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Speech and Theatre Education

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Why Pursue Theatre and Communication at KWU? Life-Impacting Experiences! 

Communications majors have the opportunity to produce The Advance, Kansas Wesleyan University’s multi-media student newspaper, and the Yearbook. The on-campus television and media production facilities give students important skills in producing content-rich electronic communications. Professional internships are available by special arrangement. Students in all academic disciplines may compete in Forensics and Debate at Kansas Wesleyan University. The KWU Forensics and Debate Team, holder of 29 national championships, competes successfully throughout the region and at the national level and is a participating member for NFA, AFA, Pi Kappa Delta and Christian National Forensics. The Theatre Arts program offers main-stage productions, student-directed one-acts and senior projects. Theatre joins with the Department of Music to produce Opera and Music Theatre productions. Theatre Arts students have the opportunity to perform and technically assist a variety of theatrical productions throughout Salina. A partnership has been forged with Salina Community Theatre (SCT) to co-produce musical stage productions.

What can I do with this degree?

Communication fuels our more connected and globalized world. It allows us to explore and learn about other cultures, strengthen social ties, create business and personal relationships and facilitate the exchange of information. This degree will provide graduates with foundational skills that are sought after by employers, such as teamwork, research analysis and problem-solving, rigorous critical thinking and strong writing and speaking abilities. These strengths enable one to communicate with a client base, market products and services, and manage issues and crises. Graduates may find work in such areas as public relations, journalism, business, online communication, broadcasting and politics.

Theatre-trained graduates possess qualities employers seek. They develop polished communication and human relations skills, and they are experienced at working as members of a team toward a common goal. Based on successfully meeting difficult challenges while at KWU, theatre graduates exhibit a positive can-do confidence, are well-disciplined and learn quickly. Theatre majors can do theatre, of course, but their experience in that field makes them valuable employees for any position.

For more information, contact Barbara Marshall-Nickell, associate professor of Communication Studies and Theatre Arts, or call 785-833-4390.

Speech & Theater Course Descriptions

Speech/Theatre Education Major (Gr. 6-12) Requirements - 39 credit hours

The student must complete the Liberal Studies requirements for Teacher Education students, the Secondary Education Minor requirements, and the following courses:
COMM 208 Mass Media ............................................................... 3
COMM 238 Human Communication ............................................. 3
ED 416 Methods for Teaching Speech & drama (ACCK) ................ 3
SCTH 110 Techniques of Acting .................................................. 3
SCTH 137 Oral Interpretation of Literature .................................. 3
SCTH 205 Arts Management ....................................................... 3
SCTH 215 Technical Theatre ....................................................... 3
SCTH 230 Classical Rhetoric & Criticism ..................................... 3
SCTH 310 Directing in the Modern Theatre ................................. 3
SCTH 325 Theatre History & Literature ........................................ 3
SCTH 335 Current Practices in Debate & Forensics ...................... 3

Students must complete 3 hours from the following electives:
COMM 232 Broadcast Performance for Radio & TV ...................... 3
COMM 230 The Film ................................................................... 3
SCTH 140F Speech & Drama Activities: Forensics & Debate ......... 2
SCTH 140T Speech & Drama Activities: Theatre ........................... 2
SCTH 286 Special Topics ............................................................. 3
SCTH 350 Topics in Speech, Communication & Theatre ............... 3

Students must complete 3 hours from the following:
SCTH 404 Senior Project .............................................................. 3
SCTH 460 Internship .................................................................... 3

KWU has a Nationallly Competitive Debate and Forensics Team!

The Kansas Wesleyan University competitive Debate & Forensics Program was established to provide a place for those students who had enjoyed high school debate and forensics and wanted to continue that experience.  Today, that mission continues and has included students who have never competed in debate and forensics before college.  The mix has been successful as our squad has won 30 national championships and has been competitive each year in the regional and national tournaments we attend. The KWU Debate & Forensics squad attends about twelve tournaments per year.  The tournaments include schools from throughout the United States, including yearly or biyearly visits to Louisiana, Tennessee, Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and California. 

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