Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Contact: Miguel Romero
Office: 112 FAC
Department Chair: Associate Professor Harley Erdman. Professors Golden, Olf, Remsen, Uno, Warner; Associate Professors Gaeke, McCauley, Nelson, Romero; Assistant Professor Borg; Lecturer Reynolds.
The course of study in the Department of Theater is grounded in the belief that the performing arts draw on a unique combination of intellectual and artistic skills and talents which are most fully developed when theory and practice are integrated in the learning experience. Students in the program gain expertise in all the fundamental areas of theatrical art in graduated sequences of study designed to bring into focus rigorous critical thinking, precise methods of research, and imaginative expression in performance.
A theater major is also a member of a larger community, the Colleges of Arts and Sciences. There is nothing gained by learning about the theater in isolation. Since the theater draws upon and touches many fields of study, the most meaningful study of theater is in a liberal arts context.
For the B.A. degree in Theater, majors must fulfill all University General Education requirements as well as appropriate requirements of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts. In addition, theater majors must complete 14 courses, 42 credits in theater, as follows:
Dramaturgy (3 cr)
120 Play Analysis for Theatrical Production
Dramaturgical Electives (9 cr; choice of three)
130 Contemporary Playwrights of Color
320 Classical and Neoclassical Repertory
321 Medieval and Renaissance Repertory
322 Modern Repertory
323 Special Topics in Historical Repertory
324 Special Topics in Contemporary Repertory
330 American Repertory
331 African American Repertory
333 Contemporary Repertory
439 Projects in Dramaturgy
Some approved University or Five College courses will also fulfill the Dramaturgy Elective.
Note: Successful completion of THEATR 120, plus any one of THEATR 320, 321, 322, 323, or 324 fulfills the Junior Year Writing requirement.
Design (12 cr)
160 Beginning Techniques in Design
360 Scene Design
361 Lighting Design
362 Costume Design
Performance (3 cr)
140 Beginning Techniques in Performance
Performance Electives (9 cr; choice of three)
240 Beginning Voice
340 Advanced Voice
341 Stage Movement
441 Styles of Stage Movement
442 Acting II
443 Period Acting
445 Directing II
Management (3 cr)
110 Performance Management (1 cr; must be taken for three semesters)
Any additional three credits in Dramaturgy, Performance, or Design
Any student starting work in the major after the first semester of the sophomore year may not be able to complete the major requirements within five semesters. Transfer students may also find that they are not able to finish the major without one or more extra semesters because of the sequence and scheduling necessities of the coursework.
With the exception of Introduction to Theater, Performance Management, Beginning Techniques in Performance, and the dramaturgy courses, enrollment in theater courses is by consent of instructors only. It is imperative, therefore, that all majors, prospective majors, and nonmajors consult with a department adviser to determine eligibility for, and appropriate placement within, the various activities.
Currently, the design sequence takes four semesters to complete. Many of the 300- and 400-level dramaturgy and performance classes rotate and are not offered every semester. Although taking the required four courses in three semesters might be possible, it is not recommended.
Nonmajors with appropriate qualifications are welcome to participate in the activities of the department. Introduction to Theater, a general education course, is primarily for nonmajors. Enrollment of nonmajors in all upper-level courses is permitted after completing beginning techniques in the specific area(s) of interest. Department majors are given preference in placement at all levels within the program.
The theater major forms a sound basis for further professional or scholarly work in theater (for the M.A., M.F.A., and Ph.D. degrees). In addition to helping prepare for work in the field, theater skills regularly prove useful in a variety of related fields such as public relations, broadcasting, management, advertising and promotion, arts administration, teaching or coaching, community recreation, and social work.