Students in the Theater major take part in seminar classes and develop their craft through innovative acting, directing, and playwriting work. Students also take foundational courses in theater history, theory, and dramatic literature. The program emphasizes civic engagement and global perspectives on theater as well as media and performance. Theater students take courses with students in the Dance, Music, and Visual Studies concentrations.

Major in Theater

The Theater major requires the following courses:

  • Two foundational courses in theater practice chosen from 
    • Acting Fundamentals
    • Introduction to Playwriting
    • Introduction to Directing
  • One theater history course
  • One theater theory course
  • One production course
  • One dramatic literature course
  • Two theater electives chosen from courses with subject code LTHR or other approved courses cross-listed with other programs or divisions
  • Three Integrative Arts courses, identified by subject code LINA (code LAIC before fall 2010)
  • ULEC 2320 Aesthetics or another designated course in aesthetics
  • Senior Capstone project, either the Senior Seminar* or an individual or collaborative independent project

Students must receive a grade of C or higher in all courses taken to meet the requirements for the major.

Note on Distribution Requirements
Students must take at least one course in each of three focus areas:

Media and Performance
Courses exploring the role of new digital technologies through the study of individual artists and theater companies. Sample courses: Theater Production Toolkit, Acting for the Camera, Intermedia, and The Intersection of Theater and Technology.

Global Perspectives
Courses exploring theatrical traditions and dramatic literature in cultures around the world and in relation to issues such as human rights, immigration, and civil war. Sample courses: The Drama of Global Issues, History of World Theater, Scene Study: Nordic Drama, Latin American Theater, and Middle Eastern Theater.

Civic Engagement
Courses exploring theater with an emphasis on social justice, civic engagement, and practical work in the community through such programs as I Have a Dream. Sample courses: Theater of Social Action, Playwriting: Renegade Text, Social Themes in the American Musical, IHD: Harlem Afterschool Theater Program.

The three courses can be chosen from all required or elective courses designated for the focus area in the course description.

*The Senior Seminar in Theater is a collaborative senior workshop directed by a full-time faculty member that culminates in a staged performance. In addition to performing, students take on production roles such as costume design, publicity, set design, dramaturgy, and fundraising. In recent years, the Senior Seminar in Theater has produced Reza Abdoh's The Law of Remains, Tennessee Williams' Camino Real, Chekhov's Three Sisters, and Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest.

Arts in Context Concentration

Students majoring in The Arts who are interested in studying theater should choose the Arts in Context concentration and combine a structured set of dramatic arts courses with a liberal arts subject. For example, a student could combine theater studies with theater criticism and journalism courses offered by the Literary Studies program. Other areas of study such as Psychology, Urban Studies, and Social Inquiry also offer Arts in Context options for students interested in theater.

Minor in Theater

Undergraduate students from any division of the university who are not majoring in Liberal Arts can select the Theater minor. Review the minor curriculum below and speak with the Theater program coordinator before declaring a minor.

  • Foundational Theater Practice Course (1) - 4 credits 
  • Dramatic Literature (1) - 4 credits
  • Theater History (1) - 4 credits
  • Two additional courses from the Theater area of study, including all LTHR courses and specified LINA courses but no more than one non-liberal arts (studio) course - 6-8 credits

Guided Area of Study

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts may not elect an academic minor. However, they may pursue a guided area of study in Theater. Students interested in this option should consult with their advisor.

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