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Institute of Technical and Scientific Communication
TSC 210. Introduction to Technical and Scientific Communication.
3 credits. Offered fall and spring.
Introduction to the central components of technical and scientific communication, including technical summaries, definitions, descriptions, instructions, reports, correspondence and proposals. Examines the process of planning, researching, producing and revising technical and scientific communications attuned to specific audiences and directed by clearly defined purposes.
TSC 220. Technical and Scientific Communication for Non-Native Speakers of English.
3 credits.
Introduction to the central components of technical and scientific communication, including technical summaries, definitions, descriptions, instructions, reports, correspondence and proposals. Emphasizes common problems confronted by technical or scientific communicators who are not native speakers of English, including macro and micro organization, style, paragraphing, grammar, usage, punctuation, and idiomatic language.
TSC 230. Bibliographic Research in Technical and Scientific Communication.
3 credits. Offered fall and spring.
Introduction to research methodologies used in technical and scientific communication, covering techniques for collecting information or data through primary and secondary sources. Includes evaluation of information from print and electronic sources for accuracy, usefulness and credibility, as well as the skillful integration of source material into reports. Fulfills the College of Arts and Letters writing-intensive requirement for the major.
TSC 240. Technical and Scientific Editing.
3 credits. Offered fall and spring.
Introduction to the central responsibilities of editors when guiding a document through the editorial process, including establishing the need, purpose and scope of a document; developing levels of edit; copyediting; conducting substantive edits; determining document design; editing graphic aids; collaborating with authors; and proofreading.
TSC 250. Ethical and Legal Issues in Technical and Scientific Communication.
3 credits.
Study of the ethical and legal issues confronted by technical communicators in a range of fields. Examines the role of ethics in the field, the nexus of ethics and the law, ethical theories and critical thinking in moral reasoning, falsification of information or data, ownership of information, confidentiality, copyright and trademark laws, conflicts of interest, and causes of unethical behavior. Prerequisite: TSC 210, TSC 220 or permission of the instructor.
TSC 310. Rhetorical Analysis.
3 credits.
Study of how writers and editors in technical and scientific communication structure the semantics and syntax of language to achieve rhetorical objectives. Examines methods for applying principles of effective rhetoric to the design and writing of documents in the field. Emphasizes extensive textual analysis of rhetorical models and work-world documents. Prerequisites: TSC 210 or TSC 220 and TSC 230, or permission of the instructor.
TSC 330. Intercultural Technical and Scientific Communication.
3 credits.
Introduction to effects of culture on technical and scientific communication, both in print and online, including a consideration of audience, context, language, page or screen design, graphics and use of color. Examines basic models of culture used in intercultural communication including management considerations, teamwork and translation issues. Prerequisites: TSC 210 or TSC 220 and TSC 230.
TSC 350. Science and Technology in Literature.
3 credits.
Exploration of the ongoing dialogue between science, technology and literature through the reading of literary responses to the effects of such technologies and resulting social phenomena as machine production, urbanization, quantum mechanics, computerization, genetic engineering and the alienation of the worker. Prerequisites: TSC 210 or TSC 220 and TSC 230, or permission of the instructor.
TSC 360. Instructional Design and Training.
3 credits.
Introduction to principles of instructional design, especially as they are applied to technical and scientific training programs in the public and private sector. Emphasizes audience analysis, client relations, oral presentation skills, training tools, integration of visual aids and evaluation techniques. Includes both online and in-person approaches to training. Prerequisites: TSC 210 or TSC 220 and TSC 230.
TSC 410. Government Writing.
3 credits.
Study of writing genres from a variety of fields within government. Examines the purposes, audiences and formats unique to government publications. Directs students in writing original and editing existing government documents. Prerequisites: TSC 210 or TSC 220, TSC 230, and TSC 240; or permission of the instructor.
TSC 420. Legal Writing.
3 credits.
Study of central components of legal writing, such as the use of legal search tools; representation of facts and evidence; statutory and secondary authority; legal periodicals; citation form; and drafting letters, memoranda, and case briefs. Addresses such key rhetorical elements of legal documents as clarity and conciseness of style, coherent and unified organization, level of diction, jargon, passive voice and errors in person. Prerequisites: TSC 210 or TSC 220, TSC 230, and TSC 240; or permission of the instructor.
