In conjunction with a departmental academic advisor, the student will propose additional courses for completion of his or her major contract. This proposed course of study in an area or areas of special concentration will be designed to suit the student’s own individual interests, needs and career goals. Typical areas of concentration are design and technical theatre, directing and performance. The major contract proposal will be submitted for approval to the Theatre Council, which is comprised of the theatre faculty and elected student representatives.
In addition to the curricular requirements, every design/technical-concentration student who does not have an assigned responsibility on- or off-stage for a major departmental production is expected to serve a minimum of 10 hours on one of the crews for that production. Majors with a concentration in performance are expected to participate in all departmental production auditions. Majors with a concentration in direction will stage manage at least one departmental production.
In order that full advantage may be taken of the individualized approach to the major program, it is in the best interest of the student to declare the major by the end of the sophomore year. It is recommended that major contracts include at least two full semesters of study following submission.
Although the department has no foreign language requirement beyond the general college requirement, students anticipating graduate school - particularly in the areas of theatre history, literature and criticism - are advised to consider the undergraduate preparation in language which may be expected by graduate departments.
A theatre student handbook is available in the department office. Majors are expected to be familiar with information provided in this handbook.
The Theatre major consists of 35-36 credits.