Theatre

Theatre

The theatre major at Union University emphasizes several fronts including those for persons pursuing a professional career as performers or technicians, for those who desire to work in Christian Theater ministry, and for those seeking teacher licensure. We have alumni scattered all over the country working in the theater or using their experiences to help them excel in a variety of pursuits.

Major Requirements: Major in Theatre—39 hours

A. COM 123, 211, 240; and 112 or 235—12 hours

B. COM 311, 317, 330, 341, 342, 345, 350, 412—24 hours

C. Select either COM 312 or 301—3 hours

Minor Requirements: Minor in Theatre—21 hours

A. COM 123, 211, 240, 412; COM 112 or 235—15 hours

B. Select 2 from: COM 301, 311, 317, 330, 341, 342, 235, 350—6 hours

Major in Theatre & Speech with Teacher Licensure (Grades K-12)—39 hours

A. COM 112, 123, 211, 218,235, 240—18 hours

B. COM 311, 312,330, 341, 342, 412, 417—21 hours

C. Required Minor in Professional Education—33 hours EDU 150, 250, 326, 426, 435; PSY 213, 318; SE 225

D. Completion of the applicable portions of the Praxis II series.

E. For additional information, see the Assistant Dean for Teacher Education and Accreditation

 

COM 112 Public Communication

An oral communication skills course that emphasizes organizing thoughts, adapting messages to specific audiences, using language correctly, delivering messages verbally and nonverbally with confidence, and active listening and evaluation skills. Credit hours: 3. Offered in the Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer.

COM 123 Introduction to Theatre and Film

An introductory study of the techniques of theatre and film, designed as a foundational study to make play and movie going more meaningful and better appreciated. Credit hours: 3. Offered in the Fall and Spring.

COM 211 Voice and Diction

Study and development of the voice with exercises in articulation and pronunciation. Seeks to evaluate vocal weaknesses and provide students with the tools to improve their voices. A special unit emphasizes improving regionalisms and southern dialect. Credit hours: 3. Offered in the Fall.

COM 218 Argumentation and Debate

An oral communication class that seeks to assist the student in developing a critical mind and verbal acumen through researching, analyzing, and developing sound arguments for and rebuttals to various issues; and viewing and participating in various forms of educational debate. Includes parliamentary procedure. Credit hours: 3. Offered in the Fall.

COM 235 Interpersonal Communication

Identify communication problems in interpersonal relationships including ethical communication, self- disclosure, perception, interviewing, conflict management, verbal and nonverbal communication. The student will exhibit competent language skills through oral reports, working in dyads and small groups, and class simulations. Credit hours: 3. Offered in the Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer.

COM 240 Acting Theory and Technique

Various acting theories and practices with emphasis on exercises in physical training, vocal reproduction, character projection, and the aesthetics of acting. Prerequisite: COM 123 Credit hours: 3. Offered in the Spring.

COM 301 Symbolism in Theatre and Film

This course explores the subtle uses of symbolism in presenting subtextual messages. Students view and analyze a variety of films and taped theatre productions. Credit hours: 3. Offered in the Fall.

COM 311 Oral Interpretation of Literature

Analysis, adoption, and staging of various literary genres for solo and ensemble performance including techniques for Reader’s Theatre staging and performances before an audience. Credit hours: 3. Offered in the Fall of even years.

COM 312 Creative Writing

 Prerequisites: ENG 201 and 202 Reciprocal credit: ENG 312. See ENG 312 for description. Credit hours: 3. Offered in the Fall and Spring.

COM 317 Technical Theatre

Design, installation and use of stage lighting, sound, and other technical elements of theatre productions. Credit hours: 3. Offered in the Fall of even years.

COM 330 Theatre Production

Prerequisite: COM 123 Fundamentals of successful stage production and technique: directing, acting, and rehearsing; organization; play choice and casting; and scenery, costuming, makeup, and lighting. Credit hours: 3. Offered in the Fall of odd years.

COM 341 Theatre History I

Prerequisite: COM 123 A survey of the historical development of the Theatre from its beginnings through the Elizabethans with emphasis on selected plays. The sequel considers from the French Neoclassical period to present day. Credit hours: 3. Offered in the Fall of odd years.

COM 342 Theatre History II

Prerequisite: COM 123 A survey of the historical development of the Theatre from its beginnings through the Elizabethans with emphasis on selected plays. The sequel considers from the French Neoclassical period to present day. Credit hours: 3. Offered in the Spring of even years.

COM 345 Advanced Acting/Improvisation

Prerequisite: COM 240 Advanced acting characterization, historical styles, and improvisational techniques. Credit hours: 3. Offered in the Fall of odd years.

COM 350 Christian Drama

Prerequisite: COM 123 Exploration of the meaning of and possible uses for theatre from a Christian perspective. Credit hours: 3. Offered in the Spring.

COM 412 Fundamentals of Directing

Prerequisite: COM 240 The art of the director, culminating in production of a one-act play by each student. Credit hours: 3. Offered in the Fall of even years.

COM 417 Advanced Public Speaking

An oral communication skills course that teaches advanced public speaking skills including impromptu and manuscript speeches, speaking while using technology, speech writing, and special occasion speeches. Rhetorical criticism, critical thinking, and verbal fluidity are also covered. Prerequisite: COM 112 or 235 Credit hours: 3. Offered in the Spring of even years.

EDU 150 Foundations of American Education

Historical, philosophical, and sociological bases underlying the development of American educational institutions. The role of the schools, aims of education, and role of state, local, and federal agencies will be emphasized. 20- hour field experience required. Credit hours: 2. Offered in the Fall, Winter, and Spring.

EDU 250 Instructional Technology in the Classroom

Prerequisite: CSC 105 A course designed to meet state instructional technology standards. Emphasis is on computer audio, video, and optical technology as it is used in the classroom. Credit hours: 2. Offered in the Fall and Spring.

EDU 326 Developing Reading Skills in the Content Areas

Prerequisite: TEP Admission Development of reading skills in content areas with emphasis on the study skills used in middle and secondary school programs. Requires 25 clock hours of classroom work under the supervision of the classroom teacher and a college supervisor. Required of secondary education students. Credit hours: 3. Offered in the Fall, Winter, and Spring.

EDU 426 Teaching Speech and Theatre Arts

Prerequisite: EDU 326 and TEP Admission Materials and methods for teaching speech & theatre arts. Requires 25 clock hours of classroom work under the supervision of the classroom teacher and a college supervisor. Credit hours: 3. Offered in the Winter.

EDU 435 Enhanced Student Teaching in Grades K–12

Prerequisite: Admission to student teaching (Pass/Fail) A semester, 15 weeks, of student teaching in Grades K-6 and 7-12 under supervision. In addition to full-day student teaching, students will participate in regular seminars. No other courses may be taken during the semester. Credit hours: 14. Offered in the Fall.

PSY 213 Introduction to Psychology

A survey of the various areas included in the field of psychology, using the bio-social and scientific approaches to understanding behavior. Credit hours: 3. Offered in the Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer.

PSY 318 Psychological Foundations of Education

Prerequisite: PSY 213 Applying psychological principles to education. Learning, motivation, human growth and development are emphasized. Credit hours: 3. Offered in the Fall and Spring.

SE 225 Survey of Exceptionalities

Prerequisite: PSY 213 Reciprocal credit: PSY 225. A study of emotional, learning, and behavioral characteristics of persons with exceptionalities examined from a theoretical and experimental point of view. Credit hours: 3. Offered in the Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer.