2008-2009 Speech Courses

Theatre Courses

SPCH

111

Public Presentations, LE

(3)

A study of the rhetoric of oral public presentation, this course covers creation and presentation of informative and persuasive formats including audience analysis, research, use of visual support (including computerized programs), organization and outlining, oral composition, and delivery techniques. Presentations may be individual or group. Critical listening skills and speech analysis are included.

SPCH

200/300

Special Topics

(14)

A changing topics course offering special areas of interest including Advanced Professional Communication, Persuasion, Advanced Public Speaking, and Storytelling. Offered on sufficient demand.

SPCH

205

Business and Professional Communication

(2)

A study of the concepts and techniques of interviewing, public speaking, technical reporting, small group communication, and basic organizational communication as appropriate for business and professional persons. Prerequisite: SPCH 100, SPCH 111, or equivalent experience.

SPCH

220

Oral Interpretation

(2)

Methods and techniques of oral interpretation of poetry, prose, and dramatic literature. Through individual and group readings and storytelling, students develop the expressive use of the voice and an understanding of the emotional, intellectual, and aesthetic value of literature. Prerequisite: SPCH 100, SPCH 111, or THTR 180. Offered alternate years.

SPCH

320

Principles of Argumentation

(3)

Basic principles of argumentation and their application to communication and, in particular, to debate. Consideration of analysis of issues, evidence and reasoning, refutation, ethics, strategy, and delivery. Prerequisite: SPCH 100, SPCH 111, or SPCH 205. Offered alternate years.

SPCH 401 Directed Studies in Speech (14)
A tutorial-based course used only for student-initiated proposals for intensive individual study of topics not otherwise offered in the Speech Program. Prerequisite: consent of instructor and school dean.

Theatre Courses

THTR

124

Survey of the Theatre, LE

(3)

A survey course to introduce the student to an appreciation of live theatre. Supplemented by historical perspectives and readings/viewings of representative plays, the student builds a basis for solid criticism through the study of the philosophies, principles, and practices of theatrical productions.

THTR

127

Stagecraft, LE

(2)

An introduction to the basic theories and techniques of stage scenery and lighting. Practice in construction of sets and properties, scene painting, and stage lighting. Additional lab work on campus productions is required.

THTR

129

Costumes and Makeup

(2)

Theory and techniques of stage costuming and theatrical makeup. Practice in costume construction and design, wardrobe maintenance, and stage makeup techniques.

THTR

180

Acting I, LE

(2)

A study of basic acting techniques including movement for actors, voice production, improvisation, monologues, and scene study.

THTR

200/300

Special Topics in Theatre Arts

(14)

A changing topics course offering special areas of interest not covered in regular courses. Topics include Theatre Management, Readers Theatre, Modern Dance, special focus on particular styles of theatre or dramatic literature as well as travel/study programs.

THTR 200FN Fine Arts Foundation Course: Experiencing the Arts, LE (4)
This course is an experiential exploration of the major art traditions of our culture. It takes the form of attendance at several different types of artistic events combined with previews and discussion regarding those events. Lectures and other types of presentations are offered by guests from on and off campus, including local artists and performers. Of the courses four credits, three are spent in class per week and one is used for event attendance.
       
THTR 228 Beginning Theatre Workshop (2)
Student involvement in Westminster Players productions, either as performers or as technicians. An audition is required for enrollment as a performer.
       
THTR 230 Beginning Dance and Movement, LE (2)
This class is an introduction to basic elements of movement and dance. Explores body alignment, core support, weight, momentum, movement quality, connectivity and more in relation to time, space, and energy. The class is structured as a series of dance sequences and designed to carry over into every day practice. Same as HPW 230.
       
THTR 312 Events Management (2)
An introduction to the basic theories and techniques of live event management. Students will receive training in the technical support of live performance events including set-up, theatrical effects, lighting and sound reinforcement as well as the operation of related components and equipment. Additional lab work on Jewett building events is required. Successful completion required for consideration on 2XL-Production Team for contracted building events.
       
