Theatre Arts Minor

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The theatre arts minor provides an iterative balance of theory and practice that engages students intellectually and creatively. This combination of critical thinking and experiential learning offers students an in-depth understanding of the art of theater, as well as an introduction to the role of theater as both a form of commentary on, and as a reflection of, society and culture. The minor includes student participation in a minimum of three department sponsored theater productions via Theater Ensemble (FNRT-230) and Dramatic Theory and Text Analysis (FNRT-207).

Notes about this minor:

  • Posting of the minor on the student’s academic transcript requires a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the minor.

The program code for Theatre Arts Minor is THEATR-MN.

Curriculum for Theatre Arts Minor

Required Courses
Theatre Ensemble*
Dramatic Theory and Text Analysis
Choose three of the following
   Music & the Stage
A historical and cultural survey of collaboration between the arts of music and theatre, focusing on a selection of significant creative products that combine music and drama. Possible works studied include those by Shakespeare, Monteverdi, Mozart-Daponte, John Gay, Beethoven-Goethe, Wagner, Puccini, Brecht-Weill, and Bernstein, spanning the genres of Renaissance tragedy and comedy, opera seria, opera buffa, ballad opera, incidental music, romantic drama, Italian opera, music-drama, epic theatre, cabaret, vaudeville, and musical comedy.
   Fundamentals of Acting
   Devising Theatre: Creating Ensemble Based Performance
   Design/Stagecraft Apprenticeship†
   Traditions of Theatre in Europe
   Traditions of Theatre in the U.S. 
   Traditions of Shakespearean Theatre
   African American Playwrights
   American Musical Theatre
   Performing Identity in Popular Media
   Fundamentals of Directing
   Fundamentals of Stage Management
   Special Topics
   Special Topics in Performing Arts
   Dance I: Jazz and Hip Hop
   Appreciation of Theatrical Design
   Dance II: Modern Dance and Ballet

* Students must take Theater Ensemble (PRFL-220) three times.

† Students may substitute one credit of Design/Stagecraft Apprenticeship (PRFL-239) for one credit of Theatre Ensemble (PRFL-220).

‡ At least two courses must be taken at the 300-level or higher.