Communication Major - Theater/Performance Emphasis

The following courses are required for this major and emphasis. The general education courses listed are only those required for this emphasis. A total of 57 - 63 units are required for general education (not including the language requirement).

General Education Prerequisites
COM 110 Written Communication 3 units
COM 110A/B Written Communication I and II 1.5 units each
COM 120 Oral Communication 3 units
Communication Major Required Courses
COM 368 Ancient and Medieval Rhetoric 3 units
COM 400 Intercultural Communication 3 units
COM 450 Communication Theory 3 units
COM 455 Philosophy of Language 3 units
COM 496 Communication Internship 1-3 units
LIT 480 Narrative 3 units
Select one of the following:
COM 460 Projects in Communication 3 units
DRA 470 Senior Thesis Performance 2 units
Theater/Performance Emphasis Required Courses
Select six of the following:
COM 440 Performance and Culture 3 units
DRA 350 Acting 3 units
DRA 360 Directing and Staging Texts 3 units
LIT 380 World Theater: Roots to 1800 3 units
LIT 385 World Theater: 1800 to Present 3 units
LIT 395 Text and Performance 3 units
SOC 300 Cultural Anthropology 3 units

COM 110: Written Communication (3 units)

The course focuses on the writing process, helping students learn how to generate ideas, organize their thoughts and communicate effectively. A wide variety of writing assignments are used, including personal, expository, descriptive and persuasive writing. The course provides exposure to and experience with academic writing and research.

COM 110A: Written Communication I (1.5 units )

This course examines the process of writing. Students are challenged to become flexible writers using the writing process for multiple purposes and with diverse audiences. The students are asked to apply their understanding of the writing process to their own experiences as developing writers. Expository, descriptive and narrative modes of writing are examined. Students must complete COM- 110A and COM-110B to meet the general education requirement. Students must enroll in COM-103L Writing Lab in conjunction with this class.

COM 110B: Written Communication II (1.5 units)

This course examines the nature of writing in academic settings. Analytical and argumentative writing is investigated. This course will address research strategies and academic writing. Students must complete COM 110A and COM 110B to meet general education requirements. Students must enroll in COM 103L Writing Lab in conjunction with this class.

COM 120: Oral Communication (3 units)

An introduction to communication in its oral form. The course deals with communication theories and principles. Application of communication theory occurs in a variety of activities including dyadic encounter, oral performance and public speaking.

COM 368: Ancient and Medieval Rhetoric (3 units)

A study of communication theory in the ancient and medieval world in such authors as Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Augustine and others.

COM 400: Intercultural Communication (3 units)

A study of the principles involved in communication between people of different cultures. Emphasis is placed on the practical aspect of intercultural communication through cross-cultural contacts.

COM 440: Performance and Culture (3 units)

This course explores the role of performance in the making of culture. Students look at individual and group performance, everyday and staged performances intended for an audience and performances characterized by performer-participants. Types of performances include: religious services and celebrations; transitional ceremonies such as birthdays, baptisms, weddings and graduations; storytelling as oral performance; modes of play such as sports events and games; gender and identity performances; and artistic performances. The Mennonite Central Committee Relief Sale in March/April provides students the opportunity to practice performance ethnography as do in-class experiences.

COM 450: Communication Theory (3 units)

This course examines current theories and models of communication in the history of the discipline. Students will read critical theory in the field of communication and consider the philosophical and theoretical perspectives in communication studies.

COM 455: Philosophy of Language (3 units)

A study of significant 20th century schools of thought concerning language. Disciplines encountered include philosophy, cognitive science, literary theory, sociolinguistics and etymological studies. Readings include Carroll, Lycan, Pinker, Wittgenstein, Barthes and Borges.

COM 460: Projects in Communication (3 units)

A tutorial course designed for students who wish concentrated work on a major communication project. Emphasis must be on the creation of a communication message. Projects may include the creation of verbal, media, dramatic or multimedia messages. Special projects in play direction may be included in this course. Attention will be given to the theory related to the particular project, the creative development of the project and criticism of the form and message selected.

COM 496: Communication Internship (1-3 units)

A personalized study under the supervision of a faculty member for students in the later stages of their major who may assist with research, class or lab responsibilities, as well as instruction or other directed studies.

DRA 350: Acting (3 units)

A study of basic acting theory with practical application in scene work. Particular attention is drawn to the connections between acting for the stage and the roles played in everyday life.

DRA 360: Directing and Staging Texts (3 units)

A study of directing: basic organization, script analysis, directing theory and working with other theater artists. Focuses on directing for the stage, both dramatic and non-dramatic texts. May include a component on directing for film. Useful for students interested in teaching drama; film production; or participating in educational, community or professional theater. Practical in-class directing experience involved.

DRA 470: Senior Thesis Performance (2 units)

The production and acting of a short play or series of scenes planned under the direct supervision of a faculty member.

LIT 380: World Theater: Roots to 1800 (3 units)

A study of early forms of theater from Africa, South and Central America, Greece and Rome, India, and Japan, with attention to the role of religion in the making of early performance texts. Also explores European playtexts from the medieval to the neoclassical periods.

LIT 385: World Theater: 1800 to Present (3 units)

A study of performance texts of the 19th to the 21st centuries, drawn from various styles (e.g., realist, expressionist, absurdist, epic theater, protest theater, the musical, performance art, readers and chamber theater) and perspectives (e.g., national, colonial, post-colonial, ethnic, multicultural).

LIT 395: Text and Performance (3 units)

A study of performance as a critical tool for understanding human communication. The course will examine the components of performance including text, performer, audience and context.

LIT 480: Narrative (3 units)

Narrative is a way of knowing. The stories we hear and tell shape the trajectory of our lives. This course examines narrative knowing and story from the perspectives of biblical narrative, history and culture, storytelling, the construction of a personal narrative, narrative structures and response to others' stories. Narrative research methodologies will be employed to apprehend stories of faith and experience. The course meets capstone requirement for English, communication and drama majors.

SOC 300: Cultural Anthropology (3 units)

An introduction to cultural anthropology. The course analyzes various particular cultures and examines questions regarding human culture as a shared, universal phenomenon.