Major and Minor Requirements

Group of students in a movement class with Professor Susan Dibble

Requirements for the Major

The major in theater arts is designed to give students a solid foundation in dramatic literature, theory and history (LTH) as well as the opportunity to explore specific areas of practical theater performance and production. In addition to completing required courses in LTH, students are free to concentrate in an area that suits their talents and interests, including Acting, Dance and Movement, Directing, Design, and Stage Management. Courses may come from within the discipline or include selected courses from other disciplines. While always encouraging experimentation and adventure, the department stresses the cultivation of solidly rooted understanding, investigation, and development of skills. We ask students to explore their own creative impulses with honesty and intelligence. Students are expected to become involved in the department’s production season in various ways, from performance to production.

The department participates in the European Cultural Studies Major (ECS) at Brandeis, and, in general, its courses are open to ECS students.

Declaring an Undergraduate Major

Students who wish to major or minor in theater arts should meet early in their academic career with the undergraduate advising head to develop a plan for completing required and prerequisite courses. It is recommended, though not required, that students complete the prerequisite and required courses within the first two years as a major or minor to provide a background to more advanced courses in theater arts. When meeting with the undergraduate advising head, students will be assigned an academic advisor within their particular area of interest.

Read more on specific Major Requirements and Prerequisites in the Bulletin.

Senior Thesis Information

Requirements for the Minor

Students who wish to minor in theater arts should meet early in their academic career with the undergraduate advising head to develop a plan. The plan should encompass completion of required and prerequisite courses within the student’s particular area(s) of interest. It is recommended, though not required, that students complete the prerequisite and required courses within the first two years as a major or minor to provide a background for more advanced courses in theater arts. When meeting with the undergraduate advising head, students will be assigned an academic advisor within their particular area of interest.

Find our more about specific Minor Requirements and Prerequisites in the Bulletin.