Program at a Glance

  • Program Credits

    22 credits
    • Major/Concentration: 22
  • Accreditation


A minor in theatre requires the completion of 22 credits, including 10 credits of core requirements and 12 credits of electives in specified communication and music courses.


Note: This list is intended to give you a quick glimpse into the program’s academic offerings, and should not be used as a guide for course selection or academic advising. For official program requirements, see the course catalog.

Core Courses

Beginning directed practical experience in dramatic production. Credit for performing in a play, set construction, costume construction, publicity, or other aspects of the theatrical process.

This course offers a beginning study of the principles of contemporary acting techniques. Students will evaluate and demonstrate the acting theories of the Stanislavsky system of acting, as assessed by the 20th century American acting leaders, Uta Hagen and Stella Adler.

Advanced practical experience in dramatic process. Credit for performing in a play, set construction, costume construction, publicity, or other aspects of theatrical process.

Introduction to the mechanics and creativity of drama in the church, as well as issues facing the Christian drama coordinator or director. Class members are involved in class performances. This course explores the potential and practical experiences for use of drama in church and parachurch settings, providing insights for participants and leaders in drama ministry.

Elective Courses

Intensive training in the correct use of voice and articulation for the actor. Special attention paid to developing skills for vocal and physical relaxation, projection, and anatomical uses of the voice.

This course is designed for the beginning, pre-/non-theatre major, and is an examination of the theatre elements that relate directly to performing onstage, including rehearsal and performance techniques, stage movement, vocal techniques, stage terminology and script analysis. 

Makeup requirements for the stage. Individual skill development in character analysis. Application in pigment, plastic, hair, makeup, and selection and use of makeup equipment.

Selected topics vary, see class schedule for current offerings. Possible topics include: stage management, scene work, theatre history.

Design fundamentals, including costume history, research, play analysis, fabric selection, construction basics and hypothetical design projects.

Explorations in the basic elements and terminology that define theatre. Special attention given to such topics as: safety, props, two- and three-dimensional scenery and their materials, and scene painting.

Learning to read types of literature aloud in a manner that enhances and enriches the audience's understanding and appreciation of that literature.

Study of lighting and sound variables in a stage production. Student projects include light and sound choices for a particular production.

This course features in-depth study and practice of acting skills with increased emphasis on the application of the principles and the theories of creative acting, as assessed by the 20th century American acting leaders, Lee Strasberg and Eric Morris.

Exploration of the art and craft of directing for the theatre. Topics covered: storytelling, instincts, staging, picturization, dramatic tension, style, meaning, examining, text, groundplans, auditioning, working with actors and other relevant issues facing the director.

Survey of prominent dramatic theories (e.g. Aristotle's Poetics, dramatic theory of story structure, contemporary theatre theory, etc.). Elements of dramaturgy will also be introduced.

Scene design, including script analysis, formation of visual concepts, floor plan development and model building for the stage. Practical training in theatrical production written critiques/reviews.

Creation of original material for solo or corporate dramatic performance. Workshop for the presentation of created original materials for stage.

For students prepared to gain practical experience. Usually off campus in a work situation.

Directed practical experience in the various fields of communication.

Further in-depth study of characterization, script analysis, and various styles of acting. Topics may vary.

Various aspects and problems in the fields of communication.

Theatre-based tour of London, England, exploring Shakespeare's birthplace, theatrical venues, and acting workshops.

Individual research in areas of communication determined in consultation with the instructor.

Designed to develop general keyboard facility. For the music major, as preparation for entrance to MUSC 118.

Basic vocal training.

Sight-singing diatonic melodies, major and minor scales and triads using moveable tonic solfege. Transcribing basic diatonic melodies, cadences and progressions. Reading, performing and transcribing rhythmic patterns in simple, compound and irregular meters.