The course of study in theatre arts and drama is generalist in nature since the discipline itself demands a vast, well-rounded understanding of the history, literature, theory and practical applications of many art forms. The collaborative nature of theatre allows the student critical thinking skills, keen powers of observation and a true liberal arts preparation for advanced and graduate study in all areas of theatre as well as law, communications and ministerial work. The major also stresses overseas study and internships with major theatre groups, including our exclusive arrangement with major movie, television, and theatre producers.
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Requirements for a Major in Theatre Arts and Drama
A minimum of 38 hours of coursework, including at least 12 hours at the 300-level, consisting of the following
All of the following:
|THA130||Introduction to Acting||3|
|THA341W||World Theatre History and Theory I||3|
|THA342W||World Theatre History and Theory II||3|
|THA345||Independent Capstone Project||1-3|
Two of the following:
|THA282W||Dramatic Literature I||3|
|THA283W||Dramatic Literature II||3|
|THA312||Shakespeare as Literature and Performance||3|
One of the following:
Plus an additional 14-16 hours of THA coursework.
In addition to the required courses for the major, students who would like to specialize in a particular area of Theatre Arts and Drama may select courses from the following groupings. Students electing to emphasize one of these areas may want to use the following list of courses to guide their selection of general education requirement courses.
1. Production Emphasis:
|ART241||Darkroom Photography Fundamentals||3|
|THA326||Problem Solving in Theatre Design (A)||3|
2. Performance Emphasis:
|COM311W||Messages and Meanings||3|
|MUS285||Foreign Language Diction for Singers||2|
|MUS334||Private Instruction in Voice||1-2|
|THA104||Introductory Dance (A)||1-3|
|THA220||Movement for the Actor||3|
|THA222||Auditioning for Stage and Screen||3|
3. History and Theory Emphasis:
|ART229W||Renaissance and Baroque Art||3|
|ENG125||Introduction to Literary Studies||3|
|ENG316W||Rhetoric & Scholarship||3|
|GRK224||Ancient Greek I||3|
|GRK225||Ancient Greek II||3|
|THA110||Introduction to Theatre Arts and Drama||3|
|THA343||American Theatre History||3|
4. Arts Administration Emphasis
See Arts Administration Emphasis within the Business Administration major.
Requirements for a Minor in Theatre Arts and Drama
21 hours of coursework, including at least six hours at the 300-level, chosen in consultation with Theatre faculty and approved by the Division Chair.
Requirements for a Major in Elementary Education with a Theatre Arts and Drama Specialization
24 hours of coursework.
Please refer to the Education section of this catalog for a listing of required courses.