TSC 430. Medical Writing.
3 credits.
Study of the theory and practice of writing about technical and scientific information in medical and health science fields. Examines the role of the medical writer in medical and health care professions, the ethical issues involved in medical writing, and writing clear and concise documentation. Emphasizes writing about medical practices for non technical audiences such as patients and their families. Prerequisites: TSC 210 or TSC 220, TSC 230, and TSC 240; or permission of the instructor.
TSC 440. Proposal Writing.
3 credits.
Study of the planning and writing of proposals with emphasis on informal (i.e., business) proposals. Covers proposal strategies that address central components of a successful proposal. Students work on real and client-based proposals. Prerequisites: TSC 210 or TSC 220, TSC 230, and TSC 240; or permission of the instructor.
TSC 450. User Documentation.
3 credits.
Study of theory and practice on computer documentation for end users. Emphasizes documentation design and production, online documentation, usability testing, and writing of usersí guides. Prerequisites: TSC 210 or TSC 220, TSC 230, and TSC 240; or permission of the instructor.
TSC 455. Managerial and Entrepreneurial Communication.
3 credits.
Advanced study of the function of technical communication in management. Students learn to conduct research about business cultures and to select communication channels for technical and scientific messages. Students develop communications for supervising, managing, and representing technical or scientific communication units within various types of industrial and knowledge development organizations. They learn to measure and communicate the value added to an organization through technical communication. Prerequisites: TSC 210 or TSC 220, TSC 230, and TSC 240; or permission of instructor.
TSC 460. Beginning Topics in Electronic and Online Publication.
3 credits.
Beginning study and creation of electronic and online publications, including Web sites. Introduces graphics programs used by Web designers. Emphasizes principles in designing and coding. Prerequisites: TSC 210 or TSC 220, TSC 230, and TSC 240. Approval of the director required.
TSC 461. Intermediate Topics in Electronic and Online Publication.
3 credits. Offered fall and spring.
Intermediate study of electronic and online publications, building upon the skills and knowledge gained in TSC 460. Emphasizes the tools for creating, assessing and maintaining electronic data. Prerequisite: TSC 460 or approval of the director.
TSC 462. Advanced Topics in Electronic and Online Publication.
3 credits.
Advanced study of electronic and online publications. Emphasizes advanced design and coding techniques using current materials and skills. Prerequisite: TSC 461 or approval of the director.
TSC 480. Special Topics in Technical and Scientific Communication.
3 credits.
Advanced course work focusing on a topic in technical and scientific communication not covered in sufficient detail in normal course offerings. Courses can include practical, theoretical, literary or pedagogical topics in technical and scientific communication. May be repeated when course content changes. Prerequisites: TSC 210 or TSC 220, TSC 230, and TSC 240; or permission of instructor. Approval of the director required.
TSC 481. Beginning Web Theory and Design.
3 credits.
Beginning study of Web theory and design, such as audience, purpose, structure, accessibility, content and its components, design and its components, and usability. Emphasizes design principles for online technical publications. Prerequisites: TSC 210 or TSC 220, TSC 230, and TSC 240. Approval of the director required.
TSC 482. Advanced Web Theory and Design.
3 credits.
Advanced study of Web theory and design. Focuses on the business of Web design. Emphasizes theories of evaluating, revising and maintaining Web sites; searching for the Web developer job; negotiating client contracts; creating the Web team; managing the Web project; and learning the advantages and disadvantages of various technological tools technical communicators use on the job. Prerequisite: TSC 481 or approval of the instructor.
TSC 490. Advanced Independent Study in Technical and Scientific Communication.
3 credits.
Individualized projects in technical, scientific or professional communication. Available only to junior or senior majors. May be repeated with the directorís approval when course content changes. Prerequisites: TSC 210 or TSC 220, TSC 230, and TSC 240; or permission of the instructor.
TSC 495. Internship in Technical and Scientific Communication.
3 credits.
