The Area of Speech Communication, and Theatre seeks to develop an awareness of the methods and techniques necessary for the continual improvement of human communication as a social and professional tool. Courses are designed to help students understand the methods and techniques used by the media systems, to assist students in their understanding and appreciation of cultural heritages, and to help them develop strong and healthy relationships. The University has two theaters which serve as laboratories for instruction and facilities for University-sponsored theatrical productions. Faculty and students participate in prominent theatrical organizations. A minor in Speech Communication, and Theatre requires the completion of 18 semester credit hours in addition to SPE 103, Interpersonal Communication, from the Liberal Studies Requirements. Students may concentrate in any of the three components.