Performance Studies views performance as a fundamental part of the way human beings communicate, both on and off the stage. Performance Studies is one of the oldest areas of study in Communication as it focuses on the creation, structure, style, impact, politics, and poetics of performance. Examining the cultural, aesthetic, and rhetorical underpinnings of texts and bodies in and through performance, performance studies puts the body front and center as a key to unlocking self, identity and the power of communication. Performance both on and off the stage invites dialogue and has the power to propel us into understanding disparate experience.
In this specialization we analyze performance and we do performance. You will study public, cultural, aesthetic, and literary performance; study performance as advocacy and embodiment; and develop individual artistic and critical skills as you create, adapt, perform, and direct your own work. This specialization is perfect if you are interested in acting, directing, literature, or performance art; it is ideal for any career that involves public presentations, persuasion, creativity, and/or advocacy.
Students must complete the 3 required introductory courses:
The following theory course is required for this specialization:
Students must choose one (1) additional theory class from the following:
Students must choose three (3) Performance classes from the following:
Students must choose one (1) class each from of two (2) other areas in the major:
Rhetoric: COM 3201 - Rhetoric & Social Justice ; COM 3202 - Rhetoric, Identity & Conflict ; COM 3205 - Adv Speaking & Speechwriting ; COM 3207 - African American Rhetoric
Media Production: COM 3301 - Intro to Film & Video Prod ; COM 3303 - Screenwriting
Interpersonal Communication: COM 3403 - Intercultural Communication ; COM 3407 - Nonverbal Communication
Organizational Communication: ; COM 3444 - Interviewing ; COM 3445 - COM Consulting in Organization
Students must take:
Students must complete the Capstone Course: