Speech and Media/Theatre Minor

Description and Rationale. The Department of Communication and Theatre Arts offers minors in Speech and Media, Theatre, or a combined minor in Speech, Theatre and Media Studies. The minor in Speech and Media is designed to help students gain confidence and power through enhancing the effectiveness of their communication performance and analysis. The Theatre minor is designed to allow students to explore their theatrical talent and to experience great plays and films while developing a critical eye. The combined minor helps to develop communication skills and analysis as a speaker, a performer and a critic of communication while focusing students’ course selection on their interests. The classes in these minors provide unique learning opportunities such as becoming a cast or crew member in one of the department’s plays, getting a handle on news media, and learning video production techniques to create movies.

Minor coordinator.  Professor Seth Baumrin, Department of Communication and Theatre Arts (212.237.8130, sbaumrin@jjay.cuny.edu). Students interested in any of these minors should make an appointment with the advisor for guidance in tailoring their course selection to their needs and interests.  Students are encouraged to see the advisor by at least the first semester of their junior year but preferably as soon as an interest is developed in one of these minors. 


Requirements for a Speech and Media Minor. Students must complete 18 credits in speech, including the required SPE 113 course.  Up to 6 credits can be earned by taking the department’s video production classes. For these courses, see the drama (DRA) course listings. 

Note: No more than 6 credits toward these minors may be transfer credits. Any of the drama courses can be used to fulfill the College's general education requirement in the fine arts.