The Department of Theatre Arts seeks to develop effective and creative communicators in order to challenge others to thoughtful examination of ideas, cultures and values. Students majoring in theatre arts will develop technical and artistic skills and engage in critical thinking that reflects the historical foundations of the discipline as well as more current advances in theatrical training. Through traditional classroom instruction and production experience, students will enhance their skills of observation, analysis, development, performance and artistry in order to better prepare themselves for their careers and lives. A major in theatre serves the purpose of (a) providing more intensive study in the discipline within the student’s liberal arts education, (b) preparing for graduate work leading to a master of arts or a master of fine arts degree in theatre or (c) preparing for a career in professional and/or non-commercial fields of theatre.
Students in the theatre arts program who wish to pursue a bachelor of arts degree may major in theatre, theatre performance or theatre design and technology.
Students in the general theatre major will complete 24 hours in theatre, consisting of TH 212, 311, 312, 331RT, 341, and 345; one course from TH 221, 222 or 223; TH 391/392 (at least three credits). An additional 12 elective hours must be completed from theatre courses (excluding TH 391 and 392) to total 36 hours in the major.
Students in the theatre performance major will complete 48 hours, including TH 212, 224, 241, 311, 312, 316, 331RT, 341, 345, 361, 365, 431, 441, 442, and 485; one course from TH 221, 222 or 223; TH 391/392 (at least three credits).
Students in the theatre design and technology major will complete 48 hours, including TH 212, 225, 231, 250, 311, 312, 331RT, 341, 345, and 485; two courses from TH 221, 222 or 223; one course from TH 224, 316 or 431; two courses from TH 320CO, 320LI, 320SC or 320SO; TH 391/392 (at least three credits); and one course from TH 396, 397, 398, or 399.
A minor in theatre arts requires 22 hours in theatre, including TH 212; one course from 221, 222 or 223; 311 or 312; 391/392 (at least three credits); and additional hours to total 22 in theatre.
Any student majoring in theatre arts may elect to add a concentration in film studies by completing 16 hours in the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities Film Studies Program in Hollywood.