Majors and potential majors should take courses in different areas as early as possible. For example, a student with a primary interest in acting should consider taking a course in design, playwriting, or dance before, or alongside, pursing more advanced study in acting. Many majors discover connections between sub-disciplines and contextual courses, and also a new interest or ability by exploring the curriculum. The requirement to complete a number of 100-level and 200-level courses is designed to encourage majors to explore different areas. You should take a  course in collaboration and improvisation (e.g., THDA 110 or 111) as soon as possible.


Share your interests and course experiences with your advisor regularly as you make progress through the major. Your advisor will be able to offer you new perspectives on your studies overall, as well as helping you make more informed choices about course sequences, complementary courses, and your overall learning goals.

Focus Area

All majors develop a focus area for their studies in consultation with their major advisor. The most common examples include directing, choreography, performance (acting/dancing), design, and playwriting. However, uniquely defined focus areas are also possible.

A focus area consists of...

  • at least four courses in, or directly relevant to, the focus area as defined; and 

  • at least one course in an especially useful complementary area.

In addition: 

  • At least two of the three required courses in critical and contextual studies should be significantly related to the focus area.

  • The required 100-level course in collaboration and improvisatory techniques (e.g., THDA 110 or 111) may not count as one of the focus area courses.

Guide to Focus Areas

Please see the document below for a guide to possible focus areas within the major.