Theatre Major & Minor Requirements

Theatre Major & Minor Requirements

Theatre Major

Learn More about Theatre Majors

There are three areas of emphasis to choose from within the Theatre Major. They are Performance Emphasis, Design & Tech Emphasis, and Integrated Emphasis.

Performance Emphasis

The Performance emphasis prepares graduates to pursue further studies as an actor or director. Acting and directing classes are small, almost always with 16 or fewer students, so you’ll get lots of one-on-one instruction. The curriculum offers a sequence of courses that will guide you to augment your own abilities by examining and applying techniques and methods of past and current masters. With these explorations, you will be encouraged to develop independently as a critical thinker and risk-taker and as a collaborative creative artist.

To learn more about the Performance Emphasis and its requirements, read on.

Design Technology Emphasis

The Design Technology emphasis prepares students who to pursue advanced studies as scenic, costume, and lighting designers and technicians. With nearly 100 years of combined design and technical experience among the faculty and staff, students will benefit from a wealth of knowledge.  Studio class sizes are small, often with fewer than 15 students, so you will also benefit from personal attention.  The curriculum offers a sequence of courses which examines and applies techniques of design concepts in each major area as well as construction and execution for stage production. With these explorations, the student is encouraged to develop independently as a critical thinker and risk-taker and as a collaborative creative artist.

To learn more about the Design Technology Emphasis and its requirements, read on.

Integrated Emphasis

Integrated Theatre Studies enables you to pursue a broad course of studies in each area of production. This option is especially appropriate for students if you wish to pursue a career in stage or theatre management, educational theatre, or theatre for youth. This curriculum offers courses which require theoretical and practical experience in all areas of theatre.

To learn more about the Design Technology Emphasis and its requirements, read on.

Theatre Minor

Why choose a Minor in Theatre?

A minor in Theatre Arts requires a total of 22 or 23 credits, including study in each basic category of the discipline: theory/criticism, history, performance, technical crafts, design, and practical application. The student may also study in additional areas of his or her own choosing. All required courses are currently offered in the division's program of study.
The requirements are as follows:
THEATRE 102 Introduction to Theatre
THEATRE 108 Theatre Practicum (2 enrollments, 1 must be for one credit; 2nd can be for 0 or 1 credit, depending on credit load the semester it is taken)
THEATRE 112 Fundamentals of Acting
THEATRE 270 Fundamentals of Theatre Design
Select ONE: THEATRE 211 Theatre Production, THEATRE 277 Costume Construction, or THEATRE 370 Stage Makeup (Prerequisite: THEATRE 270)
Select ONE: THEATRE 202 Understanding Plays: Script Analysis, THEATRE 215 Theatre History I, THEATRE 325 Theatre History II*, or THEATRE 416 Modern Theatre* (*Prerequisite for THEATRE 325 & 416 is THEATRE 215 or consent of instructor)
Select TWO additional courses from the Theatre & Dance Division's curriculum (6 credits total)

For more information about a minor in theatre, contact the Division of Theatre.