2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
    May 18, 2024  
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Theatre, A.B.

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Major Requirements

All students will take thirteen courses, ten in the theatre department and three in cognate disciplines.  Students in the theatre major must opt for one of five concentrations: Acting, Directing, Design and Technical Theatre, Stage Management, and Performance Studies.  Students majoring in theatre may double major or minor in dance.  Students with a strong interest in musical theatre are encouraged to double major or minor in music or major in theatre and minor in music and dance.

Core Courses (three courses):

All theatre students must enroll in the following two courses:

In addition, all majors will take either:

Theatre Scholarship (five courses):

These courses give students a substantive encounter with important movements and traditions in theatre and introduce influential methods of analyzing theatre.  All majors take five courses selected from three categories: Dramatic Literature, Theatrical and Aesthetic Theory, and Theatre History.  Dramatic Literature courses emphasize the study of playtexts.  Courses in Theatrical and Aesthetic Theory study theories of the nature and function of theatre and art.  Courses in Theatre History analyze embodied performances in historical context.

Three of these courses must be Cognates, taken outside the theatre department; one course must address primarily pre-modern* material.

Area of Concentration (five courses):

Students select one concentration.  These courses allow students to pursue their artistic scholarly interests at an advanced level.

Acting Concentration:

Two acting courses at the 300 level:

One of these must be THR 350 - Acting Classical Verse  or THR 351 - Commedia dell’Arte  for verse work.

Directing Concentration:

Two courses in directing selected from:

Design and Technical Theatre Concentration:

Two Intermediate Design Courses chosen from:

One Advanced Design Course chosen from:

One Course chosen from:

Stage Management Concentration:

Two Design Courses:

Performance Studies Concentration:

One acting course:

Three more courses:

Three more courses in Theatrical & Aesthetic Theory or Theatre History to be chosen from those listed in the basic categories above OR from additional cognates listed below specifically (and only) for Performance Studies Concentrators:


Performance Studies Concentrators must take THR 212 - Performance Studies  to fulfill their basic requirement in Theatrical and Aesthetic Theory.

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