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Theater

The Theater Department provides instruction in both the theory and practice of theater performance and production. The department’s minor allows for study of theater practices overall, while the Theater Majors allow the student a more focused path of study in either Performance or Production. The department seeks to enable students to succeed in both academic and vocational pursuits by working towards the following objectives.

  • To enable students to succeed in academic and vocational pursuits.
  • To prepare students for a lifelong service to God and to the world through the perspective of theater arts.
  • To be a foundation in learning aspects of theater arts, and to help students structure their talents for a career in theater.
  • To provide a quality learning environment in which students can learn about and engage in the theater arts.

The Theater major consists of 22 hours in core courses and an emphasis in performance or production. Either emphasis requires an additional 17 hours of course work. If a Bachelor of Arts degree is sought, twelve hours of foreign language are also required.

See the undergraduate catalog link under Program Resources for core and emphasis requirements, general education requirements, electives and course descriptions.

All Theater majors and minors must take TH 131 Introduction to Theater as part of their General Education requirements.

Student manager and internship opportunities are available.

Theater Core for all Theater Majors and Minors

Theater Core for all Theater Majors and Minors – 22 semester hours

Take each course on this list:

  • TH 200 Stagecraft – 3
  • TH 242 Theater History I – 3
  • TH 253 Fundamentals of Acting – 3
  • TH 334 Directing – 3
  • TH 342 Theater History II – 3
  • TH ____ Performance/Production Lab –  4

Take the lab four times, using a different course number each time. Contact your academic advisor for guidance. Courses bearing this title are numbered 109, 111, 209, 211, 309, 311, 409 and 411 and are ONE hour each.

Choose one course from this list:

  • TH 375 Contemporary Drama – 3
  • TH 491 Shakespeare – 3
Theater Major - Performance Emphasis

Core Requirements – 22

Required Courses – 14

Take each course on this list:

  • TH 100 Introduction to Dance 1
  • TH 113 Ballroom Dancing I 1
  • TH 114 Ballroom Dancing II 1
  • TH 115 Singing Onstage 1
  • TH 380 Special Topics: Advanced Acting 3
  • TH 442 History and Analysis of Musical Theater 3
  • TH 475 Senior Seminar 1

Choose one course from this list:

  • TH 335 Children’s Theater 3
  • TH 336 Church Drama 3

Electives – 3

Choose one course from this list:

  • MUS 100 Elementary Musicianship 3
  • TH 210 Stage Makeup 3
  • TH 230 Theater Art Field Studies 3
  • TH 335 Children’s Theater (if not taken in emphasis) 3
  • TH 336 Church Drama (if not taken in emphasis) 3
  • TH 351 Screen Acting 3
  • TH 360 Music Theater Workshop 3
  • TH 375 Contemporary Drama (if not taken in core) 3
  • TH 385/485 Internship (cumulative to three hours) 1
  • TH 491 Shakespeare (if not taken in core) 3
  • TH ___ Singing Onstage 1
    This course may be taken up to three times, using a different course number each time. Contact your academic advisor for guidance. Courses bearing this title are numbered 115, 215, 315, and 415 and are one credit hour each.
Theater Major - Production Emphasis

Core Requirements – 22

Required Courses – 14

Take each course on this list:

  • TH 335 Children’s Theater – 3
  • TH 380 Special Topics: Advanced Acting – 3
  • TH 400 Designing for the Stage – 3
  • TH 410 Stage and Theater Management – 3
  • TH 442 History and Analysis of Musical Theater 3
  • TH 475 Senior Seminar – 1
  • TH 385/485 Internship – 1

Choose one course from this list:

  • TH 335 Children’s Theater – 3
  • TH 336 Church Drama – 3

Electives – 3

Choose one course from this list:

  • MUS 100 Elementary Musicianship – 3
  • TH 210 Stage Makeup – 3
  • TH 230 Theater Art Field Studies – 3
  • TH 336 Church Drama (if not taken in emphasis) – 3
  • TH 351 Screen Acting – 3
  • TH 360 Music Theater Workshop – 3
  • TH 375 Contemporary Drama (if not taken in core) – 3
  • TH 385/485 Internship (cumulative to three hours) – 1
  • TH 491 Shakespeare (if not taken in core) – 3
  • TH ___ Singing Onstage – 1
    This course may be taken up to three times, using a different course number each time. Contact your academic advisor for guidance. Courses bearing this title are numbered 115, 215, 315, and 415 and are one credit hour each.
Theater Minor

Theater Minor includes the Theater Core – 22 semester hours

Take each course on this list:

  • TH 200 Stagecraft – 3
  • TH 242 Theater History I – 3
  • TH 253 Fundamentals of Acting – 3
  • TH 334 Directing – 3
  • TH 342 Theater History II – 3
  • TH ____ Performance/Production Lab –  4

Take the lab four times, using a different course number each time. Contact your academic advisor for guidance. Courses bearing this title are numbered 109, 111, 209, 211, 309, 311, 409 and 411 and are ONE hour each.

Choose one course from this list:

  • TH 375 Contemporary Drama – 3
  • TH 491 Shakespeare – 3