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Why Communication & Theatre?

The art and science of sharing ideas.

As a crossroads discipline, communication is studied from the humanities, artistic and social science perspectives.  The study of communication is built around a framework that allows for an understanding of theory, opportunity for criticism of messages and practice, and research in the discipline. Students study a wide range of communication areas, including rhetoric, interpersonal communication, media and theatre. Communication students can apply their understanding in a variety of fields, including corporate communication, public relations, personnel, advertising, marketing, law, electronic media, journalism, sales, public service and the performing arts. 

Most communication students participate in cocurricular activities, such as debate (DePauw Debate), theatre (DePauw Theatre) and student media (WGRE-FM radio and D3TV cable access television). The Department of Communication and Theatre also contributes to the Media Fellows Program. Majors are offered in Communication and Theatre, and minors can be earned in rhetoric/interpersonal, media studies and theatre.

Sample Courses:

Media, Culture and Society; Theatre Production and Design; Rhetorical Theory and Criticism; Intercultural Communication; Media Law; History of Theatrical Theory and Criticism

The Communication & theatre experience:

Billy Burke '17 explains the value of his DePauw Communication & Theatre experience.

Media Fellows Program

Media Fellows Program

Combining classes with hands-on experience, the Media Fellows Program trains students in the theory and practice of media.

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