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Communication Arts

Professors: Cameron, Frank (chair)

Associate Professors: Fleury, Maresh

Study of Communication at Washington & Jefferson College is grounded in human interaction, in sight and sound, in the arts of rhetoric and theatre. Each of the contributing arts has a long-standing interest in citizenship. Theatre is the art that helps a community reflect upon its problems, and rhetoric is the art of argument through which a community manages and solves it problems. These communal arts are the focus of W&J’s Communication Arts program, which examines interactions between and among artists, speakers, writers, and audiences--citizens all.

MISSION: The goal of a major in Communication Arts is to provide students with an opportunity to develop analytic knowledge and practical skills in Communication through the study of the oral, visual, and performative arts.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS: COM 100 , COM 500 (Capstone), and eight additional courses as follows: one additional introductory course from COM 120 , COM 130 , COM 140 , or THR 181 ; one performance course from COM 218 , COM 220 , THR 180 , or THR 280 ; three advanced courses (at least two must be COM courses) from COM 320 , COM 330 , COM 340 , COM 360 , COM 381 , THR 379 , THR 399 ; and three electives from any of the above courses or other COM designated courses not used to fulfill other major requirements.

Communication Arts Capstone (COM 500):  The Communication Arts capstone brings together the skills and knowledge developed through study in the major. Capstone Projects may be perfected through a co-curricular program of the student’s choice--or through an approved internship or other individual or group project developed by either students or faculty. The Capstone Project will not only explore a student’s interests but also provide him or her with the opportunity to present the work to an invited or public audience. It is recommended that students complete their Capstone in the first semester of the senior year.

A student majoring in Communication Arts may not major in Theatre. Any courses applied to the Communication Arts Major may not count toward a Theatre Minor.

MINOR REQUIREMENTS: A total of at least six courses as follows: one introductory course from COM 100 , COM 120 , COM 130 , COM 140 ; one performance course from COM 218 , COM 220 , THR 180 , THR 280 ; two advanced courses (at least one must be a COM course) from  COM 320 , COM 330 , COM 340 , COM 360 , COM 381 , THR 379 , THR 399 ; and two electives from any of the above courses or other COM designated courses not used to fulfill other minor requirements.

Students may count no courses for their minor in Communication Arts toward a major or minor in Theatre.

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