Theatre and Dance

The theatre and dance major provides a program of interdisciplinary study that prepares students for a wide range of careers in the performing arts, including performance, stage management, arts management, producing, directing, choreography, teaching and writing, creative arts therapy, and entertainment law.
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The requirements listed on these pages may change by the year as programs and courses are added or altered. Archived Academic Catalogs for previous years can be viewed in pdf form here. These documents contains the specific academic requirements pertaining to those who entered the College before the 2015-16 year.

Theatre and Dance Major

Students will gain experience in peer leadership and creative process, while developing skills in acting, dancing, and design techniques. Hands-on learning is supported and enriched by the study of history and theory, which informs the interpretive technique of the performer and fosters intellectual curiosity and cross- cultural awareness.

The theatre and dance major serves students with strong problem-solving skills and a sense of discipline and personal responsibility.

The total number of courses required for the major is 18-23 (43-49 semester hours).

REQUIRED COURSES

All of the following (8 sem. hrs.)

THDA 100 Introduction to Performing Arts (4 sem. hrs.)
THDA 401 Senior Thesis Project in Theatre and Dance (3 sem. hrs.)
THDA 402 Senior Seminar: Building a Career in Theatre and Dance (1 sem. hr.)

PRODUCTION, PERFORMANCE AND PERFORMANCE THEORY
Two of the following (6 sem. hrs.)

DANC 106 Get Moving! (3 sem. hrs.)
THEA 128 Acting One (3 sem. hrs.)
THDA 130 Introduction to Technical Production (3 sem. hrs.)

The following (for a total of 6 sem. hrs.)

THDA 225 or 325 Production Practical (1-3 sem. hrs.)

AND any combination of below courses:
DANC 281 Rehearsal and Performance/Dance (1-3 sem. hrs.)
DANC 350 Advanced Rehearsal and Performance/Dance (1-3 sem. hrs.)
THEA 280 Rehearsal and Performance/Theatre (1-3 sem. hrs.)
THEA 350 Advanced Rehearsal and Performance/Theatre (1-3 sem. hrs.)

One of the following (3 sem. hrs.)

DANC 325 Dance Composition and Laban Movement Analysis (3 sem. hrs.)
THEA 338 Methods of Directing (3 sem. hrs.)
THDA 220 Principles of Design (3 sem. hrs.)

THDA 225 or 325 Production Practical is REQUIRED of all students majoring in Theatre and Dance.

TECHNIQUE AND SKILLS TRAINING
One of the following (6 sem. hrs.)
EITHER a combination of the following (for a total of 6 sem. hrs.)

THEA 200 Acting Two (3 sem. hrs.)
THEA 330 Improvisational Theatre (1 sem. hr.)
THEA 331 Acting Shakespeare (1 sem. hr.)
THEA 332 Acting Styles (1 sem. hr.)
THEA 333 Getting the Part: Monologues and Audition Techniques (1 sem. hr.)

OR a combination of the following, repeated (for a total of 6 sem. hrs.)

DANC 205 Modern Dance Technique I (2 sem. hrs.)
DANC 206 Ballet Technique I (2 sem. hrs.)
DANC 209 Jazz Dance Technique (1 sem. hr.)
DANC 305 Modern Dance Technique II (2 sem. hrs.)
DANC 306 Ballet Technique II (2 sem. hrs.)
DANC 330 Pointe Technique (1 sem. hr.)
Students must take classes in at least two different dance genres to satisfy this requirement.

OR

THDA 285 Topics in Theatre or Dance (for a total of 6 sem. hrs.)

One of the following (3 sem. hrs.)

THEA 255 Stage Management (3 sem. hrs.)
THDA 201 Arts Management (3 sem. hrs.)

MUSIC/THEATRE/DANCE/HISTORY
All of the following (9 sem. hrs.)

DANC 316 Dance History (3 sem. hrs.)
MUS 112 Listening: A Survey of Western Music (3 sem. hrs.)
THEA 315 Theatre History (3 sem. hrs.)

