2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Academic Catalog

Communication Studies and Theatre

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Majors

Communication, Technology and Culture Major

Theatre Major

Minors

Communication Studies Minor

Theatre Minor

Teacher Licensure

Endorsement in Theatre Arts (PreK–12)

The Department of Communication Studies and Theatre offers students the opportunity to study human communication practices in a variety of contexts. The department offers two majors—in communication, technology and culture and in theatre—and two minors—in communication studies and theatre—that each balance theoretical understanding with practical skills. The communication, technology and culture major focuses on ways in which ever-changing technological advances are impacting communication practices. The program provides a strong theoretical understanding of communication processes in a technology-based culture, including practical training that will allow students to become effective media practitioners. Courses examine both practical and theoretical approaches to the study of communication such as historical developments, policy implications, the influence of mass media and communication technologies, interpersonal relationships, and connections between communication and power relationships.
 
Students will learn how the methods of social science help us adapt messages across a variety of rhetorical situations. Communication courses are taught in an interactive manner combining lectures, discussion, in-class activities and hands-on experience. Students conduct theoretical and field research, write various types of academic and professional papers, design public relations campaigns, create blogs and deliver public presentations. In addition to working on their own, students in communication courses work in collaboration with other students gaining valuable teamwork skills.
 
Students majoring in communication, technology and culture are prepared for careers in a diverse group of occupations, such as public relations, advertising, sales, management, journalism and human resources. The major also helps prepare students for graduate studies.
 
The theatre major incorporates both theoretical and practical application of theatrical study and theatrical practice. The major in theatre seeks to foster a sense of wonder and excitement in students and community members, while continually asking: what is the role of the theatre and theatre artist in society, whether it be campus, a city, the nation, or the world? A fundamental keystone is that lessons learned in the classroom and on the stage have application in the “real world”. Students learn how to take ideas and realize them through application of theatrical production and presentation. As an interdisciplinary field of study, the theatre major draws from many sources and disciplines and seeks to highlight how they can inform each other, along with a vigorous schedule of productions that put theory into practice.

Communication, Technology and Culture Major

Degree Type Offered: B.S. Major

Consists of a minimum of 48 credit hours:

Required Courses

21 credit hours consisting of the following courses:

COMM-230 Communication Technologies: History, Culture, and Society

COMM-240 Contemporary Media Industries

COMM/PWR-255W Introduction to News Writing

COMM-327 Interpersonal Communication

COMM-347 Strategic Public Relations

-or-

COMM/PWR-305 Multimedia Reporting and Writing

COMM-350 Research Methods in Communication

COMM-400 Applied Communication Theory

Academic Citizenship Courses

Choose one of the following (3 credits):

COMM-315 Persuasion

COMM-325 Communication in the Organization

COMM-410E Communication Law and Ethics in a Digital Age

COMM-420 Political Campaigning in Virtual Environments

Advanced Public Speaking/Performance Courses

Choose one of the following (3 credits):

COMM-345 Argumentation and Debate

THEA-320 Improvisation

THEA-325 Acting

THEA-355 Environmental Theatre

Visual Design Courses

Choose one of the following (3 credits):

ART-120 Introduction to Visual Design

ART-322 Web Design and Development

ART-323 Graphic Design

ART-344 Photography

ART-347 Videography I

COMM-481X Media Field Experience

(with visual design focus, must be approved by department)

COMM-490 Independent Study

(with visual design focus, must be approved by department)

THEA-200 Theatre Production: Costumes and Scenery

Experiential Courses

Choose two of the following (6 credits):

ART-448X Videography II

COMM-131X News Practicum

COMM-331X The Television & Film Studio System

-or-

COMM-333X Europe Media and Culture

-or-

THEA-315X Theatre in London

-or-

COMM-365X Rhetoric of the Civil Rights Movement

-or-

COMM/MUS-370X Heroes, Flutes, and Ghosts: Stories and Opera

COMM-481X Media Field Experience

COMM-490 Independent Study

(with department approval)

COMM/MUS-309X Audio Production

THEA-210 Theatre Production: Lighting and Sound

An additional 12 credit hours are required from the following list of courses (only 6 credit hours may be taken from courses without the COMM prefix):

