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THEATRE

The theatre major at Union University emphasizes several fronts including those for persons pursuing a professional career as performers or technicians, for those who desire to work in Christian Theater ministry, and for those seeking teacher licensure. We have alumni scattered all over the country working in the theater or using their experiences to help them excel in a variety of pursuits.

        • Four major theatre productions per season held in the W.D. Powell Theatre
        • An annual student directed showcase and alumni productions help develop the students’ skills and provide professional opportunities
        • Alpha Psi Omega : This national dramatic fraternity was founded at Fairmont State College in Fairmont, West Virginia, on August 12, 1925. The local chapter, Beta Mu, is composed of students who have been members of the Union University Players and have earned a set number of points, awarded for dramatic work. The chapter seeks to develop dramatic talent, to cultivate a taste for the best in drama, and to foster cultural dramatics.

Theatre Major: 39 hours (13 classes)

Required Courses:

An introductory study of the techniques of theatre and film, designed as a foundational study to make play and movie going more meaningful and better appreciated. Credit hours: 3. Prerequisites: None. Offered in the Fall and Spring.
Study and development of the voice with exercises in articulation and pronunciation. Seeks to evaluate vocal weaknesses and provide students with the tools to improve their voices. A special unit emphasizes improving regionalisms and southern dialect. Credit hours: 3. Prerequisites: None. Offered in the Fall.
Various acting theories and practices with emphasis on exercises in physical training, vocal reproduction, character projection, and the aesthetics of acting. Credit hours: 3. Prerequisites: COM 123. Offered in the Spring. 
Analysis, adoption, and staging of various literary genres for solo and ensemble performance including techniques for Reader’s Theatre staging and performances before an audience. Credit hours: 3. Prerequisites: None. Offered in the Spring, Odd Years. 
Design, installation and use of stage lighting, sound, and other technical elements of theatre productions. Credit hours: 3. Prerequisites: None. Offered in the Fall, Even Years.
Prerequisite: COM 123 Fundamentals of successful stage production and technique: directing, acting, and rehearsing; organization; play choice and casting; and scenery, costuming, makeup, and lighting. Credit hours: 3. Prerequisites: COM 123. Offered in the Fall, Odd Years.
A survey of the historical development of the Theatre from its beginnings through the Elizabethans with emphasis on selected plays. The sequel considers from the French Neoclassical period to present day. Credit hours: 3. Prerequisites: COM 123. Offered in the Fall, Odd Years.
A survey of the historical development of the Theatre from its beginnings through the Elizabethans with emphasis on selected plays. The sequel considers from the French Neoclassical period to present day. Credit hours: 3. Prerequisites: COM 123. Offered in the Spring, Even Years.
Advanced acting characterization, historical styles, and improvisational techniques. Credit hours: 3. Prerequisites: COM 240. Offered in the Fall, Odd Years.
Exploration of the meaning of and possible uses for theatre from a Christian perspective. Credit hours: 3. Prerequisites: COM 123. Offered in the Spring.
The art of the director, culminating in production of a one-act play by each student. Credit hours: 3. Prerequisites: COM 240. Offered in the Fall of even years.
COM 112 Public Communication: An oral communication skills course that emphasizes organizing thoughts, adapting messages to specific audiences, using language correctly, delivering messages verbally and nonverbally with confidence, and active listening and evaluation skills. Credit hours: 3. Prerequisites: None. Offered in the Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer.

COM 235 Interpersonal Communication: Identify communication problems in interpersonal relationships including ethical communication, self- disclosure, perception, interviewing, conflict management, verbal and nonverbal communication. The student will exhibit competent language skills through oral reports, working in dyads and small groups, and class simulations. Credit hours: 3. Prerequisites: None. Offered in the Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer.

COM 301 Symbolism in Theatre and Film: This course explores the subtle uses of symbolism in presenting subtextual messages. Students view and analyze a variety of films and taped theatre productions. Credit hours: 3. Prerequisites: None. Offered in the Fall.

COM 312 Creative Writing: Credit hours: 3. Prerequisites: ENG 201 and 202. Reciprocal credit: ENG 312. See ENG 312 for description. Offered in the Fall and Spring.


