Undergraduate Performance Studies | Communication Studies | SIU

Southern Illinois University



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Performance Studies

Are you intrigued by the possibilities of ritual or of the stage?

The world is a complex intermingling of cultural performances.

  • We encourage you to develop your artistic and critical abiliies
  • You can develop skill in adapting, performing, and directing for the stage
  • Opportunities to perform in the Kleinau Theatre
  • Research communication through creating and studying cultural performances

If you are interested in performance, you may choose the specialization in stage performance studies. Along with course work in performing written and oral literature, you will study adapting and directing for the stage, the relationship between performance and culture, and the performances of everyday life including, gender roles or conversational interaction. You may also choose to take courses in other departments, such as theater, music, English, and art and design. You will also have many opportunities to perform in the Kleinau Theatre mainstage productions and spotlight hours.


Performance Studies Specialization Requirements, 34 credit hours
Required: 370, 371, 471, 472; 6 hours selected from 474, 475, 476; at least one hour selected from 390f or 490f; and 15 hours selected from any other communication studies courses.

Communication Studies Major Requirements
University Core Curriculum Requirements, 41 credit hours
College of Liberal Arts Academic Requirements, 6-11 credit hours (Includes: one year of foreign language and two writing intensive courses).

Requirements for Major in Communication Studies, 42-43 credit hours
Required Core Courses, 9 credit hours
Communication theory: 230
Communication skills: 3 hours of public communication selected from 221, 325, 326 or 370; and 3 hours of interpersonal communication selected from 261, 262, 371 or 383. Required Curriculum Specialization, 33-36 credit hours (see above)

Communication Studies Minor Requirements
A minor in communication studies consists of a minimum of fifteen hours (in addition to Communication Studies 101), which must include nine hours at the 300-or 400-level.

*From 2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog