Performance Studies

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.

Introductory Courses (1000 level)

Students must complete the 2 required introductory courses:

  • COM 1000 - Surv of Communication Studies
  • COM 1100 - Public Speaking

Theory Courses (2000 level)

The following theory course is required for this specialization:

  • COM 2240 - Theories of Perform Studies

Students must choose one (1) additional theory class from the following:

  • COM 2200 - Theories of Rhetoric
  • COM 2280 - Theories of Persuasion
  • COM 2300 - Theories of Mass Communication
  • COM 2340 - Theories of Visual Com & Cultu
  • COM 2400 - Theories of Interpersonal Com
  • COM 2440 - Theories of Organizational Com

Advanced Topics Courses (3000 level)

Students must choose three (3) Performance classes from the following:

  • COM 3240 - Performance for Social Change
  • COM 3241 - Performance of Literature
  • COM 3242 - African American Performance
  • COM 3243 - Performance Art
  • COM 3244 - Folklore & Oral Traditions
  • COM 3245 - Voice & Diction
  • COM 3246 - Performance of Greek Lit
  • COM 3290 - Spec Top in Rhetoric & Perf

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

Advanced Research Courses (4000 level)

Students must take both:

  • COM 4001 - Qualitative Research in COM
  • COM 4002 - Quantitative Research in COM

Capstone Course (5000 level)

Students must complete the Capstone Course:

  • COM 5050 - Senior Project

Contacts

Area Coordinator:
Dr. Heidi Rose

Associated Full-Time Faculty:
Dr. Shauna MacDonald
Dr. Teresa Nance