Theater/Performance Arts

THEATER STUDIES engages students in critical inquiry into previous performances and previous performance texts, as well as artistic engagement with the craft of producing original texts and performances. PERFORMANCE STUDIES includes theatre studies but encompasses a broader array of performance behaviors, including (among others) the performance of gender, the performance of self in everyday life, the performance of texts other than plays, ritual performances, and political performances, both mainstream and activist.

Major Requirements

Most students who major in the department begin with an interest focused on either theatre/performance studies or rhetoric/communication studies, and the department’s major enables students to pursue that interest passionately and in depth. However, because we want majors to understand the rhetorical/communicative dimensions of performance and the theatrical/performative dimensions of communication, the curriculum requires majors to complete courses in both theatre/performance studies and rhetoric/communication studies.

Majors choose either theatre/performance studies or rhetoric/communication studies as their primary concentration and the other as their secondary concentration. Ten courses are required to complete the major. Fulfillment of the major requires the following:

1. Primary Area of Concentration: Theatre-Performance

Majors must take seven courses in their primary area of concentration, at least two of which must be introductory courses and at least five of which must be advanced courses.

Introductory courses include:

100. Beginning Ballet.
103. Stagecraft.
107. Beginning Acting.
113. Introduction to Performance Studies.
125. Introduction to Dramatic Scripts.
202. Sound for the Stage.
204. Costume History and Construction.
215. Dramatic Texts in Context.
223. Playwriting.
230. Beginning/Intermediate Modern Dance.
235. Beginning/Intermediate Jazz Dance.
3000-3999. Special Topics in Theatre/Performance Studies.

Advanced courses studies include:

270. Collaboration Across the Arts.
303. Stage Lighting.
307. Characterization.
309. Acting Styles.
314. Group Performance.
317. Performing Poetry.
319, 320. Shakespeare.
322. Native American Oral Traditions.
327. Drama By and About Women.
330. Ritual Studies.
332. Directing.
338. Twentieth-Century Avant-Garde.
340. Performance Art.
344. Children’s Theatre in the Schools.
355. Studies in World Dramatic Literature.
437. Contemporary British Theatre. (London)
480. Independent Study.
490.  SYE: Senior Project.
499.  SYE: Honors Senior Project.
4000-4999. Special Topics in Theatre/Performance Studies.

2.  Secondary Area of Concentration: Rhetoric-Communication

Majors must take three courses from their secondary area of concentration, at least one of which must be an introductory course and at least two of which must be advanced courses. While a few courses appear in both areas of concentration, students are not allowed to “double dip” — that is, all courses must be designated as fulfilling a course requirement in one of the two areas of concentration.

Introductory courses include:

111. Rhetoric and Public Speaking.
127. Introduction to Communication Studies.
3000-3999. Special Topics in Rhetoric/Communication Studies.

Advanced courses include:

239. Media Industries.
311. Advanced Public Speaking.
315. Gender and Communication.
316. Advanced Communication Studies.
318. Argumentation and Debate.
321. Intercultural Communication.
322. Native American Oral Traditions.
325. Peer Mentoring in Rhetoric and Communication.
326. American Public Address.
328. Interpersonal Communication.
329. Rhetoric of Social Movements.
330. Ritual Studies.
331. Presidential Campaign Rhetoric.
333. Persuasion: Analyzing Rhetorical Texts.
336. Rhetoric and Citizenship.
480. Independent Study.
489. SYE: Senior Project.
498. SYE: Honors Senior Project.
4000-4999. Special Topics in Rhetoric /Communication Studies.
 

While a few courses appear in both areas of concentration, students are not allowed to “double dip”— that is, all courses must be designated as fulfilling a course requirement in one of the two areas of concentration.

3. Electives

In addition to the courses listed above that fulfill major and minor requirements, the department also offers the following electives that do not count for major or minor credit.

226. Introduction to Japanese Drama.
480. Independent Study.
 

4. Honors

To graduate with honors, a major must maintain a 3.5 GPA in the department and a 3.0 GPA overall; the major’s senior project proposal must be approved for enrollment in 498/499 SYE: Honors Senior Project; and the student must earn at least a 3.5 in 498/499.