Academic Programs

Whether you want to major, minor, or just take a few classes, the Department of Theatre & Dance is here to help you learn and grow.

 Majors & Minors

A total of ten 4-credit classes are required for the major in Theatre:

  • 101 – Drama, Stage and Society I
  • 102 – Drama Stage and Society II
  • 211 – Introduction to Acting
  • 221 – Introduction to Directing
  • 231 – Theatre Technology
  • 241 – Introduction to Theatrical Design 
  • 381 – Junior Seminar
  • One course in theatre literature/history/theory
  • Two departmental electives

Experiential Learning
Theatre majors are also expected to participate in production activities. Accordingly, majors must complete:

  • three different Theatre or Dance Practicum courses (THE/DAN 181-186)
  • four semesters of THE 400

A total of five 4-credit classes are required for the minor in Theatre:

  • 101/102 – Drama, Stage and Society I or II
  • 211/221 – Introduction to Acting or Directing
  • 231/241 – Theatre Technology or Introduction to Theatrical Design 
  • Two departmental electives

Experiential Learning:
Theatre minors are also expected to participate in production activities. Accordingly, minors must complete:

  • two different Theatre or Dance Practicum courses (THE/DAN 181-186)
  • two semesters of THE 400

A total of six 4-credit classes are required for the minor in Dance:

  • 101 – Introduction to Dance in Culture and Society
  • 233 – Dance Composition
  • 305 – Introduction to Teaching Dance 
  • Two courses in technique, at least one of which must be at the intermediate level:

227 – Beginning Modern Dance

327 – Intermediate Modern Dance

212 – Beginning Ballet

312 – Intermediate Ballet

  • One course (or 4 credits) of electives
  • 381 – Dance Portfolio (1 credit)


Experiential Learning:
Dance minors are also expected to participate in production activities. Accordingly, minors must complete:

  • two different Theatre or Dance Practicum courses (THE/DAN 181-185, as auditors or for credit)

For more info, visit the AME page. 

Students who major in theatre and minor in secondary education are eligible to apply for the Teacher Certification Programwhich enjoyed a 100% full-time employment rate in 2018 & 2019. For more information, visit the Secondary Education page. 


Distribution in Theatre & Dance

Students electing Theatre & Dance as part of their Fine Arts distribution requirement may choose any courses except THE/DAN 181-186 & 285 (Practica), THE/DAN 275 (Arts Management), or THE 400 (Elements of Production).​​


Your Four Years as a Theatre Major

Year 1

Get Involved Acting & Theatre Tech 

Start with something you know and love—whether that's onstage, backstage, or in the library.

Year 2

Try Something New Directing & Design  

Expand your skillset by exploring new fields, both in the classroom and in production.

Year 3

Dig Deeper Junior Seminar

Now that you've found a discipline you love, start working toward your goals. 

Year 4

Find Your Voice Theatre SCE

Share your passion and launch your professional career.

Departmental Learning Goals

Students who graduate with a major in theatre will be able to demonstrate:


Fluency in the vocabulary of the various disciplines (including acting, directing, design, playwriting, dramaturgy) within the field of theatre


Knowledge of the major trends, works and individuals in the history of the theatre


Ability to contextualize theatre trends, works and individuals in historic, geographic, artistic, political and social terms


Ability to critique and analyze their work and the work of others in a productive and supportive way


Clear and persuasive communication skills: oral, written, and visual


Critical thinking through synthesis of textual and performance analysis and research


Skills in leadership, management, and collaboration


The importance of creativity in all aspects of their lives


A greater understanding and expansion of their own imaginative tools and resources