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Theatre and Communication Arts

(formerly Theatre and Speech Communication)

Department of Theatre and Communication Arts
College of Arts and Letters
Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex 218-755-3935


Dr. Carol Richards (Interim Chair;, Mr. David Griffith, Dr. Kay Robinson

Areas of Study


The importance of theatre in the cultural history of both the East and the West cannot be disputed. The theatre curriculum at Bemidji State University is designed to provide a broad general base of theatre knowledge within the context of a sense of how global cultures affect the ways in which people think, feel, and act. Theatre majors prepare for professional internships, entry-level work in the theatre profession, and/or graduate study.

Earning a degree in theatre at Bemidji State University offers far more than preparation for the work world, however. Because of the collaborative nature of theatre and because of the small size of the Theatre program at Bemidji State, students who study and work in Theatre here have multiple opportunities to work in all areas of theatre. Theatre production work is an important component of the Theatre major, providing the student numerous chances to connect theory with practice.

All Bemidji State University students are welcome to audition for and work on BSU’s theatrical productions. They need not major or minor in theatre.

Communication Arts

Understanding the nature of oral communication and acquiring the skills to be an effective oral communicator in a variety of situations is essential in the contemporary world. The Department of Theatre and Communication Arts is firmly committed to offering a number of communication courses (most of which are designated as Liberal Education options) to help students achieve oral communication skills. Particular focus is placed on public speaking, interpersonal communication, listening, and small group discussion.

Majors in the Department of Theatre and Communication Arts are urged to pursue at least one year of foreign language study.


See Section II, Enrollment for required high school preparation.

Recommended High School Courses
Visual Arts
Recommended Activities
Theatrical Productions
Theatre Attendance

Second Majors and Minors

Students are encouraged to discuss with their advisor the option of a second major or minor that might strengthen or complement their major.

Career Directions

See also career note in program description.

Script Writer/Adapter
Stage Manager
Theatre Design
Theatre Management
Theatre Production
Tour Manager
Also: Graduate Study

Credit Requirement

Transfer Students: At least one-third of the credits to be included in the major must be successfully completed at Bemidji State University.

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