ELECTIVES
Two of the following (3-7 sem. hrs.)

MUS 145 Introduction to Music Theory (3 sem. hrs.)
THEA 320 Marginalized Voices: Women Playwrights (3 sem. hrs.)
THDA 285/385 Topics in Theatre or Dance (2-4 sem. hrs.)
THDA 399 Independent Study in Theatre or Dance (1-3 sem. hrs.)
Any dramatic literature course
Any studio art course
Any art history course
Any faculty-approved music course

INTERNSHIP
The following (2-4 sem. hrs.)

THDA 390 Internships in Theatre or Dance (2-4 sem. hrs.)

Dance Minor

The minor in dance allows the student to explore theoretical, historical, compositional, performance, and production elements of the discipline of dance within a multidisciplinary framework.

The total number of courses required for the minor is 9-12 (22-25 semester hours).

REQUIRED COURSES

All of the following (8-10 sem. hrs.)

DANC 106 Get Moving! (3 sem. hrs.)
THDA 100 Introduction to Performing Arts (4 sem. hrs.)
THDA 225 or 325 Production Practical (1-3 sem. hrs.)

TECHNIQUE AND PERFORMANCE COURSES (8-9 sem. hrs.)
Technique: (A combination of the following for a total of 5-6 sem. hrs.)

DANC 205 Modern Dance Technique I (2 sem. hrs.)
DANC 206 Ballet Technique I (2 sem. hrs.)
DANC 209 Jazz Dance Technique (1 sem. hr.)
DANC 305 Modern Dance Technique II (2 sem. hrs.)
DANC 306 Ballet Technique II (2 sem. hrs.)
Students must take classes in at least two different genres to satisfy this requirement.

Performance: (for a total of 3 sem. hrs.)

DANC 281 Rehearsal and Performance/Dance (1-3 sem. hrs.)
and/or DANC 350 Advanced Rehearsal and Performance/Dance (1-3 sem. hrs.)

THEORY AND CREATIVE PROCESS COURSES (3 sem. hrs.)
One of the following:

DANC 316 Dance History (3 sem. hrs.)
DANC 325 Dance Composition and Laban Movement Analysis (3 sem. hrs.)

ELECTIVES (3 sem. hrs.)
One of the following:

THDA 201 Arts Management (3 sem. hrs.)
THEA 255 Stage Management (3 sem. hrs.)
or any faculty-approved DANC, THEA, MUS, ARTS, VART or ARTH course

Theatre Minor

Associate Professor S. Easter, Coordinator

You may enjoy this minor for its own sake as you explore interests outside your major field, or consider it as a special application of concentrated studies in such fields as education, history, literature and writing, psychology, sociology, visual art, art history, management, philosophy, or film and media studies.
The total number of courses required for the minor is 7 courses of 2-4 semester hours (21-23 semester hours).

REQUIRED COURSES

All of the following (13 sem. hrs.)

THEA 128 Acting One (3 sem. hrs)
THEA 315 Theatre History (3 sem. hrs)
THDA 100 Introduction to Performing Arts (4 sem. hrs)
THDA 130 Introduction to Technical Production (3 sem. hrs)

Three of the following (8-10 sem. hrs.)

THEA 200 Acting Two (3 sem. hrs)
THEA 255 Stage Management (3 sem. hrs)
THEA 280 Rehearsal and Performance/Theatre
and/or THEA 350 Advanced Rehearsal and Performance/Theatre (for a total of 3 sem. hrs)
THEA 320 Marginalized Voices: Women Playwrights (3 sem. hrs)
THEA 338 Methods of Directing (3 sem. hrs)
THDA 201 Arts Management (3 sem. hrs.)
THDA 225 Production Practical (for a total of 3 sem. hrs)
THDA 285/385 Topics in Theatre or Dance (2-4 sem. hrs)
Or any faculty-approved course in THEA or THDA

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