Work-world experience within industry, government or the university in technical or scientific communication. Designed to allow students to incorporate field experience with TSC course work through internships in government, business, industry or education where they can observe communication processes and apply effective written, interpersonal and public communication skills. Prerequisites: TSC 210 or TSC 220, TSC 230, TSC 240, and permission of the instructor. Should be taken in senior year and cannot be repeated.
TSC 499. Honors.
6 credits. Offered fall and spring.
Year course.
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School of Theatre and Dance
THEA/DANC 171. Performance Production.
3 credits. Offered fall and spring.
An introduction to the methods of the production of scenery, properties, costumes, lighting, sound and performance management for theatre and dance performances. Instruction in the skills required for the operation of associated tools and equipment and instruction in the skills required for the operation of lighting and sound equipment will be taught.
THEA 190. Topics in Theatre.
1-3 credits, repeatable to 6 credits. Offered summer.
Study of the practice of the various aspects of theatre. Emphasis on applied projects structured to provide technical and performance experience. Offered in summer session only with the consent of the director and the instructor. Will not count as credit toward major.
THEA 200. Theatre Practicum.
1 credit. Offered fall, spring and summer.
Students who participate in co-curricular theatre activities may receive one hour credit per semester. May be repeated during junior and senior years. No student may enroll in more than one practicum per semester. Majors may apply a maximum of four hours practicum credit toward meeting major requirements.
GTHEA 210. Introduction to Theatre.
3 credits. Offered fall and spring.
Study of the theatre as an art form. Emphasis on introducing students to a broad spectrum of theatrical activity and opinion. Consideration of the components that comprise a theatre event including acting, directing, design, costuming, lighting and playwriting.
THEA 211. Performance Analysis.
3 credits. Offered fall and spring.
Plays are examined as texts for performance. Theories of performance and methods for the analysis of performances in and out of the theatre are studied.
THEA 251. Basic Acting.
3 credits. Offered fall and spring.
A study of basic acting as a performance experience. Emphasis on fundamentals of performance including concentration, transitions, interaction and the structuring of action.
THEA 261. Voice for the Stage.
3 credits. Offered once a year.
Theories and exercises designed to equip the student with proper speech for the stage through a fundamental understanding of phonetics and articulation.
THEA 271. Technical Theatre.
3 credits. Offered once every other year.
Study of the technical aspects of stage production. Emphasis upon practical experience in the use of stage and shop facilities. Consideration of the physical theatre and stage, construction, painting and rigging of scenery as applied to theatrical production.
THEA 273. Visual Aspects of Theatre.
3 credits. Offered fall and spring.
Study of the interrelationship between the playwright, director and actor with the scenic, lighting and costume designers; introduction of the basic documents of the design process; survey of current and historical trends in theatrical design; no artistic or technical skills necessary.
THEA 300. Theatre Practicum.
1 credit. Offered fall and spring.
Students who participate in co-curricular theatre activities may receive one credit per semester. May be repeated during junior and senior years. No student may enroll in more than one practicum per semester. Majors may apply a maximum of four hours practicum credit toward meeting major requirements.
THEA 303. Topics in Theatre.
1-3 credits, repeatable to 6 credits.
Study of current topics and issues in theatre. Emphasis on contemporary themes of immediate concern. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
THEA 310. Theatre for Young Audiences.
3 credits. Offered spring.
Study of the principles, contemporary trends and practical techniques involving the production of theatrical materials for young audiences.
THEA 315. The European Theatre Tradition to 1800.
3 credits. Offered fall.
The history of the European theatre tradition from its beginning in Athens to the 18th century is studied with respect to theatre architecture, scene and costume design, political and social context, intellectual climate, and the theory and history of acting.
THEA 316. The European Theatre Tradition from 1800.
3 credits. Offered spring.
The history of the European theatre tradition from the 18th century to the present is studied with respect to theatre architecture, scene and costume design, political and social context, intellectual climate, and the theory and history of acting.
THEA 320. History of Performance in Motion Pictures.
3 credits.
A survey of motion pictures as records of the forms, techniques and social impact of dramatic performance. Emphasis on the shaping of performance style within changing cultural contexts. Consideration of particular films and performers as exemplars of important periods.
