2019 - 2020 Undergraduate Bulletin


Communication and Performance Studies

Contact Information

Address: 203 Russell Thomas Fine Arts Building
Phone: 906-227-2045
Fax: 906-227-2071
Web Address: www.nmu.edu/caps
E-mail: caps@nmu.edu
Department Head: James Cantrill
Director of Forest Roberts Theatre: Ansley Valentine

Communication and Performance Studies at NMU

Communication empowers us to remember the past, act in the present and anticipate the future. It is the vehicle by which we manage relationships with others in contexts ranging from “one-to-one” to “one-to-many” using personal, public and mass-mediated channels of communication. The disciplines within the Communication and Performance Studies Department represent a body of knowledge concerning verbal and nonverbal symbols that are spoken, enacted, heard and seen. The department covers five major areas of study and also serves the needs of students who wish to develop more effective communication skills. While excellent teaching is the department’s first priority, faculty members are also engaged in a variety of professional development activities, including research and creative endeavors, as well as service to the university and community.

Forest Roberts Theatre

The Forest Roberts Theatre is one of the finest university theatres in the nation, boasting computerized lighting control and an upgraded sound system. Theatre majors put what they learn in performance and technical theatre classes into practice onstage and backstage in five major productions per year.

Experimental theatre space in the McClintock Building is home to numerous student-directed productions as well as many performance classes.

Student Organizations

  • WUPX student-operated radio station
  • Public Eye News (student-run TV news program)
  • The North Wind student newspaper
  • Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)
  • Media Alliance for Communication Students (MACS)

Department/Program Policies

All department majors must maintain a 2.50 grade point average in the major and earn at least a “C-” in all major courses that are required for graduation, unless otherwise noted. Department minors must maintain a 2.00 grade point average.

Public Relations Program
Admission to the public relations major or minor requires a 2.25 GPA.

Theatre and Entertainment Arts Majors
Each semester all theatre and entertainment arts majors are required to participate in a jury presentation scheduled and critiqued by the theatre faculty. Juries are evaluated on a “pass/fail” basis; the evaluations are not reflected in students’ academic transcripts. Students who fail two consecutive theatre juries at a given level may be dropped from the major.

Transfer students who wish to major in theatre and entertainment arts must receive credit for at least sixteen hours of academic work in the theatre and entertainment arts area at NMU unless a waiver is approved by the student’s adviser and department head.

All theatre and entertainment arts majors are required to have at least one field studies experience as part of their degree program. Only the New York Field Studies, the Stratford Summer Tour or a comparable substitute approved by theatre faculty will fulfill this requirement.

Bachelor Degree Programs

Minor Programs

Courses within each minor that can be used to satisfy liberal studies requirements are listed with the Roman numeral (in brackets) that coincides with the liberal studies division the course falls under.