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COMM 208 Mass Media — 3 Credit Hours ...................................................... Even Year Fall 
Communication theory and practice is covered. History of the mass media is included, as well as an analysis of the present situation with the media with particular emphasis on ethical and legal problems. Prerequisite: ENGL 121 or the consent of the instructor. 

COMM 238 Human Communication — 3 Credit Hours ................................................. Spring 
An introduction to the range of human communication. The course includes consideration of such topics as language, listening, non-verbal communication, interpersonal communication, small group communication, organizational communication, public communication, mass media, and intercultural communication. Required for majors, and helpful for students in all disciplines. 

SCTH 110 Techniques of Acting — 3 Credit Hours ........................................ Even Year Fall
Acting is the foundation upon which the tradition of the dramatic arts rests. This course involves the training of the body, voice and mind into an acting and dramatic arts-thinking instrument. The training consists of acting exercises, scene analysis and performances. 

SCTH 137 Oral Interpretation of Literature — 3CreditHours....................................Even Year Spring
This course is designed to develop skill in public speaking. Its emphasis is upon the organization of effective thinking and effective delivery. Guided practice is given in the preparation of informative and persuasive speeches.

SCTH 205 Arts Management— 3 Credit Hours............................................... Even Year Fall
This course will explore how to manage people and resources to maintain and grow an arts organization. Special emphasis will be placed on theatre management but all of the arts will be explored. Topics will include: selling a subscription season, fundraising and facilities management.

SCTH 215 Technical Theatre — 3 Credit Hours .............................................. Odd Year Fall
This course is designed to introduce the student to the practical aspects of technical theatre, including construction of properties and scenery, scenic painting, lighting, sound, costume construction and the running of a production. 

SCTH 230 Classical Rhetoric and Criticism — 3 Credit Hours ...................... Odd Year Fall 
In this course the student will be introduced to Rhetorical theory, from the Classical Rhetoric of Aristotle and Cicero to 20th century theorist, Toulman and Perelman. Persuasion theory will be presented as a tool to be used in argument constructs and audience analysis. 

SCTH 310 Directing in the Modern Theatre 3 Credit Hours ................ Even Year Spring
This is the study of the art, theory, role and craft of modern directing for the educational, community or commercial theatre. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

SCTH 325 Theatre History & Literature — 3 Credit Hours ........................... Odd Year Fall
A survey of theatre history through the study of major dramatic works. The plays will be studied from both an historical context and a performance aspect.

SCTH 335 Current Practices in Debate & Forensics — 3 Cr Hours ............. Even Year Fall
This course offers classroom instruction and practical experience in administering a forensics and debate program. The class will offer instruction in the hosting of a variety of tournaments and festivals, coaching debate and forensics, finding and evaluating appropriate materials, and judging a variety of Debate forms and Individual Events. 

COMM 232 Audio and Video Reporting and Anchoring – 3 Credit Hours ....................... Fall 
Students are taught how to write and read scripts for short audio and video productions. An emphasis is placed on styles, skills and techniques currently practiced in Web video news coverage. Practice in articulation, diction and pronunciation, as well as poise and appearance, is featured. 

COMM 230*The Film — 3 Credit Hours ................................................................. On Demand
This course is an introduction to film as a humane art: its history, its techniques, its aesthetics, its relation to other arts, and its criticism. The class will discuss selected films and certain writings on film. Prerequisite: ENGL 121 or equivalent. 

SCTH 140F Speech & Drama Activ: Forensics & Debate—1-2 Cr Hrs ............. Fall & Spring
Forensics and Debate is the development of Speech events, Debate events, and Interpretation of Prose, Poetry and Drama into presentations for intercollegiate competition. 

SCTH 140T Speech & Drama Activities: Theatre— 1-2 Credit Hours .............. Fall & Spring
The Activities course provides credit for activities accomplished outside the formal classes. These activities may include theatre production, acting theatre management, and others in consultation with the advisor. 

SCTH 286 Special Topics — Variable Credit........................................................On Demand    

SCTH 350 Topics in Speech, Communications, & Theatre—3 Credit Hours ... On Demand
Possible subjects include Debate, Advanced Acting, Puppet Theatre, Scenery Construction and Painting, Directing Period Plays, Voice and Diction, and Stage Lighting. The course may be repeated for credit under different subtitles. 

SCTH 404 Senior Project — 3 Credit Hours........................................................ On Demand
All speech and theater majors are required to complete a special project. Suggested directing projects include directing a production, writing a play, designing a production, performing a one-person show or organizing a major panel discussion, etc. 

SCTH 460 Internship — 1-3 Credit Hours ............................................................ On Demand
This course offers an intensive field experience with a community organization. Placement will be based on the student’s career orientation. Prerequisite: Department approval and satisfaction of any entry criteria where applicable. See Internships under Alternate Means to Academic Credit for a more detailed description.