The ECU Communication and Performance Studies program offers three degree concentrations to students in Communication and Performance Studies. The Communication Department studies the ways human communication impact individuals, societies, and the world. Communication and Performance Studies majors participate in a broad variety of activities. They perform and teach stage productions, represent the University in intercollegiate speech and debate competition, and participate in the American College Theatre Festival. Majors may choose from the following concentrations: Communication Studies, Theatre, or Musical Theatre. Minors are offered in Communication Studies and Theatre.

Musical Theatre
The Communication and Performance Studies - Musical Theatre concentration prepares students to enter Musical Theatre. This concentration is designed not just for performers but for educators, directors, and possibly musical directors or conductors with a secondary major in Music. Musical Theatre majors study acting, movement, and voice. They enjoy performing in ensembles and main stage musicals. Musical Theatre majors develop skills and professional attitudes while learning about both theoretical and practical aspects of the field. While the Musical Theatre concentration requires minimal study in technical aspects of theatre, it does not prepare students to become theatre technicians. Students interested in technical theatre should consider the Communication & Performance Studies - Theatre concentration.

The Communication and Performance Studies - Theatre concentration prepares ECU students interested in acting, technical theatre, dramatic arts, and theatre management to enter those fields. The Theatre concentration requires study and work in all aspects of theatre. Students interested in performing learn (and work on) the technical aspects that make their performance possible. Students interested in technical theatre step onstage. This broad background enables each to appreciate the other, creates a "teamwork" culture in theatre, and prepares students to enter the world of professional or educational theatre in a number of capacities. The Theatre concentration also prepares students for graduate study in Theatre. Theatre majors prepare four main productions each academic year and also support an active studio theatre season.



Degree Options

Communication and Performance Studies (General)
Theatre Concentration
Musical Theatre Concentration

Minors Offered
- Minor in Communication and Performance Studies (Communication)
- Minor in Communication and Performance Studies (Theatre)

What can I do with a Theatre degree?
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