The major in Theatre offers a broad-based liberal arts degree for the theatre generalist. The Theatre major prepares the student for further, more focused training in the theatrical arts through a wide variety of courses in performance arts, technical theatre, design arts, directing, theatre history, playwriting and dramatic literature. Students may focus their programs of study to some degree toward specific interests in these areas of theatre through the use of electives within the major.
Theatre majors are strongly encouraged to complete either a minor (perhaps in English or Writing) or a second major (perhaps in English). Other combinations are possible.
Theatre majors are required to participate in University Players productions; Theatre minors are strongly encouraged to do so. All students with an interest in theatre, whatever their major, are invited to participate in University Players productions. (See also “Theatre” under Extracurricular Activities.)
Students majoring in Theatre are required to take three introductory courses in Theatre, Acting, and Technical Theatre (THTR 110 , THTR 151 , THTR 121 ), two Theatre History courses (THTR 211 , THTR 212 , Design for the Theatre THTR 213 ), Directing I (THTR 311 ), and 5 credits of Production Laboratory (THTR 280 , THTR 380 ). Four elective courses in Theatre round out the major. Two courses in Dramatic Literature are required in the student’s cognate area. Courses which would satisfy the Dramatic Literature requirement include ENLT 211 ,ENLT 220 , ENLT 295 , ENLT 340 , ENLT 341 , ENLT 355 , ENLT 369 , ENLT 461 .
For more information about the English and Theatre department, visit its website.