Academics: Majors and Programs

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Drama and Dance Major Requirements

The drama major consists of 44 semester credits. The major is divided into four areas: the Core; literature, history and criticism; performance studies; and technical theater/design. Students majoring in drama are required to take all of the courses offered in the core (32 credit hours) and one elective from each of the other three areas (12 credit hours).
 
Drama Major Core (32)
DRA 102 Principles of Acting
DRA 121 Introduction to Technical
Theatre and Design
DRA 205 Theatre Appreciation
DRA 206 History of Theatre I
DRA 207 History of Theatre II
DRA 302 Theatre Management
DRA 307 Script Analysis
DRA 308 Directing

The drama major's major electives must be drama, design, or management courses in areas A, B or C.

The drama major with a concentration in dance consists of 48 semester credits. As with the drama major, students take classes in the core (36 credit hours) and one elective from each of the other three areas (12 credit hours).

Drama Major with Concentration in Dance Core (36)

DRA 102 Principles of Acting
DRA 121 Introduction to Technical Theatre and Design
DRA 205 Theatre Appreciation
DRA 206 History of Theatre I
DRA 207 History of Theatre
DRA 302 Theatre Management
DAN 201 Choreography I
DAN 301 Choreography II
DAN XXX 4 credit hours of Dance Technique classes (at least 2 at the intermediate level)

The dance concentrator's major electives must be dance, design, or management courses in areas A, B and C.

Elective and Rotating Courses

(These courses may not be offered every year.)
Area A: Literature, History, and Criticism (select 1) (4)
DRA 210 Studies of Women in Theatre and Drama
DRA 300 Contemporary Drama
DRA 333 Ritual and Performance
DRA 335 American Theatre History
DRA 405 Seminar in African Theatre and Drama
DRA 409 Seminar in African-American Theatre and Drama
DAN 222 Black Dance and Popular Culture
DAN 240 History and Philosophy of Dance
DAN 241 The Black Presence in American Dance
DAN 377 Women in Dance: Sexism, Sexuality and Subversion
ENG 310 Shakespeare

Area B: Performance Studies (select 1) (4)
DRA 306 Monologue and Scene Study
DRA 308 Play Directing
DRA 309 Playwriting
DRA 310 Styles of Acting
DRA 311 Advanced Playwriting
DRA 336 Creative Dramatics
DAN 301 Choreography II

Area C: Technical Theatre/Management (select 1) (4)
DRA 202 Theatre Organization and Practice
DRA 221 Stagecraft
DRA 302 Theatre Management
DRA 326 Lighting Design
DRA 327 Costume Design
DRA 328 Scene Design
DRA 329 Stage Management

Other Requirements

Departmental Productions: All majors are expected to participate fully in the life of the department by either performing in or doing back-stage work in at least four productions.

Entrance and Exit Interview/Exam

Students will be required to participate in an interview/exam when they begin the major and again when they are graduating from the department.

Auditions

The audition process provides invaluable learning opportunities. For this reason, students are required to attend general auditions at the beginning of each academic year and to audition for each departmental production -- for the experience of auditioning.

Resource List

By the time they graduate, students are expected to have read important texts in a variety of theatre areas. Dance concentrators are also expected to have seen selected choreographic works. Advisors will provide students with the resource list. An exam administered during the junior will test students' knowledge.

Internships

Students are encouraged to participate in at least one internship during their time in the department. While internships will earn students credit toward graduation, they will not count as area A, B, or C elective credit.

Departmental Honors

To be eligible for departmental honors, a student must:

  • Have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average
  • Have a 3.3 departmental grade point average
  • Have no initial course grade in the major below "B"
  • Pass the department's junior exam with a grade of B or better
  • Participate in at least six departmental productions