Female Faculty Member teaching

Theatre Minor

Welcome to the Department of Rhetoric, Communication and Theatre!

We offer communication courses that feature performance activities and emphasize the theory, history, and criticism of rhetorical communication. Our experienced faculty members will help you achieve personal fulfillment, civic engagement, and career success.

In addition to providing public speaking classes for hundreds of St. John's students each semester, we also offer a major in Rhetoric and Public Address and several minor programs of study. 

Degree Type
Area of Interest
The Arts
Associated Colleges or Schools
Program Location
  • Queens Campus
Required Credit Hours



SPE 1000C or HON 1020C Public Speaking for the College Student
RCT 1540 Introduction to Acting I
RCT 2110 Oral Interpretation 
RCT 2540 Introduction to Acting II

Electives (two chosen):

RCT 1050 Fundamentals of Speech Production
RCT 1520 Creating Theatre
RCT 1560 Playwriting: Writing for Stage Performance
RCT 1575 Theatre Laboratory: Stagecraft
RCT 1580 Theatre Laboratory: Acting
RCT 1585 Theatre Laboratory: Directing
RCT 1590 Theatre Workshop

Only academic programs approved by NYSED are eligible for federal and state aid: NYS Inventory of Registered Programs http://www.nysed.gov/heds/IRPSL1.html.  Minors are not recognized by NYSED therefore associated courses are only eligible for federal or state aid consideration when required by a major or when also used to satisfy a core or general elective requirement.

Contact Us

Jeremiah Hickey, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair
[email protected]

Michelle Semetis
Department Chair Secretary
St. John Hall, Room 344
[email protected]

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