The Department of Mass Communications and Theatre Arts offers courses
fulfilling both the core curriculum requirements and those designed to
fulfill degree program requirements for two majors. The primary core classes
are Public Speaking, Introduction to Mass Communications, and Theatre Appreciation.
These courses are designed to improve students' basic oral communications
skills, to acquaint students with the diverse and complex nature of today's
mass-mediated world, and to provide an understanding and appreciation of
the rich cultural traditions surrounding the development of the theatre.
The Department also offers a variety of upper-level courses
leading to the B.A. in Mass Communications and the B.A. in Theatre. In addition
to advising its own majors and pre-majors, the department strives to enhance
the academic and cultural life of the campus through a variety of excellent
co-curricular vehicles, such as plays, workshops, the campus newspaper,
University Television, and the radio station. The department is comprised
of a wide variety of teacher/scholars with appropriate academic credentials
and relevant professional experience, who actively pursue research in their
fields, publish in refereed journals, and present papers at major regional,
national and international conferences. Faculty are actively involved with
their professional organizations and regularly contribute in a variety of
ways to the cultural and intellectual life of the campus community, the
city of Carrollton, and the State of Georgia.
Curriculum and Programs
The Department of Mass Communications and Theatre Arts provides
a high-quality undergraduate liberal arts education leading to a Bachelor
of Arts degree in either Mass Communications or Theatre with appropriate
supporting co-curricular activities in each area. The Bachelor of Arts
in Mass Communications is a broad-based program designed to educate and
train students across media industries with emphasis on media literacy,
writing, and technology competencies. The Bachelor of Arts in Theatre
is designed to illuminate the complexity of humanity through course work
and productions that mesh theatrical history, theory, and aesthetic concepts
with emphasis on acting, directing, designing, constructing, and playwriting.
The specific mission of the Theatre Program is to educate and inspire
students who wish to study the art of theatre. By offering a B.A. degree
in theatre, the department hopes to provide students with a well-rounded
education in all areas of theatre arts - production and performance (including
acting, directing, and design/technical skills), literature, and history.
Providing this type of education will empower individuals to seek careers
in theatre, careers related to theatre, or other professions. The department
also offers a minor in both Mass Communications and Theatre.
The major in Mass Communications prepares students for professional
careers in newspaper or magazine journalism, public relations and corporate
communications, broadcast journalism, television production, and related
fields. The major in Theatre prepares students for professional careers
in theatre as actors, directors, designers, playwrights, dramaturgs, and
technicians. Both majors prepare students for graduate study in their
respective disciplines, leading to occupations in education, business,
and law, or to more specialized areas of work within professional theatre
or mass media programming and management.
The department provides a variety of experiential learning activities.
Students enrolled in the Theatre program are expected to participate in
all of the plays presented each year, either as cast or crew member. Mass
Communications majors are strongly encouraged to enroll in one or more
of the Practicum, or Applied, courses, prior to graduating, so that they
may be directly responsible for the production of radio or TV programs,
or the college newspaper. Internships are a vital part of both degree programs
and are made available to interested and qualified students.
The University Community
The Department of Mass Communications and Theatre Arts supports
the university's interdisciplinary initiatives by offering many courses
with the XIDS prefix on a recurring basis. Typical courses are "Thirties
and the Theatre," "What Do You Really Know About Backstage," and "The
Anti-War Film," among others. Faculty members have successfully team-taught
courses with colleagues both inside and outside the department, and have
offered special courses that transcend our discipline and tie into others
from different colleges, such as "Sports, Media, and Society." Faculty
have been interested and successful in teaching courses in the core curriculum
that interface with the Learning Community concept practiced by the College
of Arts and Sciences. Members of the department, both faculty and staff,
actively participate in Campus Visitation Days, the annual Media Conference,
Georgia Theatre Conference, the Responsible Sexuality Committee, and Homecoming
activities. Theatre faculty and students are routinely involved with the
Music Department in the annual Madrigal Dinners.
The faculty in the Department of Mass Communications and Theatre
Arts represent diversity in terms of age, experience, gender, and national
origin. They are excellent teachers, concerned and informed advisors,
and active scholars with general and specialized knowledge of Theatre and
Mass Communications. The faculty, largely untenured at this point, are
engaged in a wide variety of research projects and creative activity
related to musical theatre, technology, media literacy, costuming, diversity
issues, and film. They frequently present the results at conferences and
in print, and they serve as session coordinators, panel moderators, event
planners, and association officers.
Policies and Guidelines Concerning the Allocation and Use of
1. The department will make every effort to purchase or otherwise
acquire for the use of its faculty and staff all appropriate instructional
technology to support and improve the quality of instruction in both regular
classroom environments and in its associated co-curricular activities.
2. Technology will be acquired through the use of ENG equipment
funds, student activities funds, and also through other arrangements
such as barter, trade, or special revenue streams created to acquire funds
especially for the support of instructional technology.
3. The technology used to support the instructional mission
of the department includes but is not limited to such items as television
and radio production equipment, newspaper production equipment, theatrical
technology such as lighting and sound boards and associated equipment,
sewing machines, power tools, desktop and laptop computers, portable video
projectors, portable Elmo document cameras, videocassette recorders and
digital video disk players, and color television monitors. The department
does not acquire or support Smart Boards, computer networks, or Plasma/HD
television sets or systems.
4. Training will be provided to all faculty and staff
who desire it and who will be using it in their instructional or support
5. Faculty and staff should be aware of the limited quantity
of certain pieces of technology and should follow the reservations procedures
to ensure that the equipment will be available to them when needed.
6. Broken or malfunctioning equipment should be reported
immediately to the department chair or the office manager.
7. Technology is to be used for classroom use or academic
support functions and not for personal use. Except in special cases,
the equipment is not to be taken home.
8. The department fully encourages any faculty member
who wishes to take courses or seek out instruction in the use of technology
to improve instruction or research, but faculty/staff may not always be
fully supported financially for all such classes.
9. Every attempt will be made to keep up to date with
technology and to make sure that new equipment purchased is compatible with
other existing equipment so that the total technological package, as it
grows, remains usable and consistent with the previous training and expertise
of the users. Specialized consultants may be hired from time to time to
assist the department in the selection, purchase, and installation of various
pieces of technology.
10. The policies involving departmental technology are to be
evaluated by all current members of the faculty and staff annually to
determine if they are serving the needs of the faculty, staff, and student
end-users, and are consistent with supporting the goals and mission of
the department. Persons wishing to make additions or modifications to
the policies, or to make specific requests for pieces of technology, will
do so in writing to the department chair. A list of technology needs/wishes
will be kept current and on file by the department office manager.