The Theater and Dance Major
For a checklist of requirements and guidelines for course sequencing, see the Majors Checklist.
Courses in the History, Literature and Theory of Performance (2)
- THDA 114: Contemporary Performance: Case Studies (required); and
- at least one elective course in the history, literature or theory of performance
THDA 114 should be taken by the end of the junior year. For the elective, students may take an appropriate course offered by another departments or during study abroad, with permission.
Courses in the Arts of Theater and Dance (6)
The Three Core Courses
- THDA 111: The Language of Movement
- THDA 112: Materials of Theater
- THDA 113: Action and Character
All three Core Courses should be completed by end of the first semester of junior year.
The Core Courses may be taken in any order.
Ideally, two Core Courses should be completed before taking a first 200-level intermediate course.
- at least two 200-level intermediate-level courses in the Arts of Theater and Dance
Two half-courses in a particular techniques (such as dance or speaking) may be combined to count as one full course toward this requirement. Intermediate-level courses need not be in the same subject area as one another.
Advanced Studio Course
- at least one 300-level advanced studio course in the Arts of Theater and Dance
Not all advanced studio courses are offered every semester, so majors should plan ahead.
An advanced studio course must be completed before undertaking the senior project.
The Majors Series (1.5)
The "majors series" includes the courses listed below, as well as additional rehearsals, performances and meetings.
- THDA 400H: Production Studio
- THDA 498 and/or 499, or 498D, or 499D: Senior Honors
THDA 400H is the course taken to receive credit for a required stage management assignment, completed during the sophomore or junior year. Majors enroll in Senior Honors for work on the senior project and written thesis.
See also, The Senior Project.
Rehearsals, Performances, and Meetings
All majors attend:
- production meetings, rehearsals and performances as required;
- an individual interview with faculty each semester; and
- meetings during the junior year to develop senior project proposals.
In addition to course work, we encourage majors to participate in as many departmental productions as possible.
See also, Required Meetings.