Major requirements

Core courses in theatre

  • THE 115 (Basic Acting), 216 (Voice and Movement), or 310 (Acting Studio: Art of Auditioning)
  • THE 107 (Stagecraft)  or 108 (Costume Construction)
  • THE 201 (Play Analysis)
  • THE 311 (Directing I);
  • THE 346  and 347 (Theatre and Society I and II)

Participation credits

Two credits from eight participation quarter-credit courses as follows:

  • At least one quarter-credit of THE 715 (Directing and Performance)
  • At least two quarter-credits of THE 750 (General Production Practicum ), taken as early as possible
  • At least one quarter-credit of THE 751 (Scenery and Props ), 752 (Costumes and Make-up), 753 (Lighting and Sound) , or 754 (Theatre Administration and Stage Management)
  • Four additional quarter-credits chosen from THE 715, 750, 751, 752, 753, or 754

Theatre electives

Three other full-credit courses from the Theatre Department. At least one of these three courses must be at or above the 300 level. One of the following courses may be substituted: CLA 364 (Masterpieces of Greek and Roman Theatre), ENG 240 (Theatre, Architecture, and the Arts in Great Britain), ENG 323 (Shakespeare I: Comedies and Romances), ENG 324 (Shakespeare II: Histories and Tragedies), or ENG 327 (Shakespeare after Shakespeare: Performance and Cultural Criticism).

Minor requirements

  • THE 115 or 216 or 310
  • THE 107 or 108
  • THE 201
  • THE 346 or 347
  • One credit comprised of at least two different participation quarter-credit courses chosen from the following: THE 715, 750, 751, 752, 753, 754

Capstone experience

A capstone experience is designed to bring reflection, focus, and celebration to one's study in theatre. To fulfill the capstone experience, theatre majors must propose to and have approved by the department of theatre their capstone experience prior to the end of the fall semester of their senior year. These experiences may take place sometime between the end of their junior year and their graduation. Capstone experiences may take the form of an advanced project, an independent study, a production assignment, an internship, a course, a performance, or some other endeavor taking place on or off campus. Such an experience need not be done for credit.

Recommended course sequence

 Year 1  Year 2  Year 3  Year 4
Basic Acting (115)
Play Analysis (201)
Stagecraft or Costume Construction (107 or 108)

Note: In addition to the first-year courses listed, we recommend a course in the theatre history and criticism area in the first or second year.  Following the first year sequences will vary considerably and for some students might involve internships, special projects and independent study courses as well as a broad variety of OCAAT courses offered within the department. We pride ourselves on our ability to tailor paths to individual students.