2018-2019 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]
Department of Communication and Theatre
As communicators, all humans are part of an ongoing conversation. Communication is inevitable, irreversible, and continuous. The messages we send and receive shape our attitudes, build our relationships, and impact the environment in which we live. The mission of the Department of Communication and Theatre is to empower students with a meaningful Christian voice in the ongoing conversation of the world in which we live. We strive to meet this mission through learning, growing, and serving.
Learning Informed by our Faith in Christ
- Students will learn basic theory about the discipline of communication, organizational communication, media communication, broadcast journalism and theatre.
Growing in a Christ Centered Community
- As students understand the process of communication, they will be challenged to use communication competently in a variety of complex environmental and social contexts.
Serving in a Context of Christian Faith
- Students will participate in the disciplines of Communication and Theatre in the collective community around them.
The Department of Communication and Theatre is committed to helping each student learn, grow, and serve so that they may contribute meaningfully to the ongoing conversation of all humans and seek to make a positive impact in the world through their communication abilities. The power to communicate is the power to transform our world one conversation at a time.
- To instruct students in the philosophy, content, methodology, skills, and responsibilities of communication;
- To provide specialized training for those entering communication-centered professions including: management, sales, public relations, training; broadcasting and electronic media; and theatre and the performing arts;
- To provide background courses for those desiring to enter communication related fields including ministry, law, education, government, social services, journalism, and graduate studies;
- To help students develop skills through involvement in a nationally competitive forensics program, internships in major corporations, law firms, radio and television stations, and professional theatre companies.
Tradition of Excellence
The Department of Communication and Theatre is a comprehensive and dynamic department that prepares students for leadership in a variety of communication-intensive careers. Classroom instruction is enhanced by the smaller class sizes and individual attention from faculty who are committed to the academic and personal success of each student. There are five programs of study to choose from: Communication (general), Managerial and Organizational Communication, Theatre, Media Communication and an interdepartmental major in Broadcast Journalism. As a part of the curriculum, a 120-hour internship must be completed; often, internships can result in full-time jobs upon graduation.
Experiences in the classroom are greatly enhanced by the department’s co-curricular and professional opportunities. Point Loma Nazarene University has one of the most respected and award-winning speech and debate teams in the nation. The Theatre program has been the home for more than 135 stage productions in the last 34 years including Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music, Waiting for Godot, You Can’t Take It With You, and The Caucasian Chalk Circle.
The department also supervises an on campus cable television channel - CCTV-3 and an Internet-based radio station, KPLR. Both stations are student-managed, creating original productions for on-campus audiences. The stations are based in well-equipped facilities which include a multi-camera HD studio, digital audio and video editing, HD field production cameras and radio broadcast booths. Recent showcase productions include independent films, a game show and an all-day Christmas music request show raising money for local charities. Students also have opportunities to work in PLNU publications such as the student newspaper, yearbook, and literary magazine.
Communication students seeking further academic opportunities have presented original research at professional conferences and gained successful admission into graduate schools.
A degree in Communication and Theatre can prepare a student for a career in media communication and business, public relations, theatre and performing arts and other related careers in politics and government, lay, social and human services, journalism, and ministry.
Bob Brower, Ph.D.
University of Kansas
Jeffrey L. Birdsell, Ph.D.
The University of Texas at Austin
Alan C. Hueth, Ph.D.
University of Dayton
Melissa Newman, Ph.D.
Lisa Raser, Ph.D.
Southern Illinois University
Skip Rutledge, Ph.D., Chair
Walter O. Williams, Ph.D.
Point Loma Nazarene University offers four baccalaureate degrees: the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), the Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.), the Bachelor of Science (B.S.), and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.). Many of the 50+ major programs also offer in-depth concentrations.
If a second major area of study is desired, all requirements for both majors must be met with a minimum of 24 units distinguishing the two areas of study. While working on a single baccalaureate degree, the maximum number of pursuits is two majors and two minors.
Students should review the majors and minors list in the catalog.
Optional minors are offered in several schools and departments. The requirements governing minors are as follows:
- Only minors that appear in the student’s catalog of record may be earned at the point of graduation;
- A minor is at least 16 units and is under the direct auspices of the respective school/department;
- Students must earn a 2.000 cumulative GPA in the minor for it to be granted;
- The minor must show a minimum of nine (9) units in residence;
- Of the 16+ units in the minor, nine (9) must be distinct from and not counted in the major;
- Of the 16+ units in the minor, 12 must be at the upper-division level;
- The pass/no credit option is not available for courses within the minor; and
- A second minor, when feasible, requires a minimum of nine (9) units distinct from and not counted either in the major or in the first minor.
CoursesCommunicationLos Angeles Film Studies Center Courses
The Los Angeles Film Studies Center (LAFSC) is a selective, off-campus cooperative program sponsored by the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) in partnership with Point Loma Nazarene University. Students must meet academic requirements and exhibit Christian commitment in order to be recommended to the program by PLNU, and the final selection is made by LAFSC. The program is open to students from any field of study and credits may be counted toward completion of the Media Communication major.
The following courses are offered at LAFSC only and are available to full-time students who have been accepted into the off-campus program:Theatre