Apr 08, 2020  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

Theatre Arts (Minor Required), B.A.

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The Theatre Arts program has a strong academic emphasis with students gaining experience to reinforce the coursework through productions, large and small. The degree program in Theatre Arts emphasizes process drama, the value of improvisation, and ensemble. Echoing the College motto, it also asks students to consider how practicing theatre arts serves “not self, but others.” In the liberal arts setting, the program prepares students to pursue a wide variety of careers. Students receive broad exposure to the various disciplines within theatre and are encouraged by the faculty to pursue their special interests. Internship experience is encouraged (required for the B.F.A) either in a summer theatre company, or in some other setting appropriate to the major such as with a television station or community theatre. The Experiential Component (a requirement of the major as a whole) can be met by successfully completing the required courses.

Note: The nature of theatre as a field of study involves a considerable time commitment outside of regularly scheduled classes. Majors are expected to participate on stage or behind the scenes in all major productions as members of the artistic ensemble. Students are also expected to participate in a yearly adjudicated audition and a minimum of 3 annual reviews of performance and academic progress conducted by theatre arts faculty. All students complete a Senior Thesis Production.

The B.A. is frequently, but not exclusively, chosen by those wishing to pursue M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. This is also the program chosen by those seeking Teacher Licensure. The student’s choice of minor may open up careers in such fields as Drama Therapy, Historical Re-enactment, Dramaturgy, Theatre Management, or Play Writing.

Note: Students majoring in Theatre may not minor in Theatre.

Theatre Electives (Choose 18 Credit Hours from the Following List)

(Please note that a minimum of 19 credit hours @ 300-400 level is required in Major.)

Total Credit Hours Required in Major (Minor Required): 39

(Please note that a minimum of 19 credits hours at the 300-400 level is required within major.)

Total Credit Hours Required in Degree: 121

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