Course of Study for Theatre Majors and Minors

A major in theatre consists of a minimum of thirty-six hours. This includes a required core of twenty-four hours.

110 Introduction to the Theatre (3hr)
130 Dynamics of Voice and Movement (3hr)
140 Acting I (3hr)
150 Introduction to Design & Production (4hr)
250 Theatrical Scene Design or 251 Costume & Makeup Design or 252 Lighting (3hr)
310 History of Western Theatre I (3hr)
311 History of Western Theatre II (3hr)
341 Directing I (3hr)

Four semesters of THE 100 or three semesters of THE 100 plus THE 110L also are required. Majors must choose their remaining courses from offerings at the 200 level or higher listed in theatre, or DCE 202, 203 or 223.  Theatre majors are also required to take one course in dramatic literature.  No more than 3 hours of THE 294 may be counted toward the 36 hours required for the major; up to a maximum of 9 hours or three courses of THE 294 may be counted beyond the 36 hours in the major.

Those who plan to be theatre majors are urged to begin their studies during their first year.  A minimum grade of 2.0 in all theatre courses attempted is required for graduation.  Majors should consult with their advisers about additional regulations.

Theatre Minors

A minor in theatre requires twenty hours:

110 Introduction to the Theatre (3hr)
140 Acting I (3hr)
150 Introduction to Design & Production (4hr)
310 History of Western Theatre I or 311 History of Western Theatre II (3hr)
One THE elective at the 200 level or higher or DCE 202, 203 or 223
One course in dramative literature
Two semesters of THE 100 or one semester of THE 100 plus THE 110L

Catalog Listing of courses

Departmental Honors

Highly qualified majors (Departmental GPA of 3.3, overall GPA of 3.0) are invited by the department to apply for admission to the honors program in theatre. To be graduated with the designation “Honors in Theatre”, a student must successfully complete THE 399 (3hr) with a grade of B or better.  Honors projects may consist of a) a research paper of exceptional quality; b) a creative project in playwriting or design; or c) a directing or acting project.  The Theatre Honors project must be presented and defended before the departmental Honors Committee. The Department can furnish Honors candidates with complete information on preparation and completion of projects.

Double Majors

Some Theatre majors wish to double major. Such a plan of study should be prepared in consultation with advisers from both major areas from the earliest possible opportunity. Theatre students have found it possible to successfully double major in any other subject with the exception of Music and Art.

Study Abroad

Many Theatre majors are interested in study abroad programs and we encourage and support that. Students should be aware of course sequences and rotating class offerings as they plan their studies. Theatre majors will generally study abroad in their sophomore year.