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Communication & Theatre Arts


Every day we communicate with the people and world around us through a variety of methods. We speak, write, sing, dance, and use facial expressions and body language to convey our varied thoughts and emotions. Along the way, we experience the frustrations of miscommunication and the joys of effective and meaningful interactions.

Studying communication allows you to become more in tune with these processes and helps you develop effective communication skills as well. Taking introductory courses will acquaint you with the basics of communication processes and can then be applied to more specialized areas of study. Communication arts majors prepare for professions in which the defining skills are typically written and oral communication.

What are some of the career paths available to communication arts majors?

  • Communication researchers investigate a wide array of phenomena, including how small groups make effective decisions and how the media affects audience responses.
  • In corporate, political, and fine arts arenas, communication professionals work as speech writers, public relations practitioners, advertising executives, performers, and media consultants.
  • Theatre majors often specialize in either the performance or production side of the stage. Job possibilities include actors, directors, stage managers, and designers in community and professional venues.
  • Radio/TV majors prepare for on-air or production positions in the industry. They need to be knowledgeable in news, business, health care, and consumer issues.
  • Journalism majors are trained to gather information and prepare stories about local, state, national and international events.
  • Public relations workers serve as advocates for businesses, governments, universities, hospitals, schools, or other organizations to establish and maintain positive relations within a community.
  • Advertising employees develop ad campaigns. They work on graphics, design, and the content of messages meant to convince people to purchase a product.
  • Speech therapists are employed in medical and school settings.

Curriculum Guidelines

UWFox can offer you the freshman and sophomore curriculum needed to begin a communication arts major. The courses outlined below should be used as a basic guide. Please refer to the catalog of your intended bachelor degree-granting school for further specifics.

Communication Core Courses

  • Introduction to Interpersonal Communications
  • Introduction to Public Speaking
  • Applied Journalism
  • Introduction to Theatre
  • Theatre Laboratory
  • Introduction to Film
  • News and Informational Writing
  • Introduction to Mass Communication
  • Introduction to Television Broadcasting
  • Introduction to Acting

Liberal Arts Courses

  • Composition
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • Humanities and Fine Arts
  • Natural Sciences
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Application/Performance

Note: The beginning English and mathematics classes will be dependent upon placement scores.

General Liberal Arts Courses

  • Written/Oral Communication
  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • Natural/Lab Sciences  

Academic and Career Advising

Advisors can help you plan a course of study at UWFox that will fulfill the academic requirements of both your desired major and your transfer school of choice. Faculty members are available to assist you in their discipline, and Student Affairs advisors can help you with both academic planning and career exploration. You can also visit career information or stop by the campus Resource Room.

Further Information

For questions or additional information regarding the Department of Communication & Theatre Arts, please contact:

Susan Rabideau, Department Representative


Student Services Office