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The AA in Speech/Theatre is an associate degree in general studies with an emphasis on either speech or theatre that is designed to allow the student to transfer courses in the degree to any state university.  The communications field is wide and varied as it can relate to business, retail, public relations, journalism, law, and English.  Elective courses included but not limited to in this study are : Introduction to Mass Media Communications, Public Speaking, Oral Communications, News and Feature Writing, Introduction to Logic, Ethics, Diversity in the Media, Introduction to Film Studies, Theatre Appreciation, Fiction to Film, Human Relations, and International Relations.


Theatre at East Central College offers a student courses that afford the student opportunities to learn in class and work onstage, backstage, and in the scene shop.  The main stage community theatre schedules 5 stage shows per year that include three musicals affording a student ample opportunities to audition and work in a variety of stage settings including the full stage productions, readers theatre, an actor’s showcase, and black box.  Courses offered transfer to most universities as entry-level course work offering the student valuable skill sets, vocabulary, history, and hands-on experience. 

It is our philosophy that training in the performing arts develops imagination, critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills that prepare students for all fields. Department productions enable students and the community to pursue lifelong learning by exploring the forms of expressions through which we interpret ourselves and the world.   Elective courses included in study of theatre are: Acting I and II, Beginning and Intermediate Directing, Theatre Practicum Drama and Theatre Practicum Musical Production, Theatre Appreciation, Introduction to Film Studies, Drama as Literature, and Introduction to Shakespeare.


Common Learning Objectives:

Practice ethics responsibility when working with others.

Emphasize the need for effective collaborate with others involved in the production process mastering vocabulary in all areas of design, directing, acting, and technical communication.

Master creative thinking through learned skill sets and utilize critical thinking to analyze the work created as necessary for a team production approach.

Admission Requirements:

Students must have completed/submit:

--High school diploma or equivalent (documentation sent to the registration office)

--Application for admission

--A placement test as specified by East Central College (Please note: Some coursework requires minimum placement results)

Transfer Opportunities

Earning the AA Theatre degree will ensure a smoother transfer as a junior to a Missouri state university and to most private universities in studies for the performing arts or technical theatre.  The general education and theatre courses are designed to provide easy transfer to fulfill your freshman/sophomore course requirements.  In speech your general education courses transfer and a most of your electives if you select them under advisement from the transfer institution.  In all cases it is absolutely necessary to seek advisement directly from your transfer institution to ensure that you are fulfilling the proper requirements.


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Program of Study

The following is an example of course schedule that may be subject to change.  Please review the online college schedule at for the most current course offerings and options.

Fall Semester – 1 st Year

FS 1000/New Student Orientation-0

FS 1001/Foundation Seminar-1

EN 1223 English Comp I or

EN 1343 English Comp I Honors-3

Theatre or Speech Elective (Acting I or Theatre Practicum)-3

MT 1403 – College Algebra  (H, M)-3

CT 1303 Theatre Appreciation (G, V)- 3

CT 1003 Oral Communications or CT 1103 Public Speaking-3

Total: 16                                                                                                      


Spring Semester – 1 st Year

EN 1333 English Comp II or

EN 1343 English Comp II Honors-3 

HI 1000/PS 1000 Constitutions Study Module- 0

CS 1003 Micro Computer Applications or

CS 1003/1013 Survey of CIS (H,M)-3

SO 1103 General Sociology (G,V)-3

Theatre Elective AA: Intro to Film (G,V)                                                      

Speech Elective AA: Intro to Mass Media Communications (G, V)-3

Theatre or Speech Elective (Acting II or Theatre Practicum)-3

Total: 15  


Fall Semester – 2 nd Year

SC1000 – Lab Safety-0

Science with Lab (Life or Physical)  (H, M, V)-5

PE Physical Education Requirement-1

Social Behavior-3

Theatre or Speech Elective-3

Theatre or Speech Elective-3

Total: 15


Spring Semester – 2 nd Year

Science w/o Lab (Life or Physical), opposite previous science-3

Humanities Elective ( Writing Skill Area) (W)-3

History/HI 1000 Constitutions Study Module (W)-3

Humanities Elective-3

Theatre or Speech Elective-3

Theatre or Speech Elective-3

Total: 18

Note:   Students seeking to earn the AA with theatre emphasis are urged to take Acting, Directing, and Theatre Practicum which provide a complete picture the theatrical production process.

Note:  Students seeking to earn the AA with speech emphasis are urged to take courses appropriate to the student’s particular area of emphasis.  Please discuss this with your advisor.


Theatre/Speech Electives:

  • CT 1003: Oral Communications
  • CT 1033: Intro to Mass Media
  • Communication
  • CT 1103: Public Speaking
  • CT 1123: Introduction to Film Studies
  • CT 1403: Beginning Acting
  • CT 2003: Beginning Directing
  • CT 2223: Intermediate Directing
  • CT 2503: Acting II
  • CT 2801: Theatre Practicum-Musical Prod
  • CT 2802: Theatre Practicum-Musical Prod
  • CT 2803: Theatre Practicum-MusicalProd 
  • CT 2811: Adv Theatre Pract-Musical Prod
  • CT 2812: Adv Theatre Pract-Musical Prod
  • CT 2813: Adv Theatre Pract-Musical Prod
  • CT 2821: Theatre Practicum-Drama Prod
  • CT 2822: Theatre Practicum-Drama Prod
  • CT 2823: Theatre Practicum-Drama Prod
  • CT 2831: Adv Theatre Pract-Drama Prod
  • CT 2832: Adv Theatre Pract-Drama Prod
  • CT 2833: Adv Theatre Pract-Drama Prod
  • CT 2861: Acting Practicum
  • CT 2901: Acting Practicum
  • PR 1003: Intro to Philosophy
  • PR 1203: Hist of Mod Philos
  • PR 1303: Living Wrld Relig
  • PR 2103: Ethics
  • PR 2403: Biblical Lit I:OT
  • PR 2503: Biblical Lit II:OT
  • PR 2603: Biblical Lit III:NT
  • PY 1103: General Psychology





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