The College of Arts and Communication offers opportunities for expanding your creative talents and aesthetic awareness and developing your communication skills and understanding of the mass media in today's society. Students in the College acquire these skills and understandings through course work and participation in varied college activities.
You are invited to attend plays, concerts, and exhibits, to audition for roles in the theatre productions, to participate in musical ensembles and to gain first-hand experience in areas of radio, television, film and print media. Many opportunities are available to volunteer and gain valuable experience. Your involvements in the arts and communication fields will enrich your total college life.
If you choose to take courses in the arts and communication, you will be encouraged to discover and talents. Your work with faculty will enable you to reach creative and analytical goals and to develop the perceptions, production skills and reflective dispositions which characterize professionals in your chosen discipline. Students in the College find a wide range of possibilities for participation in addition to opportunities to specialize in areas of particular interest. The production studios, rehearsal rooms, stages and media labs are busy and congenial places at all hours.
Students in Communication make use of a number of facilities and programs. Cable 6, the on-campus TV station, provides opportunities for experience in television production, direction and performance. Radio broadcasting facilities are available at WSUW, the campus radio station. The Journalism program offers opportunities to work on the Royal Purple, the student newspaper, as well as several computer labs, a photography lab and a journalism reading room. Students in Art, Music, Theatre and Dance take advantage of the facilities in the Center of the Arts, including carefully designed and fully equipped studios, shops and rehearsal rooms for artists, dancers, musicians, actors and theatre technicians. The Crossman Gallery, the Barnett and Experimental Theatres, and the Recital Hall provide beautiful settings for your exhibition, theatre performance, dance, or music concert. A number of interdisciplinary programs allow students in the college to interact and collaborate on professional projects. The adjacent new Young Auditorium is an acoustically excellent performance facility with 1200 seats.
Students are encouraged to work closely with their adviser to make the best choices for their personal and career goals from the wide array of course possibilities available. Graduates from the college have an excellent placement rate, moving into employment opportunities that use their well-developed talents and skills.
The Student Design Association, organized in 1992, accommodates the professional interests of students in the graphic design field. The organization sponsors opportunities to interact with professionals in graphic design and provides a forum for students to discuss techniques and skills involved in the design process.
The Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) is the student organization specifically for public relations students. The organization provides students with opportunities to use their writing and speaking skills, to build their leadership skills, to network with professionals, to attend workshops and conferences, to compete in case studies, and to make new friends.
The Royal Purple, an independent student newspaper, offers student journalists opportunities in writing, editing, sales, photography, layout, and management.
Society for Professional Journalists provides opportunities for interacting with practicing journalists and being introduced to the issues which the media confront.
Wisconsin Alpha Chapter of the National Association of Parliamentarians is the first student chapter recognized by the NAP. It provides service opportunities and further parliamentary training.
Society of Organizational Communication was organized to provide a forum for students interested in organizational communication.
The International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE) promotes the appreciation of jazz and its artistic performance, helps organize jazz curricula in schools, and fosters the application of jazz principles at all levels of education. Membership is open to any student interested in jazz.
The Symphonic Wind Ensemble plays the finest wind/percussion literature representing all musical periods and is open by audition to qualified students. The Symphonic Wind Ensemble annually tours in the spring and makes several appearances on campus.
The Concert Band plays a wide variety of band music and performs several concerts during the spring semester. It is open to all students with previous band experience.
The Warhawk Marching Band provides entertainment for all home football games and usually makes one trip per year. It is open to all students with either instrumental or flag corps experience.
The Basketball Pep Band performs at home basketball games and is open to all university students.
The Jazz Bands give instrumentalists an opportunity to rehearse and perform the various styles of jazz band repertoire, and are open to all qualified students by audition.
The Concert Choir is a select group of mixed voices open by audition to qualified students. This group performs both traditional and contemporary literature, appearing in several concerts each year.
The Whitewater Symphony Orchestra performs literature for string orchestra and full orchestra. The orchestra makes several appearances on campus each year and performs with university choral groups and during the annual opera/musical production. It is open to all qualified students by audition.
The University-Community Chorus is a large choir dedicated to performing the great choral masterworks. At least one concert is performed each semester. Membership is open to singers from campus and community. Auditions are not required.
The Women's Chorale performs choral works written for female voices. It is open to singers by auditions held at the first of each semester. Concerts are given several times a year on campus.
Class Act, the jazz/show choir, sings many styles of popular music in concerts both on and off campus. It is open to all students by audition.
Instrumental ensembles give instrumentalists an opportunity to perform a wide variety of ensemble literature and are open to all students by audition. Ensembles include Brass Choir, Flute Choir and Percussion Ensemble. Small instrumental chamber music groups are also formed each year.
The University Players offer extracurricular experience in theatre and fellowship for all students interested in theatre production. Members direct dinner theatre productions and studio performances.
