Department of Communication Studies, Dance, and Theatre

In the Department of Communication Studies, Dance, and Theatre, you’ll learn to identify and explain various communication theories and apply them to understand texts, events, relationships, messages, or settings. You’ll practice communicating clearly and ethically in a variety of contexts and formats (written, visual, oral, and mediated). Identify how communication and media institutions shape selected dimensions of social life (politics, law, ethics, gender, or culture).


We offer a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in communication studies and theatre. We also offer minors in public communication and public relations/advertising. We also offer minors in dance and theatre (production and performance). You’ll be able to participate in our Margaret Hill Visiting Artist Series, which includes master classes, lectures, and lunches with renowned artists such as Glenn Close, Sigourney Weaver, and Audra McDonald.


The faculty in the Department of Communication Studies, Dance, and Theatre is comprised of accomplished experts and scholars who match their passion for their subjects with a dedication to teaching and mentoring. The faculty specializes in a wide range of areas in human communication: rhetoric, media, public relations, and interpersonal/intercultural relationships. In performing arts programs, instructors specialize in different elements (acting, directing, production) and techniques (ballet, modern, jazz, tap) of performance.


You’ll find our communication studies alumnae achieving great things all over the country, and as part of the Saint Mary’s sisterhood, they serve as valuable professional connections. Our graduates have pursued advanced degrees at the DePaul University, University of Southern California, University of New Orleans, and Indiana University Maurer School of Law. With a degree in communication studies, you’ll be well prepared for graduate school, as well as a diverse range of careers, including public relations, event planning, marketing, social media coordination, and journalism. Our theatre alumnae have earned graduate degrees from University of Virginia, The New School in New York City, University of Alabama, and University of Dayton Law School. Others have accepted positions in stage management, scenic design, acting, teaching, and theatre management.