Course Descriptions for Communication and Drama

Communication   Drama    

Communication

COM-110: Introduction to Communication

This course provides an overview of the basic concepts of communication and the skills necessary to communicate in various contexts. Emphasis is placed on communication theories and techniques used in interpersonal group, public, intercultural, and mass communication situations. Upon completion, students should be able to explain and illustrate the forms and purposes of human communication in a variety of contexts.

Course Prerequisites:

Total Credits:3
Class Credits:3
Lab Credits:0
Clinic Credits:0

COM-120: Intro to Interpersonal Communication

This course introduces the practices and principles of interpersonal communication in both dyadic and group settings. Emphasis is placed on the communication process, perception, listening, self-disclosure, speech apprehension, ethics, nonverbal communication, conflict, power, and dysfunctional communication relationships. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate interpersonal communication skills, apply basic principles of group discussion, and manage conflict in interpersonal communication situations.

Course Prerequisites:

Total Credits:3
Class Credits:3
Lab Credits:0
Clinic Credits:0

COM-140: Introduction to Intercultural Communication

This course introduces techniques of cultural research, definitions, functions, characteristics, and impacts of cultural differences in public address. Emphasis is placed on how diverse backgrounds influence the communication act and how cultural perceptions and experiences determine how one sends and receives messages. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the principles and skills needed to become effective in communicating outside one's primary culture.

Course Prerequisites:

Total Credits:3
Class Credits:3
Lab Credits:0
Clinic Credits:0

COM-231: Public Speaking

This course provides instruction and experience in preparation and delivery of speeches within a public setting and group discussion. Emphasis is placed on research, preparation, delivery, and evaluation of informative, persuasive, and special occasion public speaking. Upon completion, students should be able to prepare and deliver well-organized speeches and participate in group discussion with appropriate audiovisual support.

Course Prerequisites:

Total Credits:3
Class Credits:3
Lab Credits:0
Clinic Credits:0


 
 
 

Drama

DRA-111: Theatre Appreciation

This course provides a study of the art, craft, and business of the theatre. Emphasis is placed on the audience's appreciation of the work of the playwright, director, actor, designer, producer, and critic. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a vocabulary of theatre terms and to recognize the contributions of various theatre artists.

Course Prerequisites:

Total Credits:3
Class Credits:3
Lab Credits:0
Clinic Credits:0

DRA-112: Literature of the Theatre

This course provides a survey of dramatic works from the classical Greek through the present. Emphasis is placed on the language of drama, critical theory, and background as well as on play reading and analysis. Upon completion, students should be able to articulate, orally and in writing, their appreciation and understanding of dramatic works.

Course Prerequisites:

Total Credits:3
Class Credits:3
Lab Credits:0
Clinic Credits:0

DRA-126: Storytelling

This course introduces the art of storytelling and the oral traditions of folk literature. Topics include the history of storytelling, its value and purpose, techniques of the storyteller, and methods of collecting verbal art. Upon completion, students should be able to present and discuss critically stories from the world's repertory of traditional lore.

Course Prerequisites:

Total Credits:3
Class Credits:3
Lab Credits:0
Clinic Credits:0

DRA-130: Acting I

This course provides an applied study of the actor's craft. Topics include role analysis, training the voice, and body concentration, discipline, and self-evaluation. Upon completion, students should be able to explore their creativity in an acting ensemble.

Course Prerequisites:

Total Credits:3
Class Credits:0
Lab Credits:6
Clinic Credits:0

DRA-131: Acting II

This course provides additional hands-on practice in the actor's craft. Emphasis is placed on further analysis, characterization, growth, and training for acting competence. Upon completion, students should be able to explore their creativity in an acting ensemble.

Course Prerequisites:

Total Credits:3
Class Credits:0
Lab Credits:6
Clinic Credits:0

DRA-145: Stage Make-Up

This course covers the research, design, selection of materials, and application of stage make-up, prosthetics, wigs, and hairpieces. Emphasis is placed on the development of techniques, style, and presentation of the finished make-up. Upon completion, students should be able to create and apply make-up, prosthetics, and hairpieces.

Course Prerequisites:

Total Credits:2
Class Credits:1
Lab Credits:2
Clinic Credits:0