School of Arts & Sciences
Speech and Theatre
The Speech and Theatre program strives to enable its members to achieve learning excellence and reach their full potential through guidance, instruction, and learning experiences in preparation for graduate studies and professional applications in speech and theatre related fields.
The Speech and Theatre program offers multiple courses designed to improve understanding of the human communication process and to develop proficiency in many types of communication from public speaking to the performing arts.
The Speech and Theatre program offers the following major and minor coursework.
Speech and Theatre major
Speech Communication minor
Musical theatre minor
Director of Technical Theatre
Herod Hall Facilities Manager
Ryerson Hall 302
Northwestern - Alva
Assistant Professor of Speech
Chair, Communication Department
Vinson Hall 110
President: Chris Chauncey
Vice-President: Lilith Ferrero
Secretary/Treasurer: Sydney Endsley
Historian: Shovel Thornburg
2020-21 Upcoming Theatre Productions
"45 Plays for 45 Presidents"
- October 15 & 16 at 7:00 p.m.
- October 17 at 2:00 p.m.
Annual Children's Production
- November 11-14
All incoming freshmen or transfers are encouraged to fill out their respective scholarship forms: Freshman Scholarship or Transfer Scholarship along with the Application for Admission to the University. The incoming freshman deadline is May 15, while the transfer student deadline is July 15.
Current students have until March 15 for academic scholarships using the Continuing Student Scholarship Application.
For departmental scholarships you will need to fill out a form provided by the department chair by February 15.
Departmental scholarships available in this area and more can be found at https://ournorthwestern.org/make-an-investment/scholarships, including numerous miscellaneous unspecified scholarships.
Students in this department also may qualify for participation scholarships of up to $2,000.
For more information, please visit Scholarships.
Careers for Degree
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Student Learning Outcomes
The following are the five Student Learning Outcomes (SLO) assessed for the speech & theatre program.
SLO 1: Students will produce effective informative presentations in a public speaking setting.
SLO 2: Students will produce effective persuasive presentations in a public speaking setting.
SLO 3: Students will formulate strategies for successful communication in small group settings.
SLO 4: Students will analyze and develop all aspects of a theatrical production.
SLO 5: Students will formulate strategies for effective communication in intercultural situations.