Reasons to Pursue a Major in Communication & Theatre Arts
- The degree and experience you will gain as a communication major will make you highly marketable to employers.
- The curriculum is broad and varied, so that you can discover what really interests you about the study of communication.
- The skills you will gain as a COM major can improve your interpersonal communication and enrich your relationships.
- Communication is the keystone of culture, and an important aspect of understanding contemporary politics.
- The study of communication is a window to the self and to the world.
- A small, intimate department creates outstanding opportunities for hands-on experience and one-on-one instruction.
- Theatre students have ample opportunities to participate in the production season on stage, backstage, in the costume shop, scene shop, and box office.
- The theatre practicum allows you to earn class credit while doing what you love – mounting a production.
- The study of theatre enhances students' understanding of literature, history, psychology and other disciplines.
- Learning is enhanced by the immediate practical application of classroom instruction.
Top Five Most Popular Courses
- "Introduction to Communication": An examination of concepts, issues, and methods in the field of communication.
- "Interpersonal Communication": A study of the theories of interpersonal communication with emphasis on the application of these principles.
- "Persuasion": This course examines the importance of persuasion in social and cultural interactions, interpersonal relationships, politics, religion, and mass media.
- "Communication in Organizations": A study of organizational theory and its application to professional situations.
- "Gender and Communication": The course examines the intersection of gender and communication.
- "Acting": Develop skills for stage, television and film. The class includes audition techniques for stage and film along with a brief introduction to theatrical swordplay.
- "Directing": Students develop directorial skills while preparing an evening of scenes to be presented at the end of the semester.
- "Movement": This performance course integrates the kinesthetic body of the performer while teaching exciting skills in stage combat, juggling, and martial arts. An original, movement-based production is developed over the course of the semester for presentation to the public.
- "Scenic Design": An exciting look at the multi-disciplinary possibilities of design for the stage. Students design multiple projects while developing skills in color theory, perspective rendering and multi-media design.
- "Lighting Design": An intensive, hands on course in which students utilize the production technology of Mercer's Back Door Theatre to design and execute lighting with the demands of the professional industry as a guideline.
- Communication students pursue careers in education, business, social and human services, international relations, law, health, technology, politics and government, public relations, and corporate communications.
- Communication and theatre students continue their studies at top graduate schools.
- Theatre students have careers in the professional industry in performance and design.
"The professors in this department have so much practical experience from which to draw their lessons, instead of experience only from the classroom."
Junior, Journalism major