COMM All courses designated COMM (except COMM-100)

ART-120 Introduction to Visual Design

ART-322 Web Design and Development

ART-323 Graphic Design

ART-344 Photography

ART-347 Videography I

PWR-201 Introduction to Professional Writing

PWR-311 Creative Writing

PWR-312W Technical & Workplace Writing

PWR-318W Writing for Digital Media

Theatre Major

Degree Type Offered: B.A. Major

Consists of a minimum of 37 credit hours:

Core Courses

25 credit hours consisting of the following courses:

THEA-200 Theatre Production: Costumes and Scenery

-or-

THEA-210 Theatre Production: Lighting and Sound

THEA-250 World Theatre History I

THEA-255 World Theatre History II

THEA-325 Acting

THEA-330 Directing

THEA-320 Improvisation

MUS-113 Class Voice

THEA-370X Special Topics in Theatre

THEA-450 Theatre Capstone

Production Laboratory/Applied Performance

Students participating in Theatre at Bridgewater College performances/productions work as performers, technical theatre assistants, stage managers, assistant directors, and other production positions. May be repeated for credit. A maximum of 6 credits in Production Laboratory/Applied Performance may be applied toward graduation.

Complete 3 credits from the following:

THEA-310 Production Laboratory/Applied Performance (acting, Movement)

THEA-311 Production Laboratory/Applied Performance (Lighting, Costumes and Makeup, Scenic Painting, Scenery and Props, Technical Direction, and Sound)

THEA-312 Production Laboratory/Applied Performance (stage Management, Dramaturgy, Assistant Directing)

Theatre Practice and Design

Select 2 courses (6 credits) from list below, with at minimum 1 course with THEA suffix, or other course(s) approved by department.

ART-120 Introduction to Visual Design

ART-130 Introduction to Drawing

ART-335 Painting

ART-347 Videography I

FCS-340 Fashion, Apparel and Textiles

MUS-110 Music Fundamentals

-or-

MUS-225 Theory and Aural Skills I

-or-

THEA-210 Theatre Production: Lighting and Sound

THEA-225 Scenic Painting

THEA-315X Theatre in London

THEA-345 Acting: Styles and Techniques

THEA-370X Special Topics in Theatre

THEA-480 Internship

THEA-490 Independent Study

THEA-491 Research

THEA-499 Honors Project

History, Theory and Criticism

Select 1 course (3 credits) from list below or other course(s) approved by department.

THEA-355 Environmental Theatre

THEA/ENG-360W Modern Drama

THEA/ENG-362W Contemporary Drama

ENG-330 Shakespeare

ENG-400 Seminar in a Major Literary Figure

THEA-480 Internship

THEA-490 Independent Study

THEA-491 Research

THEA-499 Honors Project

Communication Studies Minor

Degree Type Offered: Minor

Consists of a minimum of 18 credit hours.

Required courses (9 credits):

COMM-230 Communication Technologies: History, Culture, and Society

COMM-240 Contemporary Media Industries

COMM-327 Interpersonal Communication

Choose any other 9 credit hours with a COMM prefix (other than COMM-100)

Theatre Minor

Degree Type Offered: Minor

Consists of 21 credit hours.

Required Courses

9 credit hours of the following :

THEA-200 Theatre Production: Costumes and Scenery

-or-

THEA-210 Theatre Production: Lighting and Sound

THEA-250 World Theatre History I

-or-

THEA-255 World Theatre History II

THEA-325 Acting

-or-

THEA-345 Acting: Styles and Techniques

3 credit hours of the following :

THEA-310 Production Laboratory/Applied Performance (acting, Movement)

-or-

THEA-311 Production Laboratory/Applied Performance (Lighting, Costumes and Makeup, Scenic Painting, Scenery and Props, Technical Direction, and Sound)

-or-

THEA-312 Production Laboratory/Applied Performance (stage Management, Dramaturgy, Assistant Directing)

Theatre Practice and Design

Select 2 courses (6 credit hours) from the list below, with at minimum 1 course with THEA suffix, or other course(s) approved by department.

