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2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog 
2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Theatre Arts - Major

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The objective of the Department of Theatre Arts is to prepare students for further study of and work towards a career in theatre. Students must study a variety of areas in theatre, from technical and design courses to acting and directing. These courses must be informed with a thorough awareness of the history of theatre and the various philosophies behind theatre works, as well as the ability to analyze plays for production. Students may specialize to a limited degree in these areas and concentrate in some areas to a limited amount (such as Acting, Technical Theatre, Design, or History).

The Theatre Arts Department gives a broad but thorough preparation in the most important areas of theatre, while the college educates students in varieties of thinking and awareness of the world and its heritages.

The Department expects its majors to be committed seriously to all of their courses. It further expects a commitment to the Theatre Arts Program and to the maintenance of a positive, cooperative attitude among students and their co-workers and teachers–particularly in production work.

Theatre Arts Core

Students in the Theatre Arts department are required to take the following core courses:

Movement Courses

Select two movement courses from the following:

Production Labs

Take five one credit production labs from four different areas:

  • Acting
  • Assistant Stage Manager
  • Costume Crew
  • Scenic
  • Lighting
  • Sound
  • Props
  • Make-up
  • Special Project
  • Stage Management

Additional Theatre Arts Requirements

Theatre Arts students must complete the following additional courses:

Required Theatre Arts Elective Courses

Theatre Arts majors must complete six credits in theatre electives. One elective must be from the 200 level and the other elective from the 300/400 level.  These electives allow for limited specialization within the program concentration.

Note: Any course already taken as a requirement may not also be counted as an elective.

Theatre Arts Senior Experience

The Senior Experience for Theatre majors consists of a required seminar (THA 452- Seminar in Theatre with a zero-credit internship).  In this course, the students reflect on their major experience, and they are given opportunities to integrate material from theatre and other core areas of the college experience.  A final project is required in some phase of production, design or theory.

Sample Program for Theatre Arts - Major

Freshman Year

  • Modern Foreign Language Credits: 6
  • Perspectives I Credits: 3
  • Math and Science Perspectives I Credits: 7
  • Movement Course Credits: 0
As well as:

Sophomore Year

  • Perspectives I Credits: 12
  • Math or Science Perspectives II Credits: 3
  • Theatre Arts 200 Level Electivs Credits: 3
  • Theatre Arts Lab Credits: 2
  • Movement Course Credits: 0
As well as:

Junior Year

  • Perspectives II Credits: 6
  • Liberal Arts Electives Credits: 9
  • Theatre Arts 300 Level Electives Credits: 3
  • Theatre Arts Labs Credits: 2
As well as:

Senior Year

  • Perspectives II Credits: 3
  • Liberal Arts Electives Credits: 15
  • Electives Credits: 6
  • Theatre Arts Lab Credits: 1
As well as:

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