Summer Theatre: The Department of Theatre/Dance produces three plays in June, and July "in the round" in the Center of the Arts. All students and interested persons in the community are invited to try-out for roles or to participate in other aspects of production. Participants may earn from 1 to 6 credits by enrolling in the appropriate practicum course.
Children's Theatre/Touring Theatre: A play designed for children and family audiences is toured annually to elementary schools and public theatres in Wisconsin and northern Illinois.
Contemporary Dance: The annual dance concert is open to all students who demonstrate proficiency in dance. Men and women are invited to audition. It is presented each spring, featuring student performers and choreography by both faculty and students.
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia: This professional music fraternity for men was established on this campus in December 1966. Its purpose is to promote musical performance and wide participation in all types of worthwhile musical activity. It is open to all men on the campus who show an active interest in music.
Tau Phi Lambda: Membership in this organization is open to all students interested in music, regardless of their major. Members engage in various service projects and social functions.
Theta Alpha Phi: Wisconsin Delta chapter of this national honorary dramatic fraternity was installed at Whitewater in May 1950. Membership is earned through participation in all phases of theatrical production and evidence of a continuing interest in theatre.
BACHELOR OF ARTS (BA)
BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS (BFA)
BACHELOR OF MUSIC (BM)
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (BS)
You may earn a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Fine Arts, a Bachelor of Music or a Bachelor of Science from the College of Arts and Communication. To be eligible to graduate as an Art, Music or Theatre major, you must have a minimum grade point of 2.5 in the upper level courses within your major. A 2.00 cumulative GPA is required to declare the Speech Communication major. A minimum 2.25 GPA is required in the major for graduation. The major GPA is based upon both the grades for courses completed at UW-W and those for courses accepted in transfer. Transfer students need a transfer 2.00 GPA to declare the major. To be eligible to graduate as a Journalism major, you must have a grade point of 2.00. Successful completion of a minimum of one hundred twenty (120) credits in the following areas is required:
Also, within the selection of general education courses, each B.A. student must choose a minimum of 12 credits in the Humanities. (A range of 6-15 credits is allowed)
All students must complete 4 credits in at least two of the arts areas outside the major, or 2 credits in one of the arts areas outside the major and the course 100-215 Fine Arts in Western Culture. One history course must also be selected from 740-130, 740-131, 740-154, 740-155 or 740-340.
Students in the BA degree must complete a minimum of 70 credits outside the major.
Major 34-75 credits: The number of credits required for a major varies with the different departments and the particular major desired. Consult the following sections of this bulletin devoted to departmental major offerings.
Minor 22-24 credits: Requirements for a minor vary with the different departments and with the minor desired. The College of Arts and Communication accepts most University minors including the Professional Minor in Business Studies. A minor is not required with a major of 54 or more credits. Consult the following departmental sections for these offerings.
Writing Proficiency in Major: This requirement is determined by each department.
General Electives For the remainder of the 120 credits, you will be free to plan with your adviser a program best suited to your needs and interests. If you meet the prerequisites stated by the respective departments, you are free to choose your elective courses from any college in the university.
MAJOR - 40 CREDITS
Writing Proficiency Requirement: Consult adviser (ENGL 680-370 recommended)
Electives bring the total to a minimum of 120 credits. In either Option I or II of the Individually Designed Major you will choose as an adviser a faculty member whose competence is in the area of your interest. Together with the adviser you will plan the major and submit in writing to the College Individualized Major/Minor Committee for its approval a proposed list of courses, a schedule plan and a statement of the rationale and goals of the major program. The major should be approved, with the possibility of subsequent amendment, no later than the end of the sophomore year. Any later approval may result in additional semesters of study. Your program must be planned and approved in advance of admission to the major. Any changes in your major at a later date will require written permission from the Individualized Major/Minor Committee.
Under either Option I or II you may count at most 24 credits from any one department for fulfillment of total degree requirements. The Individualized Major/Minor Committee will carefully review a student's proposed courses to assure a reasonable depth of study beyond the general survey level. One-half of the credits earned for the major must be taken within the College of Arts and Communication. A concentration of course work within the College of Arts and Communication will meet the needs of students interested in interdisciplinary fine arts studies and those wishing to combine fine arts courses with a combination of any other college's courses. Primary supervision of the major rests with the Individualized Major/Minor Committee.
MINOR - 24 CREDITS
A statement of the content, nature and rationale of your proposed individualized minor must be approved by your major department. If fifteen or more credits of your minor are to be taken in any one department of the College of Arts and Communication, your proposed minor shall be approved by that department as well as your major department. Further, the proposed minor shall be sent to the Office of the Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Communication for the Dean's referral to the College Individualized Major/Minor Committee for its approval.
The minor should be prepared early in your college career, preferably before your junior year. At least 12 credits of the courses proposed for your minor must be earned after your plan is approved. Any subsequent changes in your minor must be approved by the Individualized Major/Minor Committee.
The responsibility for certifying that you have met the requirements of your minor rests with the Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Communication.