis

Discussion of the major theories of drama and apply those literary and dramatic elements of plays and the analysis of selected drama from a variety of historical periods. (4)

THEA 345 : Playwriting

Techniques for writing one-act plays and analysis of dramatic structure and elements. (4)

THEA 346 : The Audition

Techniques for choosing and preparing effective monologues, cold and prepared readings, head shots and résumés, and interview skills. (2)

THEA 350 : Acting II - Scene Study

An intermediate course in which students gain practical experience through performance of monologues and scenes from modern and contemporary theatre. Prerequisite: THEA 250 or consent of instructor. (4)

THEA 351 : Stage Makeup

Basic techniques in theatrical makeup application including corrective, aging, three-dimensional,and special effects. (4)

THEA 355 : Lighting Design - AR

An examination of the controllable properties of light and their application to the functions of theatrical lighting. Students will express ideas through research, critical analysis, presentation, and practical lab exercises. (4)

THEA 360 : Theatre History - AR

A survey of the history of theatre and an examination of theatre as an institution that reflects historical moments and participates in the forming of social values and ideas. (4)

THEA 380 : Directing I

The process of analyzing and making choices about scripts, casting, revealing the focus of scenes, and constructing the mood, rhythm, pace and main idea of productions. Prerequisite: THEA 250. (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 390 : Visual History: Period Costume and Décor

A survey of the architecture, interiors, clothing, culture, and aesthetic of the western world through exposure to art, historical documents, and popular perspectives. (4)

THEA 425 : Theatre Practicum

Students apply advanced classroom theory to advanced practical application through performing, designing, working backstage and/or in production shops in faculty-directed productions. Repeatable for a maximum of 4 semester hours. (1)

THEA 450 : Acting III - Styles

Analyzing and performing differing styles of acting representing various time periods and genres. Prerequisites: THEA 250 and THEA 350, 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

Explores the process used by scenic designers to create a physical environment for the stage through analyzing a theatrical text, formulating and expressing an approach through research, and executing their ideas through models and simple drafting. (4)

THEA 480 : Directing II

Builds on techniques learned in Directing I to develop stage productions. This includes interpreting text, analyzing premise, developing visual concepts, translating words and concepts into actions, and the process of communication between actors and designers. Prerequisite: THEA 380. (4)

THEA 485 : Theatre Management

The study of issues related to managing a theatre company and producing plays. (2)

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 495 : Internship in Theatre

Internship or cooperative education experiences in the theatre. (1 to 4)

THEA 499 : Capstone - SR

Preparation of portfolios and project work that reflects both academic and practical knowledge gained through the study of theatre. (2)

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