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Bachelor of Science (BS) in Speech and Theatre Education

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Speech and Theatre Education.

Inspire bright futures in theatre and communication

Theatre and communication teachers have a one-of-a-kind opportunity to open the door to a world that their students may have never known. It’s in these classrooms that students are very often exposed to this art form for the very first time — that they truly start to grasp its inner workings, discover career opportunities and explore history in an entirely different way.

As a Bachelor of Science in Speech and Theatre Education student at William Woods University, you will prepare for a career teaching students in the same way you too may have discovered your passions. You will take coursework that explores a combination of communication and theatrical curricula — from argumentation and debate to stagecraft, production and direction — from Shakespeare to Improv. You’ll gain the knowledge to not only become an expert in your craft, but so you posses the skills to pass it on.

It is very important that future teachers understand both sides of the curtain — performance-based and technical production courses — so that they can safely and accurately teach their students. This also provides for a safer production environment and a better overall production when it comes time to produce the high school musical or play.

In conjunction with this degree you will take coursework to earn your Secondary Education Certification, which is required to teach Speech or Theatre for grades 9-12 in the state of Missouri.

Special opportunities

  • Take advantage of opportunities for immediate mainstage experience from your first day on campus. We show no casting preferences, nor give anyone auditioning first choice of roles. Students are typically cast in mainstage productions their freshman year
  • Gain valuable acting and technical experience in four mainstage productions on two different stages, Cutlip Auditorium and Dulany Auditorium
  • Benefit from small class sizes, and work one-on-one with committed faculty who have exceptional credentials and training — having worked professionally in theatre, television, Hollywood, commercials and radio. Examples of their work include Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Dukes Of Hazzard, M*A*S*H, and Little House On The Prairie
  • Join organizations that foster creative growth like Second Season – student directed, designed, acted and produced plays and musicals — Jesters, Served up Crispy Improv Troupe, and First Impressions Show Choir
  • Grow your communication skills with organizations including the Forensic (Speech and Debate) Team, Reel Fanatics Film Club, and Lambda Pi Eta Communication Honor Society
  • Have your print or online portfolio reviewed every year and receive feedback from professionals in the field
  • Pursue a minor in Theatre or Music

Our Speech and Theatre Education degree at work

The speech and theatre education program will thoroughly prepare you to be a speech or theatre teacher in the state of Missouri for grades 9-12. Our graduates can be found teaching theatre, public speaking, music, around the state of Missouri and across the country.

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The Bachelor of Science in Speech and Theatre Education degree at William Woods University consists of 122 distinct credit hours for graduation—including 12 core major credits, a 21-credit concentration in Theatre or Communication, and 12 credits in the other concentration, as well as the additional 46 credit hours needed for Secondary Education Certification.

Courses you may take

COM 101 - Intro To Speech Communication -C - 3.00

Designed to introduce the student to the area of oral communication with exercise covering the various phases.

COM 105 - Voice & Diction -C - 3.00

Designed to train the speacking voice by means of supervised exercises and drills. The course also serves as an introduction to phonetics.

COM 190 - Introduction to Mass Media - 3.00

An introductory course designed to familiarize the student with the field of mass communication, its influence, and universality. The course offers a survey of the print and electronic mass media and its impact on society.

COM 209 - Argumentation and Debate -T - 3.00

This course will acquaint students with several theoretical and practical approaches to argumentation. The course covers concepts of argumentation such as, but not limited to, narrative argument, stock issues, argument analysis, rhetorical framing, refutation, constructing a debate case, logical fallacies, using evidence, and language and style. Students will also debate value and policy resolutions and learn how to evaluate debates. In presidential election years, the course will include a unit on presidential debates while covering the concept of framing within presidential campaigns.

COM 320 - Communication Theory - 3.00

This course examines communication theory on all levels. Students will gain an understanding of theory and how theorectical developments can be used in their academic and personal lives.

COM 330 - Communication Law - 3.00

This course examines the legal background of the mass media. It is focused around media law as it pertains to the First Amendment, such as libel and privacy law in the digital age. Additionally, students will learn about a variety of Supreme Court cases in mass media obscenity law, telecommunications, libel, and privacy, among other topics. Students will study a number of mass media law case studies and engage in interactive discussion about how the law is applied in the case studies. Finally, students can expect to learn about the ethical, social, and political implications mass media law has on American democracy.

THA 110 - Introduction to Theatre -A - 3.00

A historical overview of performing arts including discussions of the organization, responsibilities and importance of the creative artists in dance, music, and theatre.

THA 234 - Stagecraft - 3.00

An introduction to the physical theatre and stage technology. Special emphasis is placed on set design and technical drawing. Required production laboratory.

THA 255 - Acting I Basic Skills -A - 3.00

Covers stage movement and voice production. Practical work in characterization, improvisation and scene work are required.

THA 331 - Lighting for Stage and Set - 3.00

Explores in detail the theories and methods of lighting design. Special emphasis is placed on lighting instruments, dimmers, technical drawing and design. Required production laboratory.

THA 362 - Theatre History I - 3.00

An overview of theatre history from classic Greek theatre to approximately 1700.

THA 470 - Directing - 3.00

A study of the basic priniciples, skills and techniques underlying directing for the theatre. The course will cover a brief history of directly followed by the production process and script analysis.


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