Requirements for majors in the classes of 2024, 2025, and 2026

The following requirements apply to majors expecting to graduate in 2024, 2025, and 2026. 

Please review the requirements below that apply to you, by class year.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Prof. Ron Bashford.

The new major requirements were designed to allow you complete the major without significant hurdles. 

Note: The prior requirement for all majors to complete a senior honors project has been dropped. Therefore, the 10-course minimum described below does not include a course associated with Senior Honors. For students expecting to graduate in 2025 and 2026, any Senior Honors course(s) must be taken in addition to the 10-course minimum. However, majors in the classes of 2024 and 2024E may count one Senior Honors course toward the new 10-course minimum.

Course Requirements

Majors in the classes of 2024, 2025, and 2026 must complete a minimum of 10 courses offered or approved by the department. Courses must meet course level requirements, and category requirements, as described below.  A course may satisfy both a course level requirement and a category requirement.

Course selections must include:

  • a combination of at least five 100- and 200-level courses, combined.
  • at least one 300- and/or 400-level course.

And also, must include:

  • at least one course in design 
  • at least one course in a performance practice area (i.e., acting, dance, etc.)
  • at least two courses in critical and contextual studies (e.g., performance history, theory, and literature, etc.)

Focus Area

In combination with the above requirements, each major chooses additional courses to support achievement in a focus area. You should discuss courses that would constitute a focus area with your major advisor. While not all courses counting toward the major should apply to a focus area, at least five of the minimum ten courses should be chosen with a major’s focus area in mind. (See Pathways Through the Major.) Majors in the classes of 2024E and 2024 are excused from the focus area requirement.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Requirement

As part of the major requirements, at least one of your courses must focus is on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. For more information about this requirement, see Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.  All current majors are encouraged to fulfill, or make sure to have fulfilled, this requirement.

Production Service Requirements

Majors in the classes of 2024 and 2025 must serve at least one time in a creative support role for a departmental production.  This is equivalent to the old requirement to stage manage a show, so you may have already completed this requirement, or are doing it this year.

Majors in the class of 2026 must serve at least one time in a crew role for a departmental production; and also at least one time in a creative support role for a departmental production. 

Examples of crew roles include back-stage crew, lighting or sound operator, and costume crew.  
Examples of creative support roles include stage manager or assistant stage manager, dramaturg, 
assistant director or choreographer, designer or assistant designer. 

Majors may elect to receive academic credit for their production service, however, only one full course credit in this area may be counted toward fulfilling the 10-course minimum requirement for the major.  Majors may also elect to complete production service without receiving academic credit, as long as service is completed successfully.


All declared majors participate every year in a collaborative planning process for the following year's performance season. This process involves a number of meetings in the fall semester, and final meetings early in the spring semester.  As part of this process, majors reflect on their prior year's learning. In addition, in concert with season planning, junior majors wishing to pursue optional senior honors work will complete senior project proposals by early in the spring semester.  Majors should expect to participate in the season planning at least once. Majors in the class of 2024 are excused from this requirement.


To be certified as having completed the theater and dance major--students must complete the requirements outlined above in all three areas: course requirements, production service requirements, and participation in season planning.  (Majors in the class of 2024E and 2024 do not have to have participate in season planning.)