THEA 331. Technical Costuming.
3 credits. Offered once a year.
Introduction to the technical aspects involved in building complete costume ensembles for the stage, screen and dance. Emphasis placed on experiencing unique problems in production situations, including specialized costume and accessory construction, ornamentation, fabric treatment, difficulties, and alternatives in presenting historical clothing and renovating and exploiting available materials.
THEA 332. Survey of Costume Fashion and Manners.
3 credits. Offered once a year.
A survey of Western world costume from 4000 B.C. to the present as it reflects the sociocultural and socioeconomic aspects of the times. Emphasis on the evaluation of historic costume in relation to architecture, sculpture, painting and other art forms.
THEA 333. Costume Design.
3 credits. Offered once a year.
The study of basic design and construction techniques of stage costumes. Emphasis on costuming in terms of the total production concept including directorial approach, setting and lighting design. Consideration of the process of costuming a theatrical production from first production meetings to opening night.
THEA 336. History, Theory and Practice of Stage Makeup.
3 credits. Offered fall and spring.
Study of the history and practice of makeup for ceremonial and theatrical presentations of selected major cultures, from ancient Egypt to the present. Consideration given to makeup as a reflection of the social organization of each culture. Emphasis on makeup as an important element in the history of design aesthetics as well as a vital part of the performing arts.
THEA/ENG 347. Playwriting.
3 credits. Offered fall and spring.
Study of the process of writing plays. Consideration of plot, character, thematic material, conflict and dramatic structure. Emphasis on individual writing assignments.
THEA 351. Intermediate Acting.
3 credits. Offered fall and spring.
Study of the fundamental theories and methods of acting. Emphasis on laboratory experience in the preparation of scenes. Consideration of various acting techniques through performance with maximum individual on-stage instruction. Prerequisite: THEA 251 or permission of the instructor.
THEA 353. Music Theatre Workshop.
3 credits. Offered fall and spring.
Advanced study of music theatre performance styles through the preparation and performance of scenes selected from the standard repertoire in an intensive workshop environment. Basic music skills and singing ability are highly recommended. Prerequisite: THEA 251 or consent of the instructor. Audition may be required.
THEA 355. Directing for the Theatre.
3 credits. Offered fall.
Study of the principles, problems and techniques of play direction. Emphasis on historical and modern theories. Techniques of direction considered as applied to the stage and cinematography. Prerequisites: THEA 251 and either GTHEA 210 or THEA 211.
THEA/MUS 357. Music Theatre History.
3 credits. Offered once every other year.
A survey of the history of music theatre in America, both narrative and non-narrative, from 1750 to the present. Consideration of how music theatre developed from and reflected the cultural, social and political landscape of its time.
THEA 371. Advanced Technical Theatre.
3 credits.
Advanced study of the technical aspects of stage production. Emphasis upon contemporary scenographic techniques. Consideration of construction, decoration, rigging and touring problems in theatre production. Prerequisite: THEA 171 or permission of the instructor.
THEA 374. Stage Lighting.
3 credits. Offered fall.
Study and analysis of stage lighting. Consideration given to basic elements of electricity, electrical control and circuitry, reflection, refraction and color. Emphasis on the lighting design and aesthetics of a theatrical production.
THEA 376. Scene Design.
3 credits. Offered spring.
Study and analysis of the visual elements of theatrical production. Emphasis on the principles and elements of design, drafting and rendering. Consideration of the aesthetics of stage design through specific applied projects.
THEA 382. Contemporary Theatre.
3 credits. Offered once every other year.
Study of post-1968 world theatre with particular attention to English and American drama. Emphasis is placed on significant drama of the last 25 years with discussion of trends in theatrical production and dramatic writing in recent decades.
THEA 390. Directed Projects.
3 credits, repeatable to 6 credits. Offered fall and spring.
Supervised projects related to the study of theatre. Credit given for original, individual or group programs beyond the usual course offerings in theatre. A suitable completed project or report is required before credit can be awarded. Prerequisite: Permission of the director.
THEA 440. Seminar in Theatre.
3 credits.
