The Communication Arts and Theatre Department is dedicated to the creative and critical study of communication, with special emphasis on theatre, rhetoric, and media. The curriculum offers opportunities for the performance, practice, in-depth study, and analysis of texts and techniques in each of these spheres. Students engage in production, performance, and critical cultural studies, with the objective of becoming competent and engaged artists/scholars in their fields. The department’s liberal arts emphasis encourages students to develop habits of engaged citizenship, thoughtful professionalism, and a meaningful private life.

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Welcome from the Chair

It’s a great pleasure to introduce you to the Department of Communication Arts and Theatre at Allegheny College. Within the award-winning Vukovich Center for Communication Arts we house four interconnected areas of specialization – Media Studies, Rhetoric, Theatre, and Video Production – with 15 teachers committed to undergraduate liberal arts education. We firmly believe that each area feeds the others and so we encourage students to pursue their own critical and creative pathways.

We are teachers, scholars, and artists committed to exploring the impact of communication across disciplines, cultures, and communities. Students appreciate that faculty carefully craft courses and willingly adapt curricular plans to effectively reach students. Our teachers also incorporate their research and creative work into the classroom. You can learn about recent scholarly and artistic achievements as you look at individual faculty pages.

Students value Communication Arts and Theatre courses because they focus on active learning, interdisciplinary perspectives, and critical interrogation of everyday life. They examine a wide range of disciplines and develop cognitive tools to apply to any career path. In addition to structured courses, our students work with faculty on individual and joint research projects that have led to campus and conference presentations, journal articles, books, performances, documentaries, and independent films. Of equal importance are internships; recent work includes work with Food and Water Watch, the Philadelphia Eagles, New York Public Theatre’s Shakespeare in the Park, and INTAR.

One thing you’ll notice if you visit the Vukovich Center is that we are a noisy bunch; impromptu and informal conversations fill the hallways. Learning and advising don’t stop when a class or scheduled appointment ends. You’ll find faculty, students, and staff chatting in offices and classrooms, doorways and hallways, and in theatres and studios. I invite you to jump in.

Michael Mehler,
Associate Professor and Chair

Major & Minor Programs

Exploring the complexities of communication through the study of rhetoric, mass media, and theatre.

  • Double majors and self-designed majors encouraged
  • Co-curricular experience expected

Major in Communication

Exploring the creative and critical study of human communication, with special emphasis on rhetoric and mass media through theory and practice. Forty-five semester hours (typically 12 courses).

Major in Theatre

Exploring the dramatic expression of a given culture through theory and practice. Nine specified courses and up to four electives (41-49 semester hours, typically 11-13 courses).


  • Communication: at least 24 semester hours of graded courses in communications.
  • Theatre: at least 24 semester hours of graded courses in theatre.