Theater and Dance

Course Timing & Checklist



Theater and Dance majors should bear in mind that it may be difficult to approve your senior thesis project unless you complete the following courses by the end of your junior year.

  • THDA 114: Sources of Contemporary Performance
  • THDA 400H: Production Studio (your stage managment assignment)
  • An Advanced Studio Course in the Arts of Theater and Dance  

    Please note that:
  • to ensure your ability to thrive in an advanced studio course, you should endeavor to complete all three Core Courses by the spring of sophomore year; intermediate studio courses depend on interdisciplinary understanding
  • though not required, you may take more than one advanced studio course
  • there are different intermediate pre-requisites for different advanced studio courses
  • not all advanced studio courses are offered every semester, or every year
  • In some cases, it is be appropriate to take an advanced studio in the fall of senior year.  In others, the advanced studio should be completed in the junior year.  To avoid a problem, you should consult with faculty as early as possible. More detailed advice on pre-requisites appears below.


You may find the following checklist useful to help you to prepare for end-of-the-semester interviews or other meetings with faculty.

THDA Major Course Checklist.pdf  Major Requirements Checklist



Courses in The Arts of Theater and Dance are grouped into three tiers: (1) The Core Courses and other technique courses without pre-requisites, (2) Intermediate Courses, and (3) Advanced studio courses.

Majors should complete all three Core Courses by the end of sophomore year, or by the first semester of junior year at the very latest.  Ideally, prospective majors should complete all three Core Courses as soon as possible.

Majors should, with very rare exceptions, plan to complete at least two of the Core Courses before taking a first Intermediate Course, and should finish all three Core Courses before undertaking a second Intermediate Course. In addition, please be aware that certain Intermediate Courses require a specific Core Course as a pre-requisite (that is, not to be taken concurrently or after).

Advanced Studo courses all require at least one Intermediate Course as a pre-requisite.  No Advanced Studio Course should be taken without having completed all three Core Courses.

Beyond the above restrictions and course-specific pre-requisites, there are no prescribed sequences overall.  Many majors complete two Advanced Studio courses even though only one is required.

Depending on your interests, additional related courses may be advisable.  Please check individual course descriptions or speak to a faculty member when in doubt.  We encourage all majors to explore different areas in addition to courses that lead only minimally to specific Advanced Studio courses.

You may find the following grid helpful.

 Majors Planning Grid


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