We offer a variety of majors and minors for students interested in communication, debate and forensics, interpretation, and theatre. Students may pursue teaching or non-teaching degree programs within the department. In addition to programs offered for the major or minor, the department sponsors major university activities in which the non-major (or non-minor) student may participate.
The programs in communication include study in public communication and criticism, interpersonal communication, argumentation and forensics, and organizational communication. The department sponsors a nationally-ranked and highly competitive program in collegiate debate and hosts the nationally prominent annual Pflaum Debate Tournament. Eligible students interested in seeking positions in industry that call for highly-developed skills in communication may participate in the department's cooperative education program, which places students in paid jobs with businesses while they are attending college. Students who wish to teach complete a program of study in a department with a reputation for excellence in teacher preparation. Graduates of the program are eligible to teach any subject in speech or drama taught in Kansas high schools.
Note: The degree Bachelor of Science in Education is given in speech communication but includes preparation in drama and debate as well.
The programs in theatre arts include study in acting, directing, stage and costume design, theatre history and criticism. The theatre production schedule is ambitious. It includes the annual homecoming musical, at least three other mainstage productions and a large number of student-directed scenes. Facilities include Albert Taylor Hall, the Bruder Theatre, the Frederickson Theatre (a black box), and the Friesen Studio. The department has the oldest summer theatre program in the state and sponsors annual theatre tours to New York and London. Active student organizations are ZOIKS! (an improv troupe) and the Educational Theatre Company, a group which performs programs for a diversity of audiences both on and off campus. Students interested in theatre who plan to teach take the same program as those in communication and supplement their required course work with electives in theatre arts and participation in university productions.
For further details contact the Department of Communication and Theatre Arts, ESU, Emporia, KS 66801-5087, or by phone at 620-341-5256.
Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, to reach the office call (620) 341-5278.