Studies of topics in theatre. Emphasis on research methods unique to theatre studies. Consideration of topics in both theoretical and practical aspects of theatre.
THEA 441. Senior Seminar in Theatre.
3 credits. Offered fall.
In this capstone course, students will spend the semester developing a research project. Students will produce a piece of original scholarship related to their study in the major. Career planning, dramatic criticism and other topics of interest will be included. Fulfills the writing-intensive requirement for the major. Prerequisites: Senior standing and admission to the major.
THEA/ENG 447. Advanced Playwriting.
3 credits. Offered fall and spring.
An advanced workshop with emphasis on developing full-length dramatic material. Prerequisite: THEA/ENG 347.
THEA 449. London Theatre.
3 credits. Offered fall and spring.
Study of London theatre. Consideration given to current productions of classic and contemporary works. Emphasis on production elements including acting, directing, design, writing and economic considerations. Prerequisite: Semester-in-London students only.
THEA 450. The Open Studio: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Creative Arts.
3 credits.
Introduction to the interdisciplinary studio through discussion of the history of interdisciplinary art and exposure to contemporary examples from dance, theatre, music, creative writing, visual art, film and video. Emphasis on production of original work that evidences the use of another media or collaborative work by artists from different disciplines. Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor(s) and advanced skill level in one or more of the creative arts.
THEA 452. Advanced Acting.
3 credits. Offered fall.
Critical study and appreciation of acting developed by readings, discussions and presentations of individual and group scenes. Consideration of dramatic literature from the classical Shakespearean and Restoration periods. Emphasis on analysis and understanding of how these works can be performed. Prerequisite: THEA 351.
THEA 453. Advanced Performance Techniques.
3 credits. Offered spring.
Study of advanced techniques for auditioning and performing on the stage and in the studio. Emphasis on practical preparation for performance work. Prerequisite: THEA 351.
THEA 466. Media Performance.
3 credits.
Study of the principles and techniques of dramatic performance for the camera and microphone. Emphasis on the adaptation of each studentís performance and production skills to the recording and filming of narrative works. Consideration of the differing problems and potentials of stage, video and film presentations. Prerequisite: THEA 452 or permission of the instructor.
THEA/DANC 471. Stage Management.
3 credits.
Study and analysis of stage management. Consideration given to the methods and strategies for successful stage management for theatre, dance and other performances. Emphasis on developing management and organizational skills. Prerequisite: THEA 171.
THEA 473. Advanced Design and Rendering.
3 credits.
Advanced study in design for performance through theoretical production planning. Instruction in illustration and presentation methods necessary to communicate scenery, costume and lighting designs for performance. Emphasis is placed on the collaborative interaction between the production designers and the director or choreographer toward the creation of unified design.
THEA 481. Theory and Performance Studies.
3 credits. Offered fall.
Twentieth and 21st century theories and performance are studied and performance traditions outside of Europe are examined. Prerequisite: THEA 211.
THEA 483. Music Theatre Form and Analysis.
3 credits. Offered once every other year.
Practical study of the form and analysis of book, music, dance and design within the context of the major genres of music theatre. Consideration of how such analysis can inform the production and appreciation of music theatre today.
THEA 485. American Theatre.
3 credits.
Study and analysis of the American theatre experience as presented in the dramatic literature of the country. Emphasis on basic American themes. Consideration of plays, playwrights and performers significant to the development of American theatre.
THEA 488. Experimental Theatre.
3 credits. Offered spring.
Study of avant-garde theatre. Emphasis on motivating and guiding advanced students to a higher degree of aesthetic appreciation of the theatre. Consideration of the relationship of experimental theatre to the traditional theatre.
THEA 490. Special Studies in Theatre.
1-3 credits. Offered fall and spring.
An independent study for students to pursue individual research under the guidance of a faculty adviser. Prerequisites: Senior theatre majors in good standing and permission of the director.
THEA 495. Internship in Theatre.
3-6 credits. Offered fall and spring.
A faculty-arranged, prepared and monitored off-campus internship program designed to provide practical experience in theatre for students preparing for careers in those areas. Prerequisite: Permission of the director.
THEA 499. Honors in Theatre.
6 credits. Offered fall and spring.