Department of Theatre and Dance, College of Fine and Performing Arts
The Department of Theatre and Dance strives to give students a well-rounded education. In addition to a core of practical theatre courses, students focus on one or more concentrations to hone their skills within specific areas of interest. Declared students reinforce their major studies through hands-on application of their skills. With an abundance of student programs and seasonal production opportunities, theatre students rarely find themselves without a project to do. The central goal of the degree is to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of theatre, including knowledge of its history, the means by which theatre is realized, and the role of theatre in forming the past, present and future of society.
Why Consider a Theatre Major?
The major is grounded in fundamentals and a student chooses one or more areas of specialization (Acting, Dramatic Writing, Educational Theatre, Technical Theatre, Theatre Management, Stage Management, Costume Design, Lighting Design and Scenic Design). In addition to preparing majors for careers in the academic or professional theatre, the lessons acquired through this course of study are readily transferable to careers in teaching, law, business and other areas where interpersonal and self-reliant skills are required.
Actor/Actress | Graphic Designer | House Management | Master Electrician | Costume Designer | Advertising/Marketing Manager | Talent Scout | Lighting Designer | Stage Manager | Events Coordinator | Props Designer | Technical Director | Set Designer | Booking Agent | Marketing Communications Specialist
How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):
To declare, a student must have completed the following requirements:
- 9-12 credits (with a 3.0 or higher) from the following list of Theatre classes: THTR 101, 160, 201, 212, 213, 216, 228, or 260
See the Department of Theatre and Dance Office (PA 395) to declare the major. At the time of your declaration you will be assigned a faculty advisor who will help you navigate through the Theatre major.
A grade of C- or better is required for a student’s major or minor courses, and supporting courses for majors and minors. Courses required for a state teaching endorsement must be completed with a grade of C (2.0) or better.