Theatre Degree Requirements

Each student acquires a balance of performance, backstage and technical work; leadership skills in arts management, directing and choreography; and historical/theoretical knowledge of the performing arts and the entertainment industry.

The theatre major requires 17 to 20 courses (43 to 49 semester hours).

Students choose from among the following courses:

  • Introduction to Performing Arts (required)
  • Senior Thesis Project in Theatre (required)
  • Senior Seminar: Building a Career in Theatre¬†¬†(required)
  • Acting I
  • Stagecraft
  • Theatre History
  • Listening: A Survey of Western Music
  • Production Practical
  • Rehearsal and Performance/Theatre
  • Topic: Scenic Design
  • Topic: Lighting Design
  • Methods of Directing
  • Arts Management
  • Stage Management
  • Modern Dance Technique I and II
  • Dance Technique
  • Topic: Advanced Stagecraft
  • Topic: Scenic Design
  • Topic: Lighting Design
  • Acting II
  • Improvisational Theatre
  • Acting Shakespeare
  • Acting Styles
  • Getting the Part: Monologues and Audition Techniques
  • Introduction to Music Theory
  • Rehearsal and Performance: Theatre/Student
  • Marginalized Voices: Women Playwrights
  • Topics in Theatre or Dance
  • Independent Study in Theatre or Dance

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