Communication & theatre

The communication and theatre department recognizes that 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. Therefore, the communication and theatre department seeks to develop in students awareness of the ancient origins of rhetoric and theatre, knowledge of classical to contemporary theories of human communication, understanding of rhetorical criticism and critical approaches to communication processes, and insight into our current and changing communication context. Because of the practical nature of human communication, we are committed to providing our students with skills in crafting informative, persuasive, celebrative and sermonic texts for public presentation to a variety of audiences; proficiency in the critique and production of communication across media including print, radio, television, film and computer; and familiarity with the history, principles and basic techniques of theatre production. Finally, we intend to cultivate in our students an appreciation of the ethical complexities inherent in any communicative exchange, commitment to compassionate listening, clarity in critical thinking and attention to the inextricable connection between religious faith and human communication.

The communication and theatre department offers three majors: broadcasting and journalism, communication, and public relations; and two minors: communication and theatre. In addition, the communication and theatre department cooperates with the religion department in offering the communication in church organizations program. Students who are interested in leadership in Christian church, mission and other ministry institutions may combine this program with a major in communication or religion.
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Broadcasting and Journalism major

(50 hours)
Students interested in pursuing careers in print journalism, radio and television broadcasting or new media can declare a major in broadcasting and journalism. Foundational courses in public presentation, journalism and media and culture provide the groundwork for advanced courses in journalistic writing and broadcasting across various media. Majors are expected to contribute to the campus online newspaper, radio station, forensics and theatre productions, and have the opportunity to take additional electives within the department. Capstone experiences include Bluffton's distinctive communication ethics course and an internship in an area of broadcasting or journalism.

Required: (39 hours)
COM 105 Introduction to Journalism (3)
COM 185 Public Speaking and Persuasion (3)
COM 225 Writing for the Media (3)
COM 240 Media and Culture (3)
THE 257 Oral Interpretation (3)
COM 334 Radio Production (3)
COM 344 Rhetorical Theory (3)
COM 345 Video Production (3)
COM 346 Rhetorical Criticism (3)
COM 365 Feature Writing (3)
COM 412 New Media (3)
COM 417 Communication Ethics (3)
COM 425 Internship in Communication (3)

Activity credits: (2 hours)
COM 110 Theatre Activity (.5)
COM 111 Student Newspaper Activity (.5)
COM 112 Radio Activity (.5)
COM 115 Forensics Activity (.5)

Electives:
(A minimum of 9 hours from the following list)
COM 175 Sport Communication (3)
COM 195 Interpersonal Communication (3)
COM 212 Argumentation and Advocacy (3)
COM 275 Organizational Communication (3)
COM 277 Public Relations (3)
COM 338 Gender, Race and Communication (3)
COM 340 Religious Communication (3)
COM 370 Visual Culture and Communication (3)
COM 390 Independent Study in Communication (1-3)
COM 422 Special Topics in Communication (3)
ENG 207 Professional and Technical Writing (3)
THE 201 Play Production (3)
THE 258 Acting (3)

Communication major  

(50 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, broadcasting and journalism, interpersonal and organizational communication, media and cultural studies, and theatre. More advanced courses help students to become critical thinkers within the discipline through focused study of theory, criticism and ethics. Beyond the core, students may choose from a variety of electives based on their interests and aspirations. Students may pursue study in a concentration in organizational communication or theatre.

Electives: (A minimum of 12 hours from the following list)
COM 105 Introduction to Journalism (3)
COM 175 Sport Communication (3)
COM 277 Public Relations (3)
COM 312 Studies in Cinema (3)
COM 334 Radio Production (3)
COM 336 Advanced Public Relations Writing (3)
COM 340 Religious Communication (3)
COM 342 Leadership Communication in Nonprofit Organizations (3)
COM 345 Video Production (3)
COM 365 Feature Writing (3)
COM 370 Visual Culture and Communication (3)
COM 390 Independent Study in Communication (1-3)
COM 412 New Media (3)
COM 422 Special Topics in Communication (3)
COM 425 Internship in Communication (1-4)
CRJ 340 Conflict Transformation and Mediation (3)
THE 135 Introduction to Theatre (3)
THE 136 Theatre for Social Change (3)
THE 224 Drama in Education (3)
THE 250 Special Topics in Theatre (3)
THE 258 Acting
or THE 201 Play Production (3)
THE 302 Play Direction (3)
THE 326 History of Theatre (3)

Public relations major

(53 hours)
Our distinctive public relations major emphasizes advocacy on behalf of nonprofit and church-related organizations, while also equipping students to serve in business, governmental or other organizational settings. At Bluffton, you'll take classes that will train you to communicate in a variety of media forms and prepare you to write and speak eloquently and effectively. In addition to specialized courses in public relations, you'll take classes in argumentation and advocacy, media studies, graphic design and ethics. A public relations internship offers an opportunity to apply your competencies in a real-world setting. Public relations professionals are relationship mediators as well as expert communicators. We'll help you to think of yourself as an internal advocate for the needs and desires of publics and by doing so, help organizations collaborate with constituencies and social movements that advocate for the good of local, national and global communities.

Required: (45 hours)

ART 245 Introduction to Graphic Design (3)
COM 105 Introduction to Journalism (3)
COM 185 Public Speaking and Persuasion (3)
COM 212 Argumentation and Advocacy (3)
COM 225 Writing for the Media (3)
COM 240 Media and Culture (3)
COM 277 Public Relations (3)
COM 336 Advanced Public Relations Writing (3)
COM 344 Rhetorical Theory (3)
COM 346 Rhetorical Criticism (3)
COM 417 Communication Ethics (3)
COM 425 Internship in Communication (3)
ECN 141 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
MKT 356 Principles of Marketing (3)
THE 257 Oral Interpretation (3)

Minors

Communication minor 

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

Required:
COM 195 Interpersonal Communication (3)
COM 212 Argumentation and Advocacy (3)
COM 225 Writing for the Media (3)
COM 240 Media and Culture (3)
COM 275 Organizational Communication (3)

Activity Credits: (1 hour)
COM 110 Theatre Activity (.5)
COM 111 Student Newspaper Activity (.5)
COM 112 Radio Activity (.5)
COM 115 Forensics Activity (.5)

Electives: (3 hours)
Any COM course

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 257 Oral Interpretation (3)
THE 201 Play Production (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)
THE 390 Independent Study (3)

July 2014