The Speech Communication and Theatre Arts BA program mission is to address the theory and practice of human communication, in various settings and across diverse cultures, as fundamental to the humanizing process inherent in a liberal arts education.
Students who major in the program can pursue an emphasis in either speech communication or theater arts. Each concentration includes tracks of study designed to provide students with a solid liberal arts foundation while preparing them for graduate work in all areas of speech communication and theater including rhetoric, communication studies and theory, interpersonal and small group communication, journalism and public relations, media studies, and theater. The major also prepares its graduates for a variety of professional career opportunities as well. The Speech Communications and Theatre Arts program fosters students' abilities to think reasonably and communicate intelligently and creatively. Through its theater productions, forums, and internships, the Speech Communication and Theatre Arts major, enriches the quality of community life.