Theatre Arts


Requirements for a major in Theatre Arts

Requirements consist of ten courses, with the specified number of courses from each of the core categories:
major course checksheet

  • THA 105: Introduction to Theatre (1 course)
  • Theatre History and Dramatic Literature (5 courses) 
    -Theatre History: 203 and 204
    -Dramatic Literature: 214 and either 329 or 331 (Prerequisite: THA 214)
    -Shakespeare: ENG 211, 318, or 319 (choose one)
  • Studio (3 courses) One course from each of the following groups:
    -Design: 115, 116, 215, 255, 311, 355, 381
    -Acting or Dance: 120, 163, 220, 222, 307, 320 377
    -Directing or Playwriting: 212, 282, 382, 262 (Prerequisite THA 105)
  • Senior Seminar

Additional Course Options

Students may also choose from among theatre-related courses in other departments, such as:

  • Interdepartmental Studies (Theatre and Religion)
  • Classics (Greek Comedy or Greek Tragedy)
  • Language department courses in German, Japanese, Italian, French or Spanish Theatre

Students may also choose to focus on a particular area in a 200- or 300-level independent study one-on-one with a faculty member. This could include (but is not limited to) such tutorial topics as:

  • Period-style acting
  • Dramaturgy
  • Women in theatre
  • Stage lighting

Requirements for a minor in Theatre Arts

Requirements consist of six courses. The minor is designed to give students an overview of theatre, and includes key required theatre courses, studio courses, plus one elective.
minor course checksheet

  • THA 105: Introduction to Theatre (1 course)
  • Theatre History and Dramatic Literature (2 courses)
  • Studio (2 courses) One course from each of the following groups:
    -One from the following: Theatre Arts 120, 163, 212, 307 or 377, 262
    -One from the following: Theatre Arts 115, 116, 215, 311 or 381
  • Minor Elective (1 course) One additional theatre arts course from the Majors course listed above OR a theatre-related course from another department. This may include IDS 267 or 268, or FYS theatre-related course (FYS 180-2, 185, 190, 112-2, 112-3, 119-2, 119-3)


*Note: The minor may include no more than two 100-level courses.