The programs in the Department of Theatre and Communication Arts seek to connect learning, life, and community by exploring the interaction of persons and institutions through symbolic messages. Whether expressed creatively from the theatrical stage, rhetorically from the speaker’s platform, or interpersonally within social relationships, appreciating and reflecting upon these messages are essential to an understanding of a diverse society and ourselves. Faculty, staff, and students seek this understanding by integrating the creative and intuitive skills, imagination and scholarship, public presentation and private introspection. Through such individual and collaborative engagement in scholarly and creative research communities, the department demonstrates its strong belief in integrated teaching and learning and the centrality of its disciplines within the liberal arts.
Beyond service to students enrolled in courses, the department contributes to the broader community through its public performances, participation in professional associations, and engagement with local, regional, and global organizations. Such events and activities, whether theatrical or rhetorical, promote thoughtful dialogue about the human condition in a climate of mutual respect and genuine commitment to varied ways of learning and understanding.
More specifically, the various programs in theatre arts endeavor to:
The communication arts and forensics programs strive to develop students who realize that
Course work and experiential learning opportunities in paracurricular and co-curricular activities, the department’s internship program, and its community service opportunities provide students with theoretical perspectives, practical skills, and flexibility that prepare them for careers and graduate work in theatre, communication arts, and related fields as well as engaged citizenship.
The department offers a major and a minor in theatre arts, a major and a minor in communication arts, and serves as the home department for an interdisciplinary major in intercultural communication.