- Department of Communication
- Success Stories
- Faculty Profiles
- Academic Catalog: (Course Descriptions)
Theatre Arts - The field of study concerned with the role of the arts in society through topics such as the nature of art; the role of the playwright, director, actor, designers, and audience; major movements in theatre history and philosophy; and types and forms of drama.
Have you ever dreamed of being an actor, stage manager, or director? Do you want to have creative freedom within your career and utilize your oral communication skills? A Theatre Arts major at SJC can help you along your path to greatness.
We believe the key to learning to be an actor, director, designer, or technician is in the application of the theories and skills learned in the classroom. While text books, lectures, and theories are vital to the intellectual growth of a theatre artist, it is in production where a student's true worth is made manifest.
Why Theatre Arts?
Fact 1: Communication skills are a big part of the Theatre Arts major and also happen to be the number one attribute employers look for in an employee. At SJC, you can jump right in to the hands on, production-oriented Theatre Arts program and begin to shape your communication skills from day one.
Fact 2: Studying theatre will help you become a better speaker and listener, not to mention help you to develop the skills that only a liberal arts student can have while preparing you for virtually any career you should choose.
Fact 3: Many Theatre Arts majors pursue positions in management, marketing, public relations, banking, teaching, and the entertainment industry, to name a few.
Why Theatre Arts at SJC?
Variety: The Theatre Arts major is geared toward students who wish to pursue careers in theatre, education, or other fields requiring strong communication skills and imagination.
Dedication to Excellence: At SJC, we can tailor each major to meet your needs. The Communication Department at Saint Joseph's College offers a comprehensive course of study in rhetoric, communication theory, mass communication, and theatre. From the introductory courses to the capstone Senior Seminar course, the Communication program prepares students for the future.
Hands-on Experience: The radio and television studios at SJC have professional, broadcast-quality equipment, and students are encouraged to get involved in their freshman years. You can get involved as a reporter, anchor, producer, writer, or camera operator for WPUM TV6. You can be a DJ and have your own show on WPUM-FM 93.3. You can also get involved in the Columbian Players (the oldest existing club on campus) and be part of one of their many stage productions. Many Communication students at SJC also take part in internships. Some recent radio and television internships include WHZR in Logansport, Indiana; WTTW, WJMK Magic 104.3 in Chicago, Illinois; WLFI TV in Lafayette, Indiana; and The Golf Channel in Orlando, Florida. (Success Stories)
Faculty and Class Size: Professors in the Communication Department each have a master's degree in their fields of expertise, in addition to extensive experience from states all over the country. Class sizes range between 10 and 25 students. (Faculty Profiles)