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Ha! created by and starring Matthew Holliday '19, April 2019 in Holden Theater

The Theater and Dance major provides a college-level interdisciplinary foundation in the arts of performance, while allowing for flexible and progressive study thereafter. New students should take one or more 100-level courses in their first year, and strongly consider participating in a departmental production.  No prior experience is needed to major in Theater and Dance. 
  
The Theater and Dance major requires successful completion of a minimum of nine and one-half courses as outlined below. Every major completes a senior project, which focuses on a specific area, such as choreography, playwriting, directing, design, dance, acting, or scholarly research, or that integrates two or more of these.

For a handy checklist of requirements and guidelines, see the Major Course Checklist.

If you are considering majoring in Theater and Dance, you should email the department coordinator, Suzie Rivers at srivers@amherst.edu, and set up a meeting with a faculty member to discuss your interests and options. Major requirements are sequenced, so speaking with us is important, especially if you plan on going abroad, or are considering completing a second major. We are happy to meet with you!