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Theatre Minor

Bring together art, culture, entertainment on the bright stage.
Theatre provides an interdisciplinary approach to sharing stories through text, design, movement, and more. It's reflective of the cultures and societies that produce it. Theatre is a sensory experience for viewers and participants – bringing together art, culture, entertainment, and more in productions that provoke and inspire audiences.

The Theatre minor is designed to be an enhancement to a major area of study and/or personal enrichment. The minor should be particularly attractive to students in the humanities (English), communication (Film, Journalism), and the arts (Music, Architecture).

The Theatre minor requires a total of 18 credits. The Art of the Theatre (THEA 100), a required course in the minor, is an experiential survey of all aspects of the living theatre, as presented by a resident company of theatre artists. THEA 410, an advanced script analysis course, is also required. Students choose one course from the approved list of theatre history courses and one course from the approved list of design/technical courses. These supporting courses place the literature and aesthetic in historical, social, and political perspective. You then elect 6 theatre credits as additional courses. Typical supporting courses include: Fundamentals of Acting (THEA 102); THEA 208; and advanced design or theatre history classes.

A scene from the play Angels in America. A female and male character are outside in the snow and she is confronting him.

Does this sound like you?

  • You want theatre to be part of your college experience.
  • You can’t wait to watch the Golden Globes, Tony Awards, or Academy Awards.
  • You sing “Hamilton” on every road trip.
  • You believe the arts and culture are essential to a strong society.

If so, the Theatre minor might be perfect part for you.

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