ART-120 Introduction to Visual Design

ART-130 Introduction to Drawing

ART-335 Painting

ART-347 Videography I

FCS-340 Fashion, Apparel and Textiles

MUS-110 Music Fundamentals

-or-

MUS-225 Theory and Aural Skills I

THEA-200 Theatre Production: Costumes and Scenery

-or-

THEA-210 Theatre Production: Lighting and Sound

THEA-370X Special Topics in Theatre

THEA-225 Scenic Painting

THEA-315X Theatre in London

THEA-480 Internship

THEA-490 Independent Study

THEA-491 Research

THEA-499 Honors Project

History, Theory and Criticism

Select 1 course (3 credit hours) from list below or other course(s) approved by department.

THEA-355 Environmental Theatre

THEA-360W Modern Drama

THEA-362W Contemporary Drama

ENG-330 Shakespeare

ENG-400 Seminar in a Major Literary Figure

THEA-480 Internship

THEA-490 Independent Study

THEA-491 Research

THEA-499 Honors Project

Endorsement in Theatre Arts (PreK–12)

Degree Type Offered: Teacher Licensure

Consists of the education course sequence required for secondary licensure and the following courses:

THEA-200 Theatre Production: Costumes and Scenery

THEA-250 World Theatre History I

THEA-255 World Theatre History II

THEA-325 Acting

THEA-330 Directing

THEA/ENG-360W Modern Drama

-or-

THEA/ENG-362W Contemporary Drama

Courses

COMM-100 Oral Communication

COMM-131 News Practicum

COMM-131X News Practicum

COMM-201 Introduction to Communication Studies

COMM-230 Communication Technologies: History, Culture, and Society

COMM-240 Contemporary Media Industries

COMM-255W Introduction to News Writing

COMM-300 Special Topics in Communication Studies- Social Media, Peacebuilding, & Democracy

COMM-305 Multimedia Reporting and Writing

COMM-306 Investigative Journalism & Documentary

COMM-309X Audio Production

COMM-315 Persuasion

COMM-325 Communication in the Organization

COMM-327 Interpersonal Communication

COMM-330 American Film & Culture

COMM-331X The Television & Film Studio System

COMM-332 American Television & Culture

COMM-333X Europe Media and Culture

COMM-334 Intercultural Communication

COMM-335 Communicating Sex and Gender

COMM-337 Intergenerational Communication

COMM-340 Representations of Gender, Race & Class

COMM-345 Argumentation and Debate

COMM-347 Strategic Public Relations

COMM-349 Nonprofit Communication

COMM-350 Research Methods in Communication

COMM-355 Long-Form Multimedia Journalism

COMM-360 Rhetorical Criticism

COMM-365X Rhetoric of the Civil Rights Movement

COMM-370X Heroes, Flutes, and Ghosts: Stories and Opera

COMM-375 Media Effects

COMM-400 Applied Communication Theory

COMM-410E Communication Law and Ethics in a Digital Age

COMM-420 Political Campaigning in Virtual Environments

COMM-427 Communication in Romantic Relationships

COMM-447 Science, Environment, and Health Communication

COMM-481X Media Field Experience

COMM-490 Independent Study

COMM-491 Research

COMM-499 Honors Project

THEA-200 Theatre Production: Costumes and Scenery

THEA-210 Theatre Production: Lighting and Sound

THEA-225 Scenic Painting

THEA-250 World Theatre History I

THEA-255 World Theatre History II

THEA-310 Production Laboratory/Applied Performance (acting, Movement)

THEA-311 Production Laboratory/Applied Performance (Lighting, Costumes and Makeup, Scenic Painting, Scenery and Props, Technical Direction, and Sound)

THEA-312 Production Laboratory/Applied Performance (stage Management, Dramaturgy, Assistant Directing)

THEA-315X Theatre in London

THEA-320 Improvisation

THEA-325 Acting

THEA-330 Directing

THEA-345 Acting: Styles and Techniques

THEA-355 Environmental Theatre

THEA-360W Modern Drama

THEA-362W Contemporary Drama

THEA-370X Special Topics in Theatre

THEA-450 Theatre Capstone

THEA-480 Internship

THEA-490 Independent Study

THEA-491 Research

THEA-499 Honors Project