Theatre & Speech with Teacher Licensure (Grades K-12) Major: 39 hours (13 classes)

Required Courses:

An oral communication skills course that emphasizes organizing thoughts, adapting messages to specific audiences, using language correctly, delivering messages verbally and nonverbally with confidence, and active listening and evaluation skills. Credit hours: 3. Prerequisites: None. Offered in the Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer.
An introductory study of the techniques of theatre and film, designed as a foundational study to make play and movie going more meaningful and better appreciated. Credit hours: 3. Prerequisites: None. Offered in the Fall and Spring.
Study and development of the voice with exercises in articulation and pronunciation. Seeks to evaluate vocal weaknesses and provide students with the tools to improve their voices. A special unit emphasizes improving regionalisms and southern dialect. Credit hours: 3. Prerequisites: None. Offered in the Fall.
An oral communication class that seeks to assist the student in developing a critical mind and verbal acumen through researching, analyzing, and developing sound arguments for and rebuttals to various issues; and viewing and participating in various forms of educational debate. Includes parliamentary procedure. Credit hours: 3. Prerequisites: None. Offered in the Fall.
Identify communication problems in interpersonal relationships including ethical communication, self- disclosure, perception, interviewing, conflict management, verbal and nonverbal communication. The student will exhibit competent language skills through oral reports, working in dyads and small groups, and class simulations. Credit hours: 3. Prerequisites: None. Offered in the Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer.
Various acting theories and practices with emphasis on exercises in physical training, vocal reproduction, character projection, and the aesthetics of acting. Credit hours: 3. Prerequisites: COM 123. Offered in the Spring. 
Analysis, adoption, and staging of various literary genres for solo and ensemble performance including techniques for Reader’s Theatre staging and performances before an audience. Credit hours: 3. Prerequisites: None. Offered in the Spring, Odd Years. 
Credit hours: 3. Prerequisites: ENG 201 and 202. Reciprocal credit: ENG 312. See ENG 312 for description. Offered in the Fall and Spring.
Fundamentals of successful stage production and technique: directing, acting, and rehearsing; organization; play choice and casting; and scenery, costuming, makeup, and lighting. Credit hours: 3. Prerequisites: COM 123. Offered in the Fall, Odd Years.
A survey of the historical development of the Theatre from its beginnings through the Elizabethans with emphasis on selected plays. The sequel considers from the French Neoclassical period to present day. Credit hours: 3. Prerequisites: COM 123. Offered in the Fall, Odd Years.
A survey of the historical development of the Theatre from its beginnings through the Elizabethans with emphasis on selected plays. The sequel considers from the French Neoclassical period to present day. Credit hours: 3. Prerequisites: COM 123. Offered in the Spring, Even Years.
The art of the director, culminating in production of a one-act play by each student. Credit hours: 3. Prerequisite: COM 240. Offered in the Fall of even years.
An oral communication skills course that teaches advanced public speaking skills including impromptu and manuscript speeches, speaking while using technology, speech writing, and special occasion speeches. Rhetorical criticism, critical thinking, and verbal fluidity are also covered. Credit hours: 3. Prerequisite: COM 112 or 235. Offered in the Spring of even years.
Required Minor in Professional Education: 33 hours (11 classes)

Historical, philosophical, and sociological bases underlying the development of American educational institutions. The role of the schools, aims of education, and role of state, local, and federal agencies will be emphasized. 20- hour field experience required. Credit hours: 2. Offered in the Fall, Winter, and Spring.
A course designed to meet state instructional technology standards. Emphasis is on computer audio, video, and optical technology as it is used in the classroom. Credit hours: 2. Prerequisites: CSC 105. Offered in the Fall and Spring.
Development of reading skills in content areas with emphasis on the study skills used in middle and secondary school programs. Requires 25 clock hours of classroom work under the supervision of the classroom teacher and a college supervisor. Required of secondary education students. Credit hours: 3. Prerequisites: TEP Admission. Offered in the Fall, Winter, and Spring.
Materials and methods for teaching speech & theatre arts. Requires 25 clock hours of classroom work under the supervision of the classroom teacher and a college supervisor. Credit hours: 3. Prerequisites: EDU 326 and TEP Admission. Offered in the Winter.
(Pass/Fail) A semester, 15 weeks, of student teaching in Grades K-6 and 7-12 under supervision. In addition to full-day student teaching, students will participate in regular seminars. No other courses may be taken during the semester. Credit hours: 14. Prerequisites: Admission to student teaching. Offered in the Fall.
A survey of the various areas included in the field of psychology, using the bio-social and scientific approaches to understanding behavior. Credit hours: 3. Prerequisites: None. Offered in the Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer.
 Applying psychological principles to education. Learning, motivation, human growth and development are emphasized. Credit hours: 3. Prerequisites: PSY 213. Offered in the Fall and Spring.
Reciprocal credit: PSY 225. A study of emotional, learning, and behavioral characteristics of persons with exceptionalities examined from a theoretical and experimental point of view. Credit hours: 3. Prerequisites: PSY 213. Offered in the Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer.

Completion of the applicable portions of the Praxis II series.
For additional information, see the Assistant Dean for Teacher Education and Accreditation

Minor in Theatre: 21 hours (7 classes)

Required courses:

A. COM 123, 211, 240, 412; COM 112 or 235—15 hours (5 classes)

B. Select 2 from: COM 301, 311, 317, 330, 341, 342, 235, 350—6 hours (2 classes)