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Performance and Communication Arts, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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Theatre studies engage students in critical inquiry into previous performances and previous performance texts, as well as artistic engagement with the craft of producing original texts and performances. Performance studies, a broader term, includes theatre studies, but also encompasses a broader array of performance behaviors, including (among others) the performance of gender, the performance of self in everyday life, the performance of texts other than plays, ritual performances, and political performances, both mainstream and activist.

Rhetorical studies focus on the use of symbols to alter attitudes and induce others to act in a particular manner, and students engaged in rhetorical studies are challenged to critically examine previous attempts at persuasion, as well as to creatively enter into the production of original persuasive messages. Communication studies, a broader term, includes rhetorical studies, but also encompasses a broader array of communication behaviors in a broader variety of contexts, including among others interpersonal communication, small group communication, and intercultural communication.

The department's Performance and Communication Arts major at St. Lawrence University is designed to enable students to pursue their interests passionately and in-depth. However, we are also committed to a philosophy that emphasizes both depth and breadth of study and, accordingly, the curriculum requires majors to enroll in courses that span the various areas of inquiry. Thus, majors explore the rhetorical and communicative dimensions of performance and the performative dimensions of rhetoric and communication.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Beginning Acting. 
  • Rhetoric and Public Speaking .
  • Introduction to Theatre. 
  • Introduction to Communication Studies  
  • Communication & Performance Research Methods.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements


  • Common Application
  • $60 application fee or fee waiver
  • Official copy of your high school transcript
  • Official standardized exam scores (optional)
  • Counselor letter of recommendation
  • Two academic recommendations from teachers who have taught you in high school
  • Resume (optional)
  • SAT or ACT official test score report (or certified copy). 
  • Teacher recommendation letter
  • St. Lawrence University financial aid form (we do not require CSS or ISFAA)
  • St. Lawrence waives the application fee for all international students. Please indicate on the Common Application the fee waiver status when you submit your application.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14580 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 58330 USD for the full programme and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    14580 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 58330 USD for the full programme and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for New York City

  • 1819 - 3970 USD/month
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