Minor Requirements

Minor Requirements

The requirements for a Theater minor are six theater courses. Students intending to pursue a Theater minor must meet with the Chair to discuss their planned course of study and must submit the online minor declaration form on DegreeWorks. 


Minors must make their course selections as enumerated within the following categories:

1. One course from the Theater History sequence:

  • 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

2. The following course in theater production:

  • THEA 40: Technical Production

3. Four additional courses:

The four courses shall include only one THEA 80: Independent Study and one of the below ENGL courses (with prior approval of the Chair).

  • THEA 1: Introduction to Theater*
  • THEA 10: Special Topics courses, with approval of the Chair
  • THEA 12/CLST 2: The Tragedy and Comedy of Greece and Rome
  • THEA 18/RUSS 18: Russian Theater
  • 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/ASCL 70.07: Asian Performance Traditions
  • THEA 62: Plays in Performance: Perception and Analysis (FSP)
  • THEA 80: Independent Study, with approval of the Chair 

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:

4. Production Requirement:

Every Theater minor is expected to complete three production credits to demonstrate an active and sustained participation in theater production. Sustained participation shall consist of one class component (THEA 40) and completing two production credits for the 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 credit must represent a meaningful practical experience.

Please note that some productions are not considered enough hours to constitute a production credit. This includes StudioLab and YourSpace productions, as well as staged readings. When in doubt, consult with the Production Manager.

  • One production credit must be fulfilled by THEA 40: Technical Production.

  • Two production credits may be fulfilled by:

    • serving as a stage manager or assistant stage manager for a mainstage production, or completing THEA 41: Stage Management

    • with prior approval of the Stage Management Mentor, stage management on a student production may fulfill this kind of production credit. 

    • completing THEA 44 or THEA 65 (courses with a significant production component)

    • acting in productions (acting may fulfill only one of the production credits for the Theater minor)

    • participation in a production crew

    • directing

    • designing

    • playwriting (when the script is produced under the sponsorship of the Department)

    • dramaturgy