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Communication Arts

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Communication Arts

The ability to use symbols to communicate is a defining characteristic of human life. At Linfield University, communication arts majors discover how to produce and receive those symbols in meaningful and responsible ways with respect for both similarities and differences among people and cultures. Participation on Linfield’s Forensics Team, the department's internship program and community projects provide students with perspectives, practical skills and flexibility to be engaged citizens as they pursue careers or graduate work.

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As a communication arts major at Linfield

you might take:

Public Speaking

Learn the role of public discourse in society and how to present your own ideas to an audience effectively and ethically. (COMM 140)

Debate Practicum

Practice and compete in debate competition at intercollegiate tournaments as part of the Linfield Forensics Team. (COMM 157)

Rhetorical Theory and Criticism

Examine major works in the discipline of rhetoric from the Greeks to postmodernists. (COMM 455)

Studying communication arts at Linfield

Learning Outcomes

  • Acquire the skills necessary to function as mindful, creative and responsible individuals who appreciate the diversity and ambiguity of theatrical experiences and the role of theatre in society as demonstrated by: 1) applying conceptual thinking to critically evaluate text, performance, and production; 2) explaining production processes, aesthetic properties of style, and the way these shape and are shaped by artistic and cultural forces; 3) articulating critical awareness of one’s position within a complex society
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  • Achieve adequate preparation to accept post-graduate internships or entry-level positions in theatre, to enter graduate school, to adapt theatre knowledge and skills to other careers, and to adopt creative approaches to life-long learning as demonstrated by: 1) presenting the appropriate skill sets to enter a specific theatre entry-level position or graduate program in theatre; 2) identifying theatre skills that can be applied in other areas of life or careers; 3) communicating clearly in written and spoken English and conducting basic research in the theatrical discipline
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  • Obtain knowledge of a broad range of theatrical disciplines and experiences, each of which is important to an understanding of the whole as demonstrated by: 1) describing the key terms, concepts and theatre artists in each major area of the theatre discipline; 2) employing the basic skills required in selected major areas of the theatre discipline

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  • Comprehend the interrelationships among the theatrical disciplines by analyzing and solving problems in most practical areas of theatre production as demonstrated by: 1) articulating the relationships among the various facets of the theatre discipline, developing and defending artistic concepts, and collaborating within the theatre production process; 2) analyzing and creating solutions to specific challenges in the theatrical process
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Intern in all areas of communication arts

Internships provide invaluable hands-on experience and further develop your professional skills. Some companies where English majors at Linfield have found internship placements include:

  • Columbia Sportswear
  • World Oregon

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Jackson Miller
Jackson Miller
Department Chair and Professor
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