Communication & theatre

We live in an age of unprecedented change in human communication. Such change brings much possibility and some risk for humanity and its constituent human communities. The communication and theatre department takes as its task the education and training of Bluffton University students towards rigorous understanding, thoughtful production and ethical critique of human communication in this promising yet daunting context.

The mission of the communication and theatre department is to mentor and inspire students with communication theory and performance practices to serve diverse audiences by speaking the truth in love.

Further, the communication and theatre department seeks to: 

  • Inspire broad and deep understanding of human communication through an integrated curriculum that explores how human beings have, can, and may improve their own and their communities’ quality of life through communication;
  • Develop knowledge and skills in performative, written, and nonverbal communication in a variety of contexts;Explore the limits and possibilities of human communication through changing media platforms;
  • Encourage integrity and ethical engagement with diverse audiences; and
  • Instill standards of excellence in professional contexts.

The communication and theatre department offers two majors: communication and convergent media; and seven minors: church communication, communication, journalism, media production, media studies, public relations and theatre.

Communication major  

(39 hours)
The communication and theatre department offers a major in communication that provides a broad foundation for students interested in graduate study or professional vocations. The major offers instruction in rhetoric, interpersonal and organizational communication, and media, performance and cultural studies. More advanced courses help students to become critical thinkers within the discipline through focused study of theory, criticism and ethics. Students are encouraged to declare an additional major or minor to complement their studies in communication.

Convergent media major

(52-53 hours)
The convergent media major prepares communication professionals to produce and manage compelling, ethical, and persuasive content across multiple platforms, including print, radio, the Internet, television, social media, and other digital and interactive platforms. With excellent grounding in aesthetics, technical skills, communication theory, and journalism in a digital age, our students will be well equipped as professional storytellers in a converging media environment. 

required:
ART 202 Design 1 (3)
ART 245 Intro to Computer Graphic Design (3)
COM 101 Orientation to Communication (1)
COM 126, 226, 326, 426 Convergent Media Practicum (1 x 4 = 4)
COM 139, 239, 339, 439 Communication Seminar (0.5 x 4 = 2)
COM 222 Topics in Communication (3)
COM 225 Writing for the Media (3)
COM 230 Studies in Cinema (3)
COM 240 Media and Culture (3)
COM 242 Social Media (2)
COM 344 Rhetorical Theory (3)
COM 345 Digital Video Production (3)
COM 346 Rhetorical Criticism (3)
COM 352 Gender, Race and Media (3)
OR  COM 415 Television Criticism (3)
COM 425 Internship (3)
COM 480 Communication and Vocation (1)
COM 490 Communication in the Professions (1)

Electives (8-9 hours):
ART 242 Digital Photography (3)
ART 275 Digital Imaging (3)
ART 285 Desktop Publishing (3)
ART 329 Art History 3 (3)
ART 350 Web Design (3)
COM 380 Digital Campaigns and Analytics (3)
TEC 105 Web Applications (3)
TEC 400 Technology, Ethics and Society (2)

Minors

Church Communication minor

(21 hours)

Required:
COM 225 Writing for the Media (3)
OR COM 277 Public Relations (3)
COM 275 Organization Communication (3)
COM 340 Religious Communication (3)
REL 273 Christian Theology (3)
OR REL 274 Christian Ethics (3)
REL 322 Methods of Biblical Interpretation (2)
REL 334 Foundations of Christian Ministry (3)
REL 275 History of Christianity (3)
OR REL 359 Mennonite History and Thought (3)

Communication minor

(20 hours)
Students cannot major in communication with this minor. 

The communication minor enables a student to explore an interest in communication while majoring in another academic discipline. 

Required:
COM 101 Orientation to Communication (1)
COM 195 Interpersonal Communication (3)
OR COM 282 Influence and Compliance Gaining (3)
COM 212 Argumentation and Advocacy (3)
COM 222 Topics in Communication (3)
COM 225 Writing for the Media (3)
COM 275 Organizational Communication (3)
COM 300 Gender and Communication (3)
OR COM 352 Gender, Race and Media (3)

One hour from the following:
COM 110 Theatre Activity (0.5)
COM 115 Forensics Activity (0.5)
COM 126 Convergent Media Practicum (1)

Journalism minor

(20 hours)

Required:
ART 242 Digital Photography (3)
COM 101 Orientation to Communication (1)
COM 126, 226, 326, 426 Convergent Media Practicum (1 x 4 = 4)
COM 175 Sport Communication (3)
COM 225 Writing for the Media (3)
COM 375 Advanced Media Writing (3)
ENG 205 Creative Writing: Nonfiction (3)
OR ENG 207 Professional and Technical Writing (3)

Media Production minor

(19 hours)
Students cannot major in convergent media with this minor. 

Required:
ART 245 Intro to Computer Graphic Design (3)
OR ART 202 Design 1 (3)
COM 101 Orientation to Communication (1)
COM 126, 226, 326, 426 Convergent Media Practicum (1 x 4 = 4)
COM 225 Writing for the Media (3)
COM 242 Social Media (2)
COM 345 Digital Video Production (3)
COM 380 Digital Campaigns and Analytics (3)

Media Studies minor

(20 hours)
Students cannot major in convergent media with this minor. 

Required:
COM 101 Orientation to Communication (1)
COM 126 Convergent Media Practicum (1)
COM 222 Topics in Communication (3)
COM 230 Studies in Cinema (3)
COM 240 Media and Culture (3)
COM 352 Gender, Race and Media (3)
COM 415 Television Criticism (3)

Electives (3 hours):
Any addition COM course 200 level or higher

Public Relations minor

(22 hours)

Required:
ART 245 Intro to Computer Graphic Design (3)
COM 101 Orientation to Communication (1)
COM 225 Writing for the Media (3)
COM 277 Public Relations (3)
COM 375 Advanced Media Writing (3)
OR MKT 362 Advertising (3)
COM 380 Digital Campaigns and Analytics (3)
COM 385 Crisis Communication and Management (3)
MKT 356 Principles of Marketing (3)

Theatre minor  

(19 hours)
The theatre minor enables a student to explore an interest in dramatic arts while majoring in another academic discipline. The minor is made up of the following courses:

Required:
COM 110 Theatre Activity (1)
ENG 367 Shakespeare (3)
THE 135 Introduction to Theatre (3)
THE 201 Play Production (3)
THE 257 Performance Studies (3)
THE 302 Play Direction (3)

Electives: (3 hours selected from the following)
THE 136 Theatre for Social Change (3)
THE 250 Special Topics in Theatre (3)
THE 224 Drama in Education (3)
THE 258 Acting (3)
THE 326 History of Theatre (3)

 

March 2016