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Communication & Performance


Storytelling, particularly here in East Tennessee, has come into its own over the past forty years, both as a performing art and as an important tool in allied professions such as theatre, education, business, ministry, health care, law, and more.

The power of storytelling is its ability to fuse intellect, emotion, and sensation in one stream of language and imagery. Most domains of scholarship, arts, or teaching contain essential storytelling components, whether in content or methodology. Whatever your field, you have got to know how to tell your stories!

The Storytelling Minor is an 18-hour interdisciplinary sequence with 4 required core courses:

  • STOR 2500 Intro to Storytelling (3)
    An introduction to the fields of traditional and contemporary storytelling, including aspects of traditional and original story performance, applied storytelling in professional settings, and history of oral storytelling into the present day.
  • STOR 3510 Storytelling II: Oral Traditional Storytelling (3)
     In-depth study and practice of oral traditional storytelling from the Appalachian region and other world folktale traditions.
  • STOR 4510 Storytelling III: Telling Personal Stories (3)
    Practicing the art of turning personal experiences into compelling narratives for stage performance as well as for various professional settings and occasions in everyday life.
  • STOR 4647/5647 Applied Storytelling: Storytelling for a Purpose (3) 
    Storytelling as a critical skill for professional applications including education, organizational leadership, sales and marketing, journalism, media, ministry, law, etc.

For course descriptions and schedules, see Storytelling in the course catalog.

6 credits to be approved by the student's minor advisor, and drawn from related courses in Education, Communication, Theater, English, Folklore, Anthropology/Sociology, Business and Marketing, History, Literature and Languages, etc. Approved electives from related departments may focus on storytelling as an element of culture, as a mode of transmitting content, or an aspects of the performance process. Examples include:

  • ANTH 2040 Folk Culture in the Modern World
  • ANTH 2150 American Folk Music
  • ANTH 3070 Medical Anthropology
  • ANTH 3250 Environmental Anthropology
  • APST 2060 Introduction to Appalachian Studies
  • ECED 3150 Creative Development of Young Children
  • ENGL 3280 Mythology
  • ENGL 3650 American Folklore
  • ENGL 4217 Irish/Scottish Literature
  • HIST 4167 History of Southern Appalachians
  • HIST 4207 Ancient Religions
  • JOUR 2050 History and Issues of Journalism
  • MGMT 3000 Organization Behavior and Management
  • MRKT 3200 Principles of Marketing
  • SPCH 3340 Rhetorical Criticism
  • SPCH 4200 Gender and Communication
  • THEA 2500 Creative Drama
  • THEA 2510 Acting I
  • THEA 3500 Voice and Diction

For course descriptions and schedules, see Storytelling in the course catalog.

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