Theatre Studies Major

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre Studies

Every Student majoring in theatre studies will fulfill the core requirements and one of five possible tracks: Generalist, Performance, Design/Tech, Literature or Film Studies. All tracks in major require 41-49 credit hours.

Procedure for Entering the Design/Tech, History/Literature or Performance Tracks

Students must have completed no less than 4 credits at the 200-level in their desired area before they can qualify for entry into any track other than the generalist. Once qualified, the student must petition the department chair for acceptance into the track. Following a consultation with department faculty, the department chair notifies the student of acceptance. In order to persist in the track, students are required to demonstrate ongoing engagement in their track with no more than one semester off, allowed only for study abroad. Thus, actors must audition for all productions and act in one production every four semesters. Design/tech students must work behind the scenes in some capacity every semester during which they are on campus. Finally, history/literature students must be consistently enrolled in courses that require the formal study of dramatic literature. Anyone in these tracks who fails to meet the above criteria after entering the track, will return to the theatre generalist track.

 

Structure and Core Requirements of all Theatre Studies Majors

THEA 111Backstage Production4
THEA 125Acting 1:Basic Tools4
THEA 130Theatre and Culture I4
or THEA 161 Masterpieces of the Cinema
THEA 131Theatre and Culture II4
or THEA 162
THEA 171Introduction to Theatrical Design4
THEA 295Practicum (one practicum assignment MUST be Stage Management or Assistant Stage Management) 14
THEA 112
THEA 494Senior Company I2
THEA 495Senior Company II2
Total Credits28

Total credits required for Structure and Core requirements is 26-31.

Additional Requirements for Students Selecting a Generalist Track

Two additional intermediate THEA courses at the 200 level8
One addition THEA course at the 300 level4
THEA 324 Advanced Mainstage Actor and/or THEA 323 Advanced Practicum6
Total Credits18

Total credit hours required for A.B. Degree in Theatre Studies: Generalist Track is 41-49 credits

Additional Requirements for Students Selecting a Design/Tech Track

Select two additional intermediate (200-level) design courses from the following:8
Digital Sound Design
Lighting Design
Digital Graphic Design (CTIS 274)
Costume Design
THEA 224
Select one of the following:4
THEA 375Set Design4
THEA 381Play Direction (cannot double for Analysis Core requirement)4
total credits of Advanced Practicum serving as Dramaturg on a production6
Play Direction
Any other design/tech course approved by department chair
Total Credits26

Total credit hours required for A.B. Degree in Theatre Studies: Design/Tech Track is 41-49 credits

Additional Requirements for Students Selecting a History/Literature Track

Select two additional intermediate (200-level) courses8
Shakespeare
Shakespeare and Film
Playwriting Workshop (ENGL210)
ENGL 288Shakespeare and Film3,4
THEA 244Playwriting Workshop (ENGL210)4
Select one course from the following advanced options:4
Acting 3: Shakespeare
Play Direction
THEA 381Play Direction (cannot double for Analysis Core requirement)4
Advanced Practicum serving as Dramaturg on a production
Total Credits23-24

Total credit hours required for A.B. degree in Theatre Studies: history/literature track is 41-49 credits.

Additional Requirements for Students Selecting a Performance Track

Select two additional intermediate (200-level) acting courses from the following:8
THEA 221
Acting 2: Playing the Action 1
Acting 2: Creating the World
Acting 2: Voice and Diction
Select one additional advanced (300-level) acting or performance course from the following:4
Acting 3: Shakespeare
Acting 3: Modern Realism
Advance Mainstage Actor
Total Credits12

Total credit hours required for A.B. degree in Theatre Studies: performance track is 44-49 credits

NOTE: It is highly recommended that students wishing to pursue acting take all three Acting 2 courses, Voice and Diction, Playing the Action, and Creating the World

Additional Requirements for Students Selecting a Film Studies Track

Two additional intermediate courses at the 200 level
THEA 263
THEA 262Gay and Lesbian Cinema4
THEA 2??
ENG 288
One Course from the following advances
THEA 366Filmmaking Capstone1
THEA 3236
Total Credit Hours required for A.B degree in the film studies track 44-49

*It is highly recommended that students wishing to pursue acting take all three courses: Voice and Diction, Playing the Action, and Creating the World