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The mission of the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre is to produce committed Christian graduates who are prepared to express, represent, and dramatize insights and ethical messages in performances. They illustrate through acting, directing, design, and criticism insightful interpretations of dramatic literature in performance, both popular and religious. These graduates demonstrate proficiency in both theory and praxis of the theatre arts discipline.
Upon completion of the University baccalaureate and major requirements, the Communication Studies Department offers the Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre. Obtaining a degree with this major requires 42 credits, 27 credits of upper-division.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, students will be able to:
- Identify where theatre arts theory/practice compliments, mirrors, and is informed by biblical values and content (ULO 1).
- Dramatize in performance and/or directing a transformational commitment to confronting societal perspectives on issues of character, integrity, morality, and hope. (ULO 2)
- Demonstrate abilities to exhibit excellence in preparation, presentation, and credibility, incorporating these in the specific craft of theatre arts (ULO 3).
Each Program Learning Outcome (PLO) listed above references at least one of the University Learning Outcomes (ULO 1, 2, 3), which may be found in the General Information section of this catalog.
Writing Competency Requirement
Writing competency is determined within the Department of Communication Studies by a full-time faculty assessment of in-class and out-of-class writing samples. A minimum four page reaction or research paper from a 300 or 400 level Communication Studies required or elective course is submitted (with expected rewrites and corrections) with a student's identification number and no other corrective faculty comments or marks (out-of-class sample). A two hour proctored timed writing opportunity is offered in the fall and spring semesters and a minimum of four handwritten pages must be submitted in response to an open-ended question chosen in advance by the student, designating their work by student identification number as well (in-class writing sample). In each sample, the fourth page must have written commentary that is at or exceeds the center of the fourth page to meet the minimum length standard. Full-time faculty assess the two submissions, give a numerical designation, and the combined total either passes or fails. After a second failure to pass the writing competency requirement, a student must enroll in ENGL 210, consult the Communication Studies Department Chair and pass the course to fulfill the requirement.
|Program-Specific Core Curriculum (GE) Courses|
|It is required that all Theatre major students take the following Core Curriculum (GE) courses: COMM 160 for the fine arts requirement and COMM 100 for the communication requirement. It is recommended that all Theatre students take the following Core Curriculum (GE) course: PHIL 216 (for "Philosophy" requirement)|
|COMM 109||Production Practicum 1,2||2|
|COMM 241||Introduction to Technical Theatre||3|
|COMM 264||Beginning Acting||3|
|COMM 369||Intermediate Acting||3|
|COMM 405||Dramatic Theory||3|
|COMM 409||Production Practicum II 2,3||4|
|COMM 419||Dramatic Design and Criticism||3|
|COMM 468||Drama for Christian Ministry||3|
|Select 18 credits from the following:||18|
|Voice and Speech for Theatre|
|Costume Study and Construction|
|Lighting and Sound for Theatre|
|Playwriting for Performance|
|Communication Internship 2,4|
|Communication Practicum 2|
|Advanced Acting Workshop|
|Rhetoric of Media Studies|
|London Theatre Study Tour|
|Directed Research 2|
|History of Cinema|
|Cinema and Media Arts Practicum|
|Cinema and Media Arts Seminar|
Should only be taken once for a total of 2 credits.
Must be taken twice for a total of 4 credits.
Students may not count more than 6 credits of COMM 440 toward the major.