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Theatre Major

The Department of Theatr and Dance offers a major with a 12-course curriculum with two major emphases (Acting and Design).  Double majors are required to take 10 classes (8 required and two electives).  Students do not need to audition to become a theatre major.  Declare a major in theatre.

Acting Emphasis Design Emphasis

Literature/History Courses
  • Theatre History 1
  • American Drama 1920 to present
  • Modern Drama or
    Theatre History 2
  • Theatre History 1
  • American Drama 1920 to present
  • Modern Drama or
    Theatre History 2

Performance Courses
  • Basic Acting
  • Voice in Acting 1
  • Shakespeare through Performance
  • A dance class
  • Basic Acting

Design Courses
  • Theatre Practicum
    (3 semesters .5 credit)
  • Design and Technical Production
  • Theatre Practicum
    (3 semesters .5 credit)
  • Design and Technical Production
  • Scene Design
  • Lighting Design
  • Costume Design

  • Four additional THEA courses
  • Four additional courses to be taken in either THEA (e.g. Directing, Shakespeare through Performance) or VAST/VAHI (e.g. 3-D Fundamentals, Fundamentals of Drawing, History of Architecture). All electives must be approved by the faculty director of the design emphasis.

All theatre majors are required to complete a capstone project during the senior year. The capstone requirement is filled by performing, directing, designing (sets, lights, costumes, video, sound), or stage managing a significant production. 

Electives in Dance

  • THEA 111 Basic Dance 
  • THEA 131 Balinese Dance 1-2 
  • THEA 141 Jazz Dance 1-2 
  • THEA 151 Ballet 1-2 
  • THEA 181 Modern Dance 1-2
  • THEA 232 Balinese Dance 3-4 
  • THEA 242 Jazz Dance 3-4 
  • THEA 252 Ballet 3-4 
  • THEA 282 Modern Dance 3-4
  • THEA 450 Dance Performance

Department of Theatre Electives in Performance, Literature, and History 

  • THEA 126 Asian Performance Traditions 
  • THEA 128 Political Theatre 
  • THEA 135 Comedy On Stage and Screen 
  • THEA 140 Holocaust On Stage and Screen
  • THEA 145 Gay Theatre and Film
  • THEA 160 American Film 
  • THEA 165 World Film 
  • THEA 190 Stage Combat
  • THEA 203 Scene Study
  • THEA 204 Singing for the Broadway Stage
  • THEA 227 Scene Design 
  • THEA 228 Lighting Design 
  • THEA 230 Costume Design 
  • THEA 263 Selected American Stage and Film Artists
  • THEA 302 Voice in Acting 2 
  • THEA 304 Audition Techniques 
  • THEA 340 Advanced Directing 
  • THEA 361 Film as Narrative 
  • THEA 370 Kamikaze Acting
  • THEA 400 Tutorial/Theatre 
  • THEA 405 Performance Recital 
  • THEA 406 Performance for Audience

Dance Minor

The Department of Theatre and Dance offers a minor with a six-course curriculum. Students do not need to audition to become dance minors. Declare a minor in dance.  

Required Classes

One introductory class (Basic Dance, Modern Dance, or Ballet)

One advanced workshop (Dance Performance)

One class in choreography (Composition)

Three Electives

Modern Dance 3-4, Ballet 3-4, Jazz 3-4

Basic Acting

Design and Technical Production/Lighting Design

Stage Combat

Voice in Acting

Balinese Dance

Create Lab

Fundamentals of Music

Do I have to audition to become a theatre major?

No. Students may include supplementary material directly to the Admissions office with their admissions materials. These are forwarded to the department for evaluation, but are not a requirement.

Can I also major in another discipline?

Yes. It is important to plan carefully and to let your advisor know that you are interested in being a double major. Students do not declare a major until they have been on campus for at least two semesters, so it is wise to take a theatre class or two in the freshman year to be sure that a double major is in your future.