THTR 320 Stage Management (3)
This overview of the art and business of stage management examines the skills of personnel management, organization, delegation, and scheduling as required tools of an effective stage manager. Students will develop an understanding of the technical infrastructure of the theatre and an awareness of how the theatre hierarchy functions. Graduates of this course are prepared to successfully stage manage productions, from auditions, to rehearsals.
       
THTR 321 Creative Writing: Plays (3)
Workshop in playwriting which examines structure and style in dramatic literature as a starting point for students work in scene writing. Prerequisite: ENGL 220 or equivalent.
       
THTR 327 Advanced Acting Workshop (14)
Advanced study of acting techniques through participation in on-campus productions. Prerequisites: THTR 180, 228 or equivalent, and audition. This course can be repeated for credit.
       
THTR 328 Advanced Workshop in Technical Theatre (14)
Advanced work in technical theatre or stage management through participation in on-campus productions. Prerequisite: THTR 228 or equivalent, and consent of instructor. This course can be repeated for credit.
       
THTR 330 Intermediate Dance and Movement (2)
This course is designed as an intermediate movement class for students with beginning movement training or a background in creative process. Students will combine creative thought and problem-solving with movement technique and exploration. This class offers the important application process necessary to cultivate higher learning.
       
THTR 350 Creative Dramatics (2)
A class for elementary and secondary education majors and other interested theatre students that covers theoretical and practical techniques for using theatre in the classroom. Topics covered include creative dramatics and improvisation for children, integrating theatre techniques into the regular curriculum, and the basics of childrens theatre production. Offered alternate years.
       
THTR 358 History of Theatre and Dramatic Literature I (3)
Study of the history of theatre and dramatic literature from its origins through the eighteenth century. Prerequisite: ENGL 220 or equivalent. Offered alternate years.
       
THTR 359 History of Theatre and Dramatic Literature II (3)
Study of the history of theatre and dramatic literature from 1800 to the present. Prerequisite: ENGL 220 or equivalent. Offered alternate years.
       
THTR 360 Design for the Theatre (3)
Examines design concepts in terms of theatrical production. Script analysis for the design of sets, costumes, and lighting design are studied.
       
THTR 370 Directing (3)
Study of the theories and practices of staging plays for the theatre. Includes script analysis, production planning, rehearsal techniques, stage composition, and designer/director communication. Each student directs a one-act play for public performance. Prerequisite: THTR 127, 129, 180 and 228, or consent of instructor.
       
THTR 381 Acting II (3)
An advanced course in acting with focus on scene study and characterization. Prerequisite: THTR 180 or consent of instructor.
       
THTR 382 Methods of Teaching Theatre in the Secondary Schools (2)
Preparation for secondary education minors to teach theatre. Includes methods in teaching acting, stagecraft, oral interpretation, and dramatic literature. Prepares students to coach for competition and to produce plays in an educational setting. Prerequisites: admission to the Education Program and completion of SPCH 220; THTR 127, 129, 180, 350, 358, 359, and 370.
       
THTR 401 Directed Studies in Theatre Arts (14)
A tutorial-based course used only for student-initiated proposals for intensive individual study of topics not otherwise offered in the Theatre Arts Program. Prerequisite: consent of instructor and school dean.
       
THTR 440 Internship (18)
Offers students the opportunity to integrate classroom knowledge with practical experience. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing (for transfer students, at least 15 hours completed at Westminster or permission of instructor), minimum 2.5 GPA, completion of the Career Resource Center Internship Workshop, and consent of program director and Career Center Internship Coordinator.
       
THTR 490 Senior Theatre Project (3)
Capstone course for theatre majors or minors which provides opportunities for students to demonstrate the integration of their academic studies and their theatre skills. In consultation with the theatre faculty, students complete a project such as directing or designing a full-length production, writing a full-length play, or preparing a research paper. Prerequisites: senior standing, completion of courses as determined by project and faculty advisor, consent of faculty.