Combined Majors

The College of Arts, Media and Design offers a broad range of curricular options encouraging students to design their own course of study. Combined Majors, Half Majors, and Independent Majors let students combine their interests into one major.

 

This major is designed for students who want to combine a knowledge of the art of theatre with the theories and conceptual frameworks of media and film studies. It offers both classroom and experiential learning in areas of acting, directing, writing, and design with related studies in screenwriting, media technology, and media production. Students develop a personalized technique for the practices of making theatre, film (documentary and fiction), and television as engaged citizens and creative artists.

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The Department of Communication Studies and the Department of Sociology offer an interdisciplinary combined major in communication studies and theatre. The combined major integrates the study of communication skills and processes with the study of theater history, playwriting, acting, and directing, as well as costume design, lighting, and scenery.

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The Department of English and the Department of Theatre offer an interdisciplinary combined major that integrates performance, design, production, and dramatic literature with literary studies, digital humanities, and creative writing. This combined major offers both classroom and experiential learning in making theatre, playwriting, and dramaturgy with the study of the diverse historical, cultural, and aesthetic contexts of diverse English and American literatures. Students develop the capacity for interpreting a variety of texts through performance and writing to engage diverse audiences.

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The American Sign Language (ASL) Program curriculum is an intensive program of study dedicated to preparing individuals to interact in a positive and supportive manner with members of the American Deaf Community. This Program is designed to assist students in acquiring competence in American Sign Language, developing an understanding of the American Deaf Community and its culture, and applying their linguistic and cultural skills and knowledge to a particular academic area of study.

This major is designed for students who want to combine an understanding of the American Deaf Community and its culture to the study and making of theatre, including performance, design, and production. It offers both classroom and experiential learning on the creative, social, and linguistic relationship between theatre and the American Deaf Community. Students may study acting, dramatic literature, and production design to develop the skills to be professional ASL/English interpreters and/or performers for theatrical productions.

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This major is designed for students who want to combine a knowledge of the art of theatre, including performance, design, and production, with sociocultural theories and conceptual frameworks for understanding human behavior. It offers both classroom and experiential learning in the practice of making theatre and performance theories with cross-cultural approaches. Successful students develop an understanding of theatre’s impact on past and present cultures, as well as a deeper awareness of the world in which they live.

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