Major Requirements

Major Requirements

Theater Majors are required to complete no less than ten theater courses, as enumerated within the categories listed below.

1. Five courses in Theater Studies:

a. The following three courses in Theater Studies are required:

  • THEA 15: Theater and Society I: Classical and Medieval Performance
  • THEA 16: Theater and Society II: Early Modern Performance
  • THEA 17: Theater and Society III: 19th and 20th Century Performance

b. Any two of the following Theater Studies courses:

  • THEA 1: Introduction to Theater*
  • THEA 10: Special Topics courses, with approval of the Chair
  • THEA 10/RUSS 18: Russian Theater
  • THEA 10/CLST 2: The Tragedy and Comedy of Greece and Rome
  • THEA 19/COLT 34: Human Rights and Performance
  • THEA 21/WGSS 59: Race, Gender, and Performance
  • THEA 22/AAAS 31: Black Theater, U.S.A.
  • THEA 23/AAAS 54: Postcolonial African Drama
  • THEA 24/AMES 24: Asian Performance Traditions
  • THEA 25: Solo Performance**
  • THEA 62: Plays in Performance: Perception and Analysis (FSP)
  • THEA 80: Independent Study, with approval of the Chair

*THEA 1 satisfies the Theater Studies course fulfillment only if it is completed before THEA 15, 16, and 17.
**Solo Performance may be used to fulfill either a theater studies or theater practice requirement, but not both. 

With prior approval of the Chair, up to one course in Theater Studies from another department may be used to fulfill this category, such as:

  • ENGL 15: Shakespeare I
  • ENGL 34: American Drama
  • ENGL 39: Modern British Drama 

2. Four courses in Theater Practice:

a. The following course in theater production:

  • THEA 40: Technical Production 

b. Any one of the following courses in performance:

  • THEA 10: Special Topics courses, with approval of the Chair
  • THEA 25: Solo Performance**
  • THEA 26: Movement Fundamentals I
  • THEA 27: Movement Fundamentals II
  • THEA 28: Dance Composition
  • THEA 29: Dance Theater Performance
  • THEA 30: Acting I
  • THEA 31: Acting II
  • THEA 32: Acting III
  • THEA 36: The Speaking Voice for the Stage
  • THEA 50: Playwriting I
  • THEA 51: Playwriting II
  • THEA 54: Directing 
  • THEA 60: Classical Performance I
  • THEA 61: Classical Performance II
  • THEA 65: Drama in Performance
  • THEA 80: Independent Study, with approval of the Chair

**Solo Performance may be used to fulfill either a theater studies or theater practice requirement, but not both. 

c. Any one of the following courses in theater design and management:

  • THEA 10: Special Topics courses, with approval of the Chair
  • THEA 41: Stage Management
  • THEA 42: Scene Design I
  • THEA 43: Scene Design II
  • THEA 44: Lighting Design I
  • THEA 45: Composition and Design
  • THEA 48: Costume Design I
  • THEA 80: Independent Study, with approval of the Chair

 d. One additional Theater Practice course, either in Performance or Design/Management.

3. The Culminating Experience: THEA 90.

All Theater majors and modified Theater majors must complete the course THEA 90: Contemporary Practices in U.S. Theater to satisfy their Culminating Experience in Theater during their final year of study. Theater minors and other majors modifying with Theater will complete their Culminating Experience in their primary departments. Double majors must complete Culminating Experiences in both majors.

4. Production Requirements

Every Theater major is expected to complete four production credits to demonstrate an active and sustained participation in theater production. Sustained participation shall consist of completing four production credits for Department of Theater productions or productions sponsored by the Department of Theater. Production credits should be completed under faculty supervision. Production credits must reflect a variety of theater activity and each production credit must include a minimum of 25 hours of participation. 

  • One production credit must be fulfilled by serving as a stage manager or assistant stage manager for a mainstage production. Alternatively, the student may complete THEA 41: Stage Management to fulfill this requirement. With prior approval of the Director of Theater, stage management on a student production may fulfill this requirement. 
     
  • One production credit must be fulfilled by serving on a production crew or working in the shops.
     
  • Two production credits may be fulfilled with any category of theater production, with the exception of work associated with THEA 40: Technical Production. This includes:
     
    • certain courses with a production component
    • acting in productions
    • dramaturgy
    • playwriting, when the script is produced under the sponsorship of the Department
    • designing
    • directing
    • stage management
    • participation in a production